Responsible tourism: Sabah adventure vacation, Maliau Basin
While many trips to Borneo visit a national park, many can be put off visiting the Maliau Basin and Danum Valley conservation areas due their hard to reach locations. We believe that by leading treks into these wonderful areas, we create incentive to conserve the forest and wildlife here by adding value to the land as a tourist destination. The expensive fees and permits needed to visit these areas also support the continued efforts to maintain and protect the reserves.
Our guides are fully trained on appropriate and ethical interactions with wildlife which they brief guests about on arrival. We have an extensive list of behaviours we prohibit when visiting the Maliau Basin, including no grafitti on rocks or trees, no slashing to create new trails and no campfires can be lit off designated sites.
As on all our multi-day treks, we provide boiled or filtered water tanks and advise guests bring a reusable water bottle to ensure plastic bottle use is kept to a minimum.
As with all our trips, we do not out source to other companies to manage our trips in country. Our local staff manage all aspects of your trip from our Borneo office. We generate local employment through training our team on everything from sales, operations to nature guiding and trek experts.
Through our company's partner charity, we support the remote Penan tribe and a reforestation project in Sarawak. As a company, we promote the destination as a sustainable tourism initiative, generating alternative sources of income through their homestays and employment as guides. The charity holistically supports this through bringing fundraising and volunteers to the villages to help improve homestay building standards, as well as supporting the tree planting project.
On this trip, we visit the politically marginalised Murut communities in the Orou Sapulot region. Through visiting their remote homestays, participating in shared meals and employing them on our rapid-shooting adventure, we ensure that the benefits from tourism reach as these communities and have a far-reaching positive impact in Sabah.