Location :  Pulau Sebatik, Tawau Division, Sabah, Malaysia.

Sebatik Island / Pulau Sebatik is an island off the eastern coast of Borneo. The northern part belongs to Sabah, Malaysia while the southern part belongs to North Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Finally, on our second and last day in Sebatik, we had something to be excited about…..proboscis monkey hunting but with cameras only. Chong our host could manage at the last minute to organize a knowledgeable boatman to bring us to where he thought would have a good chance of sighting those long noses.

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Breakfast time. Getting to know some of Sebatik villagers

We headed for Wallace Bay jetty to have an early breakfast. Four of us including the boatman departed the jetty into the cool morning sea in the direction of Nunukan. It was an open speed boat without any life jacket.

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Our little boat
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A view of the jetty from a distance

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An eroded section of a Muslim cemetery
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Oil palm plantation jetty

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Lighthouse

Luckily the sea was calm during the whole trip but later the morning sun was quite a nuisance. Before passing the police post we had to report to a not so friendly policeman on duty. We had to declare our purpose for the trip. Convinced or not, he let us through. Human trafficking must have been rampant to warrant a police post out here.

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Police post

We continued the ride, without sight of any wildlife, until a point which was pretty near to Nunukan where the sea surface was littered with many floating plastic bottles, indicating the thriving seaweed growing industry in Nunukan.

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View of Nunukan from afar

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Indonesians tending to their seaweed business
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KM Malindo Express2 making its way from Nunukan to Tawau

After making a U turn, we edge nearer to the opposite smaller island. We finally saw the long noses sitting comfortably on top of young mangrove shrubs munching away their morning breakfast. They were quite shy as usual, not allowing our boat drift too near. There were at least 5 of them that morning. We came we saw.jelajah, adventure, nature, outdoor, Malaysia, mangrove forest, Proboscis monkey, wildlife, ecotourism, tourist attraction, Travel Guide, Borneo, 跨境婆罗洲游踪, 马来西亚沙巴斗湖, Island, jelajah, adventure, nature, outdoor, destination, Malaysia, mangrove forest, Proboscis monkey, wildlife, tourist attraction, Travel Guide, Borneo, 婆罗洲游踪, 马来西亚沙巴斗湖,

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One of the long noses enjoying its breakfast.

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The sun was getting brutal as we decided to call it a day. Our boatman took a short cut by using some tiny mangrove river which was quite amazing. Pulau, boat ride, jelajah, adventure, nature, outdoor, Malaysia, hutan bakau, tourism, tourist attraction, Travel Guide, Trans Border, 探索婆罗洲游踪, 马来西亚沙巴红树林

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Oh oh… engine trouble here

Suddenly the boat had an engine problem and we drifted to a nearby Filipino village with very simple shacks.

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Filipino shacks

As the boat was getting fixed, Chong bought a few kilos of mud crab from the Filipinos which seemed to be big business here judging by the stacks of crab trap placed near the houses.

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At the Filipino floating jetty

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After packing up, we left for Kampung Tongkang to try our luck for the boat ride to go back to Tawau port. Indeed luck was with us. After waiting for half and hour for passengers to fill up the boat we thank and bade farewell to our host Mr Chong.

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Ready to go back to Tawau by boat at Kampung Tongkang

Tourism I believe is still doable here in Sebatik with the availability of the proboscis monkey. More activities could probably be done if we had stayed longer. I hope tour operators in Tawau could give Sebatik island a try by doing at least a day trip package to view the proboscis monkeys and with a lunch thrown in at Mr. Chong’s farm. The farm fresh poultry and fish would be awesome for lunch besides taking a peek at the inside of his swiftlet farm and a birdnest drink would be perfect or guests. Next…..more Tawau stories

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