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    Go Island-ing!

    by Fudge Written Jun 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Sapi island is nice. The big one Gaya is not suitable for snorkelling as it's a lot of rock outcrop... but if you arrange for aboat on your own you can ask them to take u to nice snorkelling spots! And then just jump off and indulge!

    The OTHER islands like Layang Layang, Pulau TIga (where Survivor was filmed), Sipadan, Turtle Islands are by far more breathtaking but equally harder to get to. For turtle island u need to book at least 3-4 days in advance. if you're lucky you may get a spot one or two days ahead of time... but it's expensive. Yet worth the money as it is a once in a lifetime experience for most to see turtles up close and personal, laying eggs at that!

    Fondest memory: Do bring your good snorkel mask as you want to capture these memories in your mind's eye and take them home :) with you.

    I loved snorkelling the most and want to go back again and again in different parts. Diving too as the divers will attest to, is among the best in the world. I heard there are some wreck dives nearby too.

    Awesome!

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    Turtle Islands

    by Fudge Written Jun 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We really wanted to do this but were unable to. Reason : You have to book in advance!

    So we advise, do book for this as soon as you arrive in sabah. You may not get a spot so soon so be prepared to join in a few days later.

    What you will see
    Lots of turtles out on the beach, having their time :) At nite, you get to see them laying eggs and how the conservation people safeguard the eggs by trasferring them safely to an incubator. We heard about all this, so this is not first hand. It sounded fascinating to be able to witness this phenomenon.

    The cost is about RM400- RM600 for a 2 day 1 nite thing at the island. Accomodation is restricted there hence the advance booking.

    Can contact the following:

    SI Tours
    Samantha Lee
    Tel: +60 89 213 502/3

    Crystal Quest
    Tel: 089-212 711
    Email: cquest@tm.net.my

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    Local Craft Heaven

    by muddybok Written May 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Kota Kinabalu is a local craft heaven. The amount of things & local craft that money can buy are just uncountable.

    Rattan products, chandelier made of seashells, wooden vase, bamboo wind chime, batek, T-shirts that printed with Orang-utan, Mt Kinabalu, Sipadan Island & etc are found abundantly at local centers. You can bargain when you’re shopping for these items.

    Filipino Market & Local Craft Centre next to Kota Kinabalu Wet Market will be highly recommended.

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    Travel Light

    by muddybok Written May 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: You’re encouraged to travel light when you’re visiting Sabah. Not every rain forest resorts have porter service to engage.

    You may ended carry all you baggage yourself while you are transit by some rugged truck/4WD on really rugged trail.

    Laundry service & shopping outlets are found abundantly in bigger towns.

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    In the name of Survival!!

    by muddybok Written May 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: It's tough to be growing out of competitive environment. This timber seed were evolved overtime & able to glide away from its parent with the better hope of getting more sunlight & good soil in order to grow strong & choke other plants in process.

    It's all about survival, baby!!

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    Window view from KK to Sandakan

    by SLLiew Updated Dec 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you are flying day time from Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan during the day, take the window seat on the side where you can see the peak of Mount Kinabalu below you.

    It is a wonderful view of the coast, then the jungles and the mountains of the Crocker Range.

    Of course, the highlight when the pilot asked all the passengers to look out the window to see the top of the highest point of Southeast Asia. It is so clear and close, I think I saw some hikers ascending the peak, I think....

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    Orangutans having breakfast

    by kyoub Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center is a must see.
    It is located 30 minutes drive from the bustling town of Sandakan. What a difference a few miles makes.
    Orangutans come into Sepilok, not only from captivity, but more than likely from their homes in the forest that are being cleared for Palm plantations. This area is being planted in trees that produce palm oil.
    Sepilok serves to give these unfortunate animals a home in the forest rather than in a cage.

    Orangutans prefer fruit as their main source of food. That is why they are fed bananas and other fruit when they come to the feeding platform for breakfast.
    Some days several arrive and some days not so many.
    It is fun to watch them coming out of the forest, one by one. Some have babies in tow.

    Fondest memory: The Center is open Sunday to Thursday and Saturday from 9 am - 12:00 pm and from 2 pm - 4:00 pm. Friday from 9 am - 11:00 am and 2 pm to 4:00 pm. The feeding times are 10 am and 3 pm. It is important to arrive early to get a good spot to view the feeding.

