Eirini Sperelaki review 6 Aug 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
I loved the flora and fauna of Borneo - although it's sad to know you get to see all those animals from so close because their habitat is being destroyed. The caves were spectacular, as were the canopy walks. Local people impressed me with their smiles and friendliness.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
I was a bit disappointed by the snorkeling trip - dead corals and not much to see where we were taken. I know there are many good places for snorkeling and diving out there, so make sure you choose the right one!
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
That's a tough one! Yes and no... Mass tourism is never good, on the other hand I know lot's of people (and animals) are in dire need of some well spent money.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I had a very good time. I would recommend this trip to anyone for it's diversity. Thumbs up for our guide, Manuel!
Read the operator's response here:
We are so pleased you had such a good time in Borneo and enjoyed Manuel's company. Couldn't agree with you more on point 1 where I suspect you are largely referring to Sepilok Orang Utan center. The Centre cares for young orangutans orphaned as a result of illegal logging and deforestation and those who have been illegally caught and kept as pets. At Sepilok the new arrivals are given a complete health check before starting on the long road to rehabilitating them back into the wild. While this is sad, the Centre was doing all they can to nurture the wildlife back to health and then back to the wild.
With regard to point 2 about the coral, What our team usually do, if the weather is good, is guide you to snorkel at the corals area. However if the weather is bad and the coral area is unreachable, we have no choice but to take you to the nearest coral area.
A couple of points on point 3, again we agree totally that mass tourism is far from ideal, but we stand by our words to never support tourism activity that not environmental friendly and visit areas which are well selected to reduce the impact of mass tourism. We also only work with local people to run the tour with us, for example, all local guides we use in Sarawak are local people and this at least helps them to support their families and local communities. On point 4 - thank you very much and we hope to see you again!