Borneo,

Borneo’s Diverse Reefs and Rainforests in Comfort and Style

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Tailor-Made Tour
15 Days
From £3432
GEOIP Not Available
Honeymoon
Primate Watching
Snorkelling and Diving
Luxury
Rainforest

Tour Introduction

15 Days from £3432
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

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.

Full Itinerary

Price from £3432
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Borneo

Fly to Sandakan on Borneo's east coast. Met on arrival and drive to Sepilok. Check in to the lodge.

Staying at Sepilok Nature Resort. Includes Dinner.

Day 2
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 3
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 4
Lankayan Island

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

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
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
Rasa Ria Resort

Free day at leisure.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 15
Fly home

Transfer to airport for your international flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Borneo Sabah

Rasa Ria Resort

Overview

Upmarket Rasa Ria Resort overlooks Dalit Bay near Kota Kinabalu and has a good beach, a sixty-four acre rainforest reserve, horse stables, three large swimming pools, a full service spa and massage centre.

There are 416 spacious and comfortable rooms, each with a wonderful sea or forest view. All have en suite bathrooms and most private balconies too. Amenities include flat screen cable TV with movie channels, direct dial telephones, tea- and coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar and complimentary toiletries.

The Coast Restaurant and bar serves both local specialities and international favourites, always to a high standard.  Facilities also include a full health centre and spa, tennis courts, golf course, and water sports including canoeing, parasailing and jet skiing. Rasa Ria is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Kota Kinabalu airport.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
416
Facilities

Restaurants, bar, spa, tennis court, golf course, games room, water sport activities, large swimming pool, satellite TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar, direct – dial telephone, room safe, free Wi-Fi, laundry service, currency exchange and 24-hour room service.

Optional Activities

Inclusive activities at the resort and offsite excursions.

Borneo Sabah

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Overview

Widely regarded as one of the best wildlife lodges in Asia, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is situated on the Danum River which flows through Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest in the 44,000-hectare Danum Valley Conservation Area.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge boasts an extensive network of trails and a fantastic 300m-long canopy walkway giving a bird’s-eye view of nesting orang-utans up to 26m high.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge has well-appointed rooms, serves excellent food and has highly knowledgeable naturalist guides. The service is of 5-star quality while still maintaining sustainable and environmentally sensitive practices. Each of the 31 chalet style rooms has comfortable twin or double beds, ceiling fans, smart furnishings and private bathrooms with hot water.

There is a communal room where evening slideshows and talks are given and there is a small bar and laundry service available. Night game drives and walks are provided for nocturnal wildlife viewing. The restaurant offers delicious Malaysian and international cuisine and there is a good selection of beverages available from the bar.

The area is home to a vast array of wildlife including all ten of Sabah’s primate species, Bornean pygmy elephants and remains one of the strongholds for the beautiful Sunda clouded leopard and extremely rare bay cat. 275 bird species and an innumerable number of reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants are also present in the surrounding forests.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
31
Facilities

Private bathrooms, hot water bathtubs, restaurant, bar, 24-hour electricity, ceiling fans, Jacuzzis, lounge, laundry service and natural history library. Deluxe chalets and three newer luxury villas available. Long canopy walkway.

Local Wildlife

The rare primary rainforest surrounding Borneo Rainforest Lodge is home to a huge diversity of wildlife: 340 species of birds, 120 of mammals, 72 reptile species, 56 amphibians and an incredible 200 species of plants per hactare. Some of the wildlife highlights include a healthy population of wild orang-utan, Bornean gibbons, western tarsier, sunda slow loris, maroon langur, Bornean pygmy elephant, bearded pig, two species of mouse deer, five species of civet, smooth-coated otter, flying squirrel, leopard, marbled and bay cats and the stunning Sunda clouded leopard: the area was also previously home to the Sumatran rhino. The area is regarded as one of the best birding spots in Sabah, with six species of pitta alone regularly seen (including the endemic black-crowned and vivid blue-headed) as well as Bornean bristlehead, ground babblers, hornbills, owls, broadbills and many more.

Optional Activities

There is an extensive trail network, a magnificent canopy walkway, river tubing trips, game drives and walks and nocturnal spotlighting.

Borneo Sabah

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Overview

Built on the banks of the mighty Kinabatangan River using strict sustainable development principles, the lodge provides an ideal base from which to explore the wildlife of the surrounding forest, often in electrically powered boats to limit disturbance and maximise sightings. The accommodation here underwent a complete refurbishment and the rooms are now more spacious with modern facilities and stylish décor.

The Kinabatangan area is particularly renowned for proboscis monkeys that arrive in large groups at the trees of the riverbanks during late afternoon. There is also a very good chance of seeing wild orang-utan, macaque, gibbon and silvered and maroon langur monkeys. Bird species include all eight hornbills, oriental darter and the spectacular buffy fish-owl.

