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Untamed Borneo: Small Group Adventure Tour

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,340

Get a taste for Malaysia’s wild side on this adventure through Borneo’s northeastern rainforests and tropical islands. Hike to the top of Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain on the island, before heading east to see bobble-nosed proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants along the Kinabatangan River and the world’s most famous orangutan reserve at Sepilok.


On this Asia tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you'll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Asia with friends at your side. 

 

This 10-day tour takes you across the northern part of Borneo in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Your exploration of Borneo begins in Kota Kinabalu, called “KK” by the locals. This coastal city is in the midst of rapid modernization, with malls and condos springing up faster than the jungle that surrounds the city. Walk the famous waterfront to visit the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and take in the impressive sunsets over the ocean. Be sure to indulge in the local culinary scene before heading to nearby Kinabalu National Park to see Sabah’s icon, Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain on Borneo and the region’s main tourist attraction. It’s a steep hike to reach the summit, but luckily it involves no rock climbing or specialty equipment. While the mountain is usually wrapped in fog, if you’re lucky enough to summit on a clear day you’ll spot the Philippines along the horizon.

From Kinabalu National Park, head to the Kinabatangan River in Sabah's east. Kinabatangan River is Sabah’s longest river and abounds with wildlife. In particular, its banks are home to many species of primates, including orangutans, Bornean gibbons, macaques, leaf monkeys, western tarsiers, and the large-nosed proboscis monkey. In addition to these fascinating primates, you’ll find pygmy elephants, crocodiles, and wild boars along the river.

Sandakan lies near the river’s eastern mouth. While Sandakan used to be an exotic port city where you’d find traders from all over the world, the city was destroyed during World War II and wasn't reconstructed until the timber industry boomed in the following decades. Nowadays, Sandakan lies at the heart of the palm-oil industry boom and serves as access to Sepilok. Sepilok is the world’s most famous spot for orangutans and you’ll get your own chance for a close encounter with these orange primates at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Navigate the boardwalk to viewing the apes in their natural habitat and even witness a feeding. The nearby Sun Bear Conservation Centre offers you insight into another endangered Bornean species.

Close out your trip to Malaysian Borneo with a stay on Manukan Island, a favourite resort spot for locals of KK. Lounge on the beach or snorkel through the coral reefs just off the shore. Then stop by the Mari Mari Cultural Village to learn about indigenous Bornean cultures and traditional practices before returning to KK and heading home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,340

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Day 1

Arrive Kota Kinabalu

Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall and transferred to your hotel. There is an important welcome meeting at 6:00pm today. If you have free time beforehand, you might wish to explore this lively modern metropolis on your own.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Horizon Hotel

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    Horizon Hotel



    This contemporary hotel offers 180 comfortable and stylish rooms right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Amenities include a 6th-floor terrace pool, gym and spa. Strategically placed right at the heart of Kota Kinabalu, our Hotel is just within footsteps to major attractions and joints ...

    This contemporary hotel offers 180 comfortable and stylish rooms right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Amenities include a 6th-floor terrace pool, gym and spa.

    Strategically placed right at the heart of Kota Kinabalu, our Hotel is just within footsteps to major attractions and joints beloved by locals and visitors alike.

    Facilities

    • Gym
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Terrace Pool

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Day 2

Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang

After breakfast, depart for beautiful Kinabalu National Park which encompasses Mount Kinabalu (approximately 2 hours). On the way there, stop at a local home at Dusun Village. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch and gain insight into local village life. Later, stretch your legs and soak up the mountain scenery with a stroll through Kinabalu National Park. There are many walking trails excellent for birdwatching (remember to watch out for the odd snake or leach!). The Mountain Botanic Garden displays a fine array of the mountain's plant life. From here, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Celyn Resort Kinabalu

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    Celyn Resort Kinabalu



    Celyn Resort Kinabalu is located close to Mount Kinabalu, and just a short distance from Kinabalu Park, the hot springs and war memorial. The resort offers 53 well-equipped rooms, and facilities include a recreation centre, nature paths and the Bunga Raya Cafe.

    Celyn Resort Kinabalu is located close to Mount Kinabalu, and just a short distance from Kinabalu Park, the hot springs and war memorial. The resort offers 53 well-equipped rooms, and facilities include a recreation centre, nature paths and the Bunga Raya Cafe.

    Facilities

    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Concierge
    • Convention facilities
    • Inroom Dining
    • Lobby
    • Parking
    • Recreation Centre

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Day 3

Kundasang to Kinabatangan River

Head to the Kinabatangan River by private minivan (approximately 5 hours). Your jungle lodge, located beside the river, is ideal for taking in the lush surroundings. At 560 kilometres, the Kinabatangan River is the second-longest river in Malaysia. It's also a protected forest reserve, containing some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Later in the afternoon, take a river cruise to spot some of the exotic local creatures. Wild elephants seldom reveal themselves, but crocodiles, macaques, wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kingfishers are more easily seen. After this adventure, head back to the lodge for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Myne Resort

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    Myne Resort



    Myne Resort is an exclusive hideaway located at Kampung Bilit village in the Wildlife Forest Reserve along the fringes of the Kinabatangan River. Each guest room offers individually-controlled air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom with a hot shower, coffee and tea-making ...

