Best Things You’ll See on Borneo River Cruise

Best Things You’ll See on Borneo River Cruise

Best Things You’ll see on

Borneo River Cruise

14
October, 2017
Borneo Tour Packages

Weston River Cruise

Bako National Park

You might have experienced riding a gondola in the Grand Canal, or cruising along the Mississippi River to explore the historical waterways of The United States of America. But nothing beats the experience and feeling when cruising down the rivers in Borneo. When coming to Borneo, there are numerous ways to enjoy the wildlife. One of the means where people enjoy learning and experiencing the wildlife in its natural habitat here in Sabah Borneo is via a relaxing cruise down the river.

Borneo is the second largest island in the South Pacific (third largest in the world), which is split between the nations of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. It is known that Borneo has the oldest rainforest (roughly 140 years million old!). Additionally, it is an important ecosystem for many endemic species of Borneo Plants and Wildlife. There are some articles from National Geographic featuring some of the Borneo Wildlife, such as Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Clouded Leopard and more. Still have no idea where Borneo is? Click here to see Borneo Map!

Borneo river cruise is generally one of the top activities for Borneo holiday seekers, especially in Sabah Borneo. Embarking on a Borneo river cruise is a lifetime experience for you to discover the pristine Borneo rainforest and a chance to spot some Borneo Wildlife. We would not be surprised after your Borneo river cruise, you will be captivated by the charm of this special place and will not miss to go for another round of Borneo river cruise.

Borneo river cruise is generally one of the top activities for Borneo holiday seekers, especially in Sabah Borneo. Embarking on a Borneo river cruise is a lifetime experience for you to discover the pristine Borneo rainforest and a chance to spot some Borneo Wildlife. We would not be surprised after your Borneo river cruise, you will be captivated by the charm of this special place and will not miss to go for another round of Borneo river cruise.

A chance to spot Orangutans

Borneo River Cruise
Orangutan

Going for a Borneo river cruise at the Kinabatangan River, which is located in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo, will give you a chance to spot the critically endangered Orangutan species. Although you can easily spot Orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, we recommend you to make the effort to see the Orangutans in their natural habitat.

Long – nosed Proboscis Monkeys!

Proboscis Monkeys can be spotted while you are cruising along the mangrove swamp area in Sabah Borneo. Since Proboscis Monkeys prefer to live almost exclusively in mangrove forest (they can also be found in lowland forest that are near to fresh water and rivers), it is impossible for you to not spot the primates in your Borneo river cruise tour, such as in Weston River, Kinabatangan River, and many more. Experience an up-close and personal experience of witnessing Proboscis Monkeys, as they jump from one tree to another (some jump from one side of the bank to the other!).

Borneo Pygmy Elephants

Borneo Pygmy Elephants

Apart from spotting Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys, spotting Borneo Pygmy Elephants is also another reason as to why going for a river cruise here in Sabah Borneo is different. If you are lucky, you might even sight a group of Borneo Pygmy Elephants strolling by the river bank. Borneo Pygmy Elephant is relatively small compared to other elephant species, but still grows up to 3-metres tall and weigh a few tonnes. Get your binoculars ready in search for Borneo Pygmy Elephants!

Great spot for bird-watching

Blue-Eared Kingfisher bird

If you are a bird lover, joining a Borneo River Cruise will be a perfect activity for your Borneo holiday! Cruising along the Kinabatangan river is like a paradise for bird lovers. All eight of Borneo hornbill species can be seen regularly, Storm’s Stork, Blue-eared Kingfishers, various species of Eagles, and more endemic birds of Borneo have been spotted parading their beauty around the waters of Kinabatangan River. Even if you are not into birding, you can easily witness birds of Borneo gorgeously flying everywhere as you cruise along the river. Truly is a sight to experience.

Spectacular sunset view

Sunset View at Weston

Sabah Borneo is known for its spectacular sunsets. It would be a double bonus for you if you get the chance to witness the “Reddish Fire Sunset” during your Borneo river cruise tour.

