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on 3 Jun, 08:20

MESCOT Boat Trips and River Cruises

Batu Puteh village has a long history of boat building. River transport on the Kinabatangan River is central to our “Sungai Culture”. Join one of our expert boatman on a Wildlife Observation Cruise and be guided into unique rainforests of the Kinabatangan.

We encourage all visitors to take our two-hour Wildlife Observation Cruises in the early morning or late afternoon for guaranteed sightings of the Proboscis Monkey, Langurs, Macaques, hornbills and a host of other wildlife. Visitors frequently also see wild orang-utan feeding or building their nests in the riparian forest.

Our three large “bagung” boats fit groups up to 15 persons each or our four 6 person craft are great river runabouts. All boat trips are shared unless otherwise arranged in advance for individual groups. Wildlife Observation Cruises (2hr) depart daily – 6:00am and 4:30pm.

Wildlife Observation Cruises are charged at MYR40/person (or for one to two persons MYR95/boat). Children’s rates for 6-12 years of age. We arrange a host of other boat trips to the remote Supu Caves, Oxbow Lakes, or for fishing, research, wildlife photography or conservation work.

* For more information, other related rates, or to arrange a stay contact KOPEL Office or visit

on 3 Jun, 07:39

Forest and Habitat Restoration

Forest and Habitat Restoration
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The MESCOT Initiative has been carrying out forest habitat restoration in degraded floodplain forests since 1999. The forest habitat restoration work was done in response to unprecedented forest fires that occured during the widespread droughts of 1983 and 1998. Studies showed almost zero natural regeneration for the proceeding 20 years after the 1983 fires.

What started as an experimental program in swamp and flooded forest the MESCOT Initiative has pioneered a number of restoration techniques such as blanket liberation of vines and weed grasses, as well planting trees that had never before been observed. Working with previously unstudied rainforest tree species the initiative as planted more that 100,000 trees in four different floodplain forest types.

Events under this program:

  • Tree planting
  • Tree Nursery
  • De-vining

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on 2 Jun, 07:38

Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp

With five different types of floodplain forest, 208 species of birds, 10 primate species, orang-utan, gibbon, clouded leopard, otters, sun-bears, flying lizards, and a plethora of other wildlife Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp offers a great platform for wildlife observation in a number of unique habitats.

TREC’s facilities include four main lakeside observation platforms for wildlife and bird watching, more than 18km of trails, tree hides, and swamp forest board-walks, plus ten live-in observation platforms called “jungle- platforms”.

Local village nature guides are on standby to look after visitors and arrange nature interpretation activities and wildlife observation activities.

Regular organised activities include river trips, cave visits, nature walks, specialist wildlife and bird observation, and forest conservation activities such as seed collecting and tree planting activities.

Special forest conservation or environmental education activities can be arranged for students or families with children. Jungle trekking to satelite camps to combine wildlife tracking or forest restoration work can also be arranged from the Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp.

Daily wildlife observation river trips are organised at 6am and 4:30pm to observe the Proboscis monkeys, Langgurs, Hornbills, Crocodiles, and other primates that frequent the banks of the Kinabatangan River.

For more information, or to arrange a stay contact KOPEL Office  or visit the page at

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on 2 Jun, 04:29

Miso Walai Village Homestay

Miso Walai Homestay offers a unique opportunity to experience the way of life of the local “Orang Sungai” people. There are numerous cultural experiences to be had in simple day-to-day tasks such as eating communally on traditional home-made mats, bathing from a tub, or washing by the river…

Often what makes staying in a local village homestay so special is the village life and the strong sense of community. There are many communal activities carried out on a daily basis such as village sports played in the late afternoon – these have become popular activities with visitors too.Along-side this there are numerous local economic activities such as farming “oil palm” or “fish and prawn trapping on the river” which makes an interesting backdrop to family life, and plenty of amazing tools, stories and things to learn about.

The most popular activities at the village homestays are:

  • Wildlife Observation River Cruises
  • Watching or learning about traditional music and dance•Cooking, or “leaning to cook” traditional local foods.
  • Interpretive walks through local farms and orchards
  • Eating tropical fruits – especially during fruiting seasonStudents and volunteers also often get involved in community projects and English Language tuition at the homestays or at the local village school.

For more information contact Miso Walai Homestay at KOPEL or visit the webpage at

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