Pulau Libaran Travel Guide

  • Harvesting Coconuts in Libaran
    Harvesting Coconuts in Libaran
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  • Drying Fish in Libaran
    Drying Fish in Libaran
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  • Libaran Island
    Libaran Island
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Pulau Libaran Things to Do

  • Monitor Lizard

    I saw a few of these Monitor Lizards already during this Asia trip, but they keep surprising me, hahaha, and as you can see take pictures of. My first ever Monitor Lizard was in the klongs in Bangkok. After that I saw quite a few while staying at Sukau, here on Borneo. Hahaha, I even had one sneaking around my lodge, but racing off as soon as it...

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  • Lazy Libaran

    This is the view from our cottage. We were protected by the winds from the sea by a few trees. And after that, the beach! And as you can, idyllically located: MY lazy chair. This was truly Lazy Libaran! And I loved it! It couldn't be more perfect! Just imagine a nice cocktail, beautiful sunshine, and listening to the sound of the waves washing...

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  • Goodnight :-)

    All that is left to do on this page is to say goodnight! :-)) It is time to turn off the light and get some sleep, because tomorrow we will have another long but beautiful day ahead of us. Here is a look into our little cottage. The cottage is basic, but all you need is there. There is an air-condition, although very noisy, it works well. (Luckily...

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  • The trip continues....

    So off we are to our next destination.... The trip continues.....The previous leg of my journey was a visit to Sukau, probably my favourite part of the journey. I had two fantastic days on the river and I wouldn't have minded staying here longer. I hiked, did tours on the river, saw lots of birds and had an amazing encounter with a...

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  • Time for dinner

    The original plans for the evening was a barbeque night, but as you can imagine with all that rain we just had, those plans were quickly changed. Instead the cook changed the menu and served some great dishes with meat, fish, rice, vegetables and all you can think of. It was a feast meal for the four of us, as we were the only guests on the island....

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  • Dark blue sky

    Finally the sky revealed the true cause of this weird light. Dark blue clouds covered the sky in an amazing speed. The clouds were mean looking; warning for what was to come. Only minutes had past by and the sky opened up, flooding rain down in an amazing amount. We got back to our lodge just in time. In an opened door we looked at these forces of...

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  • Fisherman with his catch

    I concentrated my camera on a fisherman that was slowly heading towards the shore. In his hands the catch of the day. Seeing these photos makes me think back to this moment and I imagine myself standing on that jetty again, enjoying so much this special little moment in my life. The light changed with every second that past by. An absolute weird...

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  • Amazing play of light

    The sky darkens, the light intensifies and the play of the shadows begins. We arrived at Libaran and it is a long walk over the jetty. Åke and I both click our cameras ongoing. The light is fascinating; the backlight creates an amazing play of light and dark. This photo, taken by Åke, captures the mood of the moment so well. It is one of my...

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  • Fisherman at Lalasun Village

    A little further along in the village I saw this fisherman standing on the jetty, working again... as everyone seems to do here..... on his fishing nets. The village I am at is called Lalasun Village. A name you might as well forget right away as it is so small; you probably would have a hard time finding it on any map ;-)

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  • Reflection

    The boatman races the boat over the sea, crossing towards Libaran Island. He seems to be in an awful hurry, we are almost flying over the water. Does he know something I don't know? It pops into my mind that we left the mangrove forest very suddenly as well. I get the slight feeling something is wrong. But we got back to Libaran Island without...

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  • Silence before the storm?

    The bay is amazingly calm. The water is so quiet you can see the reflections of the boat in it. The only little sign of waves is further on in open sea. The light is weird, but amazing at the same time. A spooky effect, but so beautiful. Is this the so called 'silence before the storm'?

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  • Waving goodbye

    It is time to turn around our boat and head back to Libaran Island. But we don't leave without a proper goodbye from the fishermen. This is one of the fishermen we saw earlier this afternoon. They are now out a little bit further in the bay, waiting to go out to sea. They send us on our way with a greeting smile and wave goodbye!

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  • Untangling the fishing nets

    One of the fishermen at work, untangling his fishing nets, hahaha or at least that is what it looks like. It is so wonderful to get a glimpse of the local life of people during this boat trip. Our boat continues slowly through the winding canal, passing a little village with houses on both sides of the canal.

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  • Fishermen

    These fishermen were waiting to go on the Sulu Sea to go fishing. I loved their colourful boats and flags, their smiles, hahaha, and the enthusiasm with which they greeted us.Hahaha, although their enthusiasm started just after this picture was taken, LOL

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  • Mudskippers

    Mudskippers are so fun! You can see these fighting fish in this mangrove landscape. Amazingly enough these 'fish' spend most of their time out of the water. And they can move faster on land than in the water! These fish are not that big, they get about 15-30cm long.These two fish (click on the picture to see them better) where fighting with each...

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  • The 'Monkey Spear'

    In the picture you can see what our guide called the 'Monkey Spear'. Hahaha, just love that name as I can just imagine monkeys throwing these around like spears, LOL :-)This 'Monkey Spear' is a way that the Mangrove tree is nothing less than a seed, and a way to survive for the mangrove tree. The seed grows on the parent tree for about 1 or 2...

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  • Mangrove Forest

    The boat brings us back to the mainland to visit a Mangrove Forest. Here we tour around in some of the canals to this special type of forest, which is fascinating to see. The trees that grow here are mangrove trees. There are about 34 different species of trees that are together called mangroves. They share their name because of their same ability...

