BORNEO DISCOVERY
BORNEO DISCOVERY
12 Day tour from $2,499
KOTA KINABALU • SANDAKAN • SUKAU
INCLUDING FLIGHTS SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

Borneo is full of surprises. From cheeky proboscis monkeys and spectacular limestone caves to jaw-droppingly gorgeous sunsets, this is the place to venture for a true slice of the exotic. Don’t miss this opportunity to be delighted and inspired on an incredible 12 day wildlife adventure.

Embrace a sense of adventure with this unforgettable journey to Sabah, Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu and beyond. Witness adorable orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, see endangered sun bears at the Sun Bear Conservation Centre, and explore the extraordinary Gomantong Caves. Take in the sights of Kota, visits to Poring Hot Springs, Kundasang War Memorial, and more. Get a slice of local river life with three river cruises along the Kinabatangan River. Includes return flights, 10 nights accommodation in Borneo, 29 meals including a dinner in a colonial style teahouse, English speaking guides, return airport transfers and A/C transport.

Want to travel a little longer? Choose the 14 day package with two night Singapore stopover.

Tour Highlights
  • Discover the best of Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Sandakan, Bilit and more
  • Go snorkelling and enjoy a buffet lunch on Mari Mari Sepanggar Island
  • Learn about Bornean tribes at Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Enjoy the scenic views on a drive through Crocker Range
  • Shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at Nabalu Village markets
  • Explore Kinabalu National Park on a guided walk
  • Search for exotic flora and fauna native to Borneo
  • Visit the Kundasang War Memorial Park
  • Visit a traditional Tea Factory
  • Soak in the natural Poring Hot Springs
  • Experience a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luant
  • Enjoy three river cruises along the Kinabatangan River
  • Experience a guided jungle walk in search of wildlife
  • Discover the spectacular limestone Gomantong Cave
  • Explore a local fishing village on stilts and enjoy a locally cooked dinner
  • Learn about Orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Witness a morning and afternoon feeding of Orangutans in the forest
  • See the worlds smallest bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Tour the fascinating Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • See the unique proboscis monkeys at Labuk Sanctuary
  • Enjoy a city tour of Sandakan; visit Sandakan War Memorial and St Agnes Keith Museum

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    KOTA KINABALU • SANDAKAN • SUKAU, BORNEO

  • When
    :

    SEPTEMBER 7/ 28, OCTOBER 19, NOVEMBER 2/16 – 2018

  • What
    :

    NATURE AND WILDLIFE, CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Itinerary

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. Fly with Malaysian Airlines. On arrival into Kota Kinabalu be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with the rest of the tour group. Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Avangio Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: Dinner; In-Flight

This morning after breakfast transfer to Jesselton Point Jetty to catch a ferry to Mari Mari Sepanggar Island. Enjoy swimming & snorkelling on this tropical island as well as a buffet lunch. In the early afternoon depart the island and return to the mainland.

Upon arrival head to a market where you can shop for souvenirs before returning back to the hotel. In the late afternoon/early evening you will be picked up and transferred to the Mari Mari Cultural Village (MMCV). The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo’s ethnic cultures, which features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. These tribes include the rice farmers, Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse residents, Rungus, the hunters and fisherman, Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gipsies, Bajau, and the famously feared head-hunting tribe Murut. Experience cultural performances from each tribe and enjoy a local dinner. Afterwards return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Avangio Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning after breakfast, drive through the Crocker Range with amazing scenic views along the way stop at Nabalu Village market to browse for local handicrafts, souvenirs and snacks.

Continue onwards to Kinabalu National Park for a guided walk in the Botanical Garden in search of native plants and wild orchids. Afterwards continue onwards to the Kundasang War Memorial Park. The park is made up of four beautiful gardens: the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool which represent the different nationalities involved in the Borneo campaign during World War 2. Afterwards travel onwards to Ranau.

Overnight: Sabah Tea Garden Cottages or similar, Ranau

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

After breakfast this morning visit a tea factory to watch the steps involved in processing tea. Afterwards drive to the Poring Hot Springs and enjoy a guided walk to the Tropical Garden to see the unique flora and fauna which is native to this area. Then enjoy a relaxing sulphur bath at the hot springs. Enjoy a local lunch at Poring and then return to Ranau for an afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Sabah Tea Garden Cottages or similar, Ranau

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

After breakfast today depart Ranau for Bilit (approx. 4.5 hours).
On the way enjoy a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luanti. Arrive in Bilit in time for lunch and then check into the lodge.

This afternoon enjoy a river cruise in search of Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques & other fascinating wildlife that gather along the Kinabatangan River, the longest river in Sabah.

