I stayed here for 1 night as part of the 3D/2N Abai and Sukau Package Tour. It is about 75 minute speed boat ride from Sandakan Jetty to the Abai Jungle Lodge via SI Tours
The rooms are basic, but it had the important amenities - attached bathrooms, electricity the whole night, clean running water, a shower, and a fan. There are about 4 rooms in 1 block, and each block had a nice veranda and hammock for relaxing and wildlife viewing. Don't expect AC, but the rooms were clean and functional.
The food here is reasonably good - I had one average meal (lunch upon arrival) here but the rest of it was pretty good. We even had a Jungle Breakfast where they had an outdoor deck to serve the guests breakfast. It was certainly an experience to have breakfast out in the wild like at with nature all around you. The package tour I was on also arranged lunch at the nearby Abai Village and it was absolutely delicious.
This is a very memorable hotel - it has many highlights. Orangutans around the hotel, the nature boardwalk where guests can take off independently and view wildlife on their own, the Jungle Breakfasts, the decent food, and the warm and friendly staff. They provide welcome drinks, and warm towels upon arrival and also coffee and tea on a 24/hour basis.
While the river safaris at Abai are not the best, it is certainly worth it to stay at least 1 night just to enjoy the hotel, the lunch at Abai Village and the tree planting activity
I have some pictures from my trip and the lodge here: http://funtimesonearth.blogspot.com/2012/04/sandakan-3d2n-abai-and-sukau.html
- Also Known As:
- Abai Jungle Hotel Sabah
- Abai Jungle Lodge Kinabatangan District, Malaysia - Sabah