Camp Borneo Scuba School Expedition

Embark on a 4 week life-enhancing school expedition to Borneo, one of the world’s most stunning natural gardens – a unique ecosystem of vibrant jungle and unexplored tropical wilderness, teeming with exotic wildlife.

Visit the world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you’ll see orphaned and injured orangutans before they are released back into the wild. Take an impressive commute to life-changing project work as you jump on board a boat and set off down the Kinabutangan River, spotting wildlife along the banks.

Whilst in Borneo you’ll dive into the warm tropical waters whilst taking on the challenge of mastering the fundamentals of scuba diving. Learn about your equipment and different diving techniques in a confined environment before undertaking a series of open water dives, surrounded by marine life whilst completing your PADI Open Water Dive course.

Keep your eyes peeled for turtles, dolphins and fish of all shapes and colours.

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the impact you will make

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Developing Community Amenities (Mantanani)

The small isolated community of Mantanani remains one of the poorest in the region with high levels of unemployment. Many families have set up homestay initiatives to generate income for their families. You’ll help by continuing the development of a purpose built office & reception to welcome guests and expand this initiative.

borneo expedition

activities include

  1. Digging foundations & laying bricks
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Installing bathroom facilities for visitor toilets
  4. Making furniture
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Habitat Conservation (Batu Puteh)

Batu Puteh is an incredible haven for a large majority of Borneo’s wildlife including orangutans, elephants and proboscis monkeys, and is one of the world’s most important natural habitats. However, it’s also one of the most threatened. You’ll get involved in activities to help safeguard this wildlife paradise for future generations by helping to tackle deforestation.

re-forestation volunteer project

activities include

  1. Seed collection
  2. Tree planting
  3. Wildlife monitoring along the Kinabatangan river
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Kindergarten Development (Bongkud)

Bongkud village has a small kindergarten that uses a small church building. However, the population of young children in the village is growing fast and the current kindergarten is becoming overcrowded. You’ll help by continuing the development of a purpose built kindergarten, providing a stimulating and safe environment where these young children can learn and play.

volunteer project

activities include

  1. Digging classroom foundations & laying bricks
  2. Plastering, painting and decorating buildings
  3. Making classroom furniture
  4. Creating a play area & landscaping
  5. Installing water storage tanks & associated piping
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Camp Mantanani

For those who love white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and their own remote tropical island (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), Mantanani might just be the perfect location.

The island lies about 80km north of Kota Kinabalu and is home to around 800 permanent residents. The surrounding coral reef and lagoon are home to juvenile turtles, rays, a variety of tropical fish and even the occasional dolphin passes by.

The camp itself is set right on the beach a little way from the main village where many of our community projects are based, allowing you to feel part of this amazing community for the time that you’re here.

Location: 80 km north of Kota Kinabalu. (around 1.5 hrs drive from KK to Kuala Abai Jetty, then 1 hr boat ride to Mantanani Island)

Accommodation: Beautiful open sided driftwood bunk houses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Asian style toilets, cold water showers & sinks

Power: Generator (between 18:00 – 06:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, oats for breakfast; rice, beef stew/fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Stewed beef in soy sauce & pumpkin in coconut milk

If you’re feeling brave: Try Sambal Bellman (shrimp paste) or Kuih Tahai

Social: Beach, campfire, snorkelling, kayak, volleyball

 

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Camp Batu Puteh

Batu Puteh is all about getting back to nature! Our jungle camp is set in the heart of one of Borneo’s most ancient forests along the banks of the Kinabatangan river where you’ll get the chance to live alongside elephants and orangutans for an experience that’s hard to beat.

Our camp offers three types of accommodation and you’ll hopefully get a chance to try them all:

  • Jungle camp: Get back to basics and experience true adventure. Learn how to rough it in the jungle with local guides accompanying you and showing you the ropes. Sleep in a hammock and cook over a camp fire before falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the forest.
  • Eco camp: A little more luxury but still an exciting wilderness experience. This camp offers raised camping platforms where you can enjoy camping in the great outdoors.
  • Homestay: Live with one of the friendly local families in their home and experience what daily life is really like. Meet the children, eat the same meals together and sleep in a nice comfy bed!

Location: 350 km (6 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 60 km from Lahad Datu

Accommodation:

  • Jungle Camp: Hammock, tarpaulin & mosquito net. No toilet or washing facilities – completely back to nature!
  • Eco Camp: Tents with comfy mattresses & bedding. Flushing toilets, cold showers & sinks
  • Homestay: Guest room in family home for 2-3 volunteers with comfy beds and bedding

Power: Mains electricity in homestay only (British 3 pin power sockets). Gas lighting available in eco camp

Phone Signal: Intermittent

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Local cakes – Linggang & Gelang

If you’re feeling brave: Try a fern salad!

Social: River cruise available, chilling area, camp shop, jungle treks

 

camp batu puteh

Camp Bongkud

Set in the shadows of the mighty Mount Kinabalu, Camp Bongkud is surrounded on all sides by lush picturesque scenery. It’s hillside location gives it a pleasant breezy climate which makes it the ideal hillside retreat after a hard day’s project work.

Being in the heart of the village also has its advantages; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can challenge the locals to a friendly game of volleyball on the community court during your downtime.

Location: 140 km (3-4 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu Airport & 30 km from Kudat

Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Flushing toilets, cold water showers & sinks

Power: Mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets

Phone Signal: Yes

Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, rice/noodles for breakfast; rice, chicken curry with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit

Signature dish: Banana fritters & steamed banana cake

If you’re feeling brave: Try Tuhau (wild ginger), Tuntul (river snails) or Butod (sago worm)!

Social: Chilling hut, volleyball court, badminton & board games

 

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camp legends

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Local camps crew

Eve

Manager at Camp Bongkud, she might be small, but Eve is a force to be reckoned with. Super organised and tons of fun, she’ll get you addicted to coconut jam and dancing in true Sabahan style.

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What's included

4 week life-enhancing school expedition
Flights and all in-country transfers
Travel insurance
Food and drink
Accommodation
PADI open water dive course
Project costs
Access to our Travellers Gateway
Ongoing pre-expedition and fundraising support
Dedicated Qualified Expedition Leader and supporting staff costs
Orientation and local language lessons
24 hour emergency support
Reserve location
The option to earn UCAS points