6 independent reviews for Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind

Reviews for Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind

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review 24 Jun 2014

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

Seeing the baby turtles being released into the sea

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

Dont underestimate how difficult the hike up Mt Kinabalu is. I broke my finger falling on the way down

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

Yes, benefited local people

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

Perhaps the climbing is too extreme, and the rest of the holiday not active enough. Need more of a balance on the trekking

review 27 Mar 2014

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

Scrambling to the top of Kinabalu mountain and trying to get a photo taken at the top with over 100 other people.

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

Be aware that Mount Kinabalu is quite a tough walk (11 hours on the second day) and the ascent involves ropes. Be aware the trip to Turtle Island is on a speedboat and for us involved a very bumpy ride and getting drenched with water for most of the 1 hour journey.

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

Yes.

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

I felt we covered everything on the itinerary (saw turtles laying eggs, climbed mountain etc), but most of the holiday felt like tick in a box mass tourism i.e. we we went on a jungle boat trip, but we had to compete with at least 7 other boats at the same spots, the turtle experience felt tacky (sitting in a restaurant potentially for hours until someone shouts "turtle time", comparing the hatcheling release with a grand prix race), the night jungle walk consisted of walking around in circles about 100 yards from the lodge and the mountain climb felt unsafe at times when we were competing with over 100 people for a small space at the top of the mountain.

Read the operator's response here:

Were sorry that Mr Price felt that elements of the holiday did not meet up to his expectations. Malaysia is a destination that is growing in popularity and as such attracts many travellers to the more popular locations on the tour. This is a tour that at times strays off the beaten track, such as our homestay in Dunsun village at the base of Mt. Kinabalu but it also aims to visit the regional highlights of this amazing country. Summiting Kinabalu for sunrise is on the wish list for many travellers to this region and while we hope that our group be will be there on a quieter day, we unfortunately have no control over visitor numbers. The boat trip taken from your jungle lodge base is taken in anticipation of seeing some of the native wildlife in their natural habitat, and as with many wildlife spotting opportunities, this can mean that everyone out looking for wildlife congregates on the same stretches of the river and banks where the animals are known to be found. Again, if its a busy period, this can mean that there are other travellers in the same locations. Ultimately this holiday does visit tourist areas and sites; however we travel throughout in a responsible manner, benefiting the economies of local communities, creating employment opportunities through our use of guides and drivers and staying in accommodation that is locally owned.

review 2 May 2013

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

Climbing Mt Kinabalu. Staying in the jungle. Seeing local, unique wildlife.

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

It says you'll get an adventure and you do. Don't expect your home comforts here.

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

The homestay keeps alive local traditions and we must have given work through using local guides and facilities. I hope the visits up river and to the orangutan sanctuary helps the animals and local people enough to be sustainable and allay further development of the land for oil palm.

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

The holiday was absolutely fantastic. Our guide was superb, especially as he stepped in at the last minutes. Activities were full-on but worth every minute. The group was friendly and fun. My only criticism was the total lack of contact by the operator regarding major itinerary changes due to insurgency, thereby not giving time for an individual change of plan/part refund if wanted. The only time they contacted me was 3 days before, when I was already on the road and not reading my mail.

review 29 Dec 2012

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

Orangutans, Turtles, Mt Kinabalu...

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

Go with an open mind. Take it all in... there's so much to see!

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

Yes and no... I think it benefited local people. Not sure about reducing environmental impacts... Turtle Island had a huge amount of rubbish from nearby floating villages. I know this is not from our holiday, but not sure how it is being dealt with and sure it is affecting the turtles!

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

Excellent!! Amazing experience...

review 9 Aug 2010

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

Climbing Kinabalu

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

Bring a brolly

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

Yes

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

Wonderful

review 1 Jul 2010

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

Climbing mount Kinabalu and seeing the orangutans and turtle island plus proboscis monkeys feeding.

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

You need to be fit to climb mount Kinabalu. You also need to be well sprayed.

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

The holiday benefited the local people by putting some of the money into the community.

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

Very enjoyable and interesting. Met the local people.

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