Whispering with Fireflies

Fireflies in Kinabatangan river. Photo by: Jonathan Faulkner

Are you aware that Sabah Borneo is one of the places to witness Fireflies? Joining the night cruise will give you a chance to catch magical “performances” by the Fireflies slowly lighting up and decorating the mangrove trees (if weather permits). Many have experienced witnessing Fireflies lighting the sky at night which is similar to a Christmas tree being lit up.

Cruising down the rivers here in Sabah Borneo is definitely a great adventure to experience, no matter as a single traveler, traveling with your family, or loved ones. I myself have gone for several river cruises and it never seems to bore me. Instead, it keeps pulling me back for more! The enthralling beauty that Mother Nature has given to us all always seems to enlighten me in many ways, and I hope it does for you too!

If you want to read more on the experience of Borneo River Cruise, feel free to read our experience of the river cruise in Weston River and Kinabatangan river.

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Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

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Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

10

October, 2017
Borneo Tour Packages
  • Mount Kinabalu Cimbing Package
  • Mulu Showcase Tour
  • Bako National Park
  • Iban Longhouse Tour

It’s a big world out there – so big that it can be daunting to decide which destination in Malaysian Borneo to visit for your Borneo holidays. From natural wonders to man-made masterpieces, from Borneo wildlife to cityscapes, the choices are endless. Don’t let indecision get you down, or worse, delay the planning of your next trip. Don’t worry, we’re going to save you from this misery as we provide you the best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo. You are free to pick one, or pick them all, it’s your choice!

1) Mount Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo

Mount Kinabalu

Standing majestically at 4,095 Meters, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, which in turn attracts trekkers from around the world to climb the summit. The climb to the summit is not technically difficult but it is long and steep, so you may need to build some post climb recovery time into your trip. Mount Kinabalu is the centerpiece of Kinabalu National Park, which was established in 1964, and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. If you are not planning to climb Mount Kinabalu, you can go for easily navigated trails around the Kinabalu National Park, while getting the chance to experience a diverse array of flora and fauna species. Up until today, Mount Kinabalu become one of the many reasons travelers visit Malaysian Borneo.

Want to know more about Mount Kinabalu? Click here to know the Legends of Mount Kinabalu.

2) Sipadan Island, Sabah Borneo

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Swimming with turtle in Sipadan Island

Discover an underwater paradise off of Sipadan Island, the only oceanic island in Malaysia, becoming a legendary destination amongst divers and known for being one of the world’s best diving spots. Sipadan island is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the center of one of the richest marine habitat in the world. Hence, Sipadan island fulfills every divers’ imagination and dream, for being rich in various marine life species. Apart from that, Sipadan Island is also well known for Green and Hawksbill sea turtles gather there to mate and nest. There is a total of 12 dive sites in Sipadan, but the most recommended dive sites would be Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point, and Hanging Gardens.

3) Mulu National Park, Sarawak Borneo

Mulu Pinnacles

Mulu National Park is in Miri Division of Sarawak Borneo, and it is the largest national park in Sarawak Borneo. Mulu National Park was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in November 2000, for its high biodiversity, cave and karst formations. Mulu National Park dominated by Mulu Mountain (second highest mountain in Sarawak Borneo), with its height about a 2,377m-high of sandstone pinnacles. Moreover, Mulu National Park also famous for its largest natural chamber (the Sarawak Chamber) and its four main attractions of show caves (Wind, Clearwater, Deer and Langs Cave). The main attraction will be to witness the bat exodus from the viewing station, going for rainforest canopy skywalk, caving adventures, climbing up the Mulu summit, trekking into the Pinnacles trails and going through the historic Headhunter’s Trail through the Borneo Jungle.

4) Bako National Park, Sarawak Borneo

Bako National Park

Established in 1957, this coastal national park is easily accessible by boat from the capital city of Kuching. Bako National Park is the oldest and smallest in Sarawak Borneo, but home to diverse range of Borneo wildlife, which includes about 150 species of birds and the rare Proboscis Monkey (also known as Long Nose Monkey). This park has about 16 Borneo Jungle trails that offer hikers an interesting walk ranging from a short stroll to full-day hikes. Bako National Park offers a high chance to spot some of the Borneo wildlife, such as the Proboscis Monkey, Long-Tailed Macaque Monkey, Silver-Leaf Monkey, Wild Boar, Squirrel, and Monitor Lizard.