    The center is located 23 km from Sandakan. There are daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan and from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan. Most hotels provide pick-up at the airport.

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    Monkeys with big noses

    by kyoub Written Mar 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Seeing the Proboscis Monkeys in their natural habitat has to be one of my favorite memories of Borneo. They are among the world’s most unusual animals and a must
    see for anyone interested in wildlife. They only live in the wild on Borneo

    The male Proboscis Monkey is big, weighing up to 24kg. He has a huge nose and round belly. The reason for the large nose is, the ladies like it.

    The females are much smaller and only weigh around 10kg. They have small, stubby noses. They are the only monkeys in Borneo with white tails.

    Proboscis Monkeys live in harems made up of one male and up to eight females and their offspring.

    Fondest memory: We really enjoyed watching the animals from the balcony at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary near Sandakan. My only regret is that we didn't spend the night in the hostel there.

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    Over water bungalows

    by kyoub Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you have never stayed in bungalows that are sitting on stilts out in the sea, this is your chance.
    I had always wanted to be able to watch the fish swimming by from my balcony and I got to do that in Sabah.
    Gayana Resort Bay has 44 over the water bungalows, restaurant, dive shop, and front office , all
    connected by a boardwalk that sits out in the water.
    It was quite an experience and I would highly recommend staying there.
    A great place to get away for a short honeymoon.

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    The Proboscis Monkey

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Next to the orangutan, the proboscis monkey is the must see animal of any excursion to Borneo. The proboscis is so named because of a very generous sized nose. The bigger the nose the more attractive the male becomes to the female. The older and stronger males keep a harem of 10 to 15 females. Therefore, any sighting of the proboscis will either be a lone male with his female entourage or a troop of juvenile males.

    The prboscis monkeys sleep throughout the day and the only real chance to catch sight of them is either at dawn or dusk. But once you are in their vicinity and they are awake, you cannot miss them. They literally hurl themselves from tree to tree, breaking branches and causing quite a ruckus. And the dominant male will let you know if you are intruding on his turf. He bellows very loudly and very sternly; advising the interloper to stay away from his girls.

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    Stamp on Malaysian passport

    by SLLiew Written Oct 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Similar to Sarawak, I was amused that as a fellow citizen from Peninsular Malaysia, I still need my passport and got a stamp with a limited conditional stay.

    Nowadays, you can use your Mykad identification and fill up a form or apply for Restricted Travel Document.

    Check this website - http://www.imi.gov.my/eng/perkhidmatan/im_DokumenTerhad.asp

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    CORAL ISLANDS

    by BerniShand Written Nov 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Off the coast of Kota Kinabalu are some beautiful coral islands, the snorkelling is really good.... there are white beaches.... and shady trees....
    They are the perfect antidote to the bustle of the city and a perfect way to spend a day

    Fondest memory: Snorkelling all morning, then eating a barbeque lunch under the trees with a cold beer.....
    A great relaxation day in the middle of a hectic tour

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    JUNGLE DAWN

    by BerniShand Written Nov 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The jungle at daybreak is a wonderful thing to see, as the animals and birds rouse you can feel and hear the jungle coming alive ..... not that it ever really sleeps, even at night there are still the sounds of the nocturnal creatures

    Fondest memory: This picture was taken at 6am just before the mist started to clear, immediately after taking this picture a hornbill flew low over my head, then as we walked towards the path we saw an orang utan sitting in a fig tree.
    It was a day I will never forget.......

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    Beautiful sunsets

    by kyoub Written Mar 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: I have seen many beautiful sunsets but none more beautiful than what we seen in Sabah.
    From our hotel in Kota Kinabalu the sun setting over the South China Sea was breath taking.
    When I think of KK the sunset is one of my best memories.

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    Fill in your forms...

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: When you go to Sabah, even when you go there from other places inside Malaysia, you have to fill in a form with all your personal details. Name, address, age, passport number and the reason why you are visiting Sabah. You need this form when you pass the immigration.

    Normally you can get this form at the airport you are departing from so you can fill it in during your flight. If you don't have it when you arrive in Sabah, find one on the arrival-airport, because it will be very annoying when you find out about it when it's your turn at the immigration desk and you still have to fill it all in.

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