    Myne Resort is an exclusive hideaway located at Kampung Bilit village in the Wildlife Forest Reserve along the fringes of the Kinabatangan River. Each guest room offers individually-controlled air conditioning as well as a ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom with a hot shower, coffee and tea-making facilities and WiFi internet access.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Pool Games
    • Restaurant
    • Table Soccer
    • Table Tennis

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Day 4

Kinabatangan River

You might awake to the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill. Enjoy an early morning cruise down the river, searching for more birds and wildlife, with a warm drink in hand. Keep an eye out for Long Tail Macaques and Pig Tail Macaques. Later, you might choose to trek up to a birdwatching tower overlooking the river and visit a Merabu tree. Enjoy one more river cruise this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Kinabatangan River to Sandakan

Travel by private minivan to Sandakan, stopping en-route to visit the intricate Gomantong Caves, known for their edible swiftlet nets which are harvested for bird's nest soup. As you near Sandakan (approximately 3 hours), visit the Sandakan War Memorial and learn about the city's past as you stand on the grounds of a former Japanese prisoner of war camp. Arrive in Sandakan, which was once the capital of British North Borneo and traditionally had strong trading ties with Hong Kong. You'll notice Cantonese influence in the lively harbourside market, local cuisine and many Chinese temples.

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Duration2 Nights
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Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

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    Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan


    The Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is right on a scenic waterfront pedestrian promenade overlooking the Sulu Sea. The hotel has 300 comfy guest rooms and suites, most with waterfront views. Enjoy the great facilities like an outdoor pool with a pool bar, a lobby ...

    The Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is right on a scenic waterfront pedestrian promenade overlooking the Sulu Sea. The hotel has 300 comfy guest rooms and suites, most with waterfront views.

    Enjoy the great facilities like an outdoor pool with a pool bar, a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant, a gym, and a business centre.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Sandakan and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Take a daytrip to Sepilok today to visit some rare and beautiful creatures. Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to see these famous monkeys found only on the island of Borneo. Continue to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, a reserve set up to help rehabilitate and re-introduce orphaned or domesticated creatures into the wild. Watch these charming creatures as they swing into view on ropes and vines. You may also visit an outdoor nursery where young orangutans are cared for if born in captivity or if their mothers have died. Afterwards, return to Sandakan.

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Day 7

Sandakan to Manukan Island

Transfer to Sandakan Airport today for a short flight to Kota Kinabalu (please keep in mind that luggage allowance is only 15 kg). From here, a short boat ride takes you to Manukan Island, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Manukan Island is one of the larger islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park. The first of two days on this island will be free for you to explore at leisure. The 1.5-kilometre beach is especially beautiful for walking at low tide. (**Accommodation note: Due to the limited chalets on Manukan Island, it is not possible to provide exactly the same room type and size for each passenger. The beauty of this destination is found in its beautiful and unique natural environment.)

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Manukan Island Resort

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    Manukan Island Resort


    Manukan Island Resort is a hideaway located on one of the five tropical islands that comprise Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Manukan Island is surrounded by a protected coral reef and the island boasts a pristine rainforest and beautiful white sandy beaches. Each chalet is nestled ...

    Manukan Island Resort is a hideaway located on one of the five tropical islands that comprise Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Manukan Island is surrounded by a protected coral reef and the island boasts a pristine rainforest and beautiful white sandy beaches. Each chalet is nestled in lush greenery and just steps from the beach, and offers all modern comforts as well as privacy and serenity.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 8

Manukan Island

This morning, enjoy a snorkelling trip to admire an array of coral and brightly-coloured marine life. After snorkelling, the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Soak up the turquoise vistas for another few hours as you stroll or swim about in this gorgeous corner of the world. The end of the day, when day-trippers have left, is when the beauty of the Island really shines through.

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Day 9

Manukan Island to Kota Kinabalu

Head back to Kota Kinabalu by boat and minivan (approximately 40 minutes), then travel by private bus to the intriguing Mari Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside. Here you will see how indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live, including how tribes would cook their meals, ignite flame with bamboo and use a blowpipe to hunt. Return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu later on and the evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Horizon Hotel

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    Horizon Hotel



    This contemporary hotel offers 180 comfortable and stylish rooms right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Amenities include a 6th-floor terrace pool, gym and spa. Strategically placed right at the heart of Kota Kinabalu, our Hotel is just within footsteps to major attractions and joints ...

    This contemporary hotel offers 180 comfortable and stylish rooms right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Amenities include a 6th-floor terrace pool, gym and spa.

    Strategically placed right at the heart of Kota Kinabalu, our Hotel is just within footsteps to major attractions and joints beloved by locals and visitors alike.

    Facilities

    • Gym
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Terrace Pool

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Day 10

Depart Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and you are free to depart for the airport (please note that departure transfer is not included) or continue your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Aug 12; Oct 28

2018: Jan 13; Feb 10; Mar 3, 24, 31; Apr 7, 14, 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2, 16; Jul 14; Aug 11; Sep 8, 29; Oct 13, 27; Nov 24; Dec 22.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights' chalet accommodation
  • Guided touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Overland travel as per itinerary
  • Flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance - Proof of comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specified
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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25 Nov 2017
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