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Borneo to be wild

Posted by on October 5, 2013

Semmengoh Nature Reserve
After a swift flight change at Kuala Lumpur we boarded yet another ‘winged friend’ and touched down in the early moonlight hours at Kuching, the other side of Malaysia. Basically, to all you kids that nodded off during geography, we were extremely excited to have arrived in Malaysian Borneo. Not ones to miss a trick, we dumped our bags and headed into china town for our first Borneo fill of rice washed down with a bucket of beer. With Claire still out of practice and getting p*ssed on two cans, rising in the early hours would normally be a long drawn out process but, not today. Claire was up, dressed, fed and camera ready…………. we were off to see our Orange cousins!

Sharing 97% of our DNA (98% if your ginger), if was very difficult not to pick one up and put it in our rucksacs. We soon changed our minds when we saw the photos of the tourists and guides who had tried to do just that. Thankful for all 10 fingers, we gave it a miss and just oooo’d and ahhhh’d very quietly when we were fortunate to see the cheeky monkeys coming out from the jungle for a bit of free snap. The Orangutans here are semi wild and live within a vast section of protected jungle. Its sad to believe that these fantastic creatures are rapidly dissapearing off the face of the earth but, when you fly over Borneo glancing out of the window to the uniformed miles and miles of palm oil plantations, you can see why.

Semmengoh Orangutan Rehabilitation CentreOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Claire sized this one up perfectly for the rucksackMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 066_01 (493x640)

Then changed her mind when Daddy came alongMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 151 (539x640)

Borneo’s Mr Universe contestentMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 262 (640x452)

Mum and babyMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 345 (425x640)

GingyMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 370 (580x640)

Its behind you!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kuching
Using Kuching as a handy base, we spent the next few days pottering about the town and taking in some day trips to the various national parks. Kuching sits in Sarawak, a place famed for its culture and strong heritage. Sarawak is the land of tribesmen and head hunters, men that literally eat men for breako. With his swiss army knife safely zipped in his backpack pocket and his Haka dance style escape routes rehearsed over and over in his head, we decided it was safe to head out to the rainforest festival and enjoy some traditional tunes with the locals.

Kuching is known as the Cat city. Apparently Kuching IS cat in Malaysian. This itself seems to attract visitors from all over the place. You cant turn a street corner without coming face to face with one of the worlds worst plastic cat figures adorned with a silly hat, playing with a bit of string or licking its testicles – Jeez theres even one outside the McDonalds.

Kuching RiverfrontOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Traditional Iban Tribe LonghouseMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 463 (425x640)

Dannys ‘slightly big’ mateMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 465 (457x640)

Sarawak Cultural Village – The venue for the festivalMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 476 (558x640)

Sunset at the festival beachMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 484 (425x640)

Doing the time warp with the localsMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 502 (640x426)

The new whiskers model
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Sampling Borneo’s culinary delights
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Taking a stroll away from the catsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Topspot food court – Food fit for a Cat KingMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 531 (425x640)

China townMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 537 (425x640)

Gunung Gading National Park
Home to the worlds largest flower and only a two hour bus ride (and a hot one hour walk away), this place was unfortunately crossed off the Nightingale itinerary as basically, none were in bloom. Not ones to ever miss a worlds largest, we were gutted to hear that we weren’t lucky enough to drop on one of the 90 days of the year that you can actually see one. Avoiding all postcards and other Rafflesia souvenirs, we planned our days on not seeing this flower but kept nagging at the tourist office everyday to let us know if one was in bloom. Well, persistence paid off. Two days later we were walking that grueling hot one hour walk poised to see this wonder of the natural world. Only blooming for one day before it decays and rots like flesh, we had to be quick to view this carnivorous beauty.

