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1. Borneo Editorial: 'Diving at Sipadan - Is It Safe?'
2. What's New: 'Borneo Specialty Tour Packages' & more
3. Borneo Tours Spotlight: 'Diving Specials'
4. Destination of the Month: 'Survivor Island'
5. Borneo Events for August
6. Regional Hotels Promotions
7. Regional Tour Deals
8. General Travel Tips
9. Interesting Websites
10. Tell Your Friends About Us


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Dear Valued Subscribers,

It is well regarded by most scuba diving enthusiasts that the third quarter (July-September) of the year is the peak season for diving activities in Borneo. There are several top hot spots for diving in Borneo, including the most well-known islands near Tawau/Semporna - Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai.

Sipadan island is still one of the world's most famous dive destinations. Sipadan is Malaysia's only oceanic island and was formed by living coral growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, an isolated column of rock rising defiantly 600 to 700m from the sea floor 10km south of the continental shelf, and rich in marine life. it is still one of the world's most diverse and interesting reefs. Aside from Sipadan, a mere 20min speed boat ride away, diving is available directly off the smaller islands of Mabul and Kapalai itself. Both islands should appeal mostly to macro connoisseurs and photographers, as the marine life is mostly of the smaller variety, yet very diverse. So, between Sipadan with its big fish action and the great macro diving of Mabul and Kapalai, one can have a great time.

"BUT is it still safe" after the unfortunate incident of April 2000?
(refer URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/news/smain.shtml )

Telling you that it is now completely safe is completely being unrealistic. From experience, no destination or holiday can be 100% safe, whether it is in Borneo or New York. What we can tell you is that security has really been beefed up in the Sipadan-Mabul-Kapalai area, and with the Philippines governments‘ successful efforts in combating and curbing the fundamental group responsible for the 2000 incident, it certainly looks and feels much safer than before. It can be classified as a fluke incident, just like the devastating 911 incident. But for the past two years, thousands from all over the world have had a grand and memorable time at these islands without any untoward incident. They certainly know that the only way to fight terror is to conquer it and they don‘t let terror deprived them of their dream holiday.

Check out the link below for a newspaper article related to the situation at Sipadan:

For a latest dive article entitled ‘Diverse Dive Spots in Malaysia‘, which includes Sipadan, visit the webpage at: http://www.e-borneo.com/insideborneo/leisure0209.shtml

Feel free to share your feelings on this editorial, or any other related subject, at newsletter@e-borneo.com.




Borneo Specialty Tour Packages
All New! Added about 50 mini and 5 pre-designed tour packages to Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, in addition to the existing adventure packages. Easier to custom your trip to Borneo using the mini packages as a reference.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/

European Hotels Online Reservations
Searching for hotels in Europe? Find the best accommodation in 30 cities throughout Europe. Working with the world's leading wholesalers, we can offer you outstanding discounts off regular hotel rates.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/europe/

World Destination Guide
Virtually visit over 270 cities. Find where to eat and shop and what to do and see. Prepare for your upcoming vacations or just dream one! Whether you're visiting the Caribbean, Asia, or South America, you're sure to find useful travel information in our Destination Guides! Find Seattle bookstores, Paris department stores, Atlanta local markets, Rome restaurants, and more in hundreds of cities worldwide.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tn/destination_guide.shtml




5D/4N Sabah Island and Diving Special
Unique scuba diving and island holidays at three spectacular dive spots near Tawau/Semporna, Sabah, including the world famous Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai islands. Please visit the following link for more special tours' detail/itinerary:

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-sab01.shtml

12D/11N Sabah Wildlife-Nature-Diving Adventure
In addition to a 3-day island and diving experience at Sipadan-Mabul islands, your adventure includes a climb up the tallest mountain in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu (a World Heritage Site); visiting Poring Hot Spring for a bath at a natural spring where hot sulfurous water emit from the ground; and observe wildlife at Sandakans Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, and Sukau Ox-Bow Lake. Please visit the following link for more details/itinerary:

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-sab02.shtml




Survivor Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Pulau Tiga or now more commonly known as "Survivor Island", was where the hit CBS Reality Show "Survivor I" was conducted and filmed. An opportunity to see some of the props utilising local materials created for the show, as well as the island's attractions such as a mud volcano, etc. A must for those seeking an island getaway holiday, or for the die-hard fans of the Survivor TV series - this was where it all started!

