3 independent reviews for Borneo small group adventure holiday

Reviews for Borneo small group adventure holiday

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review 6 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I loved the flora and fauna of Borneo - although it's sad to know you get to see all those animals from so close because their habitat is being destroyed. The caves were spectacular, as were the canopy walks. Local people impressed me with their smiles and friendliness.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I was a bit disappointed by the snorkeling trip - dead corals and not much to see where we were taken. I know there are many good places for snorkeling and diving out there, so make sure you choose the right one!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

That's a tough one! Yes and no... Mass tourism is never good, on the other hand I know lot's of people (and animals) are in dire need of some well spent money.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I had a very good time. I would recommend this trip to anyone for it's diversity. Thumbs up for our guide, Manuel!

Read the operator's response here:

We are so pleased you had such a good time in Borneo and enjoyed Manuel's company. Couldn't agree with you more on point 1 where I suspect you are largely referring to Sepilok Orang Utan centre. The Centre cares for young orangutans orphaned as a result of illegal logging and deforestation and those who have been illegally caught and kept as pets. At Sepilok the new arrivals are given a complete health check before starting on the long road to rehabilitating them back into the wild. While this is sad, the Centre was doing all they can to nurture the wildlife back to health and then back to the wild. With regard to point 2 about the coral, What our team usually do, if the weather is good, is guide you to snorkel at the corals area. However if the weather is bad and the coral area is unreachable, we have no choice but to take you to the nearest coral area. A couple of points on point 3, again we agree totally that mass tourism is far from ideal, but we stand by our words to never support tourism activity that not environmental friendly and visit areas which are well selected to reduce the impact of mass tourism. We also only work with local people to run the tour with us, for example, all local guides we use in Sarawak are local people and this at least helps them to support their families and local communities. On point 4 - thank you very much and we hope to see you again!

review 5 Oct 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whole holiday was memorable, with lots of highlights! We did especially enjoy our stay at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley though, we had an exceptional local guide there who was enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and very thoughtful towards us and what we wanted to see. He made the trip!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You do need a certain level of fitness to do this trip! There are lots of steps to climb and the visit to deer cave involves a bit of climbing over rocks and wading through streams and rivers! The excursions are taken at a fairly leisurely pace though, so it's not a worry when you need to stop for a breather! Leech socks are essential, especially if it's been raining! Carry a towel, you will sweat a lot in the heat and humidity ;) Rubber shoes were used by the guides and seemed more practicle than my walking shoes! The holiday was expensive and I was worried that it would be a waste of hard earned savings, it wasn't, it was worth every penny! An amazing experience and I would do it again! It turned out that we were the only 2 people on the trip as no one else had booked, it was fine to a point, my husband did feel that we didn't get much time to ourselves as the tour guide was with us constantly and for all meals! He felt that if more people had been there it would actually have been easier for us to enjoy our special trip together as a couple! The tour guide was good, he kept us well informed of the itinerary daily, ensured every transfer went without a hitch, was maybe overly attentive but was cheerful, friendly and polite!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely, the holiday we did enhanced the locals ability to keep some of their traditions alive! They keep tourism to a minimum in the conservation areas, so there is never too many people in the same area at once. We listened to and adhered to advise of the guides, left footprints only and took memories home with us! Conservation was helped, just by us being there, economically and also by showing interest and enthusiasm for what is being done!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

An amazing holiday overall, the trip of a lifetime!

review 31 Aug 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the orangutans, especially in the wild. However, the whole trip was fantastic and we saw many different types of wildlife, including the Rafflesia flower.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need long sleeved trousers and shirts for all the days you are in the rainforest, due to leeches. It is very hot and sweaty, so try to take enough changes - it is difficult to dry things due to the high humidity. You also need walking boots. As it is the rainforest, many of the animals are high in the treetops and more difficult to see. We knew exactly what sort of area we were going to and thought the experience of being in primary rainforest was unbelievable, but we came across some people in a different group who obviously hadn't expected this and were disappointed they didn't see more.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes. All the guides were local, and very knowledgeable. The jungle lodges mainly had a sustainable approach, although we wondered if there was an alternative way of electricity generation other than a diesel generator in Danum Valley.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a fantastic holiday. Byron, our guide, made sure that everything ran smoothly. We saw some wonderful wildlife, not just the orangutans but also many birds, pigmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and many others.

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