How to Avoid Borneo Leeches while Jungle trekking

How to Avoid Borneo Leeches while Jungle trekking

How to Avoid Borneo Leeches while

Jungle Trekking

17

October, 2017

Borneo Tour Packages

Venture into one of the oldest rainforests in the world, estimated to be around 140 million years old, Borneo Rainforest is the place that every traveler should go for trekking at least once in their life. Click here to see Borneo Map, to know where is Borneo situated. Jungle trekking activity through Borneo wilderness will truly capture any traveler’s’ imagination. However, there is one insect that could scare the life out of some traveler, which is the Borneo leech. This tiny wiggly worm is waiting to crawl onto your naked skin for a feast! (Yikes..!)

Therefore, here are some tips for travelers, especially for avid jungle trekkers, on how to avoid leeches while trekking in Borneo Rainforest.

Before that, what is Borneo Leech?

Borneo Leech is a parasite that sucks blood and lives in mostly damp areas, such as streams and rainforests. It is a type of segmented worm, which has many similarities to the common earthworm from the backyard garden. There are two main types of Borneo Leeches, which are Tiger Leech and Brown Leech. Brown Leech is small and usually at the ground level with any wet leaves litter, while Tiger Leech is bigger than Brown Leech and it usually can be found from the ground to any bushes that are about human’s waist level. Fortunately, Borneo Leeches are less dangerous as they do not carry any diseases. Borneo Leech typically sucks the blood of their host till their full and fall off from its victim. However, different individual’s body will react differently causing itchiness and inflammation, causing the leech wound to heal in a period of a week or less.

But that shouldn’t stop any travelers from trekking in Borneo Rainforest. After all, to know a thing or two about Borneo Leech and how to avoid it can be a new experience to any traveler. They also make for a great story to tell after having the experience to encounter Borneo Leeches while trekking.

How to avoid Borneo Leeches and protect yourself?

There are many ways that travellers can do in order to avoid Borneo Leeches. When a Borneo Leech is attached to one’s body, it is recommended not to pull, pluck or squeeze the leech out, as some parts of its mouth might remain under your skin and leave a slow healing granuloma or lump. Best to just leave the Borneo Leech to fall out off on itself once full, but to others, they find it is slightly nasty. Hence, these tips are useful for travelers before planning for trekking in Borneo Rainforest.

Get yourself a pair of anti-leech socks

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Anti Leech Socks. Photo by: Lonely Planet

Travellers can wear the anti-leech socks just like any ordinary socks. Simply just tie it below the knee, to prevent leeches from getting into the toes or feet. Anti-leech socks have become a standard outfit for Borneo trekking activity. 

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Football Socks can be an alternative to anti-leech Socks. Photo by: Shaun Davies

*Note: Wearing long football socks as an alternative to anti-leech socks, which can also use to prevent from leeches latching on the skin. It is readily available and cheap, as well as tight weaving makes it hard for leeches to get in.

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
This is how you should wear to avoid from Leeches coming to the skin

Wear long pants and shirts

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Wearing long pants and shirts for jungle trekking. Photo by: Aris Yanto

Travelers should cover themselves by wearing long pants and shirts while trekking in Borneo Rainforest. Tuck the shirts into the pants, and squeeze the pants into the anti-leech socks/ football socks. This will keep any travelers free from the leeches during Borneo Trekking activity.

Bring a small bag of raw tobacco leaves and cigarette along

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Bring along tobacco leaves or cigarette when you enter Borneo Rainforest.

Travelers can find the tobacco leaves in any local market in Borneo. Simply just soak the leaves inside the water and transfer it into a small bottle to carry around. Then, spray it onto your clothes and pants. The smell of the tobacco could slow down the Borneo Leeches from getting into the skin and eventually can kill the leeches.

*Note: If the leech bites, use cigarette ash and put directly on the leech which would kill it immediately.

Bring salt or vinegar

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Bring along tobacco leaves or cigarette when you enter Borneo Rainforest.

Yes, salt or vinegar! Although it is for cooking purposes, both of it also helps any travelers to prevent from a leech attack. Just sprinkle directly over the leeches and it can kill it almost immediately. In addition, rubbing the vinegar all over limbs, thighs, and soles of the feet, could help to avoid from Borneo Leeches latching unto the skin.

Spray insect repellent onto your clothes and shoes before trekking

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Mosi-guard insect repellent can also repel leeches.

