Sukau Travel Guide

  • Long nosed, long tailed male probiscus
    Long nosed, long tailed male probiscus
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  • A large croc watching our movements closely
    A large croc watching our movements...
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  • Early morning on the Kinabatangan River
    Early morning on the Kinabatangan River
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Sukau Things to Do

  • Late afternoon on Kinabatangan River

    After a relaxing afternoon at the lodge, our first cruise down river was in the late afternoon. The water was calm, the afternoon sunlight glistening off the water with thick, healthy forest on either side. It was a great expereince listening to the sonds of the jungle and spotting macaque, probiscus and hornbills.

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  • Searching for the Borneo Pygmy Elephant

    We had been for a short jungle walk in the morning and the tell-tale signs of recent elephant activity - elephant droppings - were there, so in the afternoon of our second day on the Kinabatangan River we headed upstream in search of the elephants.We were not lucky enough to find the elephants, but it was still a great cruise. Not only did we spot...

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  • A family of macaque

    Travelling down the Kinabatangan river offers the opportunity to see a range of wildlife. Included are the grey macaque who, in the late afternoon, find a resting and grooming place in the trees at the river's edge. We were lucky enough to spot a small family who casually went about their business of grooming each other as we looked on from...

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  • Morning cruise to Oxbox lake

    One of the highlights of our trip to Sukau was the morning river cruise to one of the Oxbow lakes. We were up at dawn for a light breakfast and coffee before heading down river as the sun rose and the mist lifted from the water. On the way we saw a large croc trying to warm up in the early morning sun, large monitor lizards and birds just starting...

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  • Spotting the long-nosed Probiscus monkey

    Our main hope in organising a trip to Sukau was to get to see the probiscus monkeys in the wild. On our first afternoon, we took a trip down the Kinabatangan River and were fortunate to see several groups of probiscus in the trees right on the river's edge. The probiscs live either in bachelor groups or a troop containing one dominant male and a...

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  • Taking a walk in the jungle

    Many of the tour companies will offer you a guided trek through the jungle as part of their tour package. The trek was more of a walk, not difficult at all, but beautiful nonethe less. Our guide took us to one of the picturesque Ox Bow lakes. On our return we found evidence that elephants had recenly passed through. For anyone who is not accustomed...

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  • Spot the huge croc

    On both a morning and an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River, we were lucky enough to spot huge crocodiles on the river bank and partially submerged near the edge of the bank. One croc seemed to get a little annoyed at our presence, rose from the bank, and gracefully dived under water heading towards our boat. Our guide decided it was in...

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  • Pigtail macaque down by the river

    On an afternoon tour down the Kinabatangan we were fortunate to spot a troop of pigtail macaque right on the river's edge. They were playing around and scooping water with their hands. When our boat ventured a little closer, they clambered up the trees as you were expect they might. But many stayed intensely curious, and a few were real 'posers' as...

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  • 2 Rivers to explore

    We stayed at the Sri Menanggol cabins which were right by the main Kinabatangan river, looking towards the smaller Menanggol river. Our trips were taken by boat, mostly on the smaller river where we saw crocodiles, monkeys snakes and many beautiful birds. The wildlife is easier to see here as you are closer to the banks and this is where we saw the...

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  • Melon Loving Geckos

    We stayed at the Sri Menanggol cabins which were right by the main Kinabatangan river, with the restaurant looking over the river. The meals were wonderful - simple local food all very fresh and well cooked. We were the only guests, so had the place to ourselves for the few days we were there. We had our own guide and also a local guide who knew...

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  • Jungle Trekking

    Also, apart from the boat trips. Our guide took us jungle trekking from the river bank to Ox Bow Lake. Ran into elephant dungs, wild boar tracks, and some funny creatures. It's quite a pain to trek in the jungle here. The plants made my feets very itchy, and the mosquitos aren't helping. I enjoyed the trekking in Kinabalu park much much better. The...

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  • River cruise along the river

    This is most probably why you are here, the boat trip along lower Kinabatangan river, if you are lucky, you can see a lotta wild animals along the river, waiting for you and your camera and telelense and binoculars. Proboscis monkeys are not dificult to see, a lot more easier later in the evening. The same goes for Hornbills. Our package with the...

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  • I am the boss!

    The big male nose monkey was along the riverbank with his whole family. But as soon as we approached the whole group, that was sitting in the trees, climbed up the trees to the top of the rocks, out of our sight.This male nose monkey on the other hand, wanted to show he was brave, so he made himself big and impressive, saying "I am the boss and "I...

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  • Amazing to watch the Nose Monkey

    The nose monkey or Proboscis Monkey is a fascinating animal to see. The big nose looks absolutely funny of course (did you know that its nose keeps growing during its whole life?!). But besides its so characteristic nose it is just an impressive monkey species to see.They are so wonderfully colourful with their warm red-brown coats, their cream...

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  • The trip continues....

    My two days on the river has come to an end. Two amazing days. From wildlife to creepy crawlers, I saw and experienced it all here. A fantastic journey, and I hope you enjoyed travelling virtually with me to this amazing place on Borneo. The previous leg of my journey was a travelling long day and you can read all about that on my Sandakan page. It...

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  • A nightwalk in the jungle

    I slowly start to relax while walking in the dark. We follow our guide closely, making our way through the dense forest. With our torches we start to light up the trees in search of some life. And yes, there is life out there in the dark! As you can guess it is near to impossible to take pictures in these pitch-dark conditions. But we did somehow...

