Kuching Caving Day Trip ~ Kuching, Borneo Sarawak
Minimum no. of Persons
Things to Bring
Checklist Attire ~ If you use your own footwear and clothing make sure that they are suitable for caving. Footwear should be sturdy and preferably with rubber soles. Long trousers are preferred but, if you prefer shorts, they should cover the knee and not restrict movement. Clothing used in caves will get dirty and may be torn
Essentials to get you through ~ All guests should bring a towel, insect repellant and spare T shirt. Bring a water proof bag for cash and any electronic devices you decide to bring. Photography is not permitted inside the caves but there are no restrictions outside. If you wear glasses secure them around your neck with a cord
Kuching Caving Trip Rates ~ valid till 31st December 2017 (Rates per person)
* transport, water, snacks, boots, trousers, free digital images from our library, pictures of you in the cave and the meal on the way home
Single travelers are welcome to join an existing booking - please give us a choice of dates if you can.
Private expeditions can be arranged (even for one person) - check with us for current pricing and availability.
**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.
BIG SPACES, COOL STREAMS
Our acclaimed caving expedition "for everyone". Completed by 5 year olds and 75 year olds our flagship product is safe, educational and very much the real thing! Incredible chambers) beautiful structures) and extensive biodiversity. Premium and standard packages available
08.45am Pick up in 4WD
09.30am Briefings on archaeology, geology and safety at our base. Currently in English, Bahasa and German - we will be adding new languages in the coming months. Equipment Issue and safety briefing.
10.30am Depart for the caves.
11.30am Into Cave 1
03.00pm Out of cave 1 and a 15 minute walk to cave 2
03.30pm Into cave 2
04.30pm Out of cave 2, back to the vehicle and change.
05.45pm Back at base to return equipment.
07.30pm Hotel drop off.
Note (1) – Economy package excludes the cave swim and food; return time is about 17:30. Min 2 pax
Adventure at its best:our rope descents (2 outside so that guests are familiar with the equipment) long crawls (knee pads supplied) amazing calcite) more biodiversity (in some cases different to that found on the Big Spaces product and a couple of transits in and around wild tropical limestone karst jungle. Guests need to be reasonably fit (and not overweight) for this expedition however no previous experiene is required. Premium and Standard packages available.
08.45am Pick up in 4WD
09.30am Equipment Issue and safety briefing.
10.00am Depart for the caves
10.15am Equipment familiarisation
11.00am Into Cave 1
03.00pm Out of Cave 1 and a 14 minute walk to Cave 2
03.15pm Into Cave 2
04.00pm Abseil out of cave 2, back to the vehicle, get cleaned up and change.
05.45pm Back at base to return equipment
07.30pm Hotel drop off.
THE LOBANG BATU
The 'Rock Hole' is an enormous cave system in Permian limestone nearly 2 hours drive away from Kuching. It is 1.5hrs walk to the mountain the last 30 minutes being up steep (but not unduely difficult) paths; reasonable fitness required). The caves are amongst the most beautiful ANYWHERE! And the view from the summit is unbeatable. One of the 100 places you have to see before you die . Premium and standard packages available.
08.30am Pick up in 4WD
09.00am Equipment Issue and safety briefing.
09.30am Depart for the caves
11.00am Start the 1.5hour trek to the mountain.
12.30pm Into Caves
02.00pm Out of the caves, down to the valley and up the summit trail
05.00pm Clean up and back to Kuching with a stop for dinner on the way
08.30pm Hotel drop off.
Kuching Caving reserves the right to alter an itinerary or cancel a tour due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational conditions for the safety of guests.We accept no liability or losses due to failure to connect with other services and cannot be held liable for personal accidents, loss of baggage or personal item, illness or death resulting from activities which is beyond our control.We reserve the right to decline a booking or to refuse entry to accommodate any person(s) or group who in our opinion, are not suitable to occupy. In this case no reasons will need to be given and the contract shall be discharged without further liability on either party.When making a reservation you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms & Conditions at all times.
- A growing selection of adventures and expeditions which are graded according to physical difficulty and technical experience required.
- No more than 8 guests in a group unless they have booked together in which case 10. A single expedition may have more than one group.
- Premium, standard and economy packages are available
- Two guides for premium and standard packages, one for economy packages. Premium packages are led by a western cave specialist.
- The basic equipment package of helmet, lamps and gloves is provided to all guests. Premium customers also get the additional equipment package of trousers, rubber boots, socks, belt, water and backpack. Customers on the standard package can hire the additional equipment separately. If necessary harnesses and srt equipment are also provided. Caving is normally safe however backup arrangements ensure that illness and incidents, should they occur, are properly dealt with.
- A meal at the end of the expedition is included for one day premium packages. Guests on the standard package pay for their own food whilst the economy package does not include a meal stop. Two day expeditions are ‘full board’ unless stated otherwise excluding alcoholic beverages.
Cancellation without incurring any penalty is allowed at least three (3) days prior to the day of arrival for. Penalty for late cancellation or no show is equal to the amount of the first night room rate
Pricing & Service Charges
All rates stated in the website is inclusive to 10% service charge and 5% government tax unless specifically mentioned. We reserve the right to make changes to their pricing without prior notice.
Kuching Caving shall not be held liable for the death, sickness or injury to any guest or for the loss, theft or damage to any guest property however sustained or caused delay or illness howsoever caused to the guest whilst on their trip. It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure that their belongings are secure at all times.
