Malaysian Borneo – All Orang-utans and Turtles
Due to poor planning and a bit of bad luck I’ve found myself completely winging it around Malaysia but hitting quite a few dead ends. Who knew number 1 dive spot Semporna (and islands off Semporna) isn’t safe to travel to due to political unrest, kidnappings and a recent murder? Did you know you can’t reach the lush sounding Perinthian Islands during rainy season? Or that Kota Kinabalu was going to be full of drunk old men. Nope I don’t know any of this, so my Malaysian experience so far has been a little hampered by these set-backs. However, I have managed to squeeze in a day with the Orang-utans at Sepilok Rehabilitation Sanctuary and an overnight stay on Turtle Island watching the little’uns hatch and get released into the sea. I think pictures say it best.
First, Orang-Utans! It wasn’t till I saw these dudes that I realised I’ve seen many monkeys but for Orang-utans it was definitely a first. I fell in love with their massive personalities, go-go-gadget limbs and their cute human/monkey faces.
Next up, Turtles. After diving with these prehistoric animals I have a new found love for them. They are so tranquil and wear an almost stoned expression. I went to Turtle Island to watch them lay eggs and the little’uns get released for their first journey into the sea.