2D/1N - http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-kk21.shtml
3D/2N - http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-kk22.shtml




Sabah's Events

1 - 31 August 2002
The natural environment of Sabah offers an astounding variety of vegetables and other foods, and visitors will have the opportunity to sample deliciously healthful specialties, prepared in traditional way in ‘Monsopiad House’.
(Organiser: Monsopiad Cultural Village; E-mail:mcv@tm.net.my ; URL: http://www.monsopiad.org/ )


1 - 31 August 2002
The 2nd part of the nationwide shopping carnival held in conjunction with the Merdeka month celebration.
(Organiser: Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation / Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd; Email: info@sabahtourism.com )


31 August 2002
This colourful day starts on the eve of National Day with thousands of people thronged at the Padang Merdeka in celebration of Independence Day with concerts, cultural shows and fireworks. It marks the 45th birthday of Malaysia, where the whole city is decorated with bright lights and lots of fun activities.
(For further info: Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation; Email: info@sabahtourism.com )


Sarawak's Events

3 August 2002
Being the largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak is rich in natural resources and a wide array of gastronomic delights. The fiesta-nationwide Malaysian culinary and fruits fare is delightful for it is the mix of flavours and sensations, reflecting the influences of the many races and ethnic groups in the country. During this fiesta, plenty of opportunity for everyone to try out the fabulous range of Asian and international cuisine, as well as sample a variety of fruits, from tropical to temperate. Kuching City is selected as the venue for the closing ceremony of this exciting fiesta.
(Organiser: Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism Malaysia; URL: http://www.malaysiatourism.com/ )


4 August 2002
To onlookers, it is the toughest test of all-round outdoor sporting gruelling fitness test similar to the Olympic course triathlon that include a 1.5 kilometer swim in the open sea, a 40 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run. Challenging enough only the fittest, triathletes of all ages around the region gather at Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort near Kuching for this gruelling but colourful race. The scenic surroundings of Mount Santubong will give the participants and visitors alike the impression that the seaside attraction makes the challenging event a worthwhile experience.
(Organiser: Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation, Sarawak)


1 - 31 August 2002
Kuching City or popularly known as Cat City to visitors becomes city of festivities for the whole month of August as Sarawak's capital city celebrates its elevation to city status and its citizens' love of festivity. Featuring street parades, food festivals, handicraft exhibitions and sporting events, there are more than one festivity for everyone. Even the internationally acclaimed Cat Show and Exhibition is a must for visitors to come where feline lovers converge with their cherished pets. For shoppers and bargain hunters, there will be special sales at the locally popular shopping area known as India Street Mall where there is more than what you have bargained for.
(Organiser: Kuching North City Hall )


24 - 25 August 2002
The two-day exciting event at Ulu Baram, Miri, is very much looked forward by white water rafting enthusiasts both locally and from abroad. The centre stage for these water daredevils is the Baram River - Sarawak's second longest river and home to many of its interesting ethnic groups. The challenge is for the intrepid rafters to be at their best as they paddle downstream, negotiating rocks and rapids on the way. On the lighter side, the competitors can stay at the longhouse of the local people and sample the food and famed hospitality.

