The mighty Kinabatangan

Borneo’s longest river – the 560 km long Kinabatangan river – is indeed a “corridor of life”.  In an epic week of wildlife-spotting, we saw pygmy elephants, orangutans, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, macaques, langurs, snakes, pterodactyl-like birds, hornbills, and so much more! All from the relative comfort of our yachts and dinghies! But we were bloody…

Lunar-cy in Kudat

The sky has been putting on some pretty cool shows in the last week. We had the full moon lunar eclipse which lasted five hours and turned the moon ruby-red, the delta aquarids meteor shower throwing out some big shooting stars, and the sun that refused to be left out by setting in spectacular fashion….

The tribe has spoken…

“Once the votes are read, the decision is final, the person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately.” We are back in Malaysia, and we spent a couple of days hanging out at Pulau Tiga, the location for the first ever series of the TV show, Survivor. It’s the perfect…

I ❤️ Brunei

Maybe its island living, but like the Sarawakians, the Bruneians are a chilled out friendly bunch. We spent ten days hanging out in Brunei, a tiny little enclave country wedged into Malaysian Borneo. It’s ruled by a Sultan, is predominantly Muslim, and is sitting on a big lake of oil, which finances the place. Brunei…

MCM: Crinoid shrimp

On a recent dive in Miri, Malaysia, the viz wasn’t flash so we were hunting small critters: nudis, shrimps, etc, but my favourite find of the day was this little crinoid shrimp,   As their name suggests, crinoid shrimps live on a crinoid (AKA elegant feather star),  Tropiometra carinate. Apparently lots of stuff lives in commensal relationships with…

Bring on Borneo!

After our little detour to the Anambas and Natuna Islands, we finished crossing the South China Sea and arrived in Borneo. For me, Borneo has always been synonymous with travel and adventure, and steamy jungles full of fascinating animals and poison-dart-wielding headhunters! I think this stemmed from my dad working on the oil rigs when…

MCM: Trapezia crabs

Trapezia are a genus of guard crabs that live in a symbiotic relationship with corals. They defend the corals from predators, like crown of thorns starfish, and in return get fed! I’ve spotted these guys all over the place, tucked into little clumps of coral. There are 23 different species, and I’ve found at least three: Trapezia…

MCM: Electroma Zebra

It’s marine critter Monday!! I spotted this week’s subject critter, the Electroma zebra (AKA delicate winged oyster), while snorkelling at Pulau Panjung in the Natuna Islands in Indonesia. They were tiny little blobs attached to some feather hydroids: They were approximately 1 cm in size, and the hydroids were flopping around in the current, so it took…

Selamat Hari Raya!

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai On the small and remote island of Pulau Seresan, we were invited into the homes of the local Indonesian people to celebrate Hari Raya Eidilfitri (the end of Ramadan) with them. We went ashore to explore as normal (not realising it was Hari Raya),…

Kampung life

We are back in Indonesia! We have detoured to the remote Indonesian islands of Anambas and Natuna on our way across to Borneo. It rained cats and dogs for a lot of our time in the Anambas islands, but the little town of Tarempa welcomed us in traditional Indonesian style, and we spent a few…

Masters of disguise

Lots of marine critters use camouflage to hide out, but this week’s marine critters – a couple of scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae) species – take camo to a whole new level! As it’s name suggests, the leaf scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus looks like a leaf. Passers by are easily fooled as it sways gently side to side. I…

On passage to Borneo

We are currently in the Anambas Islands in Indonesia and internet coverage is terrible (apparently someone stole the fibre optic cable!) Anyway a longer update will have to wait til we get somewhere with better coverage. Our overnight passage from mainland Malaysia was a mixed bag. We were farewelled by a huge storm, and just…