We opted for the 2 day 1 night package and although a bit expensive, we got value for money! We got picked up from our lodge Paganakan Dii in an aircon people carrier, with our guide and two other girls who were also on a package. We made a stop at the Gormantong Caves, we had the option to join them but decided to save the cash and by all accounts we didn't miss much.
When we arrived at Sukau, it really is an isolated little village on the river down a long winding track, if you didnt know it was there you wouldn't stumble upon it! We received a warm welcome from the staff and immediately fell in love with the surroundings, when they say on the river, they're not exaggerating! Lunch was simple yet tasty and we had a few hours to kill before our first afternoon cruise. The room was basic but little things like the towels arranged in the shape of a lotus flower was a nice touch.
We ended up doing an afternoon and a night cruise, both of which were jam packed full of animal sightings. Although we didnt see any wild orang-utans we did see the following: Herd of 40 Elephants (many which crossed the river and swam right past our little boat), Macaques, Probiscus Monkeys, Crocodile (named Frankie!), Civet, Rhinoceros Horn-bill, Storm stork, Crested Serpent Eagle to name a few of the daytime sights. At night the guides really come into their own and managed to point out things that would've been invisible to most! Blue eared kingfisher, stork billed kingsfisher and a very rare sighting of an endangered flat headed cat. We felt really lucky to see all of these animals and the guides knowledge played a huge part in our experience.
We wanted to do an early morning cruise as well, but due to a recent downpour some of the mountain side had slid into the road and emergency road repairs had to be conducted. This meant that unavoidably the one road in and out of Sukau would be closed for 24hrs so we had to leave the following morning at half 7, not giving us enough time for the morning cruise. The management was apologetic and I think this was reflected in the price we paid as it was far cheaper than we had anticipated. Really great experience and would recommend this place to anyone.
- Also Known As:
- Barefoot Sukau Hotel Sukau
- Barefoot Sukau Lodge Kinabatangan District