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Paku Waterfall, Mulu

After lunch and resting from the morning's adventure, I headed off to Paku Waterfall which was in between Deer Cave and the Canopy Walk.

Before I went off, I put my name down at the white board at the Park Office, in case I got lost in the jungle. hehe. 

Saw a sign a long the trail. Wow. 24kms!  thats a LOOONG WALK!

I was actually expecting wooden planks all the way to the waterfall. instead I was greeted with a muddy trail. And I was wearing slippers. My shoes were wet from the morning adventure. 

As I was walking the trail alone, listening to the mp3 on my phone. I got bored and shot randomly to amuse myself.

Surrounded by greens!

After like an hour of threading thru muddy puddles I arrived at this sign. Yay waterfall! 

I dont see it! 

Looking around, thinking to myself, is that it ?

Nope, nothing that way either!

So after the walk, its confirmed. This was the waterfall! ~_~ Okay, since I was there hungry and tired I decided to rest a while and take in the serinity of the place. It was actually quite nice. 

So calm.

Im sure the waterfall would be "fuller" if it was raining for the past few days. So... 

Behold, Paku Waterfall!

Might as well take a few more shots, since I was already there right ? Anyways about 10 mins after I arrived two more people emerged from the trail. Turns out, they were also staying at the same hostel as I was. 

I was out looking for something interesting to shoot, and I looked back and saw this. 

The last two shots made the whole trek worth it. At least something nice to show for. After resting for another 5 mins I headed back, slowly in to the muddy trail.

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 17-55]

 

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Clearwater Cave, Mulu

After about 15 mins break we continued towards Clearwater cave or locally known as Gua Air Jernih

The first obstacle was a 200 step staircase upwards to the entrance. Which was quite taxing. Walking on some what flat surface is one thing, doing steps is another. And the steps were not your standard sized steps. But I made it to the top. After a few brief stops. Glad I made the climb. 

At the top, we were greeted with this. 

Looks like something out of a horror movie~ :)

Well, what do you know, after making the climb UP, now we had to go DOWN. Look at how small the steps are...

Before we went in, our guide explained abit about the stories of the place. And how we were going to approach it. 

Here we go.

This place is huge.

As we got in deeper, it got darker (duh!).

The view looking back. Yikes!

Do you notice the lady there?

With spots of lights install randomly, its kinda eerie. Nothing much to see, in the first segment of the caves tho.

We went up to the fork, and headed towards the other segment of the cave. 

This was something interesting. See those spikey things...

They were actually pointing in the direction towards the light. Hmmm...

When reached here, I was like, WOW. Its so big!

But I couldnt get all the details in... Will try again later...

Gah! Sunlight!

This was the end of the trail. Since I did not have my tripod with me, I had to make do, on a railing. This shot was taken at 5" at f/4.0, ISO 1600 at 10mm. I have nearly never taken photos at ISO 1600 on my Nikon D300. And for 5 full seconds. And it is still not bright  enough. Jeez.

Not wanting to give up, I tried to increase the exposure time. The shot above was taken at 10". Which is a lifetime, when your trying to stablize your camera on a round railing.

Change angle, hey thats my shadow! A bit blur tho. It was cold and wet.

This was at the edge of the ledge / stairs, no need to worry about stablizing the camera for the shot. You can feel the coldness of the water of the stream. And yes, its very cold, like ice water. Just make sure you do not fall into it!

Trying to catch the return trip. Just to show how slight movement messes up the shot.

After a few tries and bracing myself for a few moments. I managed. Shortening the exposure to 8"

I had this photo printed, looks awesome. 8" f4.2, ISO 1600 @ 11.5mm

10" at f/4.0, ISO 1600 at 10mm. Maybe I should print this photo as well. mmm

At the beginning of the steps. One step at a time.

Built in 1988. Hmm...

Back to the cooling pool next to the staircase. How I wished to jump in and have a swim. Actually I did, in my previous trip when I was a young lad. So we waited around somemore for our ride.

First boats leaving for the HQ

Hehe people were wonding what I was doing. 

On our return trip. At least the rain stopped. Somewhat. Only realized got water on the lens when I got back to the HQ. Sorry Alex!

Water looks less clear after the rain.

Hey its me! 

So that basically concludes the trip where a guide was needed. After reaching the HQ and getting cleaned up and getting into dry clothing. I had lunch and rested a bit before heading out towards Paku Waterfall. Was actually looking forward to it.

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 10-20]

 

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Wind Cave, Mulu National Park

After more months flying by I'm still trying my best to clear my back log, which is amazing because I'm jobless and you would think I have all the free time in the world! So I will try my best to channel myself into my mood when I was there. 

So here is the entrance to the hostel, Tongkat Ali. =)

In any case, the journey continues the next day. I think I did mention that my super affordable accomodations, comes with breakfast at the canteen. That serves pretty decent local food. After a quick meal I got my camera gear ready, and headed out to the docks. As the days journey starts with an hour's worth of boat ride, and because it was raining heavily, progress as a bit slow. 

This view is facing outwards from the hostel.

 

My companion. 

And since it was raining, got into their raincoats. Your truely didnt prepare for wet weather so had to run to the gift shop and buy the National Park's poncho. ;) Very useful stuff. 

All at the jetty waiting for our ride. 

This is our ride. A long boat. 

Looking back. All in all our little convoy had about 4 long boats.

Clear waters.

This fellow sitting at the front of the long boat had a very important task. But he was sitting down most of the time as the water level rose a bit during the rain.

 

When he spots area which are too shallow he stands up and helps to move the long boat along.

