Borneo’s Diverse Reefs and Rainforests in Comfort and Style

17 Days from £3932 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
17 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Honeymoon
Primate Watching
Snorkelling and Diving
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Borneo has some of the most biologically diverse rainforests and coral reefs on Earth. This itinerary focusses on these whilst providing accommodation of a very high calibre throughout. The Sepilok Orang-utan Centre gives the perfect introduction to the wildlife of the rainforest and idyllic Lankayan Island should reveal kaleidoscopic coral reefs and turtles laying eggs on the beach. Search the banks of the mighty Kinabatangan River looking for proboscis monkeys, Borneo pygmy elephants and wild orang-utans before heading to the Danum Valley and the exemplary Borneo Rainforest Lodge for a fantastic array of rainforest species plus its wonderful canopy walkway. Finally, three nights at the luxury Rasa Ria Resort provides sublime beach relaxation plus a little extra wildlife spotting in a private rainforest reserve. Try this itinerary for wildlife and comfort in perfect balance.

Itinerary

Price from £3932 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

Connect in Kuala Lumpur and fly to Sandakan. Met on arrival and drive to Sepilok. Check in to lodge.

Staying at Sepilok Nature Resort. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

Full day at Sepilok. Visit the Rehabilitation Centre to see the feeding of the orang-utans, and the Rainforest Discovery Centre for a canopy walk and to explore forest trails. Perhaps take an optional night walk in the reserve to see flying squirrels and other nocturnal wildlife.

Staying at Sepilok Nature Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Lankayan Island

Transfer back to Sandakan and catch boat to Lankayan Island for a stay of four nights. The small, quiet island is covered with lush tropical vegetation (mostly casuarina trees and screw pines) and encircling the island is a beautiful white sand beach. Just offshore is a pristine shallow coral reef providing wonderful doorstep snorkelling. Turtles can be frequently seen both in the water or coming onshore to nest (there is a small hatchery and turtle conservation programme here).

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Lankayan Island

Day at leisure on Lankayan Island. Optional snorkelling and diving.

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Lankayan Island

Day at leisure on Lankayan Island. Optional snorkelling and diving.

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Lankayan Island

Day at leisure on Lankayan Island. Optional snorkelling and diving.

Staying at Lankayan Island. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kinabatangan River

Return to Sandakan for lunch then travel by boat a short way along the coast and then inland via the Kinabatangan River, the largest river in Sabah with wildlife-filled banks of mangrove, wetland 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 9 - Kinabatangan River

Early morning river excursion to the Kelenanap oxbow lake for excellent birding and other wildlife viewing. Afternoon river excursion for another chance to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Optional night cruise to spot night animals including marbled and flat-headed cats.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Danum Valley

Transfer overland to Gomantong Caves, home to thousands of bats and cave swiftlets, whose nests are selectively harvested for use in the famous bird’s nest soup. Continue by road to Lahad Datu and on to the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Covering 438 square kilometres of pristine dipterocarp rainforest, the Danum Valley Conservation Area is one of the best wildlife regions in the whole of South East Asia, with towering rainforest trees and stunning landscapes. There will be an evening introduction and slide show followed by a night walk to spot nocturnal animals.

Staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Danum Valley

Early morning start for the Canopy Walk, reaching a height of around 90 feet and ending in a huge majau tree with viewing platform. Following breakfast at the lodge you will have a full day in the reserve with your guide. Perhaps climb the escarpment to see ancient burial tombs in the cliff face, follow the Segama River deep into the forest or visit the local swimming hole – a natural Jacuzzi. In the evening there will be a spotlight game drive (weather permitting) to find deer, flying squirrels, leopard cats and possibly even elephants and clouded leopard.

Staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Danum Valley

Full day of guided excursions. The area is home to a vast array of wildlife including all ten of Sabah's primate species, the very rare Sumatran rhinoceros, wild elephants, the beautiful clouded leopard and 275 bird species.

Staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Rasa Ria Resort

Transfer by road back to Lahad Datu 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 64-acre rainforest reserve, private riding stables, large swimming pool and a full service spa and massage centre.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Rasa Ria Resort

Day at leisure. Perhaps head into the reserve for a final rainforest encounter or ride a horse along the beach.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Rasa Ria Resort

Free day at leisure.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Fly to London

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

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 17 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Sandakan via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian airlines

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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If you are a diver, consider switching to Sipadan at the end of the tour. This is one of the world’s top ten dive spots with plenty of turtles, sharks, coral gardens and breathtaking wall diving. Stay at the nearby islands of Kapalai or Mabul and visit Sipadan by boat but note that there is a strict limit of 120 divers a day.

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

Very helpful – we went to all the right places, well-designed tour. [Wildlife highlights included:] Orang-utans, gibbons, seeing wildlife unit filming, 5m reticulated python, storm stalks, hornbills, kingfishers, green turtles egg-laying, birdsnest soup caves (but not the cockroaches!), monitor lizards, leopard cats, slow loris, binturong, mouse deer + other deer, fruit bats, black squirrels, some pretty nasty other snakes, flying fish, Borneo pigmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, otter etc.

Mrs C M - Chepstow

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Lankayan Island Resort: 6.501088, 117.912802
Sepilok Nature Resort: 5.867534, 117.949591
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: 5.498170, 118.280911
Borneo Rainforest Lodge: 5.019426, 117.746615
Rasa Ria Resort: 6.155050, 116.147950