Sabah Borneo Discovery Holiday Private Tour


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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



Mandarin (advanced), Malay (fluent), English (fluent), Cantonese (conversational)

9D8N - Sandakan, Turtle island, Sepilok, Kinabatangan, Ranau, Kundasang, Mt. Kinabalu, KK City, islands excursions

Sabah, located on the northern point of the island of Borneo, is the second largest state in Malaysia.

Sabah, when translated in Malay language, is spelt as 'Sabah, negeri di bawah bayu' which means 'Land below the wind'. Its name derived from being located just below the typhoon prone region of the Philippines. The state is one of its own, as its 'botanical heaven' contains some of the rarest plants on earth, such as Rafflesia and Nepenthes.

Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia at 4095 meters is also situated in Sabah. The region is also known to protect endangered species such as Sumatran Rhinoceros, Orang-Utan, Proboscis Monkey, Pygmy Elephant, Mousedeer, Flying Squirrel and Barking deer.

Sabah is a place where you will find tropical rainforests, luscious beaches, delicious Malaysian cuisine, and the welcoming spirit of the Malaysian people.


DAY 1: Meet at Sandakan Airport. Transfer to Turtle Island (1 hr boat ride), witness marine turtles (green and hawksbills) laying eggs on shore. Rest overnight. (L/D)

DAY 2: Proceed to Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre Visit. Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre (canopy walk, plant discovery garden and forest trails with birdwatching tower platform). Sandakan City Tour in late afternoon before returning to hotel for overnight stay. (B/L/D)

DAY 3-4: Depart for Kinabatangan Area (2 hrs journey). Visit Gomantong Cave. Stay at river lodge. River cruises, Jungle trekking/Night trek/wildlife spotting. (B/L/D)

DAY 5: Depart for Poring Hot Springs @ Ranau (canopy walk/sulphur hotbath). (B/L/D)

DAY 6: Kundasang War Memorial, Kinabalu National Park. Overnight in KK City. (B/L/D)

DAY 7: T. A. R. Island (BBQ/snorkeling/swimming), KK city walkabouts, Handicraft market (B/L/D)

DAY 8: Mari-Mari Cultural Village visit. Free at leisure. (B/L/D)

DAY 9: Bon Voyage from Sabah. (B)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meet at Sandakan Airport (Preferably Flight ETA 0800am).
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End location: Drop-Off at hotel in KK after overland drive from Sandakan
Tour continues as stated in itinerary

**In the case of unavailability of turtle island tour, an extra night at Kinabatangan Area or other tour day will be extended by one night.
**The best time to visit the turtle island is between March and September, which are the driest month and the calmest sea. During October to February the island receives the brunt of the north-eastern monsoon gales.

Duration: 9 days


Transportation by vehicle (air-cond)

What’s Included

Other: **This is your private guided tour - no other joining participants for the tour.

1 Night Island Chalet @ Turtle Island
1 Night Accommodation at Sandakan @ city hotel
2 Nights Accommodation at Bilit Village @ Chalet Type
(Attached Bathroom, Fan, Air-Con, Hot Shower, WIFI, etc)
1 Night Accommodation at mountain lodge @ Chalet
3 Nights Accommodation at KK City hotel @ 3*** hotel
(Double/Triple Sharing Accommodation)
Meals - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner as stated
Entrance Visit Fees (Camera/Video Equipment Fee - Not Included)
Transportation overland
River Cruising *3 times
Jungle Trekking *2 times
Night Walk *1 time
Visitation to Ox-Bow Lake, Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre, Gomantong Cave, Kundasang War Memorial, Hot Spring Poring, Canopy Walk, Sulphur Hot Bath, Kundasang Town/Vegetable Market, Kinabalu National Park Headquarter, Mountain Garden, TAR Island, Mari-Mari Cultural Village, KK City walkabout, kk Handicraft Market.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 MYR - Souvenirs
Food & Drinks
Other Purchases

What’s Extra

Other: Get a Travel Insurance Policy
Domestic Airfare - KK to Sandakan
(MH2042-ETA 0740am)/(AK6092-ETA 0750am)
(Airfare Not Included in tour price)

*Camera & Video Fee (Not included in tour price)

*Meals are provided (Not applicable for Alcoholic Beverages & other side orders of food)

Single Traveller Booking charged at minimum 2 person price

What To Bring:
- Camera, Binocular, Insect Repellant, Sun Block
- Back Pack for Hiking, Torch/Head Light, Flip-flop,
- Good Hiking Shoe, Poncho, Cap / Hat, Leech Sock
- Water Bottle, Light Clothings, Extra Socks, Swim Attire
(Cooling Temperature at Kinabalu National Park/Kundasang Area, therefore warm/long sleeve clothing needed)

A Recent Review of this tour

Absolutely incredible week with David, we cannot recommend him highly enough. He is great fun, superbly knowledge on Borneo history, passionate about animals/plants and his observant eyes meant we saw so much. Our enquiry was answered very quickly and professionally. He was flexible for our itinerary (even when we wanted to change something last minute). Through our tour he was always available, gave us space alone or sat with us and had all the extras an experienced guide clearly knows are important!!
Nathan Harwood

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