Gua Madai

Madai Cave

Useful Information

Location: Off Lahad Datu-Tawau Highway, at km 3.
(4.718480, 118.153311)
Open: JAN to MAR, JUL, AUG after reservation.
Fee: Per Person MYR 100, Local MYR 70.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Madai Caves, No. 3 km, Kampung Madai, Kunak, Sabah, 91100 Lahad Datu, Tel: +60-88-248-698. E-mail:
Mohd Ali bin Sarangit, LOT 707, MLD 9171, Lorong 8, Palm Heights, Lahad Datu, Tel: +6016-929-4326. E-mail:
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1997 under nature protection.


Gua Madai (Madai Cave) is located at a karst tower The tower and the cave are protected by the Madai Baturong Forest Reserve. The area is covered by a virgin forest (class VI) and protected under section 85 (2) of the Wildlife Preservation Enactment 1997. The cave contains swallows and the local Idahan tribes have the right to harvest the nests, if they pay 10% royalty to the Sabah state government. This is a so-called usufructuary right which they have inherited.

The cave is rather huge and developed by a wooden elevated path. Most of the cave is well illuminated by natural light through numerous skylights. There is also some electric light in the dark paths, but it is only for security reasons, not to illuminate the cave.