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Borneo Adventure - Small Group Tour

Duration
10 Days
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US$ 2,610

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$ 2,610

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Day 1

Arrive Sabah

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.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

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    Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre



    Located in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is within walking distance from banks, shopping malls, restaurants, tourist attractions and the historical Jesselton Point Waterfront. It also has easy access to the new convention centre. In addition, the hotel ...

    Located in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is within walking distance from banks, shopping malls, restaurants, tourist attractions and the historical Jesselton Point Waterfront. It also has easy access to the new convention centre. In addition, the hotel is only 15 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Golf
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 2

Kota Kinabalu

Travel by private bus to visit the intriguing Mari Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside. Here you will see how indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live. The trip there should take less than an hour. This is a rare opportunity to see what the culture and lifestyle was like here in a bygone era. Witness first hand how the tribes would cook their meals, ignite flame with bamboo, and use a blowpipe to hunt. It's a fun, interactive and educational experience. Return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon. Tonight you will enjoy dinner at one of our local friends' houses to get a taste of local cuisine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Kinabatangan River

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan (approx 50 minute flight) and travel by private mini bus to Kinabatangan River (approx 2 hour road journey) . Your jungle lodge, located beside the river, is ideal for taking in the lush surrounds. 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 you take a river cruise, hopefully spotting some of the more exotic local creatures. Wild elephants seldom reveal themselves, but crocodiles, macaques, wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kingfishers are more easily seen. After this short adventure, head back to the lodge to enjoy dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Borneo Nature Lodge

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    Borneo Nature Lodge


    Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is your ideal lodging as you explore the melting pot of wildlife found ...

    Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is your ideal lodging as you explore the melting pot of wildlife found here in Sukau.

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    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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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 through the morning fog as the sun rises, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for Long Tail Macaques and Pig Tail Macaques – ask your leader about the difference. When it's all over, a second river cruise, in the afternoon, will be your last chance to photograph or simply marvel at your surrounds. Dinner tonight will be a BBQ in the open air, beside the river (weather permitting) followed by a Cultural performance by the local Orang Sungai people. Orang Sungai (Malay word for "River people") are a group of indigenous people native to the state of Sabah. There is 32 official tribes in Sabah and the Orang Sungai people live along the banks for the Kinabatangan River.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sandakan

Travel by private minivan to Sandakan. (approx 2 hours) Once the capital of British North Borneo, Sandakan traditionally had strong trading ties with Hong Kong. The Cantonese influence is palpable in the lively harbour-side market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. In the evening travel to the Rainforest Discovery Centre to observe the beautiful red flying squirrels there. These fascinating creatures do not technically fly in the sense birds do, but rather glide from tree to tree with the help of their unique anatomy. With long tails to provide stability, they cover some impressive distances. Afterwards, journey back to your hotel in Sandakan for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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

In the morning, visit the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch and photograph these charming creatures as they swing into view on ropes and vines. It is important not to interrupt the orangutans, so as to aid in their successful re-introduction. A popular section at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, is the outdoor nursery where young orangutans are cared for if born in captivity or when their mothers have been killed. Entry here is included in your admittance. Take the chance to view these young orangutans as they learn how to climb on a specially constructed jungle gym. You also see the unique Sun Bears nearby today. Afterwards, visit the Sandakan War Memorial. Here you will learn about the city's past as you stand on the same ground of the former Japanese POW camp. This site also marks the starting point of the tragic Sandakan Death Marches

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Day 7

Mulu National Park

Make the short drive from Sepilok to Sandakan Airport. Fly from Sandakan to Mulu, travelling via Kota Kinabalu. In the late afternoon, visit Deer Cave and Lang Cave, which are reached by following a scenic jungle walk that follows a three-kilomtere plankwalk which passes through peat swamp, alluvial flats and limestone outcrops. At sunset you will watch the millions of bats fly out of Deer Cave and see the large ring shaped formations they make as they circle higher and higher up the cliff face before moving out across the rainforest in spiraling ribbons. You will want to have your camera handy for this magnificent sight.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa

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    Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa


    Designed in the style of ethnic longhouses, Mulu Marriott Resort was built on wooden stilts, three metres above the ground. Linked by a series of wooden walkways, the Resort is an exotic tropical resort situated on the Melinau River in the heart of the jungle, ...

    Designed in the style of ethnic longhouses, Mulu Marriott Resort was built on wooden stilts, three metres above the ground. Linked by a series of wooden walkways, the Resort is an exotic tropical resort situated on the Melinau River in the heart of the jungle, convenient to world famous Mulu Caves.

    The Resort has 188 tastefully designed rooms consisting of deluxe, executive suite, crown suite, and royal suite. All of which have rich parquet floorings, minibar, individually controlled air-conditioning, standard amenities, hot and cold showers.

    The Resort has its own water treatment plant, which supplies all guest rooms with clean and safe water. There is an outdoor pool, fitness center, hot tub, a spa and a wide range of outdoor activities and adventure is offered.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 8

Mulu National Park

Visit Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave today. Clearwater cave is the longest cave in Asia, spanning more than 100 kilometres. Wind Cave is a stop on the way there, along the Melinau River. For lunch, enjoy a simple picnic with your fellow travellers.
Please note you will travel on low rise, long tail boats today. These can be difficult to get in and out of so a good level of balance is required. You will also be walking up to 20 minutes through forested paths and some steep steps. Shoes with a good grip are recommended.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Kota Kinabalu

Fly from Mulu National park to Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy a drink at sunset at a rooftop bar in Kota Kinabalu, as well as a farewell dinner, as you celebrate and look back on the trip.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

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    Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre



    Located in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is within walking distance from banks, shopping malls, restaurants, tourist attractions and the historical Jesselton Point Waterfront. It also has easy access to the new convention centre. In addition, the hotel ...

    Located in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is within walking distance from banks, shopping malls, restaurants, tourist attractions and the historical Jesselton Point Waterfront. It also has easy access to the new convention centre. In addition, the hotel is only 15 minutes by car from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Golf
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 10

Depart Kota Kinabalu

Farewell your new companions as your trip ends after breakfast today.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jan 13; Mar 3, 24, 31; Apr 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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24 Nov 2018
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