Look for an insect repellent (with eucalyptus extract) which is available in most local pharmacy or drugstore in Borneo and spray it to the shoes and socks. The smell of the insect repellent has a very peculiar smell, which makes the leeches not attach themselves to whoever uses said insect repellent.

Drink Alcohol

How to avoid Borneo Leeches while jungle trekking
Drinking alcohol best to get rid of leech

If any travelers spot a Borneo leech feeding on them, then this might be a good time to have a can of beer to drink. Drinking alcohol is the best way to get rid of a leech or putting on alcohol-based sanitizer works well too!

Borneo Leeches, in general, are less deadly, they can just leave you to bleed for a while and leave you with some itch. We hope these tips will help many travelers to be ready and deal with the leech problems before trekking into Borneo Rainforest. Read here for our tips on how to save some money while backpacking to Borneo.

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Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)

Best places to explore in

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

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)
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

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)
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

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part I)
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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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
Our Related Tour Packagest

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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Raise Your Glass to The Sunset in Borneo!

Raise Your Glass to The Sunset in Borneo!

Raise Your Glass to Sunset in Borneo!

12

September, 2017
Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

The Beautiful Panoramic view of the Sunset Bar

When it comes to watching the sunset, Kota Kinabalu is one of the best places to experience it. If you happened to be in Kota Kinabalu, and if you’re looking for a good place to chill, lay back, enjoy the breeze and have a couple of drinks with your friends and family, why not stop by at the Shangri-La Sunset Bar in Tanjung Aru. It’ll be a completely different experience that you will get there if compared to any other places in Kota Kinabalu.

Yes, you can watch the sunset almost anywhere in Kota Kinabalu but why not do it the classy way at the Sunset bar. The setup of the place is quite unique too as it is in something like a small island that’ll give you that private island feel to it. The Sunset Bar is also a good place to take some good photos for your Instagram, facebook, and other social medias, so boys and gals whip out your phone get in angle and time to snap some good memorable photos.

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Whip out that phone and get that Perfecto shot!

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Bartender is ready to serve you your drinks

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Amazing view of Sunset can be seen

Not only the Sunset Bar has a wide variety of drinks that they serve, but there are also a variety of mouth watering food for you to choose. From satay to burgers, and all sorts of tidbits for you to try, so let your appetite go wild and pick one or maybe two or three hihi. The highlights of the Sunset Bar is definitely the drinks that they serve there (apart from the Sunset of course). You can choose all sorts of cocktails and mocktails at the bar and they have a few signature drinks too. Indulge yourself with the Royal Mojito, Pepperita, or some of the Borneo-Inspired cocktails like the Lepa-Lepa and the Kota Kinabalu Fruit Punch.

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Satisfy your thirst with some cold Cocktails and Fresh Fruit Punch!

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

A big grilled Beef Burger

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Enjoy some super appetizing Satay together with that superb view of the Sunset

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Chilling at the sofa facing the sea 

The Sunset Bar can easily accommodate up to 100 person so don’t worry much about the space and they also provide a selections of seats for you to choose from. You can just chill down at the sofa facing the sea or just relax at the bar. The Sunset Bar offers two different happy hour time duration which is from 4-5pm and continuing on from 8-11pm. So more drinks anyone? hehe..-

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

Chilling at the sofa facing the sea 

If you’re lucky they might also have some local performers for your entertainment. A little smooth and soft jazzy tunes won’t hurt right? It’ll add up to that relaxing vibe and experience. Enjoy the sunset with some cocktails and some relaxing music, now that’s first class!.-

Sunset in Shangri la Sunset Bar

That fantastic view of the Sunset only at the Sunset Bar! An experience that you must not miss in Kota Kinabalu

So now you know about the Shangri-La Sunset Bar, here’s what you have to do. Why don’t you grab some friends and family or maybe a date hehe… And hit the bar, order some drinks, some finger foods, and just chill. That’ll be great for you to de-stress yourself. –

Are you looking for leisure activities in your Sabah Borneo Holiday trip? Here are our Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah that you should do while traveling to Sabah Borneo. 

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RELEASE THE TURTLES!

RELEASE THE TURTLES!

RELEASE THE TURTLES!

10

September, 2017
Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Baby turtle released into the sea!