1 Am I Fit Enough?
If you can climb 2 or 3 flights of stairs and walk a mile then you are fit enough for the easy expeditions. Intermediate expeditions require a higher fitness level but you don't have to be superfit or superman. Advanced expeditions are harder. Check the rating and fact sheet for the expedition which you are planning to do for a description of what the expedition entails. If you are a visitor to the region you will find that dehydration is a threat so drink plenty of water.. Going jungle trekking or caving before you have had a chance to acclimatise will reduce your effectiveness.
2 Am I too old (or too young)?
Our oldest guest was 67 years old whilst our youngest was 7 so it isn't about age it is about your physical condition, fitness level and outlook on life. Children below the age of 14 are welcome in their family group
3 I have a medical condition. Can I go caving?
Firstly, we strongly recommend that you see a qualified medical practitioner if you have any doubt at all about your state of health before going caving. In any event please inform us at the time of booking if you suffer from obesity, coronary heart disease, any condition which results in shortness of breath, epilepsy, disorders affecting your balance, loss of vision which is not corrected by spectacles or contact lenses, arthritis and other debilitating physical conditions or any other medical condition which may affect your ability to safely go caving.
4 Will I be Safe?
We go to great lengths to make your caving experience a safe one and have had no guests or staff members suffer injuries requiring medical attention to date. There are many caves in the area in which rock falls and floor collapses are a danger which we avoid and our route planning, preparation, equipment maintenance and guide training are designed to keep you safe. Accidents and illness can always, however, happen and we are prepared for them if they do.
5 How do I get there?
You have the following transport options:
Make your own way to a meeting point - we will send you a map. All meeting points are on major roads and are within an hour of the International Airport.
Your tour operator provides transport to the destination along with other services.
We arrange transport for you. There will be an additional fee unless the package includes transport.
6 Are the local people involved?
Yes. Our company is majority owned by Bidayuh interests and is part of the local community. Local villages hold the rights to the caves which we use and, in every case, benefit from your enjoyment of them as follows.
1 A proportion of the fee paid by every guest is paid to community funds.
2 Our guides are hired from the local community.
3 Local businesses are used to support our operation.
7 What equipment do you provide?
All packages include a safety helmet, 2 lamps, spare torch and batteries (both carried by your guide).
premium package also includes: Overtrousers , Gloves , Water ,Rubber boots , Light pack ,Socks, Personal backup kit with spare torch and whistle
If you choose the standard package you can hire the clothing and equipment listed above
If you choose the economy package you bring your own equipment and clothing.
If the destination involves ropework we also supply as required and on a shared basis: Ropes , Ascenders , Descenders , Harnesses , Carabiners
If you use your own footwear and clothing make sure that they are suitable for caving. Footwear should be sturdy and preferably with rubber soles. Long trousers are preferred but, if you prefer shorts, they should cover the knee and not restrict movement. Clothing used in caves will get dirty and may be torn
All climbing equipment is name brand and meets the appropriate standards. Ropes, harnesses, ascenders and descenders are regularly inspected and retired according to manufacturers guidelines.
If you chose the premium package or the standard package with clothing and equipment hire please let us know your clothing and boot sizes at the time of booking. We carry stocks of small, medium and large overtrousers fitting from waist size 24 inches to 42 inches and boots from UK size 4 to 11 (See here to convert shoe sizes). If your waist or shoe size are outside this range please bring your own. A charge may be made for any equipment entrusted to you (including spent batteries) not returned at the end of the expedition.
Please note that guests wearing inappropriate footwear (flip flops, high heels, light weight sandals) will not be allowed to enter the caves.
8 What should I bring with me?
All guests should bring a towel, insect repellant and spare T shirt.
If you chose not to use our clothing and equipment option (standard and economy options only) you should also bring old clothing and footwear to cave in and a small pack.
9 What about the environment?
Caves are fragile ecosystems which support unique species the existence of which will be threatened if appropriate policies are not followed. We recognise that using the caves for tourism can be damaging and take the following steps to minimise it after consultation with the relevant authorities.:
* Most caves are used infrequently to avoid continuous disturbance * Guests are asked to follow our guidelines to minimise cave damage and disturbance * Where human traffic can damage the floor we monitor the state of the floor and take appropriate action if damage is noticed * Of the many caves to which guests could be taken only a small percentage are used for tourism * In some cases rubbish has accumulated in the caves. All caves which we visit are given a clean up before being brought into use * Our activities therefore have a nett positive environmental impact.
10 What about valuables, electronics and personal equipment?
If you don't need them with you we suggest that you leave them behind - we cannot guarantee their safety in the cave environment. Bring a water proof bag for cash and any electronic devices you decide to bring. Photography is not permitted inside the caves but there are no restrictions outside. If you wear glasses secure them around your neck with a cord.
11 What can I do and what can't I do?
Most importantly - enjoy the experience! But, for your own safety and the protection of the cave environment: leave nothing which you have brought in behind. Take nothing out that belongs in the cave. Follow your guides instruction at all times. Do not smoke. Do not eat food which you have touched with your hands until you have thoroughly washed them. Do not rush. Do not shout.
12 What about accidents, rescue and insurance?
Your safety is our number 1 priority however accidents and illness can happen and we are prepared for them. At least one of our expedition staff will have first aid training and our policies determine what steps are to be taken in the event of illness or injury. Our policies cover initial treatment, obtaining assistance, evacuation and hospitalisation. This may involve emergency services, private paramedics and cave rescue teams. We therefore recommend that all guests have valid personal insurance cover.