Exploring the Borneo
Rainforests - Tabin Reserve, Sukau Lodge and Sepilok Center, Borneo, Malaysia - October 2010
6 days of exploring the creatures of the rainforests in Borneo
Scroll down page to see my review of the places we stayed and comments on the
trip in general. To see slideshow, click on
right arrow below.
trip started with a stopover in California to check out Ventura,
a town that I had driven through
many many times while traveling north from LA, but never really got
off the highway. Exploring the area all day, we were going to make
sure that we were tired enough to sleep on the plane ride to Hong
Kong and then on to Kuala Lumpur.
KL, our friend Yuan picked us up at the airport with her sister and
we proceeded to have a wonderful day with them exploring Kuala
At the end of the day we
stayed at the Tune Hotel at the airport. This was the smallest room
I have ever paid to stay in, but it was just what we needed.. a good
shower and to sleep laying down.
then proceeded to fly to Tawau on Borneo and were met by the folks
at SeaVentures who drove us to Semporna for the boat ride out to the
SeaVentures Dive rig, a converted oil platform.
here or the clownfish on the left to go see some pictures from the underwater part of our
After the diving we took a local minibus from Semporna to Lahad Datu,
where we would get picked up for the next part of our adventure, the
rainforests. The minibus from Semporna to Lahad Datu was a 2 hour
trip that was for the locals and would stop for people to get out
and get in. People were coming home from shopping at Lahad Datu and
carrying a small plastic bag of whatever they had purchased in town,
we had 5 pieces of luggage and took up a lot of the van. People were
so nice, being so careful to walk around all our bulky bags taking
up all the floor space.
We stayed at 3 places during the rainforest
part of the trip, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sukau Forest Lodge and
Sepilok Rainforest Lodge. Each of them was unique.
At Tabin, the mode of transport was by foot
into the rainforest and in the back of an open pick-up truck along
the few roads into the reserve.
Sukau, we used boats to navigate the Kinabatangan River and
tributaries to see wildlife along the river banks and did a couple
of small walking treks.
were plenty of monkeys along the river banks, perhaps the most
interesting being the wonderful proboscis monkeys with their extra
Sepilok, it was basically walking along a boardwalk to see the place
where they would put out some food and see if any of the
free-roaming orangutans would come to eat. We were lucky to see 10
orangutans at Sepilok including 3 mothers with their babies.
In between Tabin and Sukau we stopped off
to visit the Gomantong Caves. This was a fantastically large cave
system which had millions of bats and swifts. They collected the
swifts nests (under a controlled fashion) for the Chinese appetite
for birds nest soup.
crawly creature you can imagine is running around all over these
caves. There were bats, with ample supply of bat guano to feed the
roaches, spiders, centipedes, scorpions, lizards and rats. We saw
them all in just the15 minutes we were in the cave. The cave itself
(all pictures and
videos on this trip taken with Canon T2i with 70-300mm zoom and Olympus E-PL1 camera with 9-19mm and 14-42mm
lenses, Underwater used Zen dome & INON s2000 strobes)
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