Hello! we've managed to make 2 weeks for Borneo--we arrive in Brunei on the 23rd of April and leave the 6th of May. my husband is a passionate wildlife photographer, so we've decided to concentrate on Kintatanagan River (Sukau area), Danum Valley, and the Jellyfish Lake of Kakaban.
in order to have more time in Borneo, we've shifted our moving overseas ahead by 2 weeks!!! we leave town next wed.!!!! we only started our research a few days ago when the travel agent told us about Royal Brunei Airways' special. any details you can give will be a lifesaver, as you can imagine, we're pretty stressed right now!
--in particular we're trying to find out how to GET to the Jellyfish lake, as the 4 books on Borneo at the library didn't even mention it! we heard something about Berau, but that's not even on the maps in those books, and my time on the internet is limited at work...
--also, what airlines fly into Lahad Datu, any from Brunei? I haven't been able to find more details on the web.
Thank you for your time and attention!!
anna and geoff
1. Jellyfish Lake is on Palau a group of island in the South Pacific region. You will have to check with the airlines to see how best you can go there by flight.
2. Airlines to Lahat Datu - Malaysia Airlines I believe is the only airlines that operates regular flights to Lahat Datu from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau. If you travel to Bandar Seri Bangawan by Royal Brunei Airlines you will have to get to Kota Kinabalu from there either by flight or by road which is now possible then on to Lahat Datu. I would suggest to go to Sandakan then hire a 4 wheel drive to got to the Kinabatangan area (roads are mainly off track type) and thence to Sukau Area where you can see the Proboscis Monkey being fed in the evening. From there on; you can continue to Danum Valley.
Ghani of Langkawi
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Thank you for your prompt response,
--there's 2 jellyfish lakes, supposedly the one on Kakaban, by Derawan is larger w/ more interesting lifeforms. unfortunately, since it seems to take a min. 2 days each way to get there, we won't have time this trip. we're disapointed but the mammals and rainforest seem to be at larger risk so we'll make them the priority this trip and return in a few years w/ months to give Borneo justice.
--I saw that Malaysia Air flies Sandakan and Tawau, I didn't see Lahad on their list, it's a relief to know that though. it seems strange that they don't fly into Brunei. the flights between KK and Brunei will waste 2 days of wildlife viewing b/c of the times.
--if we were to
fly to Sandakan,
go by river to Sukau (?),
then bus/hire 4WD to Lahad Datu for Danum Valley,
then fly to KK
about how much travel time alone would that be? is it possible to hire a 4WD in Sukau and leave it in Lahad Datu? hadn't considered before.
--will there be much wildlife between the 2 that is accessible by bus, or timewise would we be better off flying?
--for Danum, would you recommend Rainforest Lodge or the Field Center for wildlife photography?
--where would be best around Sukau (or otherwise)
Really appreciate all of your help, thank you again,
Anna and Geoff
Anna & Geoff,
Sorry. Air Asia (our budget airlines) flies to Lahad Datu from Kuala Lumpur only. But they have flights from KK to Sandakan or Tawau and thence on taxis and buses are available to Danum Valley and Sukau from these two places.
I have not been to Danum Valley as yet but I suppose either accomodations would give access to the wild life in the valley. I will have to check with my in-laws in Sandakan how best you can get to Sukau/Danum from Sandakan and the time taken.
Will get back to you soon.
Airlines to Lahat Datu - Malaysia Airlines I believe is the only airlines that operates regular flights to Lahat Datu from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.
--I saw that Malaysia Air flies Sandakan and Tawau, I didn't see Lahad on their list, it's a relief to know that though.
All domestic flights in Malaysian Borneo are now being serviced by FlyAsianXpress (FAX), a subsidiary of AirAsia. Malaysia Airlines have given up all the routes to FAX, but they still do trunk routes between major towns though. (i.e. KK-Sandakan)
it seems strange that they don't fly into Brunei. the flights between KK and Brunei will waste 2 days of wildlife viewing b/c of the times.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kota Kinabalu for about 120 Brunei Dollars. The journey takes about 40 minutes only.
we really appreciate the links, we'll check them out tonight!