Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Sukau Rainforest lodge was opened in May 1995 by Albert Teo and adopting a Green Policy with self sufficient, water and power supply- utilising rainwater and solar hot water heating. SRL also minimise noise and air pollution when river safari tours to wildlife areas used electric motors instead of fuel powered motors.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge is a sister company of Borneo Eco tour also runs their own non-profit community and environment foundation “Borneo Ecotourism solutions & technologies Soceity”. Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation Program (KWICORP) tree planting program is one of their successful project. Besides they also run three medical project in Kg Sukau, Abai and Bilit providing free medical and dental treatments benefitting more than 2000 villagers since 2003.

Under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the lodge also donates RM4 per adult to BEST soceity for every International Guest who stays with the Lodge while Borneo Eco tourism foot another RM8.00.

Sukau located at Km 130 can be reached from Sandakan Town, Sabah by road.

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Location map of Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Credit to Mark McGinley. More photos of SRL on his blog.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge gain international recognition and named Finalist for Responsible Tourism Awards in the Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider category. The winners and finalists were announced at ITB Asia on Friday 25th October in Singapore.

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Seafood Again – Sandakan


I have written a blog about steamboat some times ago and this blog is again about seafood and steamboat. This time my experience in Sandakan, Sabah. One of the famous seafood restaurant in Sandakan is Ocean King Seafood Restaurant, 7km outside Sandakan on the front overlooking the sea. At the restaurant you can see for yourself the live fish and other sea food items reared in cages and in the water. Its the natural sea water and the free moving water that will give the food a natural taste compares those reared in aquariums or ponds.

The restaurant were built over the shore into the Sandakan Bay and while dining you can feel the fresh breeze from the sea. To go to Ocean King you can take Leila Road and go towards the West.

On another night I was taken to another food feast and this time steamboat at Tropical Garden situated on Trig Hill. As at other steamboat restaurant, diners have the choice to choose what food to boil and eat. I was told that steamboat is available only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The price is RM15 per head but don’t waste food because you will be charged for that according to per gram you wasted.

Dining here gives you a beautiful view overlooking Bandar Leila and Sandakan Bay dotted with lights glittering from ships anchoring on the bay.

6 May 2007- KLIA 2 Sandakan

I am at KLIA on my way to Sandakan. This is my second trip to Sandakan and the last was in December 2006. Arrived at KLIA at 7.50 in the morning and KL is raining. The driver did not take me through the normal tolled highway but a shorter route through Cyberjaya. The road goes towards Dengkil and of course its FREE. It is shorter and travelling time is shorter too. The first time I travel on the road was after seeing my wife fly to Kota Kinabalu last March. I will be flying on MH 2708 at 0900 hrs.

Sandakan is the second largest town in Sabah. When I was serving in Sabah in the 70s, I step on Sandakan soil twice. First it was a cultural troupe visit when I was active in theatre. We represented our district for the Sabah level competition for selection to represent Sabah to National competition. The second was in 1979 as a coach to the Pantai Barat Utara contingent. I was with the track and field team for the Sabah School Sports Council meet.

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Sepilok- Santuari Orang Utan

Sebenarnya tidak ada kaitan gambar di atas dengan gambar kecil di sebelah walaupun ia diambil di tempat yang sama. Dua makhluk di dalam kedua-dua gambar itu hidup dalam “alam” yang berbeza. Walaupun mengikut teori Darwin bahawa manusia berasal dari beruk, tetapi Al-Quran jelas menyatakan yang manusia dicipta sendiri oleh Allah dari tanah iaitu Adam sementara isterinya Hawa pula dari tulang rusuk Adam. Oleh itu sebagai orang Islam, Teori Evolusi Darwin hendaklah ditolak.
Gambar di atas menunjukkan pihak yang melawat pihak yang di dalam gambar kecil di sebelah. Yang satu menonton sementara yang satu lagi ditonton. Kedua-dua gambar ini diambil di Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah iaitu santuari untuk memastikan hidupan spesis Orang Utan tidak pupus di muka bumi.

Dalam wikipedia diberikan penerangan berikut:

The orangutans are two species of great apes with long arms and reddish, sometimes brown, hair native to Indonesia and Malaysia . They are the only extant species in the genus Pongo and the subfamily Ponginae, although that subfamily also includes the extinct Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus genera. The orangutan is an official state animal of SabahMalaysia. Their name derives from the Malay and Indonesian phrase orang hutan meaning “person of the forest”.[2][3] in

Orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes, spending nearly all of their time in the trees, making a new nest in the trees every night. They are only found in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, even though fossils have been found in Java, Vietnam and China. Adult males are about 4.5 ft (1.4 m) tall and up to 180 lb (82 kg) in weight.

Sepilok terletak kira-kira 25 kilometer dari bandar Sandakan dan mengambil masa 20 minit perjalanan menghala ke arah jalan untuk ke Kota Kinabalu. Dari Lapangan Terbang sandakan pula ialah kira-kira 11 kilometer. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre adalah merupakan santuari yang terkenal yang membolehkan pelawat melihat Orang Utan dengan lebih dekat. Orang mengatakan jika datang ke Sandakan dan tidak sampai ke Sepilok seolah-olah tidak sampai ke Sandakan. Begitulah sinonimnya tempat ini dengan Sandakan. Santuari seluas 43 kilometer persegi ini terletak dalam satu kawasan hutan simpan Kabili-Sepilok. Di santuari ini, orang utan dibiarkan dan ajar hidup dalam habitat semulajadinya. Pelawat boleh masuk ke dalam habitat mereka melalui titian yang dibina khas yang mengambil masa kira-kira 10 minit berjalan kaki. Pelawat dibenarkan masuk sewaktu orang utan diberi makan iaitu jam 11.00 pagi dan 3.00 petang. Setiap pelawat tempatan (Sila tunjukkan Mykad) dikenakan bayaran RM 5.00 dan RM 10.00 untuk membawa masuk kamera. Sekiranya hendak masuk pelawat wanita dinasihatkan tidak memakai kasut tumit tinggi kerana laluannya licin dan boleh terperangkap di selah-celah lantai titi yang licin (gambar kiri) lebih-lebih lagi jika selepas hujan turun. Adalah dinasihatkan memakai kasut yang tapaknya berbunga.

Sanctuari ini dimulakan pada tahun 1964 asalnya untuk membantu orang utan yang dijadikan haiwan peliharaan dibebaskan untuk hidup berdikari di hutan rimba. Pusat ini ditadbirkan oleh Jabatan Hutan Sabah dan pada tahun 1988 dinaiktarafkan sebagai satu Bahagian di bawah Kementerian Pelancungan dan Pembangunan alam Sekitar. Hari ini pusat ini ditadbir dan diuruskan oleh Jabatan Hidupan Liar Sabah.


Ranger sedang memberi makan kepada orang utan

Pelawat sedang melihat orang utan diberi makan.