Gunung Mulu National Park
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Gunung Mulu National Park is a relatively unexplored destination that is home to a myriad of terrains, flora, and fauna.
Home to the world’s largest cave system, 5-million-year-old limestone mountains, and a massive ancient rainforest, your experience at the Gunung Mulu National Park will surely be unique and diverse.
The park is about 1.5 kilometers from Sarawak’s Mulu Airport.
Opening Days and Hours
The park opens daily from 08:00 to 17:00. However, attractions at the park are closed if the weather is bad.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The park entry fee is RM 30 (USD 7.30) for adults and RM 15 (USD 3.65) for children aged between 7 to 18 years old. Children younger than 7 years old can enter for free.
How to Get There
The only practical way to get to Mulu is by flying in via the Mulu Airport. From the airport, you can take an airport shuttle to Gunung Mulu Park or use the transportation services provided by your accommodation hosts.
This attraction is best suited for people who love outdoor activities. Because most activities in the park will require mid to high level of fitness, it might not be suitable for seniors or kids below 12 years of age.
Time to Spend
A minimum of 3 days is recommended to visit just a small portion of the park.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
As the park is mainly made up of tropical rainforests, it tends to get heavy rainfalls throughout the year. The best time to visit will be from June to September, which are the driest months but is also the busiest season in the park.
Various guided tours are available including cave explorations, canopy sky walk, night walk, jungle treks, and mountain hikes. You can explore the park independently at the botanic garden and villages. You can also swim in the river and waterfalls or go on a relaxing boat ride.
Café Mulu inside the Park Headquarters serves local food with forest vegetables and Western cuisine at mid-range prices. You can also find local pubs and restaurants across the bridge outside the Park Headquarters.
Safety and Fraud
If you are exploring the park or taking a swim on your own, you should keep an eye on the weather and water level.
There are many options for accommodation when you visit the park. Most people choose to stay at the Park Headquarters ,which provides a budget hostel and mid-range accommodation in long houses or rooms. For luxury travelers, you may opt to stay at the 5-star Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, which is about 1.5 kilometres up the road from the park. Apart from that, there are also many budget homestays and backpacker accommodations run by locals just outside the park across the Melinau River.
Good to Know
Cellphone coverage in the park can be unreliable and many areas are not covered. Due to the unpredictable and humid weather, flight times might change without notice so allow some flexibility in your schedule. It is highly recommended to book your accommodation, transport, and guided tours in advance.