Gomantong Cave & Kinabatangan River Tour

Spend the day among native wildlife while experience Sandakan's countryside and wildlife on a fantastic adventure.

Gomantong Cave

Described by WWF as ’the best-managed edible birds’ nest cave in the world’, Gomantong Caves in the heartland of the Gomantong Rainforest Reserve have been the focus for birds’ nests for centuries.

Located within Gomantong Hill, the cave system is made up of two primary chambers called - Simud Hitam (Black Cave) soaring up to 90 metres high and the more accessible of the two, and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found. Simud Hitam is a 5 minute walk from the registration centre. A well-maintained boardwalk gives you easy access to do some exploring or watch the skilled harvesters at work.

A number of species live within the large, 300-foot-tall caverns. The resident creatures of the caves include swiftlets (from which the nests are collected) and there are also hundreds of thousands of Wrinkle Lipped Free-tailed bats living in the upper reaches of the cave.  Their nightly exodus from the cave mouth is a popular site for visitors. Outside, other birds such as serpent eagles, bat hawks and kingfishers can be seen.

Kinabatangan River

WWF states that the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo is one of only two known places on Earth where 10 primate species can be found. This includes the Bornean Orang Utan, the Proboscis Monkey, Macaques, Maroon Langur and Bornean Gibbon, most of which are endemic to Borneo. You also can find all the 8 species of hornbill such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm) also found in Borneo make the area their home. Besides, there are many more wildlife found, eg. kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and etc.

This is a trip that give you the best chances of seeing as much wildlife as possible. 

Insider Tips:

  • Recommend to bring: raincoat (wet season Nov - Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, a pair of sandals, torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, czmera, personal toiletries and medications
  • Camera fee is not included
  • Birds’ nest collecting is done usually between February and August
Additional Information:
  • Min. Participant(s):  2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)
  • Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries


2 Working Days
Full Day
Hotel Pick Up
Voucher Type
Present to Tour Operator
No Amendments Allowed
No Refunds Allowed

What You Get


  • Return land transfer
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Local bites
  • Lunch
  • Tourist transportation insurance


  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Personal Expenses

How To Buy

1. Purchase online

2. Email the following information to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg for booking of the tour:

  • Your Order Number
  • Hotel Details (Name, address and contact number)
  • Full Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Nationality and Passport Number of each participant

3. Receive a second email confirmation with the tour details

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.


* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.


Pick up from hotel and drive overland 2 hours to Gomantong Cave.


After cave, drive onwards to Bilit for lunch.


Lunch at Bilit, by the Kinabatangan River, free and leisure.


Have an afternoon tea with some local bites.


After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise along Kinabatangan River where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself.


Estimated arrival time to respective hotel.

How to Get There

Hotel Pick Up Information:

  • Time: 8:30am
  • Location: Accommodations within the Sandakan only
  • Kindly indicate your hotel name and address
  • Please be at your hotel lobby 15-20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. No refunds will be given for latecomers and no-shows
  • As this is a shared transfer, please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pickup route.



Pickup Time


Sandakan city (Four Points, Sandakan Hotel, Nak, ...)

8:30 am


Sabah Hotel

8:45 am


Mile 4 area (Bandar Indah area, Prima Square area, ...)

8:45 am



9:15 am


Sepilok area (Sepilok Jungle Resort, RDC, ...)

9:15 am

The pickup time is for reference only, actual time may be vary depends on number of visitors, distance, season, weather and road conditions, should be within 15 minutes. Transport fee quoted is per person.

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Please be reminded to send an email with your Order Number, Accommodation & traveler's details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg