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Caving Tips

Caving is normally done in the relatively dry season from March to October, but be prepared for rain anytime. Permits may be required when exploring some caves.

Tropical caves are not as damp as those in Europe and the Americas but they are chilly at times especially during storms and heavy rain. A light jacket is recommended.

As with all nature adventures, conservation of stalagmites, stalactites and all cave wildlife are of utmost importance. In caves with known inhabitants, avoid flash photography as the light frightens the cave-dwelling life forms. Note the possibility of encountering potentially dangerous creatures around caves such as snakes or scorpions.

Caving - Practical Tips
  1. Always take a reliable guide, who can be hired from the national parks or from caving clubs. Many of Malaysia’s caves are unmapped and not even an experienced caver should go exploring alone. Groups of four are optimum.
  2. Although some operators offer cave diving, it is a highly specialised sport and should only be undertaken by professional divers and cavers.
  3. Always check equipment before venturing into a cave especially when abseiling.
  4. Experienced cavers recommend a maximum of eight hours in a cave at a stretch but most caves take less than three hours to explore.
  5. Plan how much lighting you will need. One kilogramme of carbide will give enough illumination for approximately six to eight hours.
  6. Cavers should always carry back-up torches and extra batteries.
  7. Heart patients and those suffering from claustrophobia should limit themselves to show caves where guides take in groups of 20 to 40 people. Cavers should be free from allergies related to limestone and bat guano.