The Lost Girls in Borneo
The Lost Girls travel to Borneo, an island in Southeast Asia, for some of the world's best scuba diving and rarest wildlife.
lost-girls-diving_ss_004“Always be respectful of the underwater world. One of the most amazing feelings is to be able to swim alongside a Barricuda or see a shark up close. But you have to remember that you are in their world now, and to not touch the fish you see, you don’t want to hurt yourself or the wildlife.” -- Holly 960 1280
lost-girls-diving_ss_005If you plan to dive off Sipadan, stay in the handful of dive resorts in Mabul. Tourists are not allowed to sleep on the protected island of Sipadan, and the government allows only 120 passes to the island a day (which you should secure prior to traveling from a dive resort). 960 1280
lost-girls-diving_ss_015“With any sport, scuba diving takes practice. If you are interested in learning to dive, I recommend what I did a few years ago. I fully immersed myself in diving by going to an all-inclusive dive resort, which helps you to hone your skills and be more comfortable as a diver. “ – Jen 960 1280
lost-girls-diving_ss_016“No matter where you go in the world, you’ll always find other people who love scuba diving, too. It’s like a secret club that you will be a part of the second you get your scuba certification. If you go to Borneo or Mexico or anywhere in the world where there’s great scuba diving, you’ll find this incredible group of people to share the experience with.” – Amanda 960 1280
borneo-gear-guide_ss_001Packing proved to be a challenge for our Borneo trip, as we’d be away for roughly three weeks and doing everything from diving off the island of Sipadan to climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu. Moreover, we didn’t want to risk losing checked luggage with three long flights, a few bumpy bus rides, and a boat journey, so we had to fit everything into a carry-on. 960 1280
Rolling LuggageNo longer twenty-something backpackers, we want luggage that is compact, stylish, and that can also roll. We’re big fans of Eagle Creek’s line of travel accessories, so we opted for the Switchback Max 22. rolling convertible backpack.
The red clay color stands out from the sea of black bags at the airport, and it even has a zip-off backpack complete with laptop sleeve (we couldn’t leave behind our iPads and Kindles!). 960 1280
An Organizational SystemHolly tested out the Hoboroll, an organizer with five compartments that has drawstring end closures and compression straps to minimize bulk. “It saved me from having to dig around my luggage for my clothes, separated dirty garments from clean, and could even be used as a pillow on the plane!” says Holly.
There’s also a tool loop making it possible for hikers to clip onto their daypacks, and for minimalists to use as their main bag. 960 1280