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Sunset Over Borneo

Finally and unfortunately, it has come time to leave Borneo.  Greg, Phil, and I fly to Singapore for three days and then on to Indonesia. Jenny heads back to Kuala Lumpur and delicious food tonight, and then gets on a long circuitous route back to America tomorrow to go home and prepare to start law … Continue reading »

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Jungles of Borneo

In what seems to have become somewhat of a predictable cycle, our time on the beach in Sipadan was followed by time playing in the jungle looking for wildlife. The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary proved to be our only Orangutan sightings, but they were exciting at the time.  The first sighting happened about 5 feet inside … Continue reading »

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Orangutan

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Diving Sipadan

While Mabul was nice, the real reason we were in the area was to dive Sipadan island.  Described by Jacques Cousteau as an “untouched piece of art” and raved about by divers I’ve met all over the place, Sipadan was at the top of the list of places to go while in Borneo. The amazing … Continue reading »

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Diving Mabul

The four of us have spent the last 5 days in and around the islands of Mabul and Sipadan, in Malaysian Borneo. Known throughout diving circles as one of the best dive sites in the world, Sipadan held up pretty well to the hype. Making me a little jealous are Greg and Jenny, who decided … Continue reading »

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Orang Asli

Greg, Phil, Jenny, and I finished our last day of hiking with a visit to a semi-traditional Orang Asli village.  The “Original People” of Malaysia, these groups are permitted to live their traditional lifestyle within the national park and are actually the only people allowed to hunt and farm the park’s resources. After a demonstration … Continue reading »

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Curry Cave

Our first day of trekking ended at a cave used by elephants during the rainy season to get minerals from the rock walls.  The last of 4 groups to show up, we joined about 15 other people in a cave that has at times slept 300. After a quick dip in the river to freshen … Continue reading »

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Bat Cave

About halfway through our first day of hiking, our guide mentioned that one of his friends had told him about some cave where bats supposedly live that you can climb around in.  He was well informed. Bat Cave, accessible by a climb up a slick rock face, is dark at first and hard to acclimate … Continue reading »

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