5) Kinabatangan River, Sabah Borneo

Spot Borneo Pygmy Elephants in Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah Borneo and second longest in Malaysia, stretching over 560 km from the Crocker Range, to its mangrove swamp estuary, into the Sulu Sea on the East coast of Sabah. Going through Kinabatangan River by small boat offers a unique and rich experience, as well as the high concentration of spotting Borneo wildlife, is remarkable. You may encounter a lot of Borneo wildlife there, which include Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Snakes, Crocodiles and many Borneo bird species, such as a variety of Kingfisher and Hornbill.

6) Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Sabah Borneo

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Maliau Basin’s famous 7-tier waterfall

If you are more into nature and off-the-beaten destination, Maliau Basin is the one for you! Get into the “Lost world of Sabah”, which is Borneo’s last untouched wilderness. It is situated in a remote southern area of Sabah Borneo and was recorded the first human entry as recent as the early 1980s. Eventually, Maliau Basin is protected by the government and designated as a Class One Protected Forest Reserve, where there are still many unexplored places in this pristine Borneo Jungle. This is perfect for jungle trekking and birding activities into this pristine Borneo Jungle, especially trekking up to the awe-inspiring 7-tier waterfalls. Bliss!

7) Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah Borneo

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Orangutan in their natural habitat

Take the opportunity to go to Sandakan, Sabah Borneo, to see the “man of the forest”, which is Orangutan in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Set within protected Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve that covers an area of 4,294 acres of Borneo Jungle, this centre welcomes orphaned and captive orangutans, provide them medical and nutritional support, as well as teaching them survival skills with the hope to release the Orangutan to the wild. In addition, the center also aims to educate visitors and locals on the importance of rehabilitation as well as protecting the Orangutan species before it becomes extinct. You can witness Orangutan in their natural habitat through the viewing platform during the feeding times. Apart from that, you can also see the playful Orangutan toddlers from the indoor nursery viewing area which has been opened to the public in October 2014.

8) Iban Longhouse, Sarawak Borneo

Inside verandah of the Iban Longhouse

A unique experience for your Borneo holidays, where you can learn the culture of Sarawak Borneo indigenous group (Iban people), and stay with them at the longhouse. A better option is to visit the Iban longhouse farther from the city, to get more authentic experience that you will enjoy. In addition, get the chance to ride on a longboat to reach the longhouse, and you will get a glimpse of luscious landscape of Borneo Jungle. Enjoy a chance to interact with the Iban people on their culture and listen to their story about their ancestor once prided as headhunters. The best part of staying in an Iban Longhouse is you’ll get a chance to sample authentic local food, watch and learn the traditional dance, as well as shooting a blowpipe gun too!

After reading this, are you excited to plan your holiday destination to explore Malaysian Borneo? What are you waiting for? Book your next adventure and plan your visit to see these best places in Malaysian Borneo. Stay tuned for our next blog post on best places for you to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part II).

Related articles: Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s how to saves your money…

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6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for an Exotic Beach Vacation

6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for an Exotic Beach Vacation

6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for an Exotic Beach Vacation  

06

October, 2017

Our Related Tour Packages

Fun Dive Borneo

Travel to Unknown Places and Discover Unknown Passions.
– Anonymous

Borneo has many wonderful idyllic islands and beaches, especially in Sabah Borneo. Pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful corals, colorful fishes, diving, lush green nature, and relaxation; these are just some of the things that anyone can experience on the islands of Sabah Borneo. So, look no further, as Sabah Borneo might fit the bill for your next Borneo island getaway!

When planning for a beach vacation in Sabah Borneo, one most likely will choose destination that are shown in magazines, online media, or from friends’ recommendations. As time goes by, some might feel that those destination are not as interesting as before.

Looking for novelties? Here are six hidden islands in Sabah Borneo, that will be perfect for an exotic beach excursion.

