10.02.2010 - 10.02.2010
We are here on the island of Borneo in Sabah, known for especially appealing adventure and ecotourism. Some of its many splendors include coral islands, rainforests, mountains and unique wildlife, and we have had the opportunity to experience a few of them in our short time here.
First up was the island of PULAU SIPADAN one of the best diving sites in the world! We took a boat ride from the town of Semporna on the eastern tip of Sabah; it took about three hours to get to the site. We spent the day snorkeling in the sun, it was gorgeous! We saw some beautiful soft corals, tones of fish of every shape, size, and color and lot’s of turtles which were so cute. I think Ellen even saw a barracuda ick! After too much time in the water, we strolled the islands bird sanctuary not my favorite thing!
We also visited the SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE. The center is for rehabilitating orangutans that have been rescued from captivity or forest clearing. The center works with them to reignite their basic survival instincts and ease them back into the forest. Apparently it’s illegal to keep orangutans as pets here in Malaysia. We were in time to watch one of the two daily feeding sessions (1030 and 1430). The rangers interact with the orangutans, they swing and frolic on platforms while eating. It’s quite the site to see. There are signs everywhere telling guest to keep away and not wear or hold anything bright or flashy for a example a camera. Well one poor guy didn’t quite heed those warnings and lost his camera. Ha ha. I really hope he got it back in one piece!
Our last adventure here on Sabah was TURTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, about 40km off the coast of north Sandakan, north of Semporna but still on the east coast. I made everyone go; it’s been on my “To Do” list since I was little. The park is comprised of three islands which have been designated as the Turtle Islands National Park. Two major species of turtles lay eggs on the beach year round. We stayed on island of Pulau Selingaan and we had the chance to go at night when the turtles lay their eggs. Bob our ranger lead us through the dark to watch. It was a pretty incredible sight.
Well that’s it from Sabah. Till next time!