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SABAH TOURS

Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience

Tour Code: ULT01

Duration - 10 days/9 nights

Male Proboscis Monkey
Male Proboscis Moneky on Kinabatangan Day tour with Borneo Tour Specialists

An undiscovered paradise, Borneo is blessed with incredible wildlife, ancient rainforests, pristine beaches, and a rich cultural diversity. Take a step back in time and see the adorable endangered orang-utans, as well as the curious proboscis monkey (native only to Borneo), and many other rare and exotic animal species. Immerse yourself in the raw culture of this tropical island and experience life like a local before the secret of Borneo gets out!

The Offer

Discover the mystery of Borneo on a 10 day tour which will have you wondering why you haven't visited before. Come on a journey of beauty and fascination, visiting the world's third largest island and Asia's best kept secret. This nature-lover's trip will take you to see orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, curious pygmy elephants, tropical birds and magical fire flies, as well as Borneo's renowned rainforests and spectacular cave formations. Experience life in the local villages, and be given the opportunity to cook, plant trees, go crabbing, and play with local children, to gain a unique perspective of their simple way of life. See the magnificent landscape on morning and evening river cruises, and catch a glimpse of the native flora and fauna at its best.

If all this isn't enough, stay on for an extended tour that includes a guided walk of Kinabalu National Park, nestled at the base of South-East Asia's highest mountain (4095 metres), and a relaxing visit to the hot sulphur baths at Poring Hot Springs. Wind down your unforgettable holiday with a boat trip to Mankukan and Sapi islands for a day of swimming, snorkelling and relaxing in these pristine tropical waters.

Including return international flights from Australia, 8 or 12 nights accommodation, professional English-speaking guides and a cultural experience like no other, Borneo really is a undiscovered oasis just waiting to be explored!

Note that while this itinerary begins and ends in Australia, it can certainly be amended so that you can arrive from any other country outside Australia. You can pick up the tour in KL, or directly in Sandakan - contact Borneo Tour Specialists for details

The Itinerary

Day 1: Australia - Borneo

Today depart for your flight from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide or Perth for Borneo! Fly with Malaysia Airlines (subject to availability). Please note, if you depart from Melbourne you will depart very early on day 2 and arrive in Sandakan on day 2. [includes In-Flight Meals]

Day 2: Arrival in Sandakan, Borneo

Upon arrival into Sandakan airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to Sepilok Jungle Resort for the night. [includes Dinner] Overnight: Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sepilok

Day 3: Sepilok Orang-utan Centre

Orang-utan at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre
Orang-utan at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre on Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience tour with Borneo Tour Specialists

Today after breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to visit the 'Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre' to see Orang-utans in the forest. Afterwards take a leisurely walk to 'The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre' and see the smallest bear in the world. Enjoy lunch back at the resort and take some time out before setting off in the afternoon for a guided walk at the 'Rainforest Discovery Centre' to see flora and fauna, and enjoy a stunning canopy walk above the lush rainforest.

Overnight: Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sepilok [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 4: Gomantong Cave - Kinabatangan River - Bilit

Rear of Simud Hitam Cave at Gomantong Cave
Rear of Simud Hitam Cave at Gomantong Cave on Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience tour with Borneo Tour Specialists

After breakfast depart at 9:00am and drive overland to Gomantong Caves. Explore the largest birds nest cave system in Sabah. After visiting the cave, drive onwards to Bilit, by the Kinabatangan River. Arrive at Bilit for lunch. In the afternoon take a river cruise to search for wildlife along the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight: Bilit Adventure Lodge, Bilit [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 5: Bilit - Ox Bow Lake Jungle Walk

This morning take an early morning cruise at 6:00am. After the one hour boat cruise, head back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Today also enjoy a guided jungle walk to the oxbow lakes as well as another boat cruise in the afternoon to see more wildlife.

Overnight: Bilit Adventure Lodge, Bilit [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 6: Bilit - Local Village

After breakfast contribute to the conservation of this precious ecosystem by joining in a tree planting activity at a local village. We then have a cooking lesson in one of the local villager's houses and join them for lunch. The afternoon will be free time for you to rest at the lodge, then around 4:00pm take a final boat cruise.

Overnight: Bilit Adventure Lodge, Bilit [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 7: Fishing Village and Fire Flies - Sandakan

After breakfast, depart Bilit at 8:30am to return to Sandakan. Transfer to and check-in to the hotel for the night. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and some relaxation time before departing on a late afternoon excursion to a fishing village at 4:15pm. Upon arrival at the village, enjoy a simple welcome tea with local snacks. Then, a briefing about the village and the fire fly activities. Houses are built on stilts and it is very interesting to walk around the village. Very often, kids will be having their play time at this hour and please feel free to join them in some of the interesting village games. After that, proceed to a boat cruise to learn more about the mangrove forests and a chance to plant trees in the area. While cruising, drop some fish/crab traps along the river and see if we are lucky to get some for dinner. As it gets darker, you'll get the chance to see the magical fire flies lighting up the trees. The programme will end with a dinner and transfer back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton, Sandakan [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 8: Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

After breakfast at 10:00am enjoy a pick up from the hotel. Today we visit to 'Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary' to see the morning feeding of Proboscis monkeys (approx. 11:30am). After Labuk Bay, transfer to the English Tea House for a nice lunch. After lunch, we continue with a Sandakan Nature City Tour.