1) Sibuan Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Sibuan Island view. Photo by: eTawau

Sibuan Island is located in Semporna, Sabah Borneo. It is part of the eight islands (Sibuan, Bodgaya, Bohey Dulang, Tetagan, Sebangkat, Selakan, Maiga, and Mantabuan Island which is also part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park). Click here to see Borneo island map which shows the islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Sibuan Island is bestowed with abundant marine life, home to plenty of pygmy seahorses and the beautiful mandarin fish. Sibuan Island is truly a number one sighting for many divers. Unfortunately, there are no resorts and public facilities on the island, the nearest one will be on Pom Pom Island and Mataking Island. For budget travelers, they will prefer to stay in some of the budget accommodation in Semporna town and book a day tour to Sibuan Island.

Activities that can be done in Sibuan Island are swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sun-bathing. In addition, Sibuan Island is also known for being one of the best muck diving spots in Malaysia.

2) Lankayan Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Lankayan Island view

Lankayan Island is a small tropical coral island, which is nearby to Beluran, Sabah Borneo. There is only one resort on the island, Lankayan Island Dive Resort, which was built in 1997. Lankayan island has a myriad of marine life, coral, and sunken weeds; which makes Lankayan Island one of the must-dive spots in Sabah Borneo. One of the highlighted activities in Lankayan Island is from March to May each year, diver enthusiasts should go for the not-to-be-missed chance to dive with the majestic whale sharks.

Apart from that, Lankayan Island is also a part of the conservation island project, which is similar to Turtle Islands National Park of Sabah Borneo. Due to being a nesting ground for Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, offers a chance for travelers to witness sea turtles laying eggs and hatchlings being released to the sea. Lankayan Island is truly the best place to spend a quiet beach vacation with family and friends filled with relaxation and unspoiled nature.

3) Pom Pom Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Water villas in Pom Pom Island Resort view

Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea in Semporna, Sabah Borneo. Pom Pom Island is relatively untouched by humans (there are no villages here), surrounded by white sand coral beaches, which makes it one of the famous spots for Green and Hawksbill turtles to lay their eggs.

In addition, Pom Pom Island is also macro divers paradise with so many small marine creatures near the Pom Pom Island resort area. Travelers can also enjoy the beach activities (i.e. kayaking, beach volleyball, etc.) or just simply laze around at the resort area.

4) Dinawan Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Morning view of Dinawan Island. Photo by: Lai JiunLoong

Dinawan Island is a privately owned island which is located in the southwest of Kota Kinabalu city, nearby to Kinarut town. There is a resort built on the island which is surrounded by lush tropical rainforests and crystal clear water.

Travelers can experience a relaxing and undisturbed atmosphere on this island. Get ready to be blown away by the breathtaking view of the scenery from the island and the squawking sound of Hornbills from the distance.

There are several activities that can be done at the Dinawan Island, such as snorkeling, sea walking, scuba diving and other water sports activities. For travelers who are into fishing, Dinawan Island also offers activities of day and night fishing trip.

5) Sepanggar Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Sepanggar Island. Photo by: Mari Mari Sepanggar

Sepanggar Island is located off Sepanggar Bay in Sabah Borneo, which is only about 10 minutes boat ride from the Jesselton Point terminal ferry in Kota Kinabalu city. Sepanggar Island is twice the size of Manukan Island, click here to see the Borneo map of islands in Borneo.

Instead of going to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for an island getaway destination, travelers should head out to Sepanggar Island. There is only one accommodation available on the island, which is Mari Mari Sepanggar Lodge. It is one of the off-the-track islands in Sabah Borneo, which offers travelers a quiet and chillaxed feeling by the sea.

Apart from relaxing by the beach, travelers can also go for scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and jungle trekking on the island.

6) Maliangin Island

Hidden islands in Borneo
Maliangin Island. Photo by: Justinlingg

Maliangin Island is part of Kudat division in Sabah Borneo, which is about 30 minutes boat ride to reach the island. Moreover, Maliangin Island is also part of the gazetted area of Tun Mustapha Marine Park.

Maliangin Island is not much of a development but it is a great place for travelers to feel the authenticity of the beach paradise. There is only one accommodation available on the island, which is the Maliangin resort. However, travelers can stay in Sri Maliangin homestay which is located on Banggi Island, where travelers can actually live like the locals!