A wooden one on the sign doesn’t countOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Claire has got a pea head but this thing really was big!Malaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 565 (640x556)

Blooming marvelousMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 568 (527x640)

A critter along the wayMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 587 (421x640)

73cm across, surprised it fit in the viewfinderMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 600 (640x424)

We couldn’t wait to buy the postcards and magnets nowMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 629 (640x430)

Taking a stroll around the parkMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 633 (425x640)

A quick dip in the waterfall before the hot walk homeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bako National Park
Taking a break from the cats of Kuching for one night, we boarded a bus then a little boat to take us to Bako National Park. Established in 1957, this is the oldest national park in Sarawak and is home to a staggering number of endangered flora and fauna. No matter how many David Attenbough documentaries and discovery channel programmes we’ve watched, nothing could prepare us for what actually calls Bako its home. It was like stepping into some kind of magical kingdom where the animals rule and your an intruder.

On the way to BakoMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 648 (640x272)

Crocodile hunterMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 649 (640x405)

Arriving at the ParkMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 659 (640x475)

If the Crocs don’t get you, the jellyfish willMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 664 (425x640)

Even the trees are scaryMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 666 (425x640)

Doing as he is toldMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 668 (640x475)

After registering at the National Park office (basically in case you get eaten and they have to send out the search party), we headed into the jungle and followed one of the trails which snaked through the rainforest and finished at the beach. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to the park each day so the place was eerily quiet as we tripped over every single tree root and snagged our drip wet clothes against every conceivable prickly bush trying not to scare away the locals. Emerging from the rain forest unscathed and in serious need of a cool down, the next obstacles to contend with were the bag riffling macaque monkeys (Dannys favourite) and the stingrays in the sea.

The path of doomMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 683 (425x640)

Almost lost a head – check out the spikes on that thing!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This Pitcher plant would make a lovely tea cupMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 685 (425x640)

And this one tea for two!Malaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 687 (640x518)

Out of the jungle and onto the cliff top – nowhere is safe here!
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Heart rock
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Dannys MONKEY FREE ZONE!! We did shifts guarding the bags whilst the other wrestled with the stingraysMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 726 (640x498)

But, there was one resident primate we couldn’t wait to find. We had heard all about these rare monkeys endemic to Borneo – famed for their huge gonzo noses and bulging beer belly’s they wouldn’t go a miss in the Nightingale family album. Once dusk was upon us, we sauntered along the deserted beach hoping to spot a glimpse of these cartoon like apes, luckily, we weren’t dissapointed as perched ontop of the tree was the biggest fattest monkey we ever saw munching away completely unbothered by our camera lense and constant chuckling. Apparently, as with all things ‘male related’, the bigger the nose the better the female they attract, jeez this ones lass was in for a treat.

The boss of the groupMalaysia Bako - Part 2 029 (640x501)

Look at that hooter!Malaysia Bako - Part 2 037 (640x551)

A male can weigh up to 50lbs – this was a strong branchMalaysia Bako - Part 2 058 (640x541)

Chief photographer walking away from the sceneOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our digs for the night in Bako National ParkMalaysia Bako - Part 2 083 (425x640)

After an eventful day it was onto an eventful night. Whilst there was plenty to see in the daylight hours there was even more to see when darkness fell only this time, you needed a guide! It’s dark out there and from all the noises echoing around us, it was also pretty scary indeed. We had to walk slow, stick together and be very quiet………….

Praying MantisOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Poisonous Tree FrogMalaysia Bako - Part 2 095 (640x429)

Asian Pit Viper – In the same tree that the monkey was 3 hours earlierOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sad to be leaving such an amazing park, we got up with the birds and wandered down to another beach to take a look around for some more wildlife. This beach was once again famed for ‘Dannys favourite animal’ so, both armed with a stick, we guarded our bananas and squashed coconut creams and pitched our backsides down on a rock surrounded by the sea waiting for the little cretins to take advantage of the dopey family enjoying their breakfast on the beach. Never failing to disappoint an audience, out came the troops helping themselves to a few boiled eggs and cartons of cappuccino. Monkeys 1, family 0.

Ready for a fight
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The stick of successOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Leaving the parkOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Gunung Mulu National Park
From one national park to another, we got on a matchbox plane yet again to fly us over the impenetrable jungle to Mulu national park. Mulu, a UNESCO heritage site is famed for its huge cave networks not to mention its incredible wildlife – remember we are in Borneo.

