Before corona, how difficult was it to get to Kota Kinabalu? Cheap diving can be down there.
Sipadan (in Malaysia, which makes Indonesian’s unhappy I’ve heard) also must be not far from you distance-wise, but is maybe difficult to get to. The closest airport is Semporna. The diving is incredible, but not cheap.
You made me more ashamed and guilty for not having passport before covid era lol. I did consider going to koh tao (dive with Tham Luang cave rescue heroes) or anywhere in Thailand (with passport) so I can dive and maybe also visit Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, but ended up still went to Bali. Before covid era I'm not aware of any route from my PKY cilik riwut airport to kinabalu, maybe need a few transit.
Will definitely look out for deals and travel restrictions in the future, so I can explore other sites near borneo.
It was NOT a diving trip to Samarinda, a short river journey up the Mahakam river. It was brown water all the way but I have the best and freshest nangka I ever tasted. Villages built on stilt, reburial of the deceased(celebration party atmosphere). Remind me of the Toraja funeral.
You have one of the best in the world so do not waste your opportunity.
I don't like eating nangka as a fruit but definitely love it when cooked as a veggie stew (some people in Java called it sayur Gori). I'm more of a cempedak and maybe a bit of durian.
I'm not aware of authentic dayak culture in samarinda but deep in the forest away from samarinda, there must be some of my long distance brothers there. Samarinda is more known for having urang Banjar (People speaking in Banjarmasin dialect).
I'll definitely look out for that Derawan diving trip or maybe in Sulawesi. Let's see what kind of travel bargain I'll have by the end of the year. If covid still a thing by then, I'll dive my local pond with a snorkel lmao