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Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours

Jessleton Point Jetty, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
+60 13-865 2445
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Enjoyable trip

It was an enjoyable trip for our family.The crews,Midz and Rizy take good care of us from the first... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
drfaulzan m
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Wonderful Island Day

We really enjoyed our day out with Jonathan and the two boat crew. they looked after us very well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Donald M
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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.
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Jessleton Point Jetty, Kota Kinabalu 88300, Malaysia
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+60 13-865 2445
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was an enjoyable trip for our family.The crews,Midz and Rizy take good care of us from the first step into the boat till we reached back to the jetty.They brought us to quiet but beautiful places for snorkelling.Midz bought tasty lunches from local restaurant...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our day out with Jonathan and the two boat crew. they looked after us very well and we felt safe and we enjoyed the nice lunch in a sheltered Bay in a secluded Island. absolutely a 5 star experienceMore

Thank Donald M
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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Donald M, Thank you for this review. What a lot of laughs we had that day! It was a pleasure having three generations of your family on board and I'm really pleased that you felt well looked after and safe. My best wishes to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely day out on Jonathon's private boat tour. Great support from the crew who came snorkeling with our kids, felt really safe in the water. All the snorkeling equipment provided. Went to places the other tour boats didn't, one of the bays completely deserted, just...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Susan, Thank you for writing this review. There are still some beautiful and deserted areas in the marine park where the hoards of tourists don't go and these places provide us with a perfect backdrop for a private charter. Safety, privacy and flexibility are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 5 hours on Jonathan's private boat snorkeling, landing on a beach and having lunch on the boat. The visibility was quite amazing given how close the islands are from KK. Lots of coral in the shallow waters, bunch of clownfish, stingray hiding under...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Taka K, It was a pleasure having you and your family on board for the day and I am delighted that you all had a wonderful experience. Thank you very much for writing this review, especially as I see it the first Trip Advisor...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to see the most gorgeous snorkelling spots where there is no one but you and your family, don’t enjoy being herded onto tiny boats with a huge number of other people then hiring Johnathan for the day is a no brainer. If...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Shimma, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. It is always very rewarding and heartening for the crew and for me to receive such positive comments and feedback about our private charters. We all work hard to ensure...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

After seeing positive reviews, we decided to go with Jonathan and have to say that it was a very good decision. From the detailed information of the itinerary before the trip to the personal attention by Jonathan and the crew, us and the kids had...More

Thank Shezan S
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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Hi Shezan S, Thank you very much for writing this review. One of the benefits of us specialising exclusively in private charters is that we can really concentrate on personalising our service to ensure that each of you has a wonderful experience chartering with Borneo...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We were a couple who hired Jonathon’s boat for the day. First Jonathon is a very nice guy, and he makes you feel at home on his boat. He genuinely cares that you have a good time but in a safe environment. The lunch served...More

1  Thank Alex W
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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Hi Alex W, Thank you for giving me a 5 star, excellent rating and for your kind comments. I get a lot of bookings from couples, some on their honeymoon or celebrating an anniversary or birthday or just wanting to treat themselves to the privacy...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

This was a fabulous day snorkelling over the coral reef around the 5 island marine park. All equipment was provided including water shoes and towels so we could just turn up but do bring sun cream! Don’t underestimate the strength of the sun when snorkelling....More

Thank Michele S
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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Michele S, Many thanks for writing this review and the very sound advice about the need for sun block. We had a fun day with you aboard and as you were staying on my friend's wonderful houseboat you certainly had an especially nautical time...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Swam with a turtle in a warm sea over coral and bright beautiful fish. We were taken to deserted sides of the islands off KK and swam for as long as we wished. Someone was in the water with us at all times in case...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi sylviahowe, Thank you for your booking, for writing this review and for your kind comments. My charters are popular with local expats when they have relatives or friends visiting and they want to show them the most beautiful and deserted parts of the marine...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful day on the water. Before coming to KK, we asked 3 other friends (other expats in Shanghai) separately about recommendations. Amazingly, they all recommended Jonathan. The experience lived up to the expectations. Communication beforehand was smooth and organized. Meeting place easy...More

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Cpn_Jonathan, Owner at Borneo Boats and Beaches - Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi jciao, Thank you for writing this review. Amazing that three of your friends have also chartered with me and I'm very happy that they are all recommending me. It was a pleasure to have you and your family on board. Come back soon. Ciao!...More

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Senthil K
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Response from Frances M |
It's a set rate for the boat for the day, regardless of the number of people. I can't remember how much this was but if you email Jonathan he'll quote you. I think it was more than RM1,000 but we had 6 adults so between us... More
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