Borneo pygmy elephants are found here in large herds and can occasionally be observed walking through the lodge. There is a pleasant jetty overlooking the river where meals are sometimes taken and wildlife such as kingfishers and the rare storms stork can be observed.

Behind the lodge is an impressive network of boardwalks providing covered, safe walking through the rainforest.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
20
Facilities

Private bathrooms with hot water, restaurant, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, small dipping pool, foot spa, pool table, mini library and sun deck.

Local Wildlife

Wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, long and pig-tailed macaques, silvered and maroon langurs, Bornean gibbons, Bornean pygmy elephants, civets, otters and bearded pigs are also occasionally seen. During the dry season when river levels are lower, the rare flat-headed cat can be seen more often on nocturnal boat trips and there is even a chance of spotting a clouded leopard. Reticulated python, mangrove snake and saltwater crocodiles can often be spotted. Eight species of hornbill, the rare storm’s stork, various kingfishers and Bornean ground cuckoos are some of the many avian highlights found there.

Optional Activities

Boat safaris along the Kinabatangan River and its tributaries. It is possible to arrange cultural excursions to the local village and visit the huge Gomantong caves where thousands of edible nest swiftlets and bats can be watched.

Borneo Sabah

Sepilok Nature Resort

Overview

Beautifully set in lush grounds within walking distance of the lowland rainforests of Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve with it’s renowned orang-utan centre, sun bear centre and rainforest discovery centre.

The spacious chalets at Sepilok Nature Resort have private facilities and are tastefully decorated with local wood and handmade textiles. The restaurant serves a good selection of local and more international food and there is free Wi-Fi available here.

The chalets are surrounded by wildlife-filled gardens which would take half a day to appreciate fully and include a natural lake, and orang-utans can sometimes be seen in the adjacent forest. The lodge offers guided walks through the reserve in the early morning and at night when orang-utans, flying squirrels and slow loris are often spotted.

Each of the 60 chalets has twin or double beds, air-conditioning, private bathrooms with hot water, TV and mini bar. Most chalets also have a private veranda that overlooks the lush gardens or the peaceful lake.

The famous Sepilok Organ-Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the new Sun Bear Centre are only a 5-minute walk from the resort. It is approximately 20 minutes to the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
60
Facilities

Rooms with private hot water bathrooms, verandas, free Wi-Fi, ceiling fans, satellite TV, laundry service and private veranda.

Local Wildlife

Orang-utans, long-tailed macaques, slow loris, red giant flying squirrels, mouse deer, hornbills, flying lizards and water monitor lizards.

Optional Activities

The Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre is only a 5-minute walk from the resort, and it is approximately 20 minutes to both the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Proboscis Monkey Rescue Centre.

Borneo Northern Coast and Islands

Lankayan Island Resort

Overview

The small, quiet island of Lankayan is covered with lush tropical vegetation (mostly casuarina trees and screw pines): encircling the island is a beautiful white sand beach.

Just yards offshore is a pristine shallow coral reef providing wonderful doorstep snorkelling; the diversity of reef animals in this area is amongst the highest in the world and you will see a large number of different coral species as well as a multitude of small fish, nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs. Baby black tip reef sharks patrol the shallows and turtles are frequently seen both in the water or coming onshore to nest (there is a small hatchery and turtle conservation programme here). If taking an optional boat trip to deeper water you may encounter some of the larger species such as rays, jacks, and barracudas. Whale sharks are also occasional visitors from March to May.

Accommodation is in one of 23 detached chalets dotting the shoreline. All are spacious and offer very comfortable accommodation with private facilities (ample hot water), air- conditioning and large verandas with hammocks. There is also a restaurant serving excellent seafood, and a lounge, bar and PADI dive school.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
23
Facilities

Restaurant, lounge, bar, private facilities with hot water showers, air- conditioning, hammocks, verandas and PADI dive school.

Local Wildlife

An excellent coral community and abundant small fish, nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs, black tip reef sharks: green turtles can be seen underwater and also come ashore to nest and there is a small hatchery and turtle conservation programme here. Deep water species such as rays, jacks, and barracudas and whale sharks can also be encountered.

Optional Activities

Snorkelling, diving, assisting the turtle conservation work, relaxation at the resort.

Route Map

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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

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Domestic flights included within Borneo.

Best Visited:

March to October

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

The tour was excellent. Really well organised at short notice. It was all that we expected. Have already recommended Reef and Rainforest to friends. Danum Valley was the best – close up views of Orangutans, numerous frogs and birds we hadn’t seen before. A monitor lizard in the river by our lodge was about 6 inches long and quite a surprise.

Mrs MB - Anglesey