Our four days here were jam packed with walks through the rainforest looking for anything that moved, climbing through the adventure caves dodging the racer snakes, speeding along the river bed passing the tribal villages and gasping in awe at the bat exodus and the magnificent show caves.

Touch downMalaysia Bako - Part 2 129 (640x349)

Excited yet againOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Inside Deer CaveMalaysia Mulu 015_01 (425x640)

Bat Guano smells so bad it makes Indian toilets seem sweetOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Deer Cave, biggest in the world till Vietnam found there’s!Malaysia Mulu 024 (425x640)

Bat exodus, three million bats leave every dusk – an amazing sightOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wheres the safety goggles…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Travelling up the riverMalaysia Mulu 076 (425x640)

Danny pee shooting a polystyrene animalMalaysia Mulu 081 (640x425)

Adventure caverOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not a good spot for a picnicMalaysia Mulu 152 (425x640)

Danny.. I think!Malaysia Mulu 155 (640x467)

New screen saver anyone?
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Tree Canopy skywalk, 25 metres highMalaysia Mulu 159 (425x640)

This viper was about 2 metres below usMalaysia Mulu 183 (640x517)

No matter what the book says, this thing wasn’t safeMalaysia Mulu 208 (425x640)

You see what I mean? This snake was tucking into another for its breakfastMalaysia Mulu 240 (640x619)

Time to leave?Malaysia Mulu 258 (640x532)

Spike the lizardMalaysia Mulu 261 (300x640)

This viper was outside National Park HQ………. reyt laffMalaysia Mulu 288 (640x319)

Onto the adventure cave, no safety equipment required apparentlyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Spiderman DanOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tomb raider Rowley
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Problem is she couldn’t see most of itOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There she goesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Scrambling down the ropes
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He made it to the exit, all in one pieceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The problem with the rainforest is…………..the rainOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The river by our digsMalaysia Mulu 289 (425x640)

Just like a Timotei advertMalaysia Mulu 318 (496x640)

Last view of the park before we got on another plane
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Boarding again
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Kelabit Highlands
A shaky short flight later we arrived in the Kelabit Highlands of Borneo. A mountain range bordering Kalimantan, Indonesia, the Kelabits is home to various ethnic tribes and groups. Some of the people here still make the jungle their home and no matter what, never come out. After a night in a home stay at Bario, we were off yet again trekking through the rain forest to the tiny village of Pa Lungan in the middle of nowhere hoping to find out about how the 100 or so locals live. What we also found out was just how much it rains here, it bloody wazzed it down and the muddy old logging route just doesn’t really have the drainage system seen at home. Cold, wet and starving we were greeted by a lovely old couple, a hot mug of coffee and some tasty home made cake.

Taking a rest at the airportMalaysia Kuching, Semenggoh, G Gading, Bako 002 (414x640)

Free Milo on flight!! Ryan Air take noteOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Flying over the rain forestOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Waiting for the luggageOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Check in desk, weigh yourself then your luggageOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our lift from the airport, we were sat with the dogOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thank god we missed the earlier flightMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 004 (425x640)

Our home stay with the morning flight in the gardenMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 014 (640x330)

Walking around BarioMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 018 (425x640)

Flooded rice paddysOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Village lifeMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 022 (640x500)

A traditional longhouse where the whole village live under one roofMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 023 (640x425)

The Kelabits Family album Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 031 (640x399)

On the way to Pa Lungan
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The only transport in townOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A tricky crossing requiring no bootsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An old burial site and ‘Badeye’ our second homestays dogMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 052 (449x640)

Some very boring archaeologists, looking at even more boring rocksMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 059 (425x640)

Sticks are now mandatory walking equipment
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Kota Kinabalu
Having spent a day and night in Brunei (will be a separate blog post as its another country on the list), we had a quick stop over at Kota Kinabalu before we could move on to Sepilok. Kota Kinabalu is like the Blackpool of Malaysia, you can’t walk 10 metres without seeing an ice cream seller or kids running up and down the street armed with buckets and spades. The best thing for us however, was the duty free ferry stop off enroute. In a muslim town its not exactly easy or even possible to get yourself a beer so, we took full advantage of ‘little Gibraltar’ and packed a slab of tinnies and a bottle of rum into the top of Dannys bag.