Maliangin Island is known for its wide range of corals and marine life. This island is also one of the snorkeling and diving haven for divers and non-divers. Here’s an additional article for you that will make you book a trip to Kudat

After reading through these 6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for your exotic beach vacation, don’t forget to put these islands into your list of Islands to visit. Apart from that, check out our other blog post on our pick for the best beaches in Sabah Borneo.

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5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Sabah Borneo

5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Sabah Borneo

5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations in Borneo

03
October, 2017
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Long Pasia trekking expedition

Lupa Masa Jungle Trekking

Borneo Wildlife Adventure Tour

Travel to Unknown Places and Discover Unknown Passions.
– Anonymous

Traveling to unknown destinations is like stepping into a whole new world of foreign cultures and experiences. While it is fun to visit the world’s famous cities and landmarks, travel should also be about you discovering the unknown and unheard of. So… Where is Borneo?

Borneo is not a country, it is the third largest island in the world behind New Guinea and Greenland. Borneo Island consists of three different countries – Brunei, Malaysia (Sabah & Sarawak), and Indonesia. Dominated by the oldest Rainforest Jungle, in which, according to WJEC GCSE Geography, stated that Borneo Jungle is thought to be around 140 million years old. From the unspoiled sandy beaches to the abundance of natural wonders, Borneo Island is truly ready to blow your socks off with its amazing tropical adventures.

Still wondering where Borneo island is? Click here to see the Borneo Map!?

Instead of going to the usual overrated tourist attraction, why not go someplace less traveled for your Borneo trip? Here, we’ve got you covered with a list of off-the-beaten-path destination in Sabah Borneo and should be put on your travel bucket list in Borneo.!?

Long Pasia

The lush rainforest in Long Pasia Trekking Expedition.

A trip to Long Pasia will guarantee you an exotic experience with its treasure of some of Borneo’s beautiful jungle. Unknown to many travelers, Long Pasia is overflowing with historical heritage and nature in the heart of Borneo. Long Pasia is a place for you to immerse yourself into the authentic life of one of Sabah Borneo’s indigenous tribe – Lundayeh tribe. Lundayeh tribe (also known as Lun Bawang) is known to be natural agriculturalists in Borneo. The love and care they have for Mother Nature still lives strong in their hearts. Long Pasia is located in the south-western part of Sabah, adjacent to the border of Sarawak and Kalimantan. It’s a challenging journey to reach the villages, but you will be rewarded with lush green Borneo Jungle, untouched rivers, waterfalls, caves, and more.

Are you an avid trekker? Then, Long Pasia is the one for you to experience in your Borneo trip! Do you want to know more alternative trekking in Borneo? Check out our other blog post on “Top 5 Alternatives for trekking in Borneo”.

Melangkap Campsite

Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sabah Borneo
Mount Kinabalu Morning view from the Mealngkap Viewsite

Here’s one place that is unknown to many travelers. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, recreational, and camping outdoors with your family/friends or travel buddies, head out to Melangkap Campsite. Melangkap Campsite is located in Kota Belud, Sabah Borneo, about one and half hours drive time from Kota Kinabalu city. Melangkap Campsite is also near to the Mount Kinabalu’s “Low’s Gully” outlet, which is a hidden nature paradise to travelers. Crystal cool water from Mount Kinabalu flowing down to Melangkap campsite area, making Melangkap Campsite a popular holiday destination for locals.

Apart from camping, you can also go for a swim in the cool water, riverside dining/barbeque, enjoy the sunrise/sunset, stargazing at night, and be amazed by the picturesque Mount Kinabalu view! This place is perfect for those who are seeking tranquility away from the busy life in the city due to its relaxing and peaceful ambiance. Don’t forget to enjoy the moments and capture some pictures for your Instagram!

Looking for more places in Sabah Borneo that are Insta-worthy? Read here where you can make your Instagram followers amaze by the beauty of Sabah Borneo!

