Highlights of Borneo

Classic, Kota Kinabalu to Kuching

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

We believe Borneo is for lovers. (Lovers of wildlife and adventure, that is!) You’ll traverse caves, trek through Gunung Mulu National Park, and search for orangutans and bats. In between all of that excitement, you’ll also have time to enjoy local fare, picnic in the rainforest, cruise the Melinau River, and spend a free day on the tropical island of Pulau Tiga, where you can snorkel, kayak, or simply kick back and catch some rays. Action and relaxation: The two ingredients for the perfect adventure.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Iban Longhouse Homestay, Batang Ai
  • Deer and Lang caves visit
  • Bat exodus observation
  • Wind and Clearwater caves exploration
  • Rainforest picnic
  • Headhunter Trail trek (2 days)
  • Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga)
  • Bako NP excursion
  • Trading town and farm visit
  • Blowpipe demonstration
  • Forest hike and local lunch
  • Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Look for proboscis monkeys in bako np
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest
  • Trek to a mud volcano on the tropical island of pulau tiga
  • Visit the semenggoh wildlife rehabilitation centre

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/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 3 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 4 Headhunters Trail/Limbang (1B, 1L, 1D) Set out on the Headhunters Trail, an 11 kilometre trail through Borneo's 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 5 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 6 Pulau Tiga (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day on this tropical paradise. Opt to go snorkelling, kayaking, or visit Snake Island.
Day 7 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: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Kota Kinabalu/Kuching Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Enjoy some free time in the evening. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 9 Kuching/Bako National Park (1B, 1L) Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening. Included Activities: Bako National Park Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Motorboat (0.50 hour(s)) Motorboat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 10 Kuching/Batang Ai (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture. Included Activities: Local Market and Farm Visit Iban Longhouse Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.25 hour(s))
Day 11 Batang Ai (1B, 1L) Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night. Included Activities: Blowpipe Demonstration and Forest Hike
Day 12 Batang Ai/Kuching (1B, 1L) Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching, stopping en route to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and with some luck spot a wild orangutan passing through. Included Activities: Semenggoh Nature Reserve Visit Transport: Boat (0.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Kuching (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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