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Roundtrip Borneo, June 2004

Libaran Island

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Welcome to Libaran Island
Welcome to Libaran Island

The moment I stepped out of the boat on the sandy beach of Libaran Island I just felt the positive waves of this place. Being greeted by a cold drink upon arrival didn't hurt either :-)) It was such a warm welcome; I could just feel we were going to have a wonderful time on this little island. And I wasn't disappointed! :-)

The beach

We got a little cottage right on the beach where we would stay the night. It couldn't be more perfect. Even if the accommodation was quite basic, it had all we needed. And the view from the cottage.... wow! What could I wish more for!!!

The beach wasn't so big, but the water was perfect. I never had such a big swimming pool just right outside my front door before :-))

And the most amazing thing... we had the island to ourselves! Well, besides the local people in the village that was. We were the only guests on the island for that day, and that made it even more perfect.

 The beach
The beach

Lazy Libaran

 Lazy Libaran
Lazy Libaran

This is the view from our cottage. We were protected by the winds from the sea by a view trees. And after that, the beach! And as you can, idyllically located: MY lazy chair. This was truly Lazy Libaran! And I loved it!

It couldn't be more perfect! Just imagine a nice cocktail, beautiful sunshine, and listening to the sound of the waves washing ashore. It sounds like a dream, but it was my reality for the day :-))

The village

 The village
The village

Okay, I have to admit it; I couldn't sit still all afternoon and be lazy on the beach. The beach is fun, hahaha, for a little while :-) I guess I am not such a beach person. So in the afternoon I decided to go for a walk around the island. Now there should be a village somewhere on the island, but oops.... would I ever be able to find it???

Hahaha, you actually can't miss the village as the island is very small. But if you are still in doubt this little 'helpful' sign will help you go into the right direction. Hahaha, I had to laugh so much when seeing it, as this sign was posted about 20 metres from the village :-))

The village

The village
The village
The village

The village is a quiet and friendly little place. There are not so many houses, and all are surrounded by lots of palm trees. All in all it looked quite picturesque and it was fun to stroll around in here.

Life in a village like this looks so different to the one I am used to in Sweden. So it was fun to walk around and take some photos of the village, its people and their way of life.

The boat builder at work

 The boat builder at work
The boat builder at work

When you walk into the village, one of the first places you will see is the workplace of the boat builder. He is responsible for building all the fishing boats for the village and when we were here he was busy at work.

Friendly people

 Friendly people
Friendly people

The most striking thing of the village was its friendly people. Nothing at all here was touristy; I didn't get bothered by anyone, just a curious glance so now and then when I walked around their village. I felt a little bit shy walking here with a camera in my hand. But no one seemed to my mind me being there, they greeted and smiled.

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