Gomantong Caves are situated in the Gomantong Forest Reserve. The hill is the largest limestone outcrop in the Lower Kinabatangan area. For centuries, the caves are renowned for their edible swiftlet nests.
Gomantong has recorded over 260 species of birds and some of the notable highlights are the Black-Crowned Pitta, Blue-Headed Pitta, Bornean Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-Bellied Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-Chested Flycatcher, and the Rhinoceros Hornbill.
BIRDing locations + trails
The best place for birding is the road leading to the entrance of Gomantong. If you stick around the caves in the late evening to experience the bat exodus, you might be lucky to witness Crested Serpent Eagles, Wallace's Hawk Eagles, and Oriental Pied Hornbills hunting for bats.
Accommodations closest to the Gomantong Caves are situated at Bilit, Kinabatangan. Although, a day trip from Sandakan is also possible.
Gomantong is approximately 112 kilometres from the nearest town, Sandakan. The caves are reachable via sealed and partly gravel roads.