The third largest island on earth has the equator running right through it making its post glacial state a hot bed for plant and animal diversity. This means more opportunity to see interesting life! The modern Malaysian state of Sabah, on the north coast of the island, offers all of the creature comforts for its guests and treasure trove of enchanted forests and incredible wildlife.
A few days on the Kinabatangan River might get you 5 or 8 species of monkeys or apes including the orangutan (in Malay “orang” means human and “utan” means forest!).
Diving in Sipidan will leave you breathless as its untouched beauty can only be seen by 100 people/ day as a law.
Falling out of the boat and into those waters was one of the most incredible experiences of my life with black tipped sharks, barracuda, and beach ball sized clams all within eye shot.
Danum valley, recognized as one of the world’s most complex ecosystem, this forest serves as a natural home for endangered wildlife species such as the Sumatran rhino, banteng, Asian elephant, clouded leopard, orang utan, proboscis monkey, as well as a vast range of Sabah’s lowland fauna.