Wonders of Borneo
Slutdestination: Kota Kinabalu
Bored of simply watching wildlife on your TV? Why not take a trip to Borneo to get up close and personal with the animals yourself? This trip is the perfect introduction to Borneo for those who have never been, and even those who have experienced Borneo before will surely spot some new sights. You'll go from exploring rainforest environments and soaking in hot springs to the rush of vibrant Kota Kinabalu, staying in comfortable accommodations along the way. There's a ton to see and do on this trip, and you can look forward to finishing off your adventure with some much deserved relaxation on a tropical beach...perfection.
Minibus/van, jeep, taxi, boat, plane, walking.
Comfort hotels (3 nts), jungle lodges (4 nts), beach resort (4 nts).
Meet the 'old man of the forest' at an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, head into the rainforest in search of unique wildlife, explore lush jungles by boat and on foot, help protect sea turtles on a beach cleanup, sample delicious local fare and seafood
Arrival transfer. Wildlife excursions in Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Kinabatangang River area by boat and foot. Visit Mt Kinabalu National Park and the Poring Hot Springs. Visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Participate in a beach cleanup program. Excursion to the tip of Borneo for sunset. Orientation walk in Kota Kinabalu. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and stay in a jungle resort for 2 nights. Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad River, this lovely setting is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects, and small mammals.
Day 3 Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)
Join an early morning bird walk to discover some of the almost 300 bird species that call Tabin home. After breakfast, drive to the the bird watching tower, then trek through the lush rainforest to visit Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall. After lunch, enjoy free time to relax or opt to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak, made with a natural blend of herbs, to loosen tired muscles after long jungle treks. In the evening, take a dusk drive for more wildlife viewing, then go for a night walk in search of nocturnal wildlife.
Day 4 Tabin Wildlife Reserve/Sukau (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel by bus and boat to our rustic jungle lodge. Enjoy various wildlife excursions by boat and on foot in search of proboscis monkeys, long and short tailed macaques, exotic birds, and the famed Borneo pygmy elephants. In our down time, relax at the lodge bar while enjoying jungle views.
Day 5 Sukau (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a variety of wildlife activities on foot and by boat through the lush jungle and river.
Day 6 Sukau/Mount Kinabalu (1B)
Travel to the Poring Hot Springs for a soak and opt to traverse the canopy walkway through the lowland rainforest or visit a butterfly farm. Visit the Australian war memorial before arriving at our lodge near Mt Kinabalu.
Day 7 Mount Kinabalu/Tuaran (1B)
Spend the morning at the national park, walking the trails and catching excellent views of Mt Kinabalu. Later, drive to Tuaran on the coast and enjoy the beach, pool, or an optional jungle walk.
Day 8 Tuaran/Kudat (1B)
In the morning, visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre to learn about and observe these beautiful creatures. Later, drive to Kudat, our home for the next 3 nights and famed for its stunning beaches and turquoise water.
Day 9 Kudat (1B, 1D)
Participate in a beach cleanup program organized by the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society, then enjoy a beach BBQ dinner.
Day 10 Kudat (1B)
Enjoy this tropical paradise with free time to snorkel, bike, kayak, trek, or visit a turtle hatchery (seasonal). In the evening, visit the tip of Borneo for spectacular sunset views and an optional dinner at a beachside restaurant.
Day 11 Kudat/Kota Kinabalu (1B)
Travel back to Kota Kinabalu and opt to visit the night market and enjoy local delicacies for a farewell dinner.
Day 12 Kota Kinabalu (1B)
Depart at any time.