Batu Punggul

Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sabah Borneo
Borneo jungle view from the top of Batu Punggul

Venture into the remote Sapulot region, hidden within the Borneo Jungle and home to one of Sabah’s indigenous tribe, which is the Murut tribe. Murut tribe are known as the last ethnic group in Sabah Borneo to renounce headhunting, which is similar with that of Iban tribes in Sarawak Borneo. Batu Punggul is a massive limestone, soaring 200 meters above Sungai Sapulot (Sapulot River), surrounded by a jungle of cave structures, being fairly near to the Kalimantan border. A trekking expedition into the Borneo Jungle to reach Batu Punggul offers you a chance to look back on an ancient way of life, a rustic place which still has no phone or internet network coverage available when you are there.

The local Murut villagers believed there were old spirits residing in Batu Punggul and considered sacred to them. If you are interested to climb up the limestone, don’t forget to seek permission with the Murut tribes living in Tataluan Village, in a way to show respect on their culture and beliefs.

Before reaching the Batu Punggul, you will go on a boat ride excursion and witness the lush green of Borneo jungle. Scaling about 800-ft limestone pinnacles, you will get the chance to explore Borneo cave at the foot of the mountain before climbing up Batu Punggul. This cave is unlike Deer Cave in Sarawak Borneo, you can walk straight into it without climbing up and down. Nonetheless, another real challenge of the area would be to climb up the limestone pinnacles, Batu Punggul. It is truly a mind-blowing experience for if you manage to conquer the Batu Punggul, and a chance to immerse yourself to the spectacular view of Borneo jungle canopy below!

Berhala Island

Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Sabah Borneo
Borneo jungle view from the top of Batu Punggul

If you missed the chance to climb Batu Punggul, you can also go for rock climbing at Berhala Island, which has the same medium intensity level as climbing Batu Punggul. Berhala Island is a small forested island located in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo, which is approximately about 5 hectares in size. This place is not known to many travelers, but Berhala Island has a history to share. Berhala Island was a quarantine station for laborers from China and Philippines, as well as being shelter to the leper colony, afterward becoming a prison camp during the World War II.

The most striking features of Berhala Island would be the dramatic sandstone cliffs that drop straight into the ocean. Rock climbing activity is one of the fun things to do on the island. Apart from that, you can challenge yourself for some hiking and be amazed by the magnificent view from the top of Berhala Island. If you are not the adrenaline junkie type, check out the water village and learn how the local villagers go on with their daily lives.

Seeking for more hidden gems in Sabah Borneo? Why not check out our blog entry on “Hidden Gems in Sabah Borneo”? Hope it can inspire you to travel to Sabah Borneo in the near future!

Deramakot Forest Reserve

Borneo jungle view in Deramakot Forest Reserve

Coming to Sabah Borneo, is home to some of the world’s most fascinating Borneo Wildlife, such as Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, and more. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Deramakot Forest Reserve is the place that you should go. A place that is unknown to many travelers and a hidden gem in Sabah Borneo, Deramakot Forest Reserve has about 70% of Borneo’s wildlife and known as one of the best Sabah Borneo wildlife destination. 4-wheel drive is the only vehicle that is accessible for your journey into the Deramakot Forest Reserve, due to its bumpy gravel tracks.

Upon arriving at the base camp site of Deramakot, take the opportunity to spot some of Borneo wildlife by going for morning safari walk around the base station or hop on the Safari vehicle for a night safari. Deramakot is also a perfect spot for wildlife photography. A visit to this destination will never disappoint you, especially when you are a wildlife enthusiast!

Seeking for more hidden gems in Sabah Borneo? Keen to extend know more nocturnal Borneo Wildlife? Read our other blog post on Mammals of Borneo: Kinabalu National Park.

After reading this, does it trigger you to plan your next holiday destination to Sabah Borneo? Then, put Sabah Borneo now into your travel bucket list and get ready to experience Borneo first-hand! Want to know how Backpacking to Sabah Borneo can save your money? Click here to read.

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Quirky Things You Can Do in Malaysian Borneo!

Quirky Things You Can Do in Malaysian Borneo!

Quirky Things You Can Do in Borneo Malaysia

29

September, 2017

Our Wildlife Tour Packages

Borneo Wildlife Tour

Borneo Wildlife Adventure Tour

Weston River Cruise

 

Borneo Island, is the ideal destination for tourists and travelers. From the pristine Borneo Rainforest, to an amazing encounter with Borneo wildlife, delicious food, unique culture, and not forgetting, colorful festivals celebrated. There seem to be so many attractions in Malaysian Borneo that you will find yourself extending your Borneo Holiday trip!

