We stayed 3 nights with Maria and family. She has put together a nice program, you get lots of time on the river, and we spotted some absolutely amazing things like bull elephant, proboscis monkeys, hornbill, eagles, macaques, orangutans....the list goes on. We also went to a fun market in town which is on weekends. Maria's is an excellent and creative cook. As others have said in their reviews, be prepared for a very basic facility that feels primitive and even in disrepair sometimes. The toilets and showers are shared among quite a few people. We were the only guests, and I think if we had needed to share bathrooms with more people it worked have not been workable. If you want more amenities our privacy they are plenty of choices in the area, but we were really glad we got this experience.…
Me and my boyfriend stayed at Maria's house for 2 nights, incl. 3 meals/day + all the river cruises & one night walk. The value for money you get here is incredible. The entire house + garden and tea house is pefect for relaxing, everything is basic but very clean and the food is great! Maria's brother in law was our guide and he's the best orang utan spotter we've seen - we were always the first to spot them! The entire family is very friendly and helpful. I'd definitely recommend this place for your stay at Kinabatangan!
We stayed at Maria’s homestay for 1 night which probably wasn’t quite long enough. The family made us all feel very welcome, cooked us some delicious food - chicken with ginger was excellent. We were very lucky and managed to see Elephants, Orangutang, crocodiles, wild pigs, lots of hornbills and kingfishers, Monitor Lizards, mangrove snake and lots of other animals! Would highly recommend staying with Maria if you are visiting Borneo and want to get out into the jungle and see the wildlife. Thankyou for having us!
We really enjoyed our two night stay with Maria and her family. Maria was a lovely host and made us feel right at home. Our meals were delicious and our room was comfortable. The bathrooms were outside but it was fine for us. We saw a lot of animals on our guided tours. We decided to pay extra to do an elephant tour and we were so lucky to see two pygmy elephants. I'd highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a homestay.
Incredible stay at the Sukau river Homestay! Maria is a great host, who clearly loves the wildlife of the kinabatangan river. The cruises were amazing, with our guide Shah always ensuring we had plenty of time to view the animals whilst being respectful of their space. And the food was so so tasty! Cannot recommend this place more, a really authentic experience viewing amazing wildlife with a local family! 10/10 !