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Dangers & Annoyances

  • At research time there was some risk of kidnapping by Filipino terrorists in the islands, dive sites and coastal areas of eastern Sabah, including the Semporna Archipelago and Sandakan Archipelago; some incidents of piracy also.
  • In villages and logging camps things can get dodgy when alcohol enters the picture.
  • Saltwater crocodiles are a real danger, especially in muddy estuaries. Never swim near river mouths.
  • In Kalimantan, transport standards on land, water and air are dodgy, with roads and bridges frequently washed out. Many drivers, particularly riders on scooters, are a menace to themselves and other road users.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hot spots: