My journey to Borneo Nature Lodge was approx 2.5 hours in a speedboat from Sandakan which was quite fun. I travelled on my own and my cruises weren't through BNL, so I can't comment on theirs, but I suspect it's 6 of one, half a dozen of the other anyway. Sue made the extra effort to introduce me to other travellers which was sweet - thanks Sue!
Accommodation was pretty basic - you are at an eco lodge after all - but was lovely. The facility is largely run on solar power/ generator, so hot water is not always available, but wasn't an issue for me. There's even a human powered generator, so you can go and peddle to your heart's content - a cushion for the seats would probably encourage people to peddle a little longer though!
Sarongs are provided for the dinner attire and I was quite impressed that the gents even complied! The food was fine & plentiful. Personally I'd prefer to see less western style food though, but I guess you have to cater for all sorts.
I found the staff to be so very welcoming and absolutely lovely. The venue was so serene and we were lucky enough to see some wildlife onsite as well which was fantastic.
I couldn't really comment on the value for money as it was included in my tour price.
I stayed three nights which I thought was the perfect amount of time (even as a solo traveller) meaning that i went on 5 cruises - you don't have one on the morning that you leave. I'd visit this place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An eco-friendly lodge nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan river the longest and biggest river in Sabah.The Lower Kinabatangan is one of Sabah's most splendid natural treasures and the richest concentration of wildlife in South East Asia. The lodge has 12 rooms with an additional twin-sharing handicapped friendly room equipped with air-condition and attached bathroom. Appreciate the "Green" details practise by the lodge where at night all electrical items run on solar power. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borneo Nature Lodge Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia