Wildlife Borneo 11 Days

$2,999.00

Gaya Island, Kinabalu, Selingan Island, Sandakan, Sepilok, Sukau Rainforest, Kinabatangan River, Menanggul River

As the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia, Borneo is jam-packed with natural attractions for the aventurous traveller. Scenic trekking circuits, river safari cruises, and rainforest lodge stays are some of the main drawcards to this region. From shaggy orangutans swinging through emerald-green canopies, to the giant carnivorous Rafflesia flower – with 6% of the world’s biodiversity, Borneo is truly remarkable.

Highlights
  • Marvel at the dramatic Mt. Kinabalu from UNESCO World Heritage Kinabalu Park
  • See friendly orphaned orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Stay in award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Experience the magic of seeing baby green turtles being released into the sea at Selingan Island
  • Observe Borneo’s diverse wildlife on a river cruise down the Kinabatangan River

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Departures

2018 Package Price Single Supplement
03 Mar 22 Sep * From $2,999
per person twin share

$600
07 Apr* 27 Oct
19 May 24 Nov
Other departures available on request
* = Peak season surcharge: $300

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines or Malaysia Airlines return economy class airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne or Perth
  • 8 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tour guide & driver tipping payable in Borneo: Average RM15/person/day
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure & anything not stated on the itinerary

Hotel Accommodation

Location Accommodation Local Rating
Kota Kinabalu Grandis Hotel or similar
Selingan Island Selingan Island Chalet or similar
Sepilok Sepilok Nature Resort or similar
Sukau Sukau Rainforest Lodge or similar

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Colourful Malaysia 6 Nights

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Penang

Located in South-east Asia, Malaysia offers you unmatched cultural, religious and geographical diversity. Buildings are of valuable cultural and historical significance with many retaining a unique blended European and Asian architectural style due to a long history of European colonisation. As a cultural melting pot, Malaysia is home to the Malays, Chinese, Indians and people of other nationalities. As such, this extraordinary variety produces some of the most sumptuous cuisines, with food stalls and hawker food incredibly popular amongst locals and travellers alike.

Highlights:

  • Retreat to the serene Cameron Highlands and uncover a sea of rolling green tea fields
  • Observe the heritage wooden stilt houses at The Weld Quay Clan Jetties Waterfront Settlement
  • Discover the historical and cultural riches of UNESCO World Heritage Site Malacca colonised in turn by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British
  • Hop on a Beca and speed through the bustling city streets of Georgetown in style
Package Price Single Supplement
From $1,399
per person twin share
Tour will operate with a minimum of 9 persons
$420

Inclusions:

  • International airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges (Penang>Kota Kinabalu)
  • 6 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $105
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure & anything not stated
Location Deluxe Accommodation Local Rating
Kualu Lumpur Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur or similar
Cameron Highlands Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands or similar
Penang The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel or similar

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Singapore Stopover 2 Nights

Singapore is loved as a ‘hot’ destination, full of contrasts inside a small area. Gardens by the Bay is a must-see attraction in Singapore. It is a massive garden with 101 hectares of reclaimed land with a rich diversity of plants, as well as decorative lighting installations. Do not forget about the culinary delights of Singapore. The food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes such as stir-fried noodles, roti chennai, and laksa are well known. You will see hundreds of different street foods in Chinatown.

4 Star Hotel 5 Star Hotel
From $399
per person twin share

Single Supplement: $350
From $549
per person twin share

Single Supplement: $500

Upgrade your flights to Singapore Airlines to book this package

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Return transfers
  • Unlimited rides on SIA Hop-on Bus
  • Multi Pass

Multi Pass Inclusions (subject to change):

  • Singapore Cable Car (Sky Pass)
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • Sentosa Admission + Admission to 2 out of 8 Attractions (Surrender Chamber @ Fort Siloso, Sentosa Merlion, Wings of time – Standard seat, Sentosa 4D Adventureland, GoGreen Bi-Pedal Bicycle Ride, GoGreen Segway Fun Ride, Tiger Sky Tower, Skyline Luge Sentosa)
  • Alive Museum
  • Gardens by the Bay (2 Conservatories)
  • National Orchid Garden
  • Singapore River Bumboat Tour
  • Jurong Bird Park (tram not included)
  • Singapore Zoo (tram not included)
  • The Original Singapore Walks (choose 1 out of 5 Walking Tours)
  • $5 Chinatown Food Street Voucher
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Malay Heritage Centre
  • Singapore Philatelic Museum
  • ClimbMax (choice of 1 course)
  • Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
  • 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar (entry after 6:30pm)
  • Satay by the Bay
  • Universal Studios Singapore
Local Rating Hotel Accommodation
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview or similar
Hotel Grand Central or similar
Furama City Centre or similar
Mandarin Orchard Singapore or similar
Marina Mandarin Singapore or similar
Swissotel The Stamford Singapore or similar

