Only in Borneo
There's a small monument to Private Thomas Leslie Starcevich, an Australian WWII veteran. In 1945, Starcevich single-handedly overwhelmed a Japanese machine-gun position, for which he received the Victoria Cross, the British military's highest decoration. The stone is at the bottom of a small embankment and is marked by brown signs and an arch.
Borneo Wavehunters is a reputable outfitter with a band of cheery guides. Day trips organised out of Kota Kinabalu cost around RM200 per person, including transfers by van, and normally require 24 hours’ advance notice. Tourists who seek calmer waters can ride the rapids of Sungai Kiulu (bookable through the aforementioned operator) near Mt Kinabalu.
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