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  • Fishing boys

    Young or old, it doesn't matter. They all seem to be fishing, all on their own way. These two boys were so busy with their fishing activities that they didn't even notice us.While waiting for the boat at the end of the jetty, I watched these boys fishing. They seemed to have a lot of fun doing so. Happy faces when they caught a fish :-)

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  • Fishermen on the beach

    Just before going out on our trip to the Mangrove Forest, these fishermen came home with their catch. It was interesting to watch what kind of fish they caught and see them clean the fish right on the spot. I wonder if I would eat any of these fish tonight :-))

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  • Arriving at Libaran Island

    When we got out of the mangrove forest we went full speed on the Sulu Sea towards Libaran Island. The island is located rather close to the shore, so the whole boat trip took about 20 minutes. And 20 enjoyable minutes they were. The blue-green sea, the blue sky, the marvellous sunny warm weather and the wind blowing through my hair.... it felt...

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  • Lazy cats

    This lazy thingy seems to be spread around quickly! You would think that the cats would be on alert until the fish arrives. But instead these cats preferred to be lazy and sleepy. They were close to the sea though at the spot where the fishing boats arrive, so maybe they weren't so dumb after all. The perfect way to be lazy and on the lookout at...

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  • Lazy dogs

    In the same garden I saw these fishing nets, or should I call them doggie nets, LOL :-) They seemed totally unsuitable for fishing, but the dog seemed very happy with them. Libaran is a lazy place and these dogs knew just how to be that in the best possible way :-) Sorry I disturbed guys.... I'll walk on again ;-)

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  • Fishing net on a fence

    Not all fishing nets seemed to be cared for just as much. I saw this bundle of nets hanging over and wrapped around this fence. I have to admit I don't know that much about fishing, but it looked like a bit of a mess. Hahaha, a picturesque mess though :-)

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  • Fishing nets

    I like to watch the local people and their way of living. Life here on Libaran Island is so different than the one I am used to in Sweden. Here on Libaran life evolves around fishing. Not only the men, but also the women participate in the daily fishing activities; like this woman working on some fishing nets. I find it fascinating to watch and...

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  • A fishing village

    But besides the cows, the chickens and all the strange types of fruits, this is what the village is really about: fishing! And there are all kinds of signs around to remember you of that fact, like these fishing nets hanging over a washing line in the middle of the village.

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  • Custard Apple Fruit

    While walking around in the village I also noticed all kinds of 'unknown to me' fruits hanging in the trees. This was one of them and it is called the "Custard Apple Fruit" ore more scientifically the "Annona reticulata". I never heard of the fruit before or seen it for that matter. But it looked so pretty that I took a picture of it. It makes me...

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  • The boat builder

    When you walk into the village, one of the first places you will see is the workplace of the boat builder. He is responsible for building all the fishing boats for the village and when we were here he was busy at work.

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  • Watch out, cow on the road! :-)

    Most houses outside the village had fences around them to keep the cattle out of their gardens, except apparently for this one. The village itself was totally surrounded by fences to keep the cows out. But oops.... this trick doesn't always work! The cows do get out of their designated areas on a regular basis. When it is low tide they have a...

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  • Flowers

    But how fun those flowerpots might look, nothing beats the huge amount of wonderful flowers you can see on the shrubs and bushes that are spread around outside the village. The most wonderful flowers you can find here, a pure joy for the eye.

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  • Flowerpots

    Most of the houses had these enormous rows of flowerpots on the outside of the house. And not all of them were just in plastic containers like you can see in this picture.At one place I saw that the flowerpots were made of coconut shells, hanging on a string and painted in a silver colour to give them something special; really creative and fun to...

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  • The houses

    While I strolled along it felt like I was getting out of the village. There were still houses there though, but they were built a bit more apart from each other. This is an example of the typical building style of these houses. This one, like all the others, was build on poles and had a nice little fence around it to keep all the cattle out of the...

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  • Friendly kids

    The most striking thing of the village was its friendly people. Nothing at all here was touristy; I didn't get bothered by anyone, just a curious glance so now and then when I walked around their village. I felt a little bit shy walking here with a camera in my hand. But no one seemed to my mind me being there, they greeted and smiled.

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  • The village

    The village is a quiet and friendly little place. There are not so many houses, and all are surrounded by lots of palm trees. All in all it looked quite picturesque and it was fun to stroll around in here. Life in a village like this looks so different to the one I am used to in Sweden. So it was fun to walk around and take some photos of the...

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  • The village

    Okay, I have to admit it; I couldn't sit still all afternoon and be lazy on the beach. The beach is fun, hahaha, for a little while :-) I guess I am not such a beach person. So in the afternoon I decided to go for a walk around the island. Now there should be a village somewhere on the island, but oops.... would I ever be able to find it??? Hahaha,...

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  • The beach

    We got a little cottage right on the beach where we would stay the night. It couldn't be more perfect. Even if the accommodation was quite basic, it had all we needed. And the view from the cottage..... wow! What could I wish more for!!! The beach wasn't so big, but the water was perfect. I never had such a big swimming pool just right outside my...

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  • Welcome to Libaran Island :-)

    The moment I stepped out of the boat on the sandy beach of Libaran Island I just felt the positive waves of this place. Being greeted by a cold drink upon arrival didn't hurt either :-)) It was such a warm welcome; I could just feel we were going to have a wonderful time on this little island. And I wasn't disappointed! :-)

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