Outdoor Malaysia | N. Sembilan | Gua Batu Maloi - from a Guide's Point of View


I'm a guide and operator here at Gua Batu Maloi; I've always said to myself that there is nothing like it anywhere else in Malaysia .. it's true, at least not that I know of :P. The most fun commercial caving activity that I've ever done is right here in Johol Negeri Sembilan.


That's me in the pink 'Enchantress' helmet LOL, look at the pretty diamond-like water droplets! Errrr, actually a lot of water is gushing through that passage hehe..




Whilst the more popular caves are karst and limestones, caving at Gua Batu Maloi is more like crawling and swimming in the tricky and narrow passages formed in between and underneath giant granite boulders. 






What makes it even more special is the fact that these boulders have existed and fallen from 2 mountains i.e. Gunung Tampin and Gunung Datuk and stacked up in and around the river thats located in the valley between those mountains, so almost 90% of the caving routes here are in the river itself. 






This is why you would be twisting your body, crawling, swimming, wading, climbing, squatting, combat-crawling and occasionally a little bit of breath-holding may be involved to pass through the gap that is submerged under the shallow water. 




Some rope action ...





Here's a video from my Youtube channel ;) .. the recent excursion by Akademi Laut Malaysia aka Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM) students;



But that's not all. The routes are all heading upriver, so you would encounter a few points where the water current is fast, creating cascades of whitewater gushing on the rocks and sometimes too fast that you can't even take a step forward without assistance. 





Whilst that adds to the challenge, it's also very refreshing at the same time. 






Another video from one of the trips I've handled; this one of a group of adventurers from Singapore;



(I have uploaded longer videos of other excursions too, do visit My Youtube Channel okayy^^)

You will be kept busy with trying to make your way through the pathways that you wouldn't realize it would have taken you 3 hours into the journey but still have a long way to go before you reach the end-point. 

It's all about hashtagging these days baby, LOL #RNRAdventures, look me up, don't forget! ^^

The brave souls in metallic grey helmets are the guides in my team!


Smile for the camera!
Taking a breather half way through the checkpoints
Well, do not let this dampen your spirit, it's part of the fun and challenge, simply stop for a bit of r&r and enjoy the cool freshwater and cascades; if you look around on the cave walls or in the nooks and crannies of the rocks you might even meet some of the 'locals' here - giant river toads and bats or the fishes that swim around but are oblivious to you due to the darkness.
River toad ... and that's not even the biggest one here haha XD
This particular area along the cave system is pitch dark



I consider caving here as a rather extreme activity but one thing for sure is it takes you millions of miles away from that stressful day at the office. All your problems would seem immaterial because you will be busy twisting, turning, crawling, gliding, swimming, wading, squatting and climbing your way through Gua Batu Maloi.

After exiting the caving route, you'll do a bit of trekking through the forest back to where you would have parked your car;







Batu Maloi - it's actually situated outside the cave system
I regret to inform all of you out there that these legendary roots are now gone because the tree fell due to strong wind sometime in early May 2017 ;(



Pre-excursion intro and safety briefing



Tips and essentials:
Based on my experience accompanying many people to explore the cave, I have come to these conclusions in terms of what to bring/wear to optimize your caving experience here:

- Wear durable water shoes; nothing too bulky but have good grips. If you love your branded shoes, leave them at home. The cheap black latex ones like these are the best;


I have seen soles ripped, crocs floated away with the current; I mean, some people had to use tree roots to tie back their soles to the shoes ha ha.

- Avoid wearing crocs or any sandal like it

- Wear thick socks or the sands between your toes would annoy you the whole way =D

- Wear tights or durable leotards with another layer of pants outside. You will have to bend, crawl and climb and occasionally twist your body in unimaginable ways so you need to be flexible.  Cover your knees while you're at it.

- Gloves are great, but not compulsory

- Avoid bringing along any bag, if you must, bring the tiniest waterproof bag you can find just for essentials like chocolate, small waterproof camera and bottled water. Some people have lost Iphones to the fast current. I'm not discouraging you to bring cameras though, but just be very careful and like every thing else, bring them at your own risk. Leave your hands free.

- Wear a headlamp

*These are just guidelines; if you can, try to follow them as much as possible otherwise you would still enjoy caving at Gua Batu Maloi, but with 'additional challenges' he he .. many people still enjoy caving here even when they were not prepared as advised ;)

Getting here:
The best way is to come with your own transport. Take the PLUS highway towards Negeri Sembilan and take the Simpang Ampat / A Famosa exit. Follow the sign board and make your way to Tampin town. Upon reaching the town, you will come to a crossroad where there is Hotel Wangsamas and a Hindu temple on your left. 

Take a left or simply follow the sign to Kuala Pilah from here. after another crossroad and 5 minutes later, you will reach a T-junction with Kuala Pilah to the left and Gemas going straight. Take a left turn to KP until you reach the small town of Air Mawang about 10 minutes from the T-junction. 

By bus: Take an express bus from Kuala Lumpur or intercity bus from Seremban / Melaka for Tampin. Get a cab at Tampin bus station to take you to Air Mawang town to meet the guide. You'll need to book the cab to fetch you again. 

By intercity train: From Singapore / Kuala Lumpur station, get a ticket to Pulau Sebang / Tampin Station. Hire a cab here or make arrangements with your guide.

There are many accommodations from budget motels, homestays to hotels now in Tampin town. If you are from out of town, you could always check into one of those.

Since this trip would need a prior reservation, simply plan to meet your guide at Air Mawang or Tampin town. 

Lucky for you, I happen to be a registered guide with the Kuala Pilah Forestry Department he he ;) so if you'd like to book a trip with me for Gua Batu Maloi or other activities, go here for details OR simply **SMS/Whatsapp me for more info at the number below; we take you through the best routes when the weather condition permits ;) 

Please add +6 in front of my number to Whatsapp me - even for Malaysians, huhuuu^^

Facilities:
Restrooms
Camp sites
Musolla
Open gathering hall
Dining area
Free parking

Fee:
RM40/pax flat rate for a group of 10 people minimum.  The fee includes: 
- Forest entry permit
- Local Committee fee
- Registered guide service
- Lunch 

Price without lunch @ RM35/pax
Optional certificate @ RM5/pax 

*As the forestry department has also provided camp sites here, we also organize camps with various activities in store for schools, higher learning institutions, clubs, societies and government or private bodies. Price starts from RM65/pax for a 2D1N program. Kindly PM me for more details.






Some of the recent #RNRAdventures customers...
ALAM students 80+ pax

KRUM UniKL MIIT 20+ pax 
Program Sihat Staf Hospital Alor Gajah 60 pax

FETSA UTeM 80+pax

PROSIS UiTM S3 30 pax

Faculty of Dentistry USIM 60+ pax
SMTM Bukit Piatu 30 pax


Kelab Mendaki UPM 40+ pax 
Kembara KoKurikulum UiTM S3 20+ pax

And from time to time we also receive foreign visitors; in the photo below are expatriates from India, Latvia, Iran and the philippines.


Hope to see U guys @ GBM soon! ;)

Last updated May 25th 2017

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