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Borneo Survivor Resort
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We werethe only 2 people on the island for the first 2 nights..... great you would thik but the staff seemed to take this as no one staying so not working! Resort itself needed updating. Loved the monekys and monitor lizards!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank LondonSydneygirl
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Reviewed December 21, 2008

The place would be not too bad, but the food is terrible, we had rats in the room at night, it was expensive and the personnel was not so nice.

Forget to go there, especially with the family, much better the other resort on Pulau Tiga island, we went there by foot and seemed to be a dream as a difference.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Mauri75
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Reviewed August 25, 2008

We arrived on Survivor Island (Pulau Tiga) late afternoon, and immediately went for a swim in the warm water of the bay. The beach had full sun at this time of day, but there are many places just off the beach to relax in hammocks etc. in the shade of the trees.
I had my camera ready to capture the sunset, just off the headland and was not disappointed with the reflections of the setting sun over the water.
All our meals were from the buffet, which offered meats, fish, seafood, veg and salad.
The rooms (individual huts/kampongs) are quite large, but basic. The water for the shower is unheated (but not cold in August). As the huts are situated under the trees you may experience the occasional monkey running across your roof. Also there are a few large Monitor Lizards around the grounds of the resort, although they seemed to prefer the area behind the kitchen.
Wallowing in the volcanic mud pool was an unusual, but not totally unpleasant experience, although the local mosquitos feasted on me, as I made my way back down through the jungle.
Our group also enjoyed the boat-ride to Snake Island and Sand-Spit Island. The snakes were tricky to find (and potentially deadly, so leave it to the experts) but the sightings of the coral formations and sea creatures found whilst snorkelling off the island made the trip worthwhile (make sure that you use a high factor sunscreen whilst snorkelling).
Some of the group signed up for the banana boat ride, which looked great fun, (i'm not sure what the recommened speed (or age limit) is for these things, but after crashing into the water several times, some of the participants were complaining of neck pain for several days after).
One problem that some of our party encountered was a visit from one of the local rats. We were warned about not keeping food in our rooms, and a couple of the rooms had small unwelcome visitors (access via shower drain we think) seeking our snacks.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank willitfitinmycase
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

I spent 4 days at Borneo Survivor Resort with my boyfriend and I have to say I have expected much more!
Of course, the island is very beautiful: it is covered by rainforest and monitor-lizards and makaques show up every time you leave your room.
The beach is not so nice and the sea seems to be pretty cloudy all the time what makes snorkelling senseless, because you cannot see anything.
When we arrived at the jetty to go to the island, the boatman told us that the sea is very rough and he can not guarantee for our lifes if we want to go there. So we had to find another place to stay overnight and they wether wanted to pay for this nor wanted to refund the money we had already paid for the night at pulau tiga.
The resort is much too expensive for what they provide. The rooms are incredibly dirty (we had excrements of geckos all the time everywhere as well as a dead gecko lying on our bed once) and we are not used to very clean rooms as we are backpackers and always stay at the cheapest places.
Staff there was nice and the meals very tasty, but that was not the reason for us to go there.
So, I really can not reccomend that place!
If you want to relax a couple of days and spend some time on a beach I think it is better to go to Tempurung Sea Side Lodge (that is the place we stayed to wait for the sea getting calmer), which is not cheaper but a lot nicer and very clean as well!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Nini5000
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

We stayed here with our family a few times since we live in Malaysia. We think it is a beautifull place with an amazing beach and snorkeling. However it did go down hill in the last few years. The beach was not as clean (found a number of fresh looking condoms) and the reef was not as good anymore. The lodge itself was not kept as tidy as before, lots of leaves etc. Compare that to staying in lodges in Bali for example, where staff do sweeping every day.

The place could be a nature resort haven. It has amazing potential with the fantastic jungle too. But no guides to take you round for example. It was very much a feeling of earning their money for the staff. No passion for the place itself.
Also the Macquakes (spelling?) monkeys are getting out of hand. WHen they have lots of little ones around the cottages they can be very aggressive in defending their young.
So over all, please go, you will enjoy it. But maybe gently encourage the lodge staff somehow in doing a bit more. Like clearing the place of rubbish, to tell big groups who stay and go snorkeling NOT to touch and stand on the reef. It looks much more proffesional if they do all this. People will mostly not be annoyed getting advice of how to behave in a nature resort. THey will respect it and learn form it at the end of the day. It gives the lodge more of a purpose too.
ANyway, before I go on too much, A wonderfull place but needs some improving.

Stayed: March 2008
1  Thank possumSarawak
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