(Organiser: Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation, Sarawak)


Labuan's Events

8 August 2002
A patriotic song contest presented in choir and traditional music instruments. The competition which will be held at Main Stage, Financial Park, aims at enhancing patriotic sentiments to bring about greater national unity.
(Co-Organiser: Jabatan Perpaduan Negara, Gab. RT Labuan & Perbadanan Labuan)


16 - 18 August 2002
Labuan comes alive in three days of traditional songs and dances presentation at the Convention Hall, Financial Park Complex. Experience the sights and sounds of Labuan rich cultural heritage. A rare opportunity to enjoy Brunei and Kadayan traditional singing and their graceful dances.
(Co-Organiser : MAKSAK Labuan & Perbadanan Labuan)


30 August 2002
At 12 midnight, Labuan heralds in the 45th year of Malaysia independence. The celebration at Labuan Square, begins in the evening with stage shows and performances by local entertainers and singers.
(Organiser : Perbadanan Labuan)




Pan Pacific Resort, Pangkor, Malaysia

Offer valid now until Oct. 31, 2002
Free nights !
Stay 4 nights, pay 2 nights.
Stay 6 nights, pay 3 nights.
Stay 12 nights, pay 6 nights.
On room basis only (excluding breakfast); does not include extra bed.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/ph/panpac_pangkor_island.shtml

Pansea Phou Vao Hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos

Special Offer!!
Valid now until Oct. 31, 2002.
10%-30% off depending on room type and month.
From US$109 onwards.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/ph/pansea_phou_vao_hotel_laos.shtml




3-Day Exploring Langkawi, Malaysia
Based on Holiday Villa Langkawi
(from USD 110 only)

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/atm/rt01.shtml

4-Day Tropical Island Cruise, Phuket, Thailand
On Board the Suwan Macha
(from USD 403 only)

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/atm/rt02.shtml

4-day Melbourne City Stopover, Australia
Based on Batman's Hill Hotel
(from USD 137 only)

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/atm/rt03.shtml




Travel First Aid Kit Checklist: You don't want to get caught on the road (or on a plane, train or bus) without the right equipment in the case of an emergency, no matter how small. Why not take along a travel first aid kit as a precaution? We recommend packing the following items in an old lunchbox.

MUST HAVE: Adult aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, Baby aspirin, acetaminophen or substitute Dramamine, Anti-bacterial gel for handwashing without water, Antiseptic ointment, Insect repellent, Ipecac, Sunscreen, Ointment for insect bites and sunburn, Adhesive bandages in various sizes, adhesive tape and gauze pads, Premoistened towelettes (make your own by putting paper towels in a weak solution of mild dish soap and water), Tissues, Antihistamine or allergy medication, Anti-diarrheal, Antacid, Cough medicine and/or throat lozenges, Petroleum jelly, Oral and rectal (for baby) thermometers, Tweezers and needle (for removing splinters), Fingernail scissors, Cotton balls and/or swabs, Antiseptic soap, Moleskin in case of blisters, First aid book, Lotion for diaper rash, Teething medicine, Nasal aspirator for baby, etc.

<<< Courtesy of TravelNow : http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tn/ >>>




This month's featured theme is on wildlife and nature related especially to Borneo:

SOS Rhino
SOS Rhino is a non-profit foundation that provides funds and technical assistance for in-situ and ex-situ research, education, public awareness programs and events, and endeavors directed to secure the survival of the rhinoceros. It is dedicated to protecting rhinos and their habitat. The Bornean sub-species of the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni) is one of the most endangered rhinos - mainly due to habitat loss and poaching.

URL: http://www.sosrhino.org/

ASEAN Review of Biodiversity & Environmental Conservation
A web-journal dedicated to the study of South East Asian biodiversity, with special mentions in particular to Borneo's wildlife habitats and natural heritage.

URL: http://www.arbec.com.my/

International Society for Endangered Cats (Canada) Inc
Comprehensive website for information on all small wild cats. The website covers all wild cats of the world, including most interestingly, the mysterious Bornean Bay Cat (I have no idea Borneo has such cat). Charitable organization working on conservation (field) research & educational materials on these cats.

URL: http://www.wildcatconservation.org

If you have an interesting Borneo website to share with the rest, please email to mailing@e-borneo.com




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