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The closeness to the Orangutan Reserve is the main attraction. We found the resort crowded and the staff overworked. The resort caters for both up market visitors and backpackers. Here lies the problem, pay top money for a chalet or share a dorm and you...More
This is a different world....but a good one...The area is peaceful, the water safari is amazing and the staff are accommodating and wonderful! The cooking is just like home - with a twist and the beverages are very affordable if you want wine with dinner....More
The staff at the Nature Lodge are friendly and welcoming. Providing good 'home' cooking and catering for the comfort of guests. But you don't stay here here for the accommodation it is the fantastic dawn, dusk and night river cruises where you get the chance...More
Spent two night here experiencing the morning and afternoon river cruise, it's amazing how much wildlife there actually is so close by. The staff made our visit pleasurable, welcoming and helped us with our sarongs, especially when they were beginning to slip! The food is...More
We went there on the 15th and stayed one night, the tour guide on the 1st day was Rusli, a good well informed guide that took us around the orangutans centre before anyone else, also we went to see the Sunbears which was entertaining, we...More
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Yes, we are aware of the various advisories. Sadly, the coastal areas and islands around Semporna have seen incidents of cross-border criminal acts. Currently, there is a Maritime Patrol and Surveillance in place at night... More
Yes, we are aware of the various advisories. Sadly, the coastal areas and islands around Semporna have seen incidents of cross-border criminal acts. Currently, there is a Maritime Patrol and Surveillance in place at night for the areas. This relates only to the islands and coast and 5 nautical miles off them as well as sea lanes. This has resulted to better security and hugely boosted confidence. There is no curfew inland and in towns.
On our side, both at Sepilok and lodge, we have had no problems at all. There has also been no incident in Sandakan.
Below is a general note about our place/s:
The recent incident did not happen in Sandakan or anywhere near our place in the Kinabatangan. It occurred in an island (Mabul) off Semporna.
Sabah is a big state.
Semporna is 6 hours by land from Sandakan.
The Kinabatangan is also far from the sea/coast of Lahad Datu or Semporna. It would take 5 hours by boat and road to get from our lodge to Semporna. It would take us 3 hours' non-stop at full speed boat ride to reach the sea.
At all times, our lodge and the rest of the Kinabatangan were free of any incidents. There was no trouble at all. The Kinabatangan remains peaceful.
Visitors who visited the Kinabatangan have also not encountered any incident during their travel and stay.
In addition to the above, please also allow me to explain the steps taken in our area.
Many notable operators in the Kinabatangan came together several years ago to form the KINABATANGAN-CORRIDOR OF LIFE TOURISM OPERATORS ASSOCIATION (KiTA)
We are a member of KiTA.
While the Kinabatangan has been very peaceful, attention to safety and security of tourists has always been an important part of KiTA's agenda.
KiTA is a highly organised grouping of operators. It looks into various aspects including the safety and security of tourists and are constantly in close contact with the Police and other security establishments to ensure a safe Kinabatangan.
Additionally, KiTA also maintains an extensive network involving the various village leaders and villagers to keep safety and security in the area.
When you visit the Kinabatangan, you will be in an area where operators, security departments and local inhabitants are cohesive in efforts to make your stay safe and secure.
I hope the above explanation has helped to address concerns about your visit.