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Manila and the Ferry to Puerto Princesca on Palawan Island

We were only staying in Manila for one full day and perhaps that is all you really need. We stayed in Chinatown at the Ramada for AUD$78 per night. Chinatown in Manila is unlike most other Chinatowns in the world and is very drab and lifeless. Chinatown is also the…
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Gomantong Caves, and our Last Days in Borneo

The next leg of our Borneo adventure took us to some caves; these though were no ordinary run of the mill caves and we were in for a rather unusual experience that would give all of our senses an extreme workout. The caves were the Gomantong Caves. It takes about…
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Exploring the Jungle on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo

We arrived at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge about 3.15pm and had no time, other than to check in, get to our room, drop our gear, apply sun screen lotion, get a hat and we were out for the first of our adventure activities at 4pm. There were 38 guests (18 had…
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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo

Our next destination was the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, 30 kilometres from Sandakan. The entrance fee to the Centre was 30 ringgits (AUD$10) per person for foreigners, and was part of the tour cost.  You also have to pay a ‘camera fee’ of 10 ringgits for each camera you intend…
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Turtle Sanctuary on Selingan Island, Borneo

Sandakan has become infamous of late. A few weeks before we arrived in Sabah a German man and his wife were murdered on their yacht by Filipino pirates just off the coast of Sandakan. The Philippine Islands around Davao are renowned for such pirate activity and are a no go…
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