11: Malaysia > Sarawak > Mulu > Clearwater Cave

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From Cave of the Winds, the boat goes further upstream along Melinau River, and enters a tributary on the right, which ends here. The source of this river is an underground stream. Being a dead end, at peak hour, it’s quite a … boat-jam.
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We leave our boat, and first, a toilet stop …
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… and at Mulu NP, a first-class toilet like this is the standard. Well done to park management! 03-02-2007-10-32-06.JPG

Further up there is a pool where the underground water surfaces. It’s like a natural retention pool.03-02-2007-10-33-10.JPG

And the water is crystal clear, full of fish.03-02-2007-10-34-08.JPG

We take a breather and have a chat with Michael, an excellent guide.03-02-2007-10-39-23.JPG

But Clearwater Cave beckons … 03-02-2007-10-44-58.JPG

… and soon we are hauling ourselves up the hundreds of steps to the cave entrance. 03-02-2007-10-47-38.JPG

I come to a platform …03-02-2007-10-50-34.JPG

… and gaze down at the people below …03-02-2007-10-51-29.JPG

… having a short rest before entering the cave proper.03-02-2007-10-52-23.JPG

At the entrance, impressive old stalactites …03-02-2007-11-39-07.JPG

… and tough plants hanging from rocky walls.03-02-2007-10-49-38.JPG

I gingerly go down the steps and glance back at the cave’s mouth.03-02-2007-10-52-41.JPG

And off I go into another wonderland. This one has big, roundish chambers, all filled with water aeons ago.03-02-2007-10-55-27.JPG

And this is why this cave is called Clearwater – there’s a bubbly river of crystal clear water flowing inside it, like in a tunnel.03-02-2007-11-29-49.JPG

Virtually pure water, as it gets filtered after seeping through the earth into this deep underground cavity. It’s a unique experience, sensing and seeing splashing water in near-darkness and hearing it reverberating in the cave. 03-02-2007-11-21-54.JPG

A sight to behold, if you have great eyes. This is the reason people come to Clearwater Cave.03-02-2007-11-22-37.JPG

Nearby, another hole in the roof, allowing precious sunlight through to touch some lucky plants.03-02-2007-11-24-41.JPG

Having had our climax, it’s time to call it a day. We find our way back to the cave entrance though more impressive chambers.03-02-2007-11-05-25.JPG

The cave opening in sight …03-02-2007-11-31-24.JPG

Along the staircase up, a huge, sharp, jagged rock. It does not look like limestone to me, more like tough volcanic stuff.03-02-2007-11-33-31.JPG

And next to it, some pretty rocky plants.03-02-2007-11-34-45.JPG

Just below the entrance, more plants, looking surreal especially with the dripping water from the cave’s ceiling. The Clearwater Cave system is 130km in length, #10 in the world, but could be #1 for volume of air contained. It’s still being researched, so chances are, the length can increase further. It’s also connected to Cave of the Wind.
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Out of the cave, we are soon on the way down.
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Some people could not resist the inviting cool, fresh water of the pond. Swim at your own risk, do not dive, do not fish.03-02-2007-11-45-17.JPG

But these blokes, getting ready to dive at the deep end where the underground stream surfaces, just could not care less. 03-02-2007-11-46-48.JPG

Anyway, the others won’t take any chances and eyeball them. 03-02-2007-11-47-17.JPG

The boatpark. I wouldn’t mind having a snooze in one of those now, especially after the long hard walk.03-02-2007-11-54-06.JPG

We duly wait for our boat.03-02-2007-11-54-38.JPG

On the way back to Park HQ.03-02-2007-12-01-12.JPG

Our cool boatman, he orders everybody to put on the lifevest. Good man, but of course, he does not need a lifevest himself. 🙂03-02-2007-12-02-13.JPG

Passing by the white cliff again.03-02-2007-12-02-32.JPG

Splendid view along the way. 03-02-2007-12-07-03.JPG

Soon the welcoming sight of the Park HQ footbridge.03-02-2007-12-11-25.JPG

Mr Boatman skillfully makes a U-turn in the middle of the fast-flowing river, and moves the boat sideways to the landing. I’m impressed.03-02-2007-12-12-27.JPG

In no time we are having a well-earned lunch at Cafe Mulu. Our 3 American friends are at the other end.03-02-2007-12-32-15.JPG

Fried rice for the mom …03-02-2007-12-32-36.JPG

… while Aina and I gobble up some nasi lemak. A very tasty fare indeed, but maybe I was just starving after a hard day’s work?
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After the meal, we take a rest before doing the other two caves in the afternoon.

TO BE CONTINUED …

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