Fly to Kota Kinabalu via connecting cities. Your friendly tour guide will waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. Note: Some flights may departure one day later.
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel.
Travel to Gaya Island today surrounded by protected mangroves, lush tropical rainforests and sheltered coral reefs just 30 mins away from Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, go on an adventure on a jungle trail and discover Borneo’s unique tropical plants. Enjoy a picnic lunch box for lunch. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure on a beautiful beach, swimming, and snorkelling or just relaxing before taking a boat back to Kota Kinabalu.
Today, travel to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 1500m in the UNESCO World Heritage Kinabalu Park, home to more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna. En route, stop by Pekan Nabalu Market and sample local and seasonal tropical fruit. At the foothills, marvel at the majestic views of Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia (4,095m). Later, visit the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery and Mountain Garden. If the weather permits, go on a guided tour to explore the verdant forest laced with crisp mountain air. Today’s last stop is Poring Treetop Canopy Walk where bridges suspended across the canopy at 41m offer a different view of the jungle.
Board a flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Sandakan. Travel to Selingan Island by boat. Spend today at your own leisure. You may go on a walk and explore the island or go swimming and snorkelling (rental gear is available on the island). Selingan Island is known as Turtle Island for its efforts in rescuing the endangered green and hawksbill turtles. After dinner, observe Green Turtles lay eggs and rangers transplanting the eggs to the hatchery and releasing the baby turtles out on their first journey into the sea.
Return to Sandakan by boat today. Stroll through a town market lined with stands that sell local fish, assorted snacks and seasonal fruits. Next, visit Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, a relatively new Buddhist temple adorned with elaborate golden Buddha statues and dragons. As the temple is situated on top of the hill, enjoy panoramic views of Sandakan Bay. Later, learn the history of one of the oldest buildings in Sandakan at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. Also, visit Agnes Keith House, the former residence of the famous American author. Learn about her books and her family life as you explore the house furnished with reproduced colonial furniture, genuine antiques and other objects of significance. Afterwards, explore a unique floating village on stilts – Sim Sim Water Village. Before lunch, proceed to Sandakan War Memorial Park erected to commemorate those who lost their lives during World War II. Final stop is at the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you can wander through the botanical wonderland and catch a bird’s eye view from the canopy walk bridge.
Head to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre this morning and learn how orphaned orangutans are cared for and rehabilitated. You may have the chance to see them during feeding time. Next, visit Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where you can see the world’s smallest bear. Transfer to Sandakan by boat to check in to the multiple award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge accommodation nestled on the banks of Borneo’s Kinabatangan River, which is home to a host of extravagant wildlife. Hop on a short River Safari Cruise in the evening.
Take a Safari River Cruise on Kinabatangan River to Oxbow Lake to see Borneo’s diverse wildlife refuge: saltwater crocodiles, colourful birds and occasionally the Asian elephant can be sighted. Proceed to Hornbill Boardwalk for an educational tour. In the afternoon, join an Orangutan Talk Activity before taking another river cruise to spot more wildlife.
Take an early morning Safari River Cruise along the Menanggul River in search of proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. After, travel on land to Gomantong Caves soaring up to 90 m high where various bats and birds can be seen. Return to Sukau.
Return to Sandakan by boat before transferring to the airport for your homebound or onward flight via connecting cities.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Colourful Malaysia 6 Nights

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Penang

Located in South East Asia, Malaysia offers you unmatched cultural, religious and geographical diversity. Buildings are of valuable cultural and historical significance with many retaining a unique European and Asian architectural style due to a long history of European colonialism. As a cultural melting pot, Malaysia is home to the Malays, Chinese, Indians and people of other nationalities. As such, this extraordinary variety produces some of the most sumptuous cuisines, food stalls and hawker foods incredibly popular amongst locals and travellers alike.

