"Labuk Bay" Borneo Off The Beaten Path Tip by kyoub

Borneo Off The Beaten Path: 4 reviews and 9 photos

  Proboscis Monkey
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  • Proboscis Monkey - Borneo
      Proboscis Monkey
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  • On his throne - Borneo
      On his throne
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  • Groomingtime - Borneo
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  • Picnic - Borneo
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One of the highlights of our trip was going out to Labuk Bay to see the Proboscis Monkeys.
It is for sure off the beaten path. It is 38KM from the Sandakan airport and it takes a good hour to drive there. The roads are mostly gravel and jeep tracks, not to mention the truck traffic with their loads coming from the palm plantations.

When we arrived we were served a drink of our choice by a very sweet waitress. She explained that if we would take a seat over near the balcony that the monkeys would be arriving shortly.

We could see some tree limbs across the way and a large board laying on the ground.
Then we saw a man walking out to the board with a platter of pancake. He placed them on the board and left. Soon we could see movement in the trees and monkeys coming down to the ground. Before long the board was full of monkeys having a picnic. We were told that the one large male has 22 wives and many off springs.

They went and sat on the tree limbs and groomed themselves after they ate and some of the younger ones went down to the waters edge to pick shoots to eat..

The Proboscis monkey is only found on the island of Borneo.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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