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Sep 30, 2012 - Semporna

New Entry...6/14/13: If you're anything like me, when you go to the store, you're thinking about which option is the best for the planet. But sometimes the "sustainable" product you're buying isn't as environmentally friendly as you thought, especially if it contains palm oil. You may not think you buy much palm oil, but it is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day, from baked goods to cleaning products to shampoo. Unfortunately, all that palm oil is being produced at a tremendous expense to our planet's tropical forests...

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Dec 19, 2011 - Borneo - Day 16 - Semporna

We got on a 9am bus leaving from Kinabatangan, headed for Semporna. Jason was up all night with food poisoning (or so we suspect) so today was a day/ride from hell for him. He tried to sleep on the bus with little success, the entire time trying not to get sick. The bus broke down once with an over heated engine due to a broken fan belt. We sat in the blazing sun in the bus for over 20 minutes, finally deciding to get off because we were sweating so bad and Jason was feeling terribly hot with a fever. The bus driver had closed the doors and...

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Jun 17, 2010 - Borneo Island-Semporna

We landed in Tawau on Borneo Island after a 3.5 hrs flight from Kuala Lumpur, and had a 1.5 hrs drive to Semporna. Semporna is a fisherman village on the east of Borneo and is the port of exit to Mabul, Kapalai & SIPADAN. There are a lot of houses over palafitas and the people leave from fishing. We stayed at the Seafest hotel for 1 night, saw the fish arriving in the port on the next morning and took the SEAVENTURES OIL RIG Diving boat to the Oil rig.

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Nov 28, 2009 - Semporna - Again

After breakfast we jump in the boat to head off to Sipidan an island about 45 minutes away. This is suppose to be one of the best dive sites in the world and why there's about 12 dive operators running from the cesspit which is Semporna. You require a permit to dive there so had to full in paper work which all seemed a bit pointless but helped to keep some Malaysians employed. We go on a dive after that and it certainly is impressive we see turtles, sharks, schooling travally and all the general reff stuff we saw before. Paul wisely forked...

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Sabah 2009

Nov 26, 2009 - Semporna

If there's one thing I would of changed that would be to spend a bit more time in Sandakan. There's a lot more you can do in that area which we missed. There's a war memorial place where you can go and see about the 2000 Australians that were marched off into the jungle by the Japanese during the second world war of which only two survived. There's crocodile farms. There's turtle island where you can watch turtles lay there eggs. There's also places to go diving. But we didn't do any of that and instead got in a plane again to fly to Tawau....

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Sabah 2009

Aug 18, 2009 - Diving Sipadan

We are in Tawau, the city in Sabah with an airport closest to Mabul Island. We finished our 3 dives at around 12:30 this afternoon and thereafter returned to Sea Ventures Dive Resort, ate lunch and were ferried by the resort first to Semporna and thereafter in the resort’s shuttle bus to Tawau. Tomorrow morning we fly to Miri, a city in the state of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo which is a gateway to some of the attractions which we will be visiting in Sarawak, most notably the Kelabit Highlands. Today the big day finally arrived: diving...

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Break From the Law

Aug 17, 2009 - Diving Mabul Island - Day 2

It is about quarter to 6 in the late afternoon, and I am sitting in the outdoor dining area in the shade on the offshore rig that comprises the Sea Ventures Dive Resort. A warm breeze is blowing, and the sun is slowly starting to begin its daily descent ritual. Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” is being played over by the bar on the stereo. Although there are many guests staying here, i’m not sure where they are right now, as there are only a few guests scattered within my view.. I suspect many are up on the large sun deck here, which is lined...

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Break From the Law

Aug 16, 2009 - Diving Mabul Island - Day 1

Everyone but me and the bartender here at the Sea Ventures Dive Resort seems to have gone to bed, as I am now the sole guest sitting out in the dining area by the bar. This makes it all the more hard to believe it is only 10:30 in the evening. Then again, diving does not generally put people in the mood for partying. This is the case even though a cover band cranked out pop hits during the barbecue dinner served here tonight. Rather, diving often leaves the body with a kind of hung over feel that many divers can immediately relate to...and...

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Break From the Law

Jul 29, 2009 - No money

After our time in the jungle we had planned to overnight back in Sandakan - until we got there and they told us that internet - and ATM machines were down - and of course the hotels only take cash. We quickly scrambled and got on the next bus for the next city going south in hopes the ATM worked there. Thankfully it did and it wasn't all bad since we were in the general direction we wanted to go anyway. The next day we made it to Semporna where we will stay for a while. We're already feeling pretty comfortable in this seaside town. We just...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Semporna

Semporna ist nicht wirklich ein Ort zum Verweilen und der einzige Grund fuer einen Besuch ist das Tauchparadies Sipadan Island. Eines der schoensten Unterwasser-Orte weltweit, mit wunderschoenen Korallen und einer einzigartigen Tierwelt: tausende von grossen Fischen wie Haie und Barrakudas, Schildkroeten und vielen anderen Meeresbewohnern. Der Ausgangsort (eben Semporna) hingegen ist dreckig, klein und voellig unspektakulaer, mit lieblosen Bauten und wenig Alternativen zum Tauchen. Verglichen mit dem Festland ist das Bildungsniveau deutlich...

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Nina in Malaysia

Apr 20, 2009 - KK - Kinabatangan

I arrived in Kota Kinabalu and set out to plan my Borneo adventure. There is a ton of stuff to do here and not a lot of time to do it. After a day of running around i had the next few weeks all planned out. The following day i left KK to spend 3 days in the jungle along the Kinabatangan river. The kinabatangan river is the longest river in the province of Sabah and is well known for being a great place to spot wildlife. While there, i stayed at camp in the jungle. Throughout the three days we did various nature walks and boat rides to check...

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Blair's Travel Blog

Jul 31, 2007 - Sabah

It was a bit of a shame coming to Sabah and feeling like we had done everything really that Malaysia had to offer, since we have now spent 2 months here. We had done the orangatang sactuary and been on river cruises and seen the wildlife, all that was left to do was to climb Mt Kinabalu. Thats actually the whole reason we came to Borneo in the first place. We had run into a few backpackers that told us that they enquired about climbing the mountain and had been told it is booked out 1 year in advance, but we couldnt believe that would be...

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