Agnes Keith's House, Sandakan
Visit the Agnes Keith Musem in Sandakan on Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience tour with Borneo Tour Specialists

Visit Agnes Keith Museum, St. Michaels Church, Buddhist Temple, Sandakan War Memorial Park and pass by a water village and central market. After your guided tour, transfer back to Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan around 4:30pm. Relax at the hotel’s swimming pool. Tonight a pick up is arranged from the hotel to experience a traditional seafood dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner transfer back to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton, Sandakan [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 9: Sandakan Free Day - Australia

Today enjoy some free time (if time permits) with some shopping and last minute sightseeing. A transfer will then be arranged to Sandakan Airport for your onward or return flight home [includes Breakfast and in flight meals]

Day 10: Arrive In Australia



Tour CodeItineraryDurationInclusionsJoining Point1 person2 people3 people
ULT01Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience10 days/9 nightsTransfers, flights from Australia, internal flights, Accommodation, meals indicated, tours indicatedSydney, Melbourne$2,999$2,599 2,599
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 (E.O.E.)

With Poring Hot Springs & Kota Kinabalu Extension (POST-TOUR) - 5 Days/4 Nights

Day 9: Sandakan - Poring Hot Springs

In the morning we drive overland to Sabah Tea Garden, have lunch and check into your accommodation. In the afternoon you will enjoy a relaxing fish spa foot massage, followed by a hot sulphur bath at Poring Hot Springs.

Overnight: Sabah Tea Garden, Ranau [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 10: Mt Kinabalu National Park

Nabalu Handicraft Market near Kinabalu Park
Nabalu Handicraft Market near Kinabalu Park on Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience tour with Borneo Tour Specialists

After breakfast visit 'Kundasang War Memorial Park' and 'Kinabalu National Park'. Enjoy a guided walk to see mountain plants and local flora and fauna. Stop by the Nabalu Native Market to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Local lunch included. Transfer to the hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy dinner and the evening to rest.

Overnight: Avangio Hotel by Accor, Kota Kinabalu [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 11: Island Hopping - Manukan & Sapi Island

At 9:00am head to Jesselton Point for a boat ride to Manukan Island and Sapi Islands for some swimming and snorkelling with a BBQ lunch. This afternoon, return to the mainland and back to the hotel to relax. In the evening enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at Kampung Nelayan with a cultural show. After dinner relax for evening.

Overnight: Avangio Hotel by Accor, Kota Kinabalu [includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 12: Mari Mari Cultural Village (B,L)

This morning visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village with a local lunch included at the village. In the afternoon, take a scenic tour of Kota Kinabalu city to see many places of interest such as the Wisma Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building), University of Malaysia Sabah, Sabah State Museum, and pass by the City Mosque. After the tour you will have free time to do some shopping in one of the modern malls or head back to the hotel to relax.

Overnight: Avangio Hotel by Accor, Kota Kinabalu [includes Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 13: Departure (B, In-Flight Meals)

Today enjoy some free time (if time permits) with some shopping and last minute sightseeing. A transfer will then be arranged to the airport for your onward or return flight home. [includes Breakfast]

Day 14: Arrive In Australia

PLEASE SEE FINE PRINT BELOW FOR MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Please bring along swim wear, sun screen, hat, personal toiletries, medications, towel, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, sturdy walking shoes, comfortable cotton T-shirts, long or short pants, binoculars, camera, light raincoat and flashlight (torch) or head light.

Tour CodeItineraryDurationInclusionsJoining Point1 person2 people3 people
ULT02Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Experience including Post Tour14 days/13 nightsTransfers, flights from Australia, internal flights, Accommodation, meals indicated, tours indicatedSydney, Melbourne$4,298$3,599 3,599
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 (E.O.E.)

Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 8

High season surcharge of $350 per person for reservations during the months of May, June, September and December 2016, and the first week of January, 2017

International flights from Australia will be booked on Malaysia Airlines, except for Brisbane (Malaysia Airlines ceased operating from Brisbane in late 2015). Departures from Brisbane will be on Singapore Airlines/Silk Air services to Kota Kinabalu. A surcharge will apply.

Surcharge for flights from Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth $300 per person.

Maximum room capacity - 3 people

Child Policy

  • No child discounts apply - a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
  • Suitable for children/infants 1 years old and over

Please note: children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share Policy

No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. A full priced voucher must be purchased. An extra bed is provided per room (subject to availability)

Arrive Early / Stay Behind surcharge / Stopover

  • $150 per person/voucher plus any applicable difference in airfare and/or taxes
  • This fee does not include accommodation
  • No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
  • Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Extra Nights (pre/post tour)

Sandakan / Kota Kinabalu: $80 per person (twin share) including breakfast

Please note: extra nights are subject to availability at the time of reservation

For bookings between 24 December and 05 January 2017, a minimum stay of 3 nights is required.

Payments

A 50% deposit is required at the time of making the booking. Final payment is required 60 days prior to your trip departure.
Photographs courtesy of Albert Teo - Borneo Eco Tours, Phil Youdale, Katie Seeger and Penny Favilla