We stayed 2 nights. The motorboat from Sandakan took about 2hrs or so-- saw one orang. in a tree along the way. I get motion sickness easily, but had no problem on the boat, the ride was smooth, even dozed off.
The rooms are not chalet style like other wilderness lodges I have stayed in, more corrider style, so they were on the dark side, as the only natural light is from the back window. The room/bath were modern and clean, and had a nice shower. (FYI, no hair dryer). There is no a/c, but with the windows open and fan on high, was able to cool down enough at night.
We had an afternoon cruise our first afternoon, the next day had an early morning and an afternoon cruise, and then we did the optional evening cruse after dinner. The day of the departure we were heading to the caves and Lahad Datu, so no activity that morning. Just cruising on the river was enjoyable, and we saw numerous proboscis monkeys, macaques, monitor lizards, glimples of crocodile, and interesting birdlife. I almost did not do the evening cruise since it was an optional cost of 60 RM ( and at other places, I have sometimes found night excursions underwhelming)-- but was glad we did it, as got to see some nice kingfishers for good photo ops.
All excursions were done with the same group/guide you are assigned to ( there were 8 in our boat).
Dining-- average, not bad, not exceptional, buffet style, with typically a soup starter, rice, potatoes, 2 vegetables, a veggie entree, and a couple of meat entrees, fruit. As another poster mentioned, flies are prevalent. I also did not like the forced assigned seating for every meal (had to always eat at the same table as your group)--- though it is nice to meet other travelers, sometimes you want the option of alone time or to not make small talk if tired . When we came back from our morning excursion, no one else was in the dining area for breakfast yet when we arrived (and all the tables were never full at meals), and we tried to eat at a smaller table, but were still directed to our "assigned" table--- being on holiday, I was not up to making a fuss about it.
Also I would suggest that unless you are a heavy napper, to bring ear plugs--- I don't know if what was just an exception during our short stay, but I found during the "down time", there was work going on around the lodge rooms that was quite noisy-- it would seem that unless an emergency, that maintenance chores could be performed while guests are out on the river.
On the plus side, the setting and facilities are lovely, staff polite, friendly, funny and courteous and I applaude their efforts to try to be eco-conscious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo's most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo's magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophany of its inhabitants, its majestic birds, all 7 species of Borneo Primates including Borneo's iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans in their natural habitat as well as herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. We promise to give you and your family an experience you'll always remember and one you'll never regret. ... more less
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