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Reviewed 19 September 2014

I stayed in the dorm, originally had it to myself but when a group of four arrived they also joined me - in a room with four beds. The extra mattress on the floor certainly did not leave much space to move around!

The river cruises were surprisingly quiet as the guides hardly gave any information on the animals other than their names.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank mangosorbet007
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Reviewed 6 September 2014

We did stay 3 nights in Barefoot. The staff is very friendly, the food is perfect, river cruises are a great experience. We spotted elephants, different species of monkeys, crocodiles, many birds etc.
The accommodation is very basic, no airco, not very clean, we had some flees in our bed, the sewer system did not work that well, leaking water mains etc.
Barefoot is offering a great nature experience the accommodation however needs refurbishment. Due to the poor accommodation the price is to high.

Room Tip: It's about nature. Do not expect great rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Levi2002
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

The whole experience was very good. River cruises were nice and our guide was very funny and helpful with explanation. They picked us at the airport and took back there with no extra fee.
The accomodation was quite wild.. The room was not clean to be honest. It was full of insects and the bathroom was not that good (no box shower i.e.).
It is quite cheap compared with the other lodge.
All the meals could be improved.
I suggest to stay there 2 days and 1 only night.. It'd be enough. Do all the 4 river cruises and that's it. We saw birds, different kind of monkeys, orang, cocodriles, snakes, frogs, varano, etc

Stayed: August 2014
Thank Stefano C
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Barefoot Lodge was such a disappointment .
The rooms all needed some maintenance .Especially the bathroom which flooded whenever we had a shower.
Food was adequate as the cook did try .
If Barefoot wants to encourage travellers to stay here I suggest they try to make some improvements to their accommodation as do not consider Barefoot good value for money .
Staff were friendly .

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank ganesha88
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

I have nothing but praise for this place. Jesse was such an incredibly welcoming host who made us feel like we were staying at his home. The food was great and plentiful with three plates to share between couples. The girls who served the food proudly described each dish and tried hard to be professional and courteous. They were so lovely.

Yes the rooms were pretty basic and the water in the shower was cold. New towels would be great and you might need to warn people that the mosque is pretty close so they'll need to sleep through the call to prayer.

But as if the views from the restaurant weren't enough the boat rides on the Kinabatangan River were magic. Our guide Risa (sorry if I have misspelt it!) was a fund of information, entertaining with eyes of a hawk. He spotted tiny lizards from 100m. He would stop the boat at a tree and point patiently until we could all see the monitor lizard, camouflaged stretched out against the tree branch. He told us we were "lucky" for seeing seven wild orang utans. Amazing! We saw trees alive and crashing with proboscis monkeys and naughty entertaining maqaque monkeys. We followed a massive crocodile down stream until he tired of us and submerged. We saw the trampled path of an elephant. And we saw birds of every hue.

But even if we hadn't been this lucky, even if it had been too difficult to find any creatures it still would have been worth it. Just being on the river and heading up the tributaries, exploring the oxbow lake and hearing the cacophony of wildlife was a unique experience.

This feels like a fragile last stand of precious jungle habitat that may not be able to survive the encroaching palm oil plantations with all the chemicals and pesticides.

Go. See. Before it's too late.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Thank DebraReeves
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