I had the privilege of experiencing a very awakening moment just a few weeks ago. We headed down to Kudat, north of Kinabalu, and also home to the Tip of Borneo where the Sulu Sea meets South China Sea to be a part of a hundred Green Turtle Hatchlings being released into the wild.

It was organized by Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS), a small society with big dreams to help save and create awareness amongst local and tourist alike in regards to conserving and improving Sea Turtles population in Marine Parks at Kudat Area. At a glimpse, it all looked like a huge success done overnight, but as I got to talk to one of its Co-Founder, Mr. Roland Agansai, what seemed like a day’s work, is actually months and months of hard work preparation and determination on not giving.

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Turtle Eggs

I say hard work and determination on not giving up is because most of us take these little creatures for granted. Sea Turtles used to be abundant in Sabah waters. When I was a little girl, my parents and I would always do road trips around Sabah, and they would be natives selling their workmanship or farming goods at the side of the roads. You’ll be able to encounter all sorts of local/exotic delicacies! They will be selling wild boar meat, deer meat, snake meat, live pigeons, dead bats, even turtle eggs! Back then, Sea Turtles were not endangered, and locals do eat its eggs for protein.

Nowadays, selling or even consuming these delicacies are not allowed and against the law because Sea Turtles are in the brink of survival currently, like many other wild animals. Back date to ten years ago, Adult sized Sea Turtles would come to the shores of Kudat Beaches to lay their eggs every night. Each night, you’ll be able to find 3-5 Sea Turtles laying their eggs. Each Sea Turtle would lay around 100 eggs on average. That’s around 500 eggs a night!! But that was ten years ago. Now, to get one Sea Turtle come to shore to lay its eggs in a month is considered as great work for KTCS and the Wildlife Wardens who watches over the beach lines every night.

Out of the hundred percent hatches, only ten percent will survive and have the chance to grow up to be an adult. It takes ten to fifty years after hatching to reach maturity (depending on what species), will they then be able to mate. Within that time, they will be able to mate every two to four years over the course of their adulthood. Female Sea Turtles will come ashore to lay their eggs, and they always return to the place where they were born. How cool is that knowing that those baby Green Turtles that was released recently has a ten percent chance of coming back to the same beach I stood just a few weeks ago. Ten percent, that’s one Sea Turtle returning after a decade at Sea.

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Turtle Eggs

The reason why chances of them surviving in the wild is extremely and alarmingly low is because of humans;-

  • Destruction and degradation of their nesting and feeding grounds
  • Fisheries by-catch
  • Poaching of turtles and their eggs both by locals and offshore poachers
  • Entangled and killed by marine debris that is mistaken for food
  • Killed by boat propeller 

-Retrieved from KTCSBorneo

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Awareness presentation

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Sunset View from the Kudat Beach

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

More spectators, local and visitors came to witness the released of the baby turtles to the sea

Green Turtle hatchlings released in Kudat Sabah Borneo

Go..GO..GO..free to the sea baby turtles

At such a low rate, it broke my heart learning that our future generations will not have a chance to even know what a Sea Turtle is unless they read it somewhere or saw a picture. But to see it in person, to view its majestic beauty with their own eyes… I doubt that can ever materialize for them if we do not do something about it.

As of now, KTCS welcomes more organizations and individuals to be part of their family and spread the love about Sea Turtles. These gentle giants, though with a sturdy shell, are very fragile creatures that need our help for a chance at surviving our ever growing era.

If you readers are interested in learning more on how you can help, do not hesitate to contact us or KTCS directly. You can read also our experience on Turtle Island Adventure in Sandakan Borneo too!

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Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

Caving Adventure in Malaysian Borneo

08

September, 2017
Caving adventure in Sabah Borneo

Apart from going for a Wildlife and jungle trekking adventure in Malaysian Borneo, did you know that you can spend your Borneo trip by going for caving adventure? Malaysian Borneo offers some unique characteristics and stories of the caves for you to discover. Caving adventures are rated easy, intermediate, and a day tour expeditions. We can assure you that you won’t get bored to visit one of the caves in your Borneo trip!

Here’s a list of caves that you should be going for an adventure in Malaysian Borneo:

1) Fairy Cave, Bau, Sarawak Borneo

Fairy Cave took its name from the stalagmite structure that can be seen from the entrance. Fairy Cave was once a gold mining settlement of Bau, which was located about 40 km from Kuching, Sarawak.