Boarding the Ferry
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Choices choicesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Excited at the prospect of a beer and some lovely seafoodOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Picking our teaMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 159 (640x453)

Drinking beer Muslim styleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sepilok Nature Reserve
Waking very early with a cracking hangover, we then decided to walk about 5 km through town to the bus station. Sweating and feeling a little worse for wear, we then had to sit for 45 minutes until the bus was full enough to leave. Once full, it chugged very slowly along the road to another bus station where we had to jump ship and sit on the last 2 seats right on the back next to the overflowing bog – oh what joy that day was. Eventually, after about 7 hours of hitting our heads on the roof, we arrived at Sepilok and let me tell you, we couldn’t have been happier.

Sepilok is home to an even more famous Orangutan rehabilitation centre. This is the one which you always see on tv with the little babies in their washing baskets and nappies. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed anywhere near the babies, you cant even see them but, its all for good reason. The day before our visit we wandered around our digs which were based in some kind of kids adventure park, it would have been rude not to try out the assault courses.

I can do itOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Until Danny told her he saw a Croc!!! I absolutely sh*t my pants!!!
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Ready for some more monkeys
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Cheeky monkey 1
Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 305 (628x640)

Cheeky monkey 2Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 319 (640x586)

Cheeky monkey 3 & 4Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 330 (640x420)

Cheeky monkey 5Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 349 (511x640)

And a weird creepy crawly on the pathOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Uncle Tans – Kinabatangan River
Another quality morning with our cousins and then we were shipped off on a bus then onto a little power boat down the Kinabatangan river to Uncle Tans Jungle Camp. The Kinabatangan river is like an outdoor play centre for every animal you can think of, its especially famous as it is the best chance you have of seeing a wild Orangutan. Upon arrival, you are briefed on what activities will be occurring over the next few days, these were a combination of morning and evening boat trips, nightwalks and day treks all with the same main agenda – we were looking for the wildlife. The accommodation here consisted of lots of huts on stilts over the mangroves, all of which had 2 mattresses on the floor, no door and no toliet within 100 metres. Being split into groups of four, we got put in the honeymoon suite with a lovely couple from Holland celebrating their memorable day. The next 3 days were just a wildlife lovers paradise, it was completely none stop.

Ready for the boat trip
Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 382 (425x640)

Whizzing along the riverOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wouldn’t fancy a swim Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 390 (425x640)

Uncle Tans Jungle CampMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 393 (640x446)

Kingfisher on the night boat tripMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 404 (640x468)

Monitor LizardMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 424 (640x425)

Tarzan of the Jungle, The Gibbon – This guy was fast!Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 429 (640x609)

Pair of HornbillsMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 444 (640x591)

RivershotOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A lonely HornbillMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 453 (640x545)

We saw one!!! A wild Orangutan!!Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 460 (624x640)

Getting back to camp for duskOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Proboscis MonkeyMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 522 (640x636)

Holy smoke BatmanMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 527 (468x403)

Claire decided to ‘drip dry’ on this occasionMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 536 (425x640)

Scorpion on the nightwalkMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 540 (640x428)

Tree frog on nightwalkMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 554 (640x434)

Jungle football which included a cool down in the croc infested river – barmyMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 579 (640x473)

The Honeymoon suite
Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 582 (408x640)

The Honeymoon ShedMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 587 (640x539)

Semporna/Mabul/Sipadan
Thoroughly enjoying all the wildlife above water, it was now time to move onto one of the best underwater dive sites in the world. Sipadan sits on the far eastern tip of Borneo Malaysia, right  at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, this little island has one of the richest marine habitats in the world and more than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species call this their home. Knowing all this, we just couldnt wait.

We arrived at the port of Semporna late in the afternoon along with a few mates who had also been at the Jungle Camp. With our rum burning a hole in Dannys rucksack and the beer being freely available again, we forgot about our 7am start and full day of diving the next day and basically got a little drunk. Claire ‘2 cans’ Rowley was escorted home before she turned into a pumpkin and slept it off ready for the early start.