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  • The night is pitch-black

    A thunderstorm is rumbling in the distance, but luckily it is still far away. For tonight we are going to do a night walk in the jungle. Because of the thunderstorm it is only going to be a hike of an hour, not leaving our camp too far behind us. If the rain starts to pour down it is best that we can get back as quickly as possible!The night is...

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  • Liquorice animals??

    In the corner of my eye I saw there were TWO objects in the can, and in a reflex I removed my hand again. That's not right! I was sure I had only one animal candy left!!!!I bend over to look in the can to take a better look at what I saw. Hahaha, and started to laugh without end! :-))) Oh yes, there were two animals in the can, but only one of them...

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  • Liquorice animals??

    Okay, I have to admit it, I am a real sweet-tooth. So with me to Sabah, I brought this big can of "Liquorice Animals". They tasted great, hahaha, and I was amazed that I was able I hadn't all of them by now. But this afternoon, getting back to the lodge, I felt I just HAD to have a "Liquorice Animal". I remember clearly from that morning that I had...

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  • "Rain"-forest?

    We have been in the rainforest for quite a long time now, first around Mount Kinabalu and now at Sukau. You would think it would rain lots here! But no, I was in luck! This was the first day we felt some drops of rain on our head in the late afternoon. So I guess a wise advise would be to be prepared for some serious downpours. I just had the luck...

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  • Time to say goodbye to the river

    It was time for me to say goodbye to the river and goodbye to its people. Look at those big smiles and the little kids waving in the boat. They all looked so happy. They were looking so happy as I was feeling inside myself. I'll never forget Sukau, what a place, what an experience. I know I will always smile when thinking back to this day. But at...

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  • Life along the river

    We are on our way back to the lodge, but I didn't mind. Wow, what a day, wow, what we had seen! This has been an amazing day, on an amazing trip. It was time for me to calm down now, just sit down and relax in the boat, looking at the surroundings. When we got closer to our lodge, we got into the more populated area again.This little house...

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  • The river

    This Kinabatangan River is wide and it is the Sabah's longest river. It runs 560km from the mountains of south-western Sabah to the Sulu Sea.No wonder it is used not as a way of transportation. But despite knowing that, I still found these bright yellow trucks quite in contrast with the surroundings. It was so quiet and peaceful here and it felt so...

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  • Nose monkey drinking water

    When we turned back on our trip and passed this limestone rock again, I all of a sudden saw something moving on the water edge. First I was in doubt, is that a nose-monkey?? Nooo, that can't be. It must be a fisherman.... or....... ?But my doubts remained, so I said to everyone, with a big question mark.... is that a nose-monkey over there??? The...

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Sukau Restaurants

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    by Dinah21 Written Sep 27, 2007

    The restaurant is situated on a platform above the riverbank. All meals were served here.
    Buffet style. Great food especially the seafood is fresh.

    Dinner is a special event. Guests were encourage to attend dinner wearing batik sarong wrap, which is provided by the lodge.

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Sukau Transportation

  • Amazing Borneo Tours

    It is not easy to get to Sukau and the Kinabatangan River as an independent traveller. Most tourists go with a pre-booked tour. One such company is Amazing Borneo Tours. We booked a three day - two night trip staying at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge.We were met early in the morning at Sandakan Airport, taken to Sepilok Orangutan Reserve, and then on...

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  • Speedboat

    Transfer from Sandakan jetty to Sukau Rainforest Lodge is included in the package.The sppedboat is well maintained and clean. Each guest is given a life jacket to wear during the 3-hour journey.

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Sukau Warnings and Dangers

  • The rainforest is a dangerous place!

    "The jungle is not a comfortable place" is something our guide kept repeating. The rainforest has all kinds of biting and scratching things that can cause discomfort and even death!1. Before you leave home, make sure you have all of your shots and medications. Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever and Malaria are all things you don't want to get. See a travel...

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  • Leeches

    Being very damp, there is a big danger from leeches in this area if you are exploring the forests or the river.I don't know how I managed to get a leech on my back, being on a boat, but I must have brushed against a leaf or a branch.You don't feel anything most times. Unless they stick in your foot or another sensitive place. Mostly the first you...

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  • Wallace Hawk Eagle

    Did some search for this eagle on google. I guess I must be lucky, most sites I went to said Wallace Hawk Eagle is pretty rare and is not easily seen in the wild. Thanks to my birdie friend, bpacker, for helping me out with the naming of this eagle.

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  • Proboscis Monkey

    To put it bluntly, my 1st impression of the proboscis monkey. Oh boy, they look ugly! Their nose is so huge, and the males have such a huge stomack! They are always high up on the tree tops! Very hard to get a good shot of them. To my surprise, my best shot of them is in Bako National Park, Kuching, Sarawak. Unlike Sukau, you can get really close...

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  • Stork-billed Kingfisher

    Stork-billed Kingfishers are huge and are easily spotted along the river. But they are very shy, the minute they see you, off they went into the trees. The photos I've of this large kingfisher isn't too good. Blame it on the boat....

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The bats
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A swiftlet
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Nest of the pacific swallow
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The cave
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The village of Sukau
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The last of the leeches
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Strangler liana
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Leeches
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Hiking at Oxbow Lake
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Water Hyacinth
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Snake Bird
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Snake birds at Oxbow Lake
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Entering Oxbow Lake
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Canal to Oxbow Lake
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Canal to Oxbow Lake
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Our boatman
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Time to relax
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Sunbathing
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Crocodile!
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White Bellied Fish Eagle
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'One' explaining what we spotted
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High up in the tree
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Pied Hornbill
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White Egret
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Camera ready!
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A day on the river
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Good morning macaque :-)
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Nightlife
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I am the boss!
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