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Gomantong Caves, Wildlife Trips, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

July 7th, 2009 DreamGirl

Gomantong Cave

Gomantong Cave

Gomantong Caves, Wildlife Trips, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Not many tourists have heard about Gomantong Caves before they come on their holiday to Sabah, Borneo. If you fancy going somewhere different to get close to some of the wildlife of Borneo then you should consider a visit to these Caves.

ISS Group Trip, Gomantong Caves, Sabah, Borneo

Gomantong Caves, Sabah, Borneo

A visit here can easily be included as part of a Kinabatangan River Cruise trip. Read on to find out more about the amazing Gomantong Caves.

Borneo has been a source of bird nests, used in bird nest soup, for the Chinese market since the 17th century. The Chinese have long believed that the nests have medicinal qualities.

One of the most well known cave systems in Borneo for collecting birds nests is at Gomantong in Sabah. The collection of nests at Gomantong caves is strictly monitored to ensure sustainability, and many believe these are the best managed caves in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Orang Utans, Orang-Utan, Sepilok Sanctuary, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

March 10th, 2009 DreamGirl

Orang Utan, Sepilok

Orang Utan, Sepilok

Bornean Orang-Utan – Sabah, Borneo’s Most Famous Resident

Perhaps more than any other animal, the Orang Utan is synonymous with Borneo. The Bornean Orang-utan is endemic to Borneo. Here it can be found in lowland and medium elevation rainforest.

紅毛猩猩復育中心

紅毛猩猩復育中心

The Orang Utans appeal is instant. Look into an infant orang-utans face and it is like looking in to a child’s eyes. We share over 96% of our DNA with orang-utans, so they may not be our closest relative but they are close enough.

The Orang Utan is primarily tree dwelling (it is the world’s largest tree dwelling animal). It’s forearms are 30% longer than its legs and both hands and feet are equally adept at gripping.

They can travel large areas in one day foraging for food – on average around 1,000m a day. They are solitary creatures and will travel alone, except when with offspring. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildlife & Coral Reef Package, Scuba Diving Trip, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

February 7th, 2009 DreamGirl
Gomantong Cave

Gomantong Cave

Wildlife & Coral Reef Package with Borneo Dream from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Join the ‘Wildlife & Coral Reef’ trip and experience some of the breathtaking wildlife, rain forest and scuba diving of Sabah, Borneo.

Dive Pristine Reefs at Pulau Tiga

Dive Pristine Reefs at Pulau Tiga

At the start of this trip, holiday, you’ll enjoy scuba diving along some of the best coral reefs on the West coast of Sabah, all accessible from Kota Kinabalu. Go scuba diving along three very different coral reef landscapes and enjoy being the only divers in the water at Pulau Tiga and Mayne Rock.

You will then fly over to Sandakan and enjoy a visit to the mighty Kinabatangan River, the longest river in Sabah at 570km.

紅毛猩猩復育中心

紅毛猩猩復育中心

Here you will go on river cruises and have a chance to see the Proboscis Monkey, Leaf Monkeys, Orang Utans, Macaques, Hornbills, Eagles, Kingfishers, Crocodiles, snakes and if you’re lucky a Bornean Elephant. You’ll also visit Gomantong Caves and the World famous Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildlife Trips, Snorkeling, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

August 27th, 2008 DreamGirl
Snorkeling Trip

Snorkeling Trip

Wildlife Trips, Snorkeling, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia – Customer Feedback, July 2007

“I have no words to describe how amazing the Borneo trip was.  On arriving at the airport I had butterflies, but as it turned out, I had nothing to worry about as the whole experience left no time for anyone to get bored or think about home.

We arrived in Borneo on Thursday afternoon after two days of traveling and went to this interesting monkey restaurant where the food and service was fabulous.  This gave us all a chance to get to know the organizers of our trip a bit more; Billy, Jo and Ron from Borneo Dream.

Kinabatangan River Cruise

Kinabatangan River Cruise

We didn’t have a late night that night as we were all tired and the next day served as a chill out day as we went out on the boat for a snorkeling trip with Jo, Billy and Ron.  They took us snorkeling where we got to see a beautiful blue starfish, squid and even a sea snake!  They had also prepared us a tasty picnic of sandwiches and watermelon to satisfy us. A storm came in later in the afternoon – it was actually quite exciting and we knew we were in safe hands.

