In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Manukan Island Borneo Day in the Sun
Manukan Island is one of three short destinations from the Kota Kinabalu Marina in Sabah, Borneo.
The northern part of Borneo is the Sabah region, which is under Malaysian rule.
The beaches are clean and well patrolled by life guards. There are wonderful little villas and cabins with jungle treks and paragliding and sail boats and lots of things to keep you busy.
Of course, you can just sun bathe too.
There's a cool culture here that is relaxed and easy paced... despite Borneo being famed for savage head hunters just half a century ago.
But not anymore, now the island is becoming more modern.
The recent history of Borneo is quite interesting, as the Japanese occupied this island during World War II, and relics of shells and weapons are still left rotting as a reminder.
The people keep it simple and seem to enjoy it.
Of course, you've got to worry about jelly fish as Rebekah found out twice.
But the array of snorkeling possibilities are endless.
Basically, Borneo was about laying out in the sun, running through he surf, swimming deep down to the bottom of the ocean floor, snagging up fish and grilling them on the beach as the sun came down. Pretty cool days and tasty nights on Manukan Island.