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Borneo (Malaysian part) - Islands

Posted by epether on 29/1/2012 at 08:29

Heading for Borneo soon for some volunteer work. Last week there I really would like to spend some time on a nice island where they do not have those expensive dive resorts etc. Any suggestions? Pulau Mantanani, anyone been there. Either round Sandakan or KK. Not down to Sempora.


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Posted by EurasiaTraveller on 6/2/2012 at 22:55

Borneo is actually rather a "nature" destination (even they are busy destroying that nature, which makes Palawan the "better Borneo" nowadays). The few islands that are suitable for bathing and beach-life are usually developed and occupied by either dive resorts or expensive lodgings. I really would not know which island there is that suits your needs (and obviously, other users here don't know too). better stay on the main island, you could maybe try the KUDAT area, where there are plenty of beaches (though not even one that would come close to "paradise")

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Posted by Benno on 13/2/2012 at 02:51


The 4 (or 5 - cant remember hown many) islands just off the west coast of KK are OK to lie on a beach for 1/2 a day or so but thats about it. You are better off staying at a resort (STAR, Magellan Sutera or any of the cheaper ones in town) and head across.

I have been to KK 3 times and twice the water has been murky and less than nice to swim in. It depends on weather, tides and what time of day you go that dictates the water quality. When the stars align, the water is superb. It may be safer to stay at a hotel and choose your days to go or just sit by the pool. You can do a island tour that is further north and the name escapes me, but it is a full day and you can't just get on/off when you choose.

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