This was quite the adventure! If you want to visit the wonderful Pulau Orang Utan Island, plan to be on the road for a bit. It's about 3.5-4 hours outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There's not a whole lot in the city so you wouldn't want to spend that much time in the area-there's a water park and a resort on the other side of the island, but there's nothing else for miles. I chose to take a bus an hour north of this area via bus, which turned into a 5.5 hr journey, but allowed me to spend a day/night in a beautiful beach area-pics of that later.
You drive up to Bukit Merah and then you take a 15 minute shuttle across the river to the Orang Utan island. It's a beautiful 15 minutes, blahblah scenery, but more importantly, the temperature drops about 9 degrees AND you get a breeze. It's just so hot here that any reprieve is so appreciated.
Here is a walk-through of this orangutan sanctuary:
|Approaching from the shuttle.|
|This is not an orangutan. But they live all over the island and they breed like crazy so there's nothing that the sanctuary can do. The orangutans don't care about them, unless they try to get their food. Look how long this mama's tail is!|
|This sign was nearby that pipe, but there really was nothing at all stopping me from passing my water bottle down this tube (other than my extreme need to stay hydrated).|
|This little baby wanted to play so bad...but the mama just wanted to sleep. I watched him for about 20 minutes, just hopping all over, chewing on things, trying to wrestle...mama just laid there, but always touching him with one of her limbs.|
|So human like!|
|These are the two year olds. There are three of them, but these two wrestled and romped and made awesome noises and faces to entertain me for about 20 minutes before heading into the shade.|
|This guy wasn't interested in playing. He just wanted to stay nearby me and the fence...urging me to set him free.|
|Not an orangutan...but the size of this bee was RIDICULOUS. I'm allergic to bees and I'm certain this bee knew it as he followed me around almost the entire time. The buzzing was like a far-off chainsaw. It's like no bee you have ever seen!!|