Experience Borneo

Classic, Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

For the adventurer who wants to see as much of Sabah as possible (and in two weeks, no less!) but doesn't want to summit Mt Kinabalu, this is your opportunity. Go for a dip in the awe-inspiring Wind and Clearwater caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Opt to go snorkelling on the island haven of Pulau Tiga. Get up close and personal with the orangutans at a rehabilitation centre (selfie time!). Really though, you want Sabah? It's waiting for you.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Cooking Class, Kota Belud
  • Deer and Lang caves visit
  • Bat exodus observation
  • Longhouse market visit (Batu Bungan)
  • Wind and Clearwater caves exploration
  • Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga)
  • Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris
  • Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan)
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Turtle hatchery visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit mulu national park and search for bats
  • Spot an array of wildlife from a river cruise on the klias river
  • Explore the tropical island of pulau tiga
  • Trek to a mud volcano
  • Pick fresh ingredients at a local farm for a cooking class

Itinerary

Day 1 Kota Kinabalu There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu/Pulau Tiga (1B) After breakfast drive to Kuala Pinyu, then take a boat ride to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. Opt to go on a jungle walk, snorkelling trip to snake island, or laze on the sandy beach. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Boat
Day 3 Pulau Tiga/Beaufort (1B, 1D) Enjoy a relaxing morning. Go snorkelling off the beach or join your CEO for a walk to the natural volcanic mud baths. Travel back to the mainland and spot an array of wildlife from a river cruise on the Klias River. Transfer to the colonial town of Beaufort. Included Activities: Mud Volcano Trek Klias River Cruise Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Beaufort (1B) Catch the local train to Tenom and explore the scenic town. Visit the Murut Cultural Centre before returning on the afternoon train. If you prefer, jump off the train early and opt out of the visit to Tenom to instead get your adrenaline pumping on a rafting tour. Included Activities: Murut Cultural Centre Transport: Local train (1.00 hour(s), 48km)
Day 5 Beaufort to Mulu National Park (1B) Depart to Menumbok port and take a private speedboat to Labuan. Fly to Miri and make your way to Mulu National Park. Opt for a night walk on the boardwalks surrounding park headquarters. Transport: Speedboat Plane (0.75 hour(s))
Day 6 Mulu National Park (1B, 1L) Depart on an easy walk along the river to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. After a lunch stop, swim in the crystal clear waters emerging from the mountain. Opt to stop at Iban village's morning market to browse handicrafts by the Pena tribe, descendants from headhunters. Walk on the boardwalk to Lang Cave and Deer Cave before relaxing with a drink at the viewing area for the nightly emergence of 3 million bats. Included Activities: Deer and Lang Caves Exploration Wind and Clearwater Caves Exploration
Day 7 Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu (1B) Before breakfast, opt to go on a two hour morning mist guided walk on the worlds longest tree based canopy walk. Enjoy free time to before boarding a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 8 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 9 Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah's 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 10 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. 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 11 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 12 Sepilok/Pulau Libaran (1B, 1L, 1D) Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island by boat. Take a guided tour of the island's 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 13 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 14 Kota Kinabalu (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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