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Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours

Jessleton Point Jetty, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
+60 13-865 2445
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If you want to see the most gorgeous snorkelling spots where there is no one but you and your... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
shimma
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Best service for a family trip

After seeing positive reviews, we decided to go with Jonathan and have to say that it was a very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Shezan S
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Borneo Boats and Beaches..... offer private boat charters, snorkelling safaris, romantic sunset cruises and personalised boat trips out of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. With a choice of 5 nearby tropical islands, part of a Marine Park in the South China Sea, you can enjoy great day trips, island hopping cruises, swimming in clear waters, coral reefs teaming with colourful tropical fish and occasional turtles. Excellent snorkelling, beautiful white sandy beaches, water villages, amazing sunsets and more. We are used to instructing and "buddying" first-timers of all ages from kids to grandparents. For our more experienced and independent snorkellers, we'll take you to the very best sites for you to find the most beautiful coral and marine life and give you as much time as you want in the water. Get away from the crowds and experience the feeling that this is 'your boat' for the day. With the help and advice of our experienced 3-man crew you can decide exactly where you want to go, how long you want to stay and what you want to do.
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Jessleton Point Jetty, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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+60 13-865 2445
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you want to see the most gorgeous snorkelling spots where there is no one but you and your family, don’t enjoy being herded onto tiny boats with a huge number of other people then hiring Johnathan for the day is a no brainer. If...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing positive reviews, we decided to go with Jonathan and have to say that it was a very good decision. From the detailed information of the itinerary before the trip to the personal attention by Jonathan and the crew, us and the kids had...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Shezan S, Thank you very much for writing this review. One of the benefits of us specialising exclusively in private charters is that we can really concentrate on personalising our service to ensure that each of you has a wonderful experience chartering with Borneo...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

We were a couple who hired Jonathon’s boat for the day. First Jonathon is a very nice guy, and he makes you feel at home on his boat. He genuinely cares that you have a good time but in a safe environment. The lunch served...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2018

Hi Alex W, Thank you for giving me a 5 star, excellent rating and for your kind comments. I get a lot of bookings from couples, some on their honeymoon or celebrating an anniversary or birthday or just wanting to treat themselves to the privacy...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

This was a fabulous day snorkelling over the coral reef around the 5 island marine park. All equipment was provided including water shoes and towels so we could just turn up but do bring sun cream! Don’t underestimate the strength of the sun when snorkelling....More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

Hi Michele S, Many thanks for writing this review and the very sound advice about the need for sun block. We had a fun day with you aboard and as you were staying on my friend's wonderful houseboat you certainly had an especially nautical time...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Swam with a turtle in a warm sea over coral and bright beautiful fish. We were taken to deserted sides of the islands off KK and swam for as long as we wished. Someone was in the water with us at all times in case...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Hi sylviahowe, Thank you for your booking, for writing this review and for your kind comments. My charters are popular with local expats when they have relatives or friends visiting and they want to show them the most beautiful and deserted parts of the marine...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful day on the water. Before coming to KK, we asked 3 other friends (other expats in Shanghai) separately about recommendations. Amazingly, they all recommended Jonathan. The experience lived up to the expectations. Communication beforehand was smooth and organized. Meeting place easy...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Hi jciao, Thank you for writing this review. Amazing that three of your friends have also chartered with me and I'm very happy that they are all recommending me. It was a pleasure to have you and your family on board. Come back soon. Ciao!...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went out with Jonathan and his crew for the day - we wanted to do an island trip and had a look at the various options from Jesselton Point i.e. booking with one of the shared boats to drop us off...More

1  Thank Gavin J
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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Hi Gavin J, Thank you very much for your detailed review. It is always a huge relief to leave the hustle and bustle of Jesselton Point behind and head off on a private charter to the quiet and undeveloped areas of the marine park. The...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Highlight of our trip! Jonathon was the perfect host. Took us to the secluded areas and the best places for snorkelling. Highly recommend this tour.

Thank Eimear Q
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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2018

Hi Eimear Q, Thank you for your short and sweet review. I am always so pleased to receive an 'excellent' review and to know that my guests have had an amazing day. Happy Boating! Jonathan

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Would this be an anti-climax after days exploring Sabah's wonderful river and jungle wildlife? Not at all - this was a great finish to the holiday. A super mix of activity and relaxation. Hospitality on the boat was top notch and the care we had...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2018

Hi Trevor M, It is always good to finish a holiday on a high but with ample relaxation too so I am delighted that we didn't disappoint you. The marine park has some beautiful reefs that are wonderful to snorkel and we always do our...More

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Reviewed February 21, 2018

Were due to take a trip on the North Borneo Railway, which got cancelled due to technical difficulties, instead our party of of four adults and four children had the most wonderful day thanks to Jonathan and his fantastic crew. Great communication beforehand and very...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2018

Hi Sarah W, A very big THANK YOU for your great review. It always saddens me to not be on board when I have a booking like yours but the saving grace is that I know my wonderful crew will look after everybody. I am...More

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Senthil K
August 20, 2017|
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It's a set rate for the boat for the day, regardless of the number of people. I can't remember how much this was but if you email Jonathan he'll quote you. I think it was more than RM1,000 but we had 6 adults so between us... More
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