Overnight: Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar, Bilit

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Wake up early this morning for sunrise cruise to search for more wildlife. Cruise for approximately one hour before heading back to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast take a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest for more nature and wildlife sightseeing and then return back to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, depart for a second river cruise to search for more wildlife, or alternatively relax and enjoy leisure time at the lodge.

Overnight: Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar, Bilit

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

After breakfast, depart Bilit for Gomantong Cave. Explore one of the largest limestone & bird’s nest caves in all of Sabah. After visiting the cave, drive onwards to the Sepilok Jungle Resort.

Upon arrival check in and enjoy lunch. This afternoon relax before departing for a late afternoon drive to a local fisherman village. Upon arrival at the village, enjoy a simple welcome tea with local snacks and enjoy an educational briefing about the area and village life. Houses in this village are built on stilts which makes for a fascinating experience when walking around and exploring the village. Afterwards enjoy a boat cruise to learn more about the mangrove forests in the area. While cruising, drop some fish/crab traps along the river and see if you are lucky enough to catch some for dinner. As it gets darker, you will be able to see the fireflies lighting up the trees around the forests and village. This tour will end with a local dinner before transferring back to your accommodation.

Overnight: Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar, Sepilok

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning depart for a full day excursion to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre which is conveniently located next to the resort. After a quick walk to the centre proceed to the feeding platform to witness the morning feeding of the Orangutans in their forest environment. Afterwards continue onwards to the outdoor nursery to view the young Orangutans then enjoy a guided tour of the phenology trails at Sepilok Forest.

Afterwards visit a Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to see the world’s smallest bear in its natural forest environment. Afterwards return back to the resort for lunch then back to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for the afternoon feeding of Orangutans. Afterwards head to the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you will enjoy a guided walk of the Botanical Gardens and the canopy walkway. This evening enjoy dinner and leisure time at the resort.

Overnight: Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar, Sepilok

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning enjoy a relaxed start before checking out and departing mid morning to visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Witness the morning feeding of the Proboscis Monkeys and afterwards continue onwards to the Sandakan War Memorial Park.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then continue onwards to your hotel in Sandakan. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure before heading to The English Tea House for dinner.

Overnight: Sabah Hotel or similar, Sandakan

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning enjoy a tour of Sandakan and the surrounding area. Visit places such as Agnes Keith Museum, St. Michael’s Church, Central Market, a local water village and the Buddhist Temple. Afterwards enjoy lunch at local restaurant then return to the hotel to enjoy an afternoon at leisure. This evening there will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sabah Hotel or similar, Sandakan

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Enjoy your last morning before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Please note: on the return flight back to Australia some customers may fly via Kota Kinabalu. This flight is only operated by Malaysian Airlines. Some customers may also experience a stopover of up to 7 hours (up to 9.5 hours for Adelaide customers flying with Singapore Airlines) on the journey home. This will be in Kuala Lumpur for those on the 12 Day Package and Singapore for those on the 14 Day Package. These customers will receive a complimentary 3-hour lounge pass.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive in Australia

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Singapore. Fly with Singapore Airlines. On arrival into Changi International Airport be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Furama Riverfront Hotel or similar, Singapore

Meals included: In-Flight

Today is free for you to explore Singapore at leisure.

Overnight: Furama Riverfront Hotel or similar, Singapore

Meals included: Breakfast

Today check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with the rest of the tour group.

Overnight: Avangio Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROM12 Day tour14 Day Tour
    $2,499$2,999

    *Tipically $4,499. Book by 30 June 2018.

     

    INCLUSIONS

    FLIGHTS

    • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/ MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
    • Fly with award winning Malaysian Airlines

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    • 10 nights accommodation in Borneo

     

    DINING

    • Enjoy 29 meals including a dinner in a colonial style teahouse

     

    TOUR ESSENTIALS

    • Sightseeing and entrance fees
    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Airline taxes and surcharges

     

    TRANSPORT

    • Transportation by A/C vehicles

     

    TRANSFERS

    • Return airport transfers

     

    INCLUSIONS

    14 Day Borneo Discovery with Singapore Stopover Pre Tour Extension

    FLIGHTS

    • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/ MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
    • Fly with award winning Singapore Airlines (except for Sandakan – Kota Kinabalu domestic flight)

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    • 10 nights accommodation in Borneo
    • 2 nights in 4 star hotel accommodation in Singapore

     

    DINING

    • Enjoy 31 meals including a dinner in a colonial style teahouse

     

    TOUR ESSENTIALS

    • Sightseeing and entrance fees
    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Airline taxes and surcharges

     

    TRANSPORT

    • Transportation by A/C vehicles

     

    TRANSFERS

    • Return airport transfers

     

     

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