Saturday morning we had to get up early to catch a plane to Sandakan. Off to enjoy wildlife trips and explore the rainforest! We explored the Rainforest Discovery Centre, going into the jungle and spotting black squirrels roaming up and down the trees and beautiful butterflies fluttering about.  We then had a long drive to the Kinabatangan River lodge – which gave us time to catch up on lost sleep! Once we had settled in we went on a Kinabatangan River safari, this was extraordinary as we got to view Proboscis Monkeys up close in their natural habitat, unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any crocodiles. We then got to explore the jungle at night, this was quite scary and VERY muddy.  I got to see scorpions and leeches, luckily I didn’t get any on me.

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

Orang Utans

Sunday held the highlight of the trip for me as we went to Sepilok Sanctuary to see the Orang Utans while feeding.  This was spectacular from the way they swung, all the other monkeys are scared of them.

By Monday, I was wishing we could extend the trip.  We went white water rafting on Kiulu River which is a level 1 and 2; this was extremely fun.  The body rafting was an experience and certainly turned your bum a different colour!

Borneo Dream kept us entertained every moment of our Borneo adventure and left us with unforgettable memories.   The whole trip was a huge success and could not have been done without all the support we received and the careful organization – thank you Borneo Dream. I would definitely go to Borneo again!”

Aimee Capaldi,

Seychelles

Snorkeling Trip, Wildlife Trips, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

August 9th, 2008 DreamGirl
Enjoying Snorkeling

Enjoying Snorkeling

Snorkeling Trip, Wildlife Trips, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia – Customer Feedback, July 2008

The beginning of a lifetime adventure! Excited and thrilled, we departed Seychelles for Borneo, the third largest island in the world. We were totally unprepared for the super experience which awaited us.

Via Bangkok we went through Kuala Lumpur on to Kota Kinabalu where we were greeted by Billy and Jo, from Borneo Dream. Eventually, we reached Hotel Garden where we were to stay. It was very comfy indeed and the service was brilliant! We quickly settled in and later went out for dinner with Billy and Jo.

Snorkeling Trip

Snorkeling Trip

The next morning we were welcomed by Ron, who took us for breakfast and then we proceeded to meet Billy and Jo at the jetty where we were taken on their boat, Borneo Dream 3, to a beautiful snorkeling spot in TARP Marine Park where we were privileged to see a vast diversity of beautiful, colorful corals and interesting sea animal species. From there we went ashore a small island, Pulau Sulug, that was nearby and I ventured deep into its small forest and got the opportunity to see a wild boar. After about an hour of exploring and making some fascinating discoveries, we headed back to the jetty to return to our hotel.

On Saturday morning we flew to Sandakan and there we took a bus to the Rainforest Discovery Centre where we visited the Rainforest Exhibition. It contained loads of breath-taking pictures of the fauna of Borneo and we learnt many things about Sabah’s different forest types and the unique plants and animals. Afterwards we went onto the rainforest discovery trail, where we learnt about rainforest ecology and experienced its amazing biodiversity while walking along a network of self-guided trails in the forest. I loved the rickety bridge and it was hilarious trying to cross it.

Kinabatangan River

Kinabatangan River

After this interesting visit, we made a long journey to a lodge on the Kinabatangan River. By then, it was quite late in the afternoon so we relaxed a bit before going for a river safari where we got to see many beautiful birds such as the Hornbills. We were lucky to see the Proboscis Monkey and some other types of monkey and the Long Tail Macaques. After dinner we all gathered up with our guides, picked up some flash lights and went off for a night walk in the jungle. The walk lasted about an hour. It was fascinating and quite amusing too. We saw snakes, lizards and even scorpions. One of my most thrilling experiences was having blood-sucking leeches stuck to my skin! Whilst some freaked out at the sight of the ugly bugs, I was mesmerized by them!

Orang Utan, Sepilok

Orang Utan, Sepilok

We visited Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where we got to see the orangutans being fed -it was a real attention-grabbing moment! We also got to see them in the wild and this was an amazing experience, seeing them swinging from branch to branch. A bit of lone venturing along one of the nature trails took Harry and I, close up to a wild orangutan! It was something very much worth seeing and personally quite an unforgettable and remarkable experience I’ll cherish forever!

On our last day we headed off for White Water Rafting. This was a wet but fantastic and exciting experience! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously in the rapids!

I have never done so much fabulous traveling and visiting in such a short period of time! The activities were all so well-organized. The trip was just cool and fun and I’ll do it again any time! We all gained loads of interesting and useful knowledge and in my opinion, out of all the trips I’ve been on this one was the ‘cherry on the cake’! We enjoyed ourselves to the MAXIMUM and gained so much educational information. Words alone cannot express how much I enjoyed every minute of this trip and I take this opportunity to thank Borneo Dream for organizing it – you made our trip a real enjoyable and memorable one! THANK YOU ALL!

Scott Morin

Seychelles