Before reaching the entrance, get ready to exercise your feet as you will need to walk up a series of flight of stairs (about 4-storey high concrete staircase). When you go inside, you will be amazed to see the humongous size of the caves and the green moss inside it, due to the light entering the cave.

Fret not, when you enter the cave, you can manage without using a torch because it is slightly dark inside and you will be reaching into one place with a huge opening that allows the light to flood in. Unusual stalactites and stalagmites were formed over thousands of years ago.

Some said the entrance of the cave resembles like a Chinese deity, which made many Buddhist and Taoist coming there to burn joss sticks and pray for their future fortune and destiny before returning to the city. Fortunately, there is no admission to enter the cave and it is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

4-storey high staircase to reach the entrance of the cave

Light enter the cave and displays the green moss inside the cave 

2) Wind Cave, Bau, Sarawak Borneo

Entrance of the Wind Cave

Easy walkway to reach the entrance

Wind Cave is named from the cooling breeze that blows continuously throughout the cave. It is located about 48 km away from Kuching City, and only about 25 minutes drive. Wind cave is considered as an easy access to reach from Kuching and it is also a popular destination for day trips, as well as picnic excursions.

Wind Cave is not much physically demanding compared to Fairy Cave because you can just walk along at the wooden walkways to access through the Wind Caves. You can see there are many swiftlets and bats inside the Wind Cave and also you can catch a glimpse of a subterranean stream, where you can relax and picnic beside it.

Note: Make sure to bring a torch as you will be experiencing caving into pitch black tunnels (to avoid bats disturbance).

Wind Cave is part of the Nature Reserve in Sarawak Borneo. Thus, there is a nominal fee that visitors need to pay prior to entering the cave and it is open daily from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

River beside the cave

3) Deer Cave, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Deer Cave

Deer Cave is the largest and spectacular caves found in Borneo Island. It is home to millions of bats from various species. To reach the Deer Cave, you will need to go through a 3 km plank-walk which you can see the beauty of the Sarawak Borneo rainforest, jungle streams, and an ancient Penan tribe’s burial cave. The Deer Cave was named by the local (Penan tribe) because of few deer usually spotted in the cave for shelter. Using a torch is recommended to see the cave, examine the guano-covered-path and maybe to spot some interesting insects while walking the path. Going through the path, you will reach “Garden of Eden” ;- richer green vegetation grows there due to a hole in the cave roof that allows the light to enter.

Formation of Abraham Lincoln face near cave entrance

Apart from that, an interesting formation near the cave entrance which resembles the face of Abraham Lincoln.

Don’t miss out to visit Deer cave around 5-7pm and experience the bat exodus outside the cave.

Bats Exodus around 5-7pm outside the cave 

4) Clearwater Cave, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Clearwater cave inside

Using Longboat to reach the cave

Cruising on a longboat to reach the Clearwater Cave is always a good kick start of your Borneo Caving Adventure trip. The Clearwater Cave is accessed by a boardwalk which is suspended from the limestone cliff. It is also home to some of the unique species of plant which can only be found in Mulu. After going through inside the cave, you can see there is actually a clear river flowing through the cave and it will make you want to jump in for a swim. If time permitted, you can have a nice lunch picnic break by the swimming area which is shaded by huge rainforest trees outside the cave!

Clearwater river outside the cave

Clearwater cave showing the green moss

5) Gomantong Cave, Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Sabah Borneo

Gomantong cave inside

The light coming shines from the hole in the cave

Unfortunately, in Sabah Borneo, there is only one cave that is known to many, which is the Gomantong Cave. It is the largest limestone outcrop in Kinabatangan area and it is a protected area under the Sabah Forestry Department. There are two primary chamber parts of the cave system, which are Simud Hitam (Black Cave) and Simud Putih (White Cave). In the White Cave is where there are more valuable bird nests found, while the Black Cave is the only small cave that can only cover about a 5-minute walk from the registration center. Don’t worry, there is a well-maintained boardwalk for visitors to have an easy access exploring Gomantong Caves. Despite it’s home to millions of bats, there are also a number of cockroaches living inside the cave’s guano deposits which made it somehow like in a scene from the movie of The Mummy!

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Want to know how to backpacking in Sabah Borneo in a budget? Check out our blog post entry, hope it can help you to give some ideas for your Borneo travel itinerary.

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