However, Malaysian Borneo do surprise tourists & travelers with some of the attractions that may look unusual to them but is actually quite an interesting thing to do!

Wanna know what it is? Check out the list below for the quirky things you can do in Borneo Malaysia.

Indulge on Sago Worms (Butod)

Things to do in Borneo
Live Sago Worm or Butod. Photo by: NicoleKis

Yes, worm! Or specifically the larvae of the sago worms. It can be eaten either raw ( which some say taste like chicken!), roasted or stir fried. This is not something that you can see in your everyday food intake, but this is considered a delicacy eaten by some of the indigenous groups in Malaysian Borneo. However, you can’t see this delicacy served in any normal restaurant in Malaysian Borneo, but you can find it being sold in the local market or “Tamu”. There is one eaterie in Kota Kinabalu city that you can actually have your first experience of eating the Sago Worm, which is D’Place Kinabalu. So, do you dare to eat?

Check out our other blog post entry as we share our experience of having our Traditional Dinner in D’Place Kinabalu.

Feast on Durians

Things to do in Borneo
Feast on Durian. Photo by: Rawsomehealthy

Durian is widely known as the King of Fruit in Southeast Asia and the distinctive odor make some locals, or tourists, turn their nose around. However, some find the smell so tempting and sweet like an almond, but to others, they will say it smells rotten and bad ( some even passed out after smelling it! Yikes!). Although the durian odor can be disagreeable to some, the taste of the flesh is oh-so-yummy! Almost all Malaysian Borneo locals love to eat durians, so get ready when the time you are traveling in Malaysian Borneo and it is durian season, you may see a lot of stalls selling durians. Some places in Malaysian Borneo also offers “all-you-can-eat” durian buffet, which features different types of durians for you to try out!

Want to know other bizarre fruits in Sabah Borneo? Click here to read.

Visit the Cat Museum 

Things to do in Borneo
Collections of miniature cats’ toys

In any museums of different countries that you’ve gone, you will never expect that there is a museum dedicated to Cats! It is none other than the Cat Museum in Kuching, Sarawak. The Cat Museum features the feline collections such as paintings, photo, the mummified Egyptian cat, cat souvenirs and more; which has over 4,000 collections of the feline. Unusual as it may be, it is quite interesting to visit to the Cat Museum when you are visiting Kuching, Sarawak Borneo. Good news is, it is FREE to visit but a nominal fee provided if you want to bring along your camera or video camera inside the museum.

Are you planning to visit Kuching city? Click here to read travel guides to Kuching city.

Adopt an Orangutan 

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Orangutan looking afar

As much as you enjoy your first encounter of the cute Orangutans in the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan Sabah Borneo, you can actually adopt the Orangutans (but not the kind of adoption you can bring home though!). It is actually to support the center’s purpose of rehabilitating the orphaned orangutans, so the orphaned orangutans can be properly taken care and being observed on their daily routines in the natural habitat, as well as to prevent it from extinction.

Party in the Borneo Jungle 

Concert party in the Borneo Jungle

Yes, you read it right! We do have a party in Borneo jungle, and you are invited ( but don’t forget to buy the entrance fee tickets!). This party is held yearly in Sarawak Cultural Village and it is none other than the Rainforest World Music Festival. This party brings music artists and lovers from around the world together in this world-renowned indigenous festival unlike any other. What makes the party more fun is it lasts for three days! (Awesome!) You can hear the exotic sound of the traditional music everywhere, join the dance and craft workshops provided or even check out the live music performance at night. Just imagine yourself there with music blasting, a decent amount of alcohol and dancing there, and it is all set in the heart of the Borneo jungle. There is no party that is so much cooler and exotic than that!

Never been to Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak Borneo? Click here to read the newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival.

