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Danum Valley Conservation Area

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Danum Valley Conservation Area

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Relax on some of the idyllic islands of the coast of Kota Kinabalu without stressing about the cost of a private charter on this small-group excursion. Catch a speedboat from Kota Kinabalu and zip around the South China Sea to beaches on nearby Sapi Island and Manukan Island. Swim and snorkel around the coral reefs, sunbathe on the shore or explore the coastal forests of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, a nature preserve on Manukan.<br><br>Snorkel equipment provided free of charge so you can jump straight into the water<br><br>Find out about other activities on these picturesque islands from your guide<br><br>Really relax in Sapi with a complimentary buffet lunch on the beach<br><br>Get to and from Kota Kinabalu jetty with round-trip transfers from your hotel
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ClaireUzzell55 wrote a review Feb 2020
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom16 contributions4 helpful votes
Love this place. Yes it takes 2 and a half hours on an unmade road to get to the lodge but worth the drive. Everything about this place is wonderful. The location and staff were fantastic. I have never tasted better food, and I am vegan so this makes it very hard to find tasty suitable dishes when eating out. Our guide for the three days we were there (Ali) was so good, he took us on day hikes and night walks too. He was excellent at finding animals both large and small. He explained everything in great detail and we learnt a lot about the rainforest and it’s inhabitants whilst under his care. This is truly a special place for those that love nature. You may not see huge amounts of wild animals as this is up to the animals at the end of the day, but if you want to experience nature at its truest it’s a wonderful place to stay
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Moving_Goujon wrote a review Feb 2020
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The Danum Valley has left me feeling cold for a number of reasons... Firstly, the prices (especially for the canteen food) are ludicrous for what little is provided. If you are not one of the first in line you will be filling up on rice and scraps! Definitely bring your own food. Secondly, it was a major hassle to organise doing anything substantial while you are there. It almost feels like you are being treated like a baby and your freedom will feel very limited. It took us almost a week to convince the powers that be to allow us to be taken to the purut falls by two rangers, a mere 7km along very distinctive and clear tracks, after being given all manner of excuses ranging from 'the river crossing is too high', 'the path is under maintenance', 'no rangers are available' and 'not possible'. None of which we saw any evidence of when we were evenually granted permission! Thirdly, it simply does not feel like you are in untouched primary forest at any point to be honest. Paths are very well forged and you will encounter fencing, signposts, waymarkers, constructions, chainsawed logs, buildings, toilets and even showers deep in the jungle. Most of the growth is very young, with the oldest trees between 70-100 years old dotted throughout the area. It rarely feels that much more of a raw and visceral encounter with nature than a walk through any woodland or forest in my opinion, and i was expecting to feel much more.. Something. Maybe my expectations were unrealistic? I just haven't been moved by my time here at all. I didn't come looking to be entertained by wildlife and animals, i simply wanted to experience something wild and pure, and unfortunately this really wasn't it somehow. I think the field centre needs to decide whether it actually wants visitors or not, because as it stands it feels like they want to take your money whilst offering very little in return. Most probably don't want to come all the way to the primary forest to be offered little more than token gesture nature trails with somebody to hold your hand.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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HollyAled wrote a review Oct 2019
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We had a fantastic time in Danum Valley. It's a totally different experience to anything else we saw in Borneo and definitely worth doing. The rain forest is so old and is so beautiful. We did our trip with Sabah Holidays and everything was fantastic - from making the booking and prior communication, through to being on the trip. Our guide Afif was absolutely brilliant. He was really knowledgable, friendly and incredible at spotting wildlife. The hostel is basic but clean and comfortable. The food was varied and incredibly tasty throughout our stay. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves being outdoors with nature.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Lynne W wrote a review Feb 2019
36 contributions36 helpful votes
This is an incredible and lush rain forest with so much wildlife. It is untouched natural beauty that makes you feel like an explorer in the middle of no where. We saw lots of wildlife but make sure you bring LEECH SOCKS! These are a MUST. We took the shuttle from Lahad Datu on Monday and stayed until the return shuttle on Friday. They also have one on Wednesdays. We stayed in the cabins/hostel and the accommodations were very comfortable. The meals at the dining hall were also delicious. Make sure to bring snack/drinks bc the store on site seems to have inconsistent hours. The rangers may not always be available to guide a trek for you but you are able to do some of the trails alone.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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HSloane wrote a review Oct 2018
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This conservation area is extraordinary, rich in wildlife and plant life. The forest is alive in smells, sounds, and information. It is cared for in a balanced ecological way. It is a place to foster and nurture the love of nature and wild places.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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