Borneo - Sabah Tour - SAB
Number of Days: 9
Borneo - Sabah Tour
It has an incredible range of biodiversity with hundreds of species of birds, bats, plants, flowers and insects living in this ecologically precious part of the world. Probably the most well-known being the orangutan and the proboscis monkey or Long nose of Borneo On this 9 day exploration you will be exposed to nature, wildlife and cultural experiences, wander the markets, tempt your taste buds with exquisite delicacies, meet some of the friendliest people imaginable and stay in a variety of local hotels, guest houses and national park lodges.
Day 1:KOTA KINABALU
On arrive at Kota Kinabalu, (Sabah) transfer to your hotel for check in.Welcome dinner included tonight (included). Accommodation Le-Meridien Kota Kinabalu or similar.D
Day 2:KOTA KINABALU, MARI MARI
Capture the cultural diversity of Borneo’s ethnic groups and their simple way of traditional living. Each tribe have found ways to adapt to living in Borneo such as cooking using bamboo, starting a fire without matches, making ropes from tree bark, and using local plants to create a refreshing drink. Discover the architectural uniqueness of each tribal house as you walk through the cultural village while enjoying the serene jungle environment. Complete your Borneo experience with a live presentation of music and dance and savor traditional cuisine unique to Sabah.B,L
Day 3:KOTA KIANBALU, CROCKER, KIPANDI, KUNDASANG
Depart for tour to the Crocker Range, highlands and Kinabalu Park. Visit the Kipandi Butterfly and Orchid gardens, with simple lunch before proceeding overland to Kundasang. Accommodation 2 nights at: Ceyln Highland Resort.B,L,D
Day 4:KUNDASANG :Sabah Tea Garden and Poring
Morning visit to the highland Sabah Tea Garden / Plantation including tea tasting. Afternoon visit to view the amazing Rafflesia – the world’s biggest flower – (subject to blooming), the Poring Hot Spring and fascinating Forest Canopy Walk.B,L,D* SabahTea Factory tour :8am-11am (best visit time).Close on Sundays & Public Holidays
Day 5:KUNDASANG-SUKAU KINABATANGAN, RIVER CRUISE
Depart Kinabalu highlands for Kinabatangan.This afternoon we have an afternoon cruise to see the amazing wild proboscis monkeys that frequent the river bank environs.Accommodation at :Kinabatangan Lodge or similar.B,L,D Optional : Night cruise to view wildlife and possibly experience fire fly displays.(Purchase locally at resort subject to weather permitting)
Day 6:KINABATANGAN, RIVER CRUISE.
Today, start your day with an Early Morning Cruise to Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching. After your morning exploration return to lodge, freshen up and enjoy your late Breakfast.Free at leisure.Lunch. At 1600hrs join a river cruise in search of more species primates and wildlife along the Kinabatangan River bank. Overnight at Kinabatangan Lodge or similar.B,L,D
OPTIONAL :KINABATANGAN-SANDAKAN-SELINGAN ISLAND
Selingan Turtle Island Side Trip (Subject to availability of accommodation). Depart Kinabatangan to Sandakanafter an early breakfast for the scheduled boat Transfer to Selingan Turtle Island.
Day 7:KINABATANGAN-GOMANTONG-SEPILOK, GOMANTONG CAVE, AGNES KEITH MUSUEM Transfer overlandby land to Sandakan with an en route stop to visit Gomantong Birdnest Caves.Upon arrival, 15 minutes walk on the plank walk to the cave.Explore the largest bird's nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of Bats and swiflets.The nest of the swiflets are collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup.B,L
OPTIONAL :TURTLE ISLAND-SANDAKAN
Return back to Sandakan after lunch and free at leisure to explore the city of Sandakan & rejoin the group. At Sandakan we tour the local market and Sim-Sim Water Village, step back in time to visit the English Tea house, situated in a commanding position overlooking the city and bay, then visit the interesting Agnes Keith museum before transferring to Sepilok Nature Resort to check in.Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort or similar
Day 8:SEPILOK, ORANG UTAN, SUNBEAR, LABUK BAY, PROBOSCIS MONKEY SANCTUARY, RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE.
Today visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center for an opportunity to view the Wildmen of Borneo, the Orang Utan.Known scientifically as Pongo Pygmaeus, this ape shares up to 96.4% of the human genetic makeup and is gentle, shy and curious by nature.Take a short walk through the lowland diptercarp forest to the Observation platform to watch the orang utans emerge from the forest to be fed by the rangers.Then, proceed to Labuk Bay Sanctuary to meet the long nose Proboscis Monkey.As sources of their food dwindle due to diminishing habitats, the sanctuary has made efforts to supplement the monkey’s diet with vegetables.Other wildlife such as hornbills and silverleaf monkeys can be seen occasionally.After lunch visit to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre,a wildlife conservation and research centre for improving animal welfare and rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus). It also aims to raise public awareness about the plight of the sun bears and to raise conservation awareness about this species. The centre manages and improves the living condition of the rescued Sun bear to release their natural behaviors in the 2.5ha enclosed forest followed by visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre is a center for environmental education situated within the famous Kabili – Sepilok Forest Reserve.Appreciate the importance of conserving forests as well as learn the sustainable uses of the forest resources.Farewell dinner at Sepilok Nature Resort.B,L,D
Free till departure transfer to Sandakan airport for onward flight.
Includes: Tours, meals and transfers on as per itinerary. Accommodation:2 Nights twin shared stay at Le-Meridien Kota Kinabalu (Urban) or Hyatt Regency Kinabalu (Guestroom City),2 Nights twin shared stay at Celyn Kinabalu Resort (Kinabalu Wing) orKinabalu Pine Resort, Kundasang, 2 Night twin shared stay at Bilit Rainforest Lodge, Kinabatangan, 2 Nights twin shared stay at Sepilok Nature Resort - or similar. Entrance fees to Cultural Village, Kipandi Butterfly Farm,Kinabalu Park, Mt Kinabalu Botanical Garden, Sabah Tea Garden, Poring Hot Spring, Poring Canopy walkway, Poring Rafflesia Flower (if one is in bloom), Kinabatangan Wetland, Gomantong Cave, Agnes Kieth Museum, Sepilok Orang utan Centre, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey sanctuary, Borneon Sunbear Conservation centre, Rainforest Discovery Centre. Goods & Service Tax of 6%
Excludes: TOURISM TAX, gratuities and other items not specifically stated as included.
Meals included as per itinerary:B = Continental breakfast, L = Light lunch, D = Dinner.
- From $3966 per person, twin share. Please see Single supplement costs under each tour date.