|| Kampung Madai, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
|| Kunak Regional Forestry office
P.O.Box No 2, 91207 Kunak, Sabah, Malaysia
|| +608 985 1863
|| +608 985 1862
|| Pre-arrange with the Kunak Regional Forestry office
|| MYR1.00 per pax
Madai Caves is located at Tawau Division of Sabah, in between Lahad Datu and Tawau on the East Coast of Sabah.
The caves can be easily found and located as it is only about 1.5 kilometers from the main road.
Madai Caves is the habitat is a large number of swiftlets. Their nests are usually harvested twice a year for the
renowned Chinese delicacy, the birds nest soup. For more than five centuries, the Ida'an people have been
harvesting the nests as they own the harvesting rights in Madai Caves.
Madai is also one of the most important archaeological sites where traces of human existence and inhabitation
can be traced from over 15,000 years ago. These traces of human were found preserved in layers and layers of bat
droppings which are found in abundance inside the caves. There are village houses right outside the caves which
offers place to stay especially during the harvest period when people throng to the caves for their share of
the bird nests.
About 16 kilometers from Madai is Baturong. This is another huge limestone massif of archaeological importance.
Baturong was once part of the Tingkayu Lake which was washed away a few thousands of years ago around 15,000 BC.
The Baturong Caves were believed to be inhabited for over 5000 years until they were abandoned around 10,000 BC.
However, they were again inhabited together with the Madai Caves till the end of the Paleolithic Age. Though Madai
Caves can be easily accessed, the same cannot be said for Baturong. Baturong can only be reached by a one-hour
drive and another hour of walking through the palm oil plantations. Sabah is a fantastic place to visit. The
abundance of picturesque views and scenic landscapes will definitely make you want to stay here as long as
you can. Accommodations in Sabah are plentiful so do not worry about not having a place to put up during
your stay here.
The best way to get to Madai Caves is by car as one has to use the Lahad Datu-Tawau highway to get
to the caves.