Sandakan | Turtle Island | Sepilok | Kota Kinabalu | Batang Ai |Kuching
A truly fascinating journey through the island of Borneo, showcasing the very best Borneo has to offer. Its fascinating history, ancient rainforests and diverse wildlife will leave you in owe.
Day 1 - Sandakan
On arrival in Sandakan you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Hotel: Four Points Hotel
Day 2 - Turtle Island (Selingan)
This morning, after breakfast, board a boat for the short cruise to Turtle Island. Once you have checked in, there is time to swim and snorkel or simply soak up the sun. In the evening you'll be called to witness the fascinating spectacle of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. You may be lucky enough to have some little ones ready for release for their first journey into the sea.
Hotel: Turtle Island Resthouse
Day 3 - Sepilok
It's time to bid farewell to the island and its turtles and head back to Sandakan after breakfast. On arrival take a city tour showing you the water village, central market and Buddhist temple. After lunch transfer on to Sepilok Nature Resort where you will spend the evening.
Hotel: Sepilok Nature Resort
Day 4 - Sepilok region
After breakfast travel to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you will take a boardwalk tour through the forest to witness orphaned primates feeding. Continue through rustic countryside to your lodge for a late afternoon river cruise in search of wildlife.
Hotel: Sakau Lodge
Day 5 - Sepilok Region
Wake up early to the calls of nature this morning! Cruise on the river to view birds and primates on their early morning adventures. Weather permitting you can take a jungle walk before breakfast. Later visit Gomantong Cave, famed for their edible bird's nests where you will take the boardwalk to the cavern. The afternoon is free until an evening wildlife cruise where you may be lucky and see the famous Proboscis Monkey swinging from the trees.
Hotel: Sakau Lodge
Day 6 - Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast travel overland through fabulous scenery to Sabah Tea Gardens where tonight you will stay in a traditional Longhouse. The next day wake early for a walk to see the sun rise over Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding tea plantations. After a tea factory tour, continue on to Poring Hot Springs where you can take a dip in the hot sulphur springs, before a canopy walk 100-200 feet above the forest floor.
Proceed to Kinabalu Park for a guided nature trek along one of the many trails, offering a fascinating insight into the fauna and flora of Borneo, before heading to the city of Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.
Hotel: Sabah Tea Longhouse (shared facilities) & Horizon Hotel
Day 8 - Kota Kinabalu and Batang
After breakfast, take a city tour of Kota Kinabalu before transferring to the airport for your flight to Kuching.
The next morning travel on to Batang Ai passing quaint villages and towns along the way. After a lunch stop, board the shuttle boat to take you over the lake to your hotel. Although designed to mimic a Longhouse, the resort offers modern facilities and comforts, surrounded by nature. If time allows, you may like to take a nature walk on arrival.
Hotel: Riverside Majestic & Batang Ai
Day 10 - Batang Ai
After breakfast travel by boat across the lake and into the Engkari River before arriving at a traditional longhouse where you'll have a blowpipe demonstration and cultural performance. After lunch take a short walk and then travel back to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Hotel: Batang Ai Resort
Day 11 - Kuching
This morning travel back to Kuching for a final three night's relaxation beside one of Borneo's fine beaches.
Hotel: Damai Beach resort
Day 14 - Farewell
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Touring at its very best with a private driver/guide and vehicle. Plus time to explore at your pace.
Your private tour includes: