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“Great family day trip”

Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours
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Owner description: Borneo Boats and Beaches..... offer private boat charters, snorkelling safaris, romantic sunset cruises and personalised boat trips out of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. With a choice of 5 nearby tropical islands, part of a Marine Park in the South China Sea, you can enjoy great day trips, island hopping cruises, swimming in clear waters, coral reefs teaming with colourful tropical fish and occasional turtles. Excellent snorkelling, beautiful white sandy beaches, water villages, amazing sunsets and more. We are used to instructing and "buddying" first-timers of all ages from kids to grandparents. For our more experienced and independent snorkellers, we'll take you to the very best sites for you to find the most beautiful coral and marine life and give you as much time as you want in the water. Get away from the crowds and experience the feeling that this is 'your boat' for the day. With the help and advice of our experienced 3-man crew you can decide exactly where you want to go, how long you want to stay and what you want to do.
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our family of 2 adults and 2 kids did a 5 1/2 hour trip with Jonathan and his crew last week and it was definitely one of the highlights of our week in KK. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the snorkeling available so close to Kota Kinabalu; comparable to what we have seen in Fiji and Great Barrier Reef. Going on a private trip meant that we were able to visit snorkeling spots where we often the only ones there which made it extra special.
As well as a large array of tropical fish we also got to see some reef sharks which was a particular highlight for the kids. Luckily Jonathan had already explained that they would be more scared of us than we were of them before we set out!

Despite the fact we were all competent swimmers and snorkelers we really appreciated the fact that one of Jonathan's crew swam nearby us at all times towing a life ring. I had not expected us to need it but it was very useful on several occasions when our 8 year old daughter (and me!) wanted to take a break from snorkeling. We felt at all times as if our safety both on and off the boat was paramount.
The boat, life jackets and snorkeling gear were all very good quality, as was the variety and quality of the drinks and food on offer.

The trip is not cheap compared to the standard snorkeling trips offered by the hotels but when you consider that you get to visit a variety of different snorkeling sites away from the usual mob of boats and tourists, high quality snorkeling gear with a nice lunch and drinks thrown in on your own private boat we felt it was well worth it.

Thank Laradam
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We had a party of 10 on charter with Jonathan a couple of weeks ago- a mixed group of adults and one 5 year old. Some people were a bit nervous of snorkelling and Jonathan was really considerate of the locations to take this into account. We went to 4 sites over 5 hours and enjoyed every one - lunch was a particular highlight. Not only were the roast chicken sandwiches a hit but the location was beautiful and calm, and enabled us to have a nice dip as well.
The boat was large enough to cater for 10 of us, and safety was definitely a priority. The lifejackets were in very good order, as were the snorkels and masks and there were plenty to choose from. Jonathan had good quality child life-jackets on board as well. There was a toilet and change area on board as well.
I was also impressed with his local knowledge of the sites as well as his regard for the sensitive ecological needs of the sites - he encouraged us not to use fins (although he did have them for the more experienced snorkellers) due to the possibility of coral damage.
I would definitely use Jonathan's services again and would have no hesitation recommending him to others. Thanks for a wonderful day, Jonathan & crew.

Thank ShanghaiPukeko
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We had a group of 9 do a charter with Jonathan and his crew and had a fantastic day. Ages varied from 7 to 78 and one was a non swimmer. I have to say everyone was exceptionally well catered for and looked after.
The boat, equipment, snorkelling and food and drinks provided were all excellent and we all came away having thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Highly recommended.

Thank dean6420
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We booked out the boat for 2 of us as a special Wedding Anniversary treat and it was well worth it. My wife described it as the best of the Borneo trip, which was altogether a great time.

We took an evening snorkelling + sunset option. We were the only ones anywhere near the coral reef and the sunset was certainly spectacular on the way back. The snorkelling was also fantastic.

Jonathan and his boat boy were charming and diligent. We had a great time and will book with Jonathan again when we return to Borneo for a longer holiday.

Thank Sgt_Pepper_9
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Some things to improve on
1. Fins for snorkeling
2. Find a way to inform people that their time is almost up. We can ime ourselves while we're snorkeling.

Thank Francis B
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