Taking full advantageOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oh dear, Danny told her the chopsticks were a bad ideaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fresh as a daisy, 7am on the boat to Mabul (Sipadan)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Passing beautiful islands enroute
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Mabul villageMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 596 (640x429)

Billabong Dive, our home for 3 nightsMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 599 (640x425)

So the next few days went a little bit like this – Eat, dive, eat, dive. The diving was just absolutely amazing, our crappy underwater photos just do not do the place justice and to be fair, we didnt even take the camera down on alot of the dives as it was too deep. We saw so many turtles and sharks it almost got boring! The fish under there and the corals were super, what a place!!! We loved it here and really, every dive site we will probably go to afterwards will never compare. The only downside of this place was the little friendly visitor in our room who had a sneeky liking for chocolate bourbons and cheesy puffs.

Underwater sunken villageOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was just like an aquarium
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Danny bobbing aroundOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fishes everywhere, at one point you couldn’t even see each otherOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

CuttlefishOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yawn yawn…..Turtle powerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Claire with her mateOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Underwater paradiseOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Danny having lunch on Sipadan IslandOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Boat jetty at Sipadan, by permit onlyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bye byeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The T shirt says it allOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What a placeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kuala Lumpur
Completely exhausting the whole of Borneo it was sadly time to head back to normality and hit Kuala Lumpur yet again. We had an absolutely fantastic none stop four weeks in Borneo and it completely lived up to the ‘Animal addicts’ expectations. We did everything there was to do and pretty much saw every animal we wanted to. Feeling very lucky and grateful for our time there, we did the usual sightseeing ‘musts’ in K.L and gawped at the damage Borneo had done to our piggy banks.

Heading back to K.L
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Tarn up the Petrona TowersOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Top SpotOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Playing with the gadgets up the towerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There’s always one plonker……….ok maybe twoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sizing upOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Its a long walk up thereOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tarn with his tea cupsMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 656 (516x640)

Farewell breako at the marketMalaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 662 (640x425)

Danny saying bye to his pal ‘Fook Chee’Malaysia K Hghld, Miri, Brunei, KK, Sepilok, Uncle Tan, Sep & KL 669 (640x465)

Goodbye Malaysia, you have been brilliantOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Well, what a trip that was, it definitely will stay proudly at the top of Claire’s list for years to come. No time for resting or praying for a lottery win, we were jetting off to Japan for three weeks of fun, beer and eating the underwater delights we had been photographing days earlier.

Our route on this post:


Destination Arrival
1 Kuching, Malaysia June 26, 2013
2 Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Malaysia June 27, 2013
3 Kuching, Malaysia June 27, 2013
4 Gunung Gading National Park, Malaysia July 1, 2013
5 Kuching, Malaysia July 1, 2013
6 Bako National Park, Malaysia July 2, 2013
7 Kuching, Malaysia July 3, 2013
8 Mulu National Park, Malaysia July 4, 2013
9 Miri, Malaysia July 8, 2013
10 Bario, Malaysia July 9, 2013
11 Pa' Lungan, Malaysia July 10, 2013
12 Bario, Malaysia July 11, 2013
13 Miri, Malaysia July 12, 2013
14 Sungai Tujuh, Brunei July 13, 2013
15 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei July 13, 2013
16 Muara, Brunei July 14, 2013
17 Labuan, Malaysia July 14, 2013
18 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia July 14, 2013
19 Sepilok, Malaysia July 15, 2013
20 Uncle Tans Jungle Camp, Malaysia July 16, 2013
21 Lahad Datu, Malaysia July 18, 2013
22 Semporna, Malaysia July 18, 2013
23 Pulau Mabul, Malaysia July 19, 2013
24 Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia July 20, 2013
25 Pulau Mabul, Malaysia July 20, 2013
26 Semporna, Malaysia July 21, 2013
27 Tawau Airport, Malaysia July 22, 2013
28 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 22, 2013

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