In areas where there were less obstacles, we went faster.

Some areas were, a bit hairy. brrr..

Good thing our drivers were experienced ones.

Ah.. Calmer waters. ;)

Yes, me, very cold and wet.

I would say about halfway thru the journey the convoy stopped at a Penan village which were selling many trinklets and handicrafts.

I am not sure if it was due to the wet weather or not only me and a few other tourist were walking around viewing the items for sell. The rest of the tourist just stood in a corner not even approach the stalls.

Football field!

Astro Sattelite dish! Progress!

After the quick and awkward stop at the Penan village we went back on the river and continued our journey, toward Wind Cave and Clearwater cave.  The Wind Cave is that this is also part of the Clearwater Cave system. But the speciality of the Wind Cave is the cool breeze that flows through this cave as you are inside and also the unique formations of stalagmite and stalactites.

Going into the dark...

Do you see a face on the rock formation?

Stalagmite and stalactites.

Shadow of a person ! 

I wonder how does it look like on top.

Heading back into the light.

Getting closer

Almost there.

Once we got out we had a pit stop for about 10-15 mins before going up to clearwater cave. While others were munching away their food, I went about taking in all the greenery and scenery. 

Our rides.

Dont you wanna jump in for a swim? 

After our rest and mingling about, it was time for the next cave, Clearwater Cave.

 

For all the postings on the Mulu trip, click HERE

[Gears: Nikon D300, 10-20]

 

 

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Deer Cave & Langs Cave

After the Canopy Skywalk me and the German couple, we joined another group who were heading towards Deer & Langs Cave. We kinda intercepted them half way. The Deer & Langs cave walk started from the Park HQ at 2pm. 

Whats this picture about? haha well just out of boredom when waiting for the others when they were taking photos. :)

#2Another randomly shot photo while walking to the caves. Met up with the other group which was heading towards Deer Cave & Langs Cave which heads out from the Park HQ every 2:00pm and 2:30pm, RM 20.00 per person. 

#3We were all very fascinated by the bug, and everyone started taking photos of it, me included \o\

#4Along the way you will be surrounded by greens. With a symphony from insects. I didn't see much wild life tho. I'm sure they are avoiding the human tracks. 

#5Looks like a dried out river?

#6

Welcome to Langs Cave! 

#7Inside looking out~ Goodby light!

#8Hello! Anybody there? 

#9

Interesting rock formations.

#10I must say this is one of my fav pics of the trip. The cave formation looks alien, with people running for their lives in the foreground. LOL. Nah, I just like this pic. 

#11Stalactite and stalagmites~

#12Can you see where we are going? 

#13Good thing they had lights to showcase the cave formations. I did not bring my flash. Didn't really expect it to be so dark. 

#14DAYLIGHT! \o/ heading into Deer Cave

#15My new guide explaining something...

#16This cave is HUGE! Look at how tall the ceiling is! Check out the stairs at the lower part of the photo.

In case you didnt know Deer cave WAS the Worlds Largest Cave passage until someone found another in Vietnam. While Deer Cave was larger in height and width, it lose in length/depth!

At 262-by-262 feet (80-by-80 meters) in most places, the Son Doong cave beats out the previous world-record holder, Deer Cave in the Malaysian section of the island of Borneo.

Deer Cave is no less than 300-by-300 feet (91-by-91 meters), but it's only about a mile (1.6 kilometers) long.

By contrast, explorers walked 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) into Son Doong, in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, before being blocked by seasonal floodwaters—and they think that the passage is even longer.

Nat Geo

Oh well, it is still pretty darn impressive! Also Deer Cave has Abraham Lincoln!

#17Haha ! Doesnt that look like President Abrahm Lincolns face side profile ?

#18Mucking about with the camera settings. 

#19This cave is really something.

#20Everyone is following the leader. Remember the steps in picture #16? This was the upclose shot. Relatively clean, from my memory it was covered with bat guano.

#21Misting~ 

#22Looking back towards the entrance. What a view. 

#23We made our way deep into the cave. Guess what we found?

#24The "Garden of Eden" xD Previously when I was here, we did go down to the Garden of Eden, but this trip was not arranged. 

#25Photo #25 looks like it was taken with relatively fast shutter, yes? Actually its been taken at 1/10th sec shutter at f/2.8 with ISO1000 !  Normally you would see much more details, but due to the lack of available light.

#26So I change more settings on the camera to get this shot. Now its 1/5th of a second, still at f/2.8 but ISO was bumped to ISO 1600! Very frustrating. oTL

After that we all made our way back to the entrance and to the place where everyone waited for the bats to exit the cave to look for food.  

#27An elderly couple from Kuala Lumpur. 

We all gathered at the viewing place but the weather seemed like it was going to rain. We all sat around at the open space and waited. Some of the bats came out, but it was not as much as I had seen before. This time they sort of trickled out. haha, so I packed up my camera and stuff and headed back as I felt drops of rain on my head. I did not bring the raincoat, didnt want to risk my gear getting wet therefore just left. 

#28The walk back was quite un-eventful. It was dusk, losing light really fast. I decided to have fun along the way back. It was boring walking back alone

#29Another blur shot.

#30Final shot of the day, at a bridge half way back to the Park HQ. It was a great first day. 

For more information 

Borsarmulu Park Management
P.O. Box 2413,
Miri, 98008 Sarawak, Malaysia
Fax: (+60 85) 792 305
Tel: (+60 85) 792 300 / (+60 85) 792 301
E-mail: enquiries@mulupark.com

[Gears: Nikon D300, 17-55, 10-20] 

 

 

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