A Gentle Family tour of Borneo’s Beaches and Rainforests

14 Days from £2987 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Family Holiday
Primate Watching
Beach

This carefully designed itinerary is ideally suited to families with younger children who enjoy a gentle pace and a high degree of comfort. Our two luxury beach resorts offer doorstep wildlife watching, safe beaches and family-friendly facilities; the waterways of the Kinabatangan River will provide myriad sightings of wild orang-utans and other fascinating rainforest creatures; Selingan Island affords unforgettable encounters with egg-laying turtles, whilst Sepilok gives an insight into the lives of orang-utans. On this tour, you and your family will find wildlife and beach relaxation in perfect harmony.

Itinerary

Price from £2987 per adult. £2090 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Kota Kinabalu

Connect in Kuala Lumpur and arrive into Kota Kinabalu. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Includes No Meals.

Day 3 - Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure for optional snorkelling, rainforest walks, water sports or swimming.

Staying at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Includes No Meals.

Day 4 - Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure for optional snorkelling, rainforest walks, water sports or swimming.

Staying at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Includes No Meals.

Day 5 - Selingan Island

Morning flight to Sandakan, transfer to dock to catch boat to Selingan Island, part of the Turtle Islands National Park. Free afternoon for snorkelling. Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return young turtles to the sea. Night excursion to witness the adult egg laying.

Staying at Selingan Island Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Kinabatangan River

Perhaps wake early and see the last few turtles return to the sea at sunrise. Return to Sandakan for lunch, then travel by boat a short way along the coast and inland via the Kinabatangan River, the largest river in Sabah with wildlife-filled mangrove, wetlands and rainforest offering some superb wildlife viewing en route. After a journey of approximately two hours accompanied by a naturalist guide, you will arrive at the lodge. Following a brief welcome and orientation there will be a late afternoon river cruise to spot wildlife.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Kinabatangan River

Early morning river excursion to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for excellent birding and general wildlife viewing. Afternoon river excursion for another chance to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Optional night cruise to spot nocturnal species, including possible sightings of marbled and flat-headed cats.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kinabatangan River

Explore the waterways of Sukau in the morning then head to Gomantong Caves to explore the forest trails and watch millions of bats emerge at sunset.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Rasa Ria Resort

Transfer by boat back to Sandakan and fly to Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to your hotel by the coast and check-in. The upmarket resort overlooks Dalit Bay and has a good beach and excellent facilities including a sixty-four acre rainforest reserve, private stables, large pool and full service spa and massage centre.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Rasa Ria Resort

Day at leisure. Perhaps head into the reserve for more rainforest wildlife.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Rasa Ria Resort

Free day at leisure. Perhaps visit Kinabalu National Park and/or Poring Hot Springs.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Rasa Ria Resort

Free day at leisure.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Fly to London

Transfer to airport and fly to Kuala Lumpur. Connect with flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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Take full advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service and head to one of Kota Kinabalu’s famous seafood restaurants. Wonderfully fresh seafood and a night away from the kids. Bliss!

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

We had no expectations on what animals we would see and how every aspect of the holiday would gel together but it was excellent… We talked to lots of people on our trip and most went to great lengths to book their holiday, trawling the internet for flights, looking at different companies for their tours etc. We couldn’t believe how much trouble they went to, they obviously didn’t find your website. When we told them that our only worry was malaria tablets they couldn’t believe it!! Oh did we feel so smug!!! (We) especially appreciated your advice on our silly questions. So, thank you all for a fantastic holiday and this household will be arguing for months about where we will be going next!

Mrs J J - Devon

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Sukau Rainforest Lodge: 5.498170, 118.280911
Rasa Ria Resort: 6.155050, 116.147950
Tanjung Aru Resort: 5.955809, 116.041280