Highlights:

  • Retreat to the serene Cameron Highlands and uncover a sea of green rolling tea fields
  • Observe the heritage wooden stilt houses at The Weld Quay Clan Jetties Waterfront Settlement
  • Discover the historical and cultural riches of Malacca once colonised by the Europeans (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Hop on a Beca and speed through the bustling city streets of Georgetown in style
Fly overnight to Kuala Lumpur via connecting cities (Note: some flights may depart one day later).
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur. Your friendly tour guide will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.
This morning, travel to Malacca (listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site), a city with a history of colonisation by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Many of the buildings including churches here are a cultural blend of 18th century European and Asian architectural styles. Visit St. Peter’s Church, the oldest operational Catholic Church in Malaysia where various celebrations are held here. Afterwards, visit Porta De Santiago, a fortress that was built by the Portuguese to secure their position in Malacca. Later on, take a stroll through St Paul’s Church, a historical church ruin on the summit of St. Paul’s Hill. Proceed to the Dutch administrative building known as Red Square or ‘Stadthuys’ before exploring the finest temple in Malaysia – Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. The peaceful unity of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism found in the same complex is a unique feature of this temple. Take a stroll along Malacca River before returning to Kuala Lumpur.
Begin your journey today to Cameron Highlands. Enjoy the crisp air and breathtaking views of verdant tea plantations at 5000ft above sea level. On the way, stop by Iskandar Waterfall passing by gurgling jungle streams. Some of the main attractions in this area include Rose Garden, green rolling hills of lush tea plantations as well as a Butterfly Farm. The cooler climate due to higher altitude and abundant water is perfect for cultivating tea and is also the perfect environment for unique flora and fauna species. Take a sip of your favourite tea (own expense).
Enjoy breakfast with a free morning at your own leisure. Travel to Penang.
Explore Penang Island today. First stop will be Tropical Spice Garden, an award-winning landscaped tropical garden that is home to more than 500 species of tropical plants and herbs from around the world. Next, visit Penang Craft Batik Factory and learn how the pioneers of batik manufacturing create quality batik garments using complex prints and patterns. Afterwards, taste juicy tropical fruits at Penang Tropical Fruit Farm. The farm grows 370 edible fruits species including exotic ones, such as durians. Stroll through The Weld Quay Clan Jetties Waterfront Settlement, a living heritage that served as one of the main South Asia ports for trading before visiting Khoo Kongsi, the extravagant clan house of the most distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia. The building is most famous for its gorgeous gold decorations and detailed ornamental carvings. Walk down ‘The Street of Harmony’, a street with a variety of places of worship grouped together, including Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan-Yin-Ten; Chinese temple as a symbol of pride, compassion and love, and St George’s Church; South East Asia’s oldest Anglican Church. In the afternoon, visit Kek Lok Si Temple, where a magnificent 30.2m tall bronze statue of Guanyin and the temple’s pagoda decorated with 10,000 statues of Buddha is the main drawcard for many Buddhist pilgrimages. Ride a funicular train up to Penang Hill for some fresh breeze and a stunning panoramic view of Georgetown.
Free time during the day at your own leisure to explore Georgetown. Penang is the home of finest oriental cuisine and also a gourmet’s paradise. Tour continues in the evening. Hop on a beca, an open-fronted pedal-powered ride, and speed through the bustling streets of Georgetown. Take a closer look at Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan Yin Teng and St George’s Church. Afterwards, explore Penang’s famous ‘Red Garden Food Paradise’ offering a one stop destination for delicious local and international hawker food.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Singapore Stopover 2 Nights

Singapore is loved as a hot destination with full of contrasts inside a small area. Gardens by the Bay is a must see attraction in Singapore. It is a massive garden with 101 hectares of reclaimed land with rich diversity of plants as well as light up decorations. Do not forget about culinary delights in Singapore. Their food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian and Malay dish such as Stir Fry Noodles, Laksa and are also well known. You will see hundreds of street foods in China Town.

Fly to Singapore via connecting cities and transfer to your hotel for rest.
Today is free at your leisure. You may choose from a variety of activities covered by your Multi Pass (Note: transportation is not included, however, most venues are covered by the SIA Hop-on Bus).
After breakfast, fly to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to the hotel.