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5 Reasons Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a Unique Travel Destination

5 Reasons Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a Unique Travel Destination

5 Reasons Sandakan is a Unique Travel Destination

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September, 2017

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Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

The dawn at the Sandakan city

Sandakan is located on the eastern coast of Sabah Borneo, it is formerly known as Elopura or “Beautiful City” by the founder and early trader – William Pryer, in the midst of 19th Century. Later on, it also is known as Little Hong Kong, due to the town becoming a thriving place for trades of the pearl of the sea, tobacco, beeswax, edible bird’s nest, timber, and more, which eventually attracted Chinese residents from Guangdong Province, China, to come to Sandakan. Sandakan is the second largest town in Sabah, Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu city and used to be the capital of British North Borneo.

So, what makes Sandakan a unique travel destination for wanderlusts out there? Check the list below: 

1. Famous for Being an Eco-Tourism Travel Destination

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Orangutan hanging on a tree

Sandakan, known to be a famous eco-tourism travel destination in Sabah Borneo, where travelers can visit the Orangutan Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre to see the Red Apes of the forest – Orangutan; The cute and smallest bear, Sun Bear in Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centre just beside Sepilok; as well as get a close-up with the Proboscis Monkey at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. These places are perfect for travelers to spend a relaxing tour to see the animals in their natural habitat through the viewing platform.

2. A Gateway to Wildlife & Nature Adventure in Sabah Borneo

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Kinabatangan river cruise to spot some endemic Borneo Wildlife

Travelers who are hardcore nature enthusiasts will find Sandakan one of the best wildlife adventures in Malaysia. A traveler will most probably book a trip for river cruising on Kinabatangan River to see some of the Borneo Wildlife, such as Pygmy Elephants in the wild, which is endemic to Borneo Rainforests. Go for the canopy walk and get intimate with nature. In addition, exploring the Gomantong cave to see the swiftlets, bats, and the natural architecture of the cave.

3. Preservation and Conservation Places

One of the conservation & preservation programs for sea turtles

Forty-two kilometers offshore in Sandakan is where the idyllic Turtle Islands National Park awaits. A place where a traveler can spend lazily under the sun and swim in the Sulu sea. But, what makes it more interesting is the Turtle Island is where traveler gets a chance to witness the Hawksbill or Green Turtle laying eggs at the beach in the middle of the night, as well as participate in assisting and witnessing the release of the hatchlings to the sea. It is a unique experience for the traveler to feel it and also helps to contribute one of the world’s most important conservation and preservation programs for sea turtles.

4. Historical Heritage Tour

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Sandakan Memorial Park

Going for the Sandakan Heritage trail will give you the chance to view several places of attraction such as the Agnes Newton Keith’s house, St. Michael and All Angels Church, Sandakan Memorial Park and more. Agnes Newton Keith’s house was rebuilt and converted into a museum after it was destroyed during the World War II (WWII). The St. Michael and All Angels Church is one of the oldest stone buildings in Sabah Borneo that managed to avoid major damage during the WWII in the 1940s. Moreover, Sandakan Memorial Park is a place of somber reflection on the world’s infamous Death March which was set within the park itself, known as the Prisoner of War Camp (POW). A beautiful green park that offers a free and easy to explore the area as well as commemorate those who served and died during the war in Sandakan. Are you more into historical traveler? You can read our other blog post to know more on Sabah Heritage Buildings.

5. Foodie Heaven

Sandakan Sabah Borneo is a unique travel destination

Sandakan Food

Apart from being the perfect place for wildlife and nature adventure, as well as showcasing historical places in Sabah Borneo, Sandakan also offers a foodie haven for those who like to eat. Food in Sandakan is to die for! Stop by Kampung Buli Sim-Sim, a traditional village built on stilts over the sea, to taste the freshest and tastiest seafood around. Taste the popular Seafood Bak Kut Teh which made only from the general spices of Bah Kut Teh, but with a flavored taste of Seafood – makes it a unique food and MUST-try when in Sandakan. The famous UFO tarts (originally from Sandakan) can be found in any bakeries in Sandakan for the sweet tooth to indulge it with a cup of hot tea/coffee!

Sandakan offers travelers more than they could imagine, which makes it one of the unique travel destination in Sabah Borneo. Looking for more places in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo to visit? Feel free to read our Sandakan Travel Guide, to make your Holidays in Borneo Island more interesting! Are you an avid trekker? Check out our travel tips on trekking in Sabah Borneo rainforest

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