Malaysia Borneo March 2011

Malaysia Borneo March 2011

Time of Year You Went: March 2011

Turtles are plentiful


We had a great time and all of the flights and transfers went well.  It was quite rainy during our stay, so the underwater visibility was not good.  We managed to get some good pictures, but not the wide angle ones we had hoped for.  This is supposed to be the dry season, but one of the dive guides said that March was drier.  It seemed to be raining less during our last week, so the weather is unpredictable.

Borneo Divers:  The dive operation was very professional with very good guides and well organized trips to Sipidan. We dove there 3 days.  The coral is in good shape and there are lots (!!) of turtles.  The only activities at the resort are diving and snorkeling.  They do not have kayaks or a decent beach.  The resort itself could do with some maintenance, but the rooms were clean and the staff was friendly.  Food was plentiful.

Crocodile FishLankayan Island:  The dive masters were young and not very experienced.  They do not get divers with housed SLR cameras and dual strobes very often.  Most of the divers were inexperienced as well and were there more for a holiday than diving.  We however did take pictures of some interesting creatures.  The resort and island are the most beautiful I have ever been to.  A white sand beach surrounds the island, which can be circumnavigated in about 15 minutes.  All of the rooms were separate huts and faced the beach.  Each had its own hammock and beach chairs. The food was excellent.  The Resort sent us to their Sepiok resort for 4 hours after we left the island so we did not have to make our own way in Sandikan.  They then provided the transfer to the airport.

Wildlife Expeditions Borneo:  This company provided the land trips.   We did see the proboscis monkeys and a number of snakes on the river tour.
TThe Wild Man of Borneohe also toured Kinabalu National Park.  The guide on the first day was an ex park ranger and gave us lots of interesting information and a good tour of the park.  The hotel was in a nice location and was clean and the local owners took pride in the place.

The Le Meridien Hotel in Kotakinabalu was good and they have a very nice pool.  There are good restaurants area across the street.

We would go back to Borneo.  There are a lot of areas we did not visit and we think the diving in Sipidan would be excellent if the visibility had been better.