Classic: Borneo & Mt Kinabalu Encompassed (AAKS)
Countries Visited: Malaysia Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 15
Meals Included: 16 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Watch the sun rise from the summit of Mt Kinabalu, Visit a rehabilitation centre for orangutans, Trek to a mud volcano on the tropical island of Pulau Tiga, Gather local ingredients and take a cooking class
Want to see all of Sabah (seriously, like all of it)s Here are 17 days thatll check off every possible box you could hope to throughout this tropical paradise. Summit Kinabalu, explore the perfect island of Pulau Tiga (where they shot a season of Survivor), visit the inspiring Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and roam the charming cities of Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. Dont come to Sabah without getting to see all of it. We got your ticket right here.
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|Day 1||Kota Kinabalu||Day 1 Kota Kinabalu|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Mount Kinabalu||Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1D)|
Travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 96km)
|Day 3||Mount Kinabalu||Day 3 Mount Kinabalu (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as its uphill all the way! Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level. Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning. Included Activities: Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 1
|Day 4||Kota Kinabalu||Day 4 Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu (1B, 1L)|
Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to the park headquarters for lunch. Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu. Included Activities: Mount Kinabalu Hike- Day 2 Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 96km)
|Day 5||Gunung Mulu National Park||Day 5 Kota Kinabalu/Gunung Mulu National Park (1B)|
Upon arrival in Miri, you will disembark from the plane with the group, retrieve your luggage, and pass it on to our ground operator so it can be transferred to Limbang. You will then go through passport control at Miri airport and board the flight to Mulu. Additional Notes: After leaving your luggage with our ground operator at Miri airport, you will not have access to it again until the group arrives in Limbang. You will need to pack an overnight bag with your essentials for two nights in the national park. Be sure to use a backpack as you will need to do some walking through the jungle and make a few transportation connections with your overnight bag. Included Activities: Deer and Lang Caves Exploration Bat Exodus Observation Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Plane (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 6||Gunung Mulu National Park||Day 6 Gunung Mulu National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Depart the lodge, board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to the Wind and Clearwater caves. Explore the caves, take a dip in the crystal clear waters, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest. Continue by longboat to Kuala Litut and start the trek through dense jungle to Camp 5, our stop for the night. Included Activities: Wind and Clearwater Caves Exploration Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) At Kuala Litut, disembark the longboat and begin the trek to Camp 5, where the group will spend the night. The trail here is well maintained. Walking (2.00-3.00 hours, 8km)
|Day 7||Limbang||Day 7 Headhunters Trail/Limbang (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Set out on the Headhunters Trail, an 11 kilometre trail through Borneos dense jungle. Trek past streams and caves, all while hearing the sounds of the thousands of species that call this jungle home. Learn about the rich history of the warring parties that created this trail before arriving at Kuala Terikan where you will board a boat down the river to Limbang. Included Activities: Headhunters Trail Trek Transport: Boat
|Day 8||Pulau Tiga||Day 8 Limbang/Pulau Tiga (1B, 1D)|
Start off early for a busy day of travel - by ferry, boat, and private vehicle - to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. After arriving on the island head out on a trek to a mud volcano and learn more about the region. Included Activities: Mud Volcano Trek Transport: Ferry Private Vehicle Boat
|Day 9||Pulau Tiga||Day 9 Pulau Tiga (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy a free day on this tropical paradise. Opt to go snorkelling, kayaking, or visit Snake Island.
|Day 10||Kota Kinabalu||Day 10 Pulau Tiga/Kota Kinabalu (1B)|
In Kota Kinabalu, opt to check out the restaurants along the waterfront with some free time in the evening. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 11||Kota Belud||Day 11 Kota Kinabalu/Kota Belud (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Learn more about the typical lifestyle in the village by taking part in seasonal activities such as rubber tapping, fruit harvesting, and rice planting. Included Activities: Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 12||Sungai Kinabatangan||Day 12 Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabahs longest. After settling in head out for a river safari. After dinner, opt for a guided night walk through the jungle. Included Activities: Kinabatangan River Evening Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 300km)
|Day 13||Sungai Kinabatangan||Day 13 Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Begin the day with a river safari in search of wildlife. After breakfast, visit the nearby oxbow lake with a professional guide and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons. Later, visit a nearby cave and, with some luck, spot a wild orangutan. Enjoy another boat cruise along the river to spot more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner. Included Activities: Kinabatangan River Wildlife Cruise Guided Oxbow Lake Walk and Wildlife Spotting
|Day 14||Sepilok||Day 14 Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok (1B)|
Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre. Included Activities: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Visit Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 15||Pulau Libaran||Day 15 Sepilok/Pulau Libaran (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island by boat. Take a guided tour of the islands turtle hatchery and learn about the turtle conservation program. Opt to go snorkelling or kayaking with some free time. Included Activities: Turtle Experience Transport: Private Vehicle Boat (0.75-1.00 hours)
|Day 16||Kota Kinabalu||Day 16 Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu (1B)|
After breakfast, depart Libaran Island and travel back to the Sandakan jetty. From the jetty, transfer to Sandakan airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Transport: Boat (0.75-1.00 hours) Plane (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 17||Kota Kinabalu||Day 17 Kota Kinabalu (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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