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Borneo, Sabah tour

A 1-week highlights of Borneo tour with a choice of varied extensions

The Land Below the Wind

Our 8-day Borneo, Sabah tour – ‘Land Below the Wind’ – adopts the poetic name for this Malaysian state due to its sheltered position just south of the Philippines’ typhoon belt.

Sabah covers the northern part of Borneo and contains some of the Island’s most spectacular landscapes and accessible flora and fauna. This 1-week tour will take you from steamy rainforests and their spectacular tropical flora and fauna to tranquil islands in the South China Sea.

Beginning in the capital Kota Kinabalu we’ll take a boat trip through the off-shore National Marine Park, visit spectacular Mount Kinabalu National Park, the famous Sepilok orangutan sanctuary, stay at a tea plantation and a rainforest eco-lodge, and enjoy a boat trip up the Kinabatangan River, as well as an exciting night hike spotting wildlife in the jungle.

For those with more time to spare a 12-day Borneo Adventure begins in Sarawak’s historic Kuching Town and includes the additional sites of Bako and Mulu National Parks before arriving in Kota Kinabalu. Additional extensions to the fabulous Danum Valley in the eastern part of Sabah or for the energetic a 3-day, 2-night ascent of Mount Kinabalu are also available. More relaxed activities in the form of snorkelling or scuba-diving options are on offer with our a beach stay on the delightful China Sea Manukan Island.

An unforgettable journey!

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu - arrival and time to explore

Our tour begins in Kota Kinabalu, the modern, thriving, gateway capital of Sabah.  Check-in to our centrally located hotel with time to relax before meeting your tour leader and a stroll down to the waterfront for optional sundowners before a local-style evening welcome dinner.

Extra nights in Kota Kinabalu prior to your tour are available on request.

Overnight: Kota Kinabalu Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Tunku Abdul National Marine Park

Boat trip for some island hopping through the archipelago and snorkelling on the vibrant reefs of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park. In the afternoon we’ll return to Kota Kinabalu for a short, heritage walking tour with an evening visit to the town’s vibrant night market.

Overnight: Kota Kinabalu Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 3 - Mount Kinabalu - visit the national park and on to a tea plantation

Travel into the interior with a scenic drive to Mount Kinabalu National Park where we’ll hike along one of the Park’s nature trails with spectacular views over the 13,436 ft mountain. After lunch, on to nearby Poring Hot Springs for some bird spotting from a canopy walkway and with luck (blooming permitting) check out the famous Rafflesia flowers. Overnight in cottages in the Sabah Tea Plantation.

Overnight: Tea Plantation Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 4 - Kinabatangan - night trek from a jungle eco-lodge

Some tasting opportunities and the chance to learn about the plantation’s organic tea production before a departure for Bilit in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor where we’ll check-in to our beautifully located riverside jungle eco-lodge. A sunset boat cruise on the jungle-lined Kinabatangan River and a night trek to discover the nocturnal wildlife complete our day’s activities.

Overnight: Bilit Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 5 - Bilit - a day exploring the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor

Today’s programme includes a dawn river cruise, morning trek to an oxbow lake, night nature trail or relaxing at the lodge while listening to the sounds of the jungle. Proboscis monkeys, macaques, orangutans, crocodiles, pygmy elephants and otters are just a few of the possible wildlife sightings you may make, whilst rare bird species found here include the lesser adjutant, Storm’s stork, pitas and several species of hornbill, including the majestic and colourful rhinoceros hornbill.

Overnight: Bilit Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 6 - Sepilok - the orangutan sanctuary

Morning departure for the nearby Gomantong Caves – well known for their valuable edible swiftlet nests. Explore the limestone caves and discover their unique eco-system and, with luck, spot some of the wild orangutans that inhabit this area. Continue to Sepilok for lunch where we’ll visit the famous orangutan sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. Overnight by the Sanctuary at a jungle lodge.

Overnight: Sepilok Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 7 - Sepilok - morning at leisure and return to Kota Kinabalu

A morning at leisure gives you the opportunity to visit the newly created sun bear sanctuary or the Rainforest Discovery Centre, before an afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight: Kota Kinabalu Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 8 - Kota Kinabalu - Morning to explore and afternoon departure

The morning is at leisure to explore Kota Kinabalu and perhaps visit one of its museums or markets before either an afternoon transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for your departure or on to Manukan for an island extension.

Additional nights in Kota Kinabalu are available after your tour.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Jagged mountain peaks, jungle-lined rivers, mist-shrouded rainforest and rich wildlife make for a memorable tour of this exotic and evocative island

  • Check out the spectacular views of Borneo's highest mountain at Mount Kinabalu National Park
  • Stay in a secluded jungle eco-lodge on the Kinabatangan River
  • Visit the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Travel up the Kinabatangan River into the interior on wildlife spotting expeditions
  • Jungle hiking through pristine tropical rainforest
  • Sample the rich and varied local food in restaurants, markets and street stalls

Air Departures (UK)

  • 28 December 18 2,165 GBP
  • 23 January 19 1,765 GBP
  • 20 February 19 1,765 GBP
  • 27 March 19 1,765 GBP
  • 17 April 19 1,765 GBP
  • 28 May 19 1,765 GBP
  • 3 July 19 1,765 GBP
  • 2 August 19 1,965 GBP
  • 3 September 19 1,765 GBP
  • 16 October 19 1,765 GBP
  • 20 November 19 1,765 GBP
  • 25 December 19 1,965 GBP

Land Departures

  • 29 December 18 965 GBP
  • 24 January 19 965 GBP
  • 21 February 19 965 GBP
  • 28 March 19 965 GBP
  • 18 April 19 965 GBP
  • 29 May 19 965 GBP
  • 4 July 19 965 GBP
  • 3 August 19 965 GBP
  • 4 September 19 965 GBP
  • 17 October 19 965 GBP
  • 21 November 19 965 GBP
  • 26 December 19 965 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Kota Kinabalu

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Sabah Tea Plantation, Kinabalu view

  • An overnight stay on a tea plantation
  • Sabah Tea has well situated bungalow type accommodation...
  • ...with dramatic views over nearby Mount Kinabalu itself

Bilit Adventure Lodge, Kinabatangan view

  • Located on the banks of Borneo's Kinabatangan River.
  • Ideally situated for exploring the region by boat or on foot
  • Simple but comfortable and eco-friendly design

Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sabah view

  • Wonderful Sepilok Jungle Resort, set in lush rainforest
  • Close to the famous Sepilok Orang-Utan sanctuary.
  • Chalet style accommodation in a garden setting

Manukan Island Resort, Sabah view

  • Manukan Island - in the South China Sea
  • A stunning and beautifully preserved, tropical island
  • Located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Malaysia: No visa in advance is required. A free 60 day visa is issued on arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport

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