Borneo Highlights

Sandakan | Turtle Island | Sepilok | Kota Kinabalu

A truly fascinating journey through the island of Borneo, showing you the best of its mosaic indigenous tribes, rich history, ancient rainforests and diverse wildlife.


  • Rainforest Canopy walk
  • Hot springs & Mt Kinabalu
  • Fantastic scenery
  • Turtle Island visit
  • Sepilok Orangutans
  • Wildlife river cruise

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
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 and to your lodge for a late afternoon river cruise in search of wildlife.

Hotel: Sukau 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: Sukau 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 overnight.  

Hotel: Sabah Tea Longhouse (shared facilities) & Horizon Hotel

Day 8 - Farewell
After breakfast and free time, take a city tour of Kota Kinabalu before transferring to the airport for your flight. Alternatively why not extend your stay on one of Borneo's beautiful beaches?

For a longer tour that includes the Sarawak side of Malaysia, please see our Borneo Adventure tour.

8 day private tour from £929

with flights from £1569 All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonal changes. Ask about upgrade to Cottage at Sabah Tea Gardens if require en suite facilities.
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Borneo Highlights

Private Tour

Touring at its very best with a private driver/guide and vehicle. Plus time to explore at your own pace.

Your private tour includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Private tour guide/vehicle
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Daily departures

"A fascinating journey. There were so many highlights and special moments along the way but our visit to the Orang Utan sanctuary will be a moment I remember forever.Thank you for planning a great trip! "
- John Dean
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