Best of Borneo Overview

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Travel through the wild untamed lands of beautiful Borneo

Imagine a place that is spiritual and wild, colourful and mysterious, and full of tantalising secrets - this is beautiful Borneo. From the steamy jungles of Mulu National Park and the secluded beaches of Turtle Island, to the graceful orangutans at Sepilok and small villages nestled in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo is a true gem of South-East Asia. Experience captivating sunsets, be welcomed on homestays, travel along scenic trails, laze on tropical beaches and see an abundance of wildlife - this is a tour to remember forever.

  • Experience sunrise from the Mt Kinabalu summit
  • Fall in love with orphaned orangutans at Sepilok sanctuary
  • Hike along the wild Headhunters Trail
  • Look out for cheeky monkeys in Bako National Park
  • Relax in the Poring Hot Springs
  • See giant green turtles lay eggs by moonlight
  • Slurp spicy laksa in charming Kuching city
  • Trek to the summit of the spectacular Pinnacles Trail

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kuching, Malaysia
  • Finish:

    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Cabin (multishare) (2 nts), Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Dormitory (5 nts), Guesthouse (3 nts), Homestay (2 nts), Hotel (9 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Boat, Bus, Ferry, Longtail boat, Minibus, Plane, Taxi, Van
  • Included activities:

    Bako National Park, Dunsun - Rubber tapping/rice pounding, Iban Longhouse - Guided walk & traditional dinner, Kinabatangan - Cooking class, Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk, Kinabatangan - Sunset wildlife boat trip, Morning jungle walk, Mt Kinabalu climb, Mulu NP - Guided trek along Melinau and Headhunters' Trails, Mulu NP - Guided trek on the Pinnacles, Mulu NP - Guided walk through Wind and Clearwater Caves, Mulu NP - Guided walk to Deer and Lang Caves, Mulu NP - Longboat ride along the Melinau & Terikan Rivers, Poring Hot Springs, Semengohh Orangutan Sanctuary, Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Turtle Island - National Park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    268kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please provide passport details at time of booking, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.

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Day 1 Kuching

Discover a host of fun things to do in Kuching, a waterfront city at the gateway to Sarawak.

Day 2 Bako National Park

Explore pristine jungle trails in Bako National Park and spot odd-looking proboscis monkeys.

Day 3 Kuching

Watch orangutans at play in the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary before returning to Kuching.

Day 4 Iban Longhouse

Be welcomed in the longhouses of the Iban people and spend an evening learning about their amazing history and culture. Visit nearby waterfalls on a guided jungle walk, gain insights into the locals’ day-to-day life and discover their fascinating headhunting history.

Day 5 Sibu

Venture further afield to Sibu, on the banks of Rejang River.

Days 6-8 Mulu National Park

Travel deep into Mulu National Park. Explore Wind and Clearwater Caves, and climb the historic Pinnacles Trail.

Day 9 Headhunters' Trail/Limbang

Hike along the ominously named Headhunters Trail, once used by warring tribes.

Days 10-11 Kota Kinabalu

Dive back into city life in Kota Kinabalu. Nestled between sea and jungle, Sabah's capital is a great base for exploring.

Day 12 Dusun Village

Enjoy a village homestay in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, absorbing the warmth and passion of the local Dusun people.

Days 13-14 Mt Kinabalu

Towering above the coastal plains of Borneo, Mt Kinabalu is the centrepiece of the vast Kinabalu National Park. Experience all its glory on a trekking adventure.

Days 15-16 Poring Hot Springs

Wake early to enjoy staggering views and sunrise atop Mt Kinabalu. Scramble down for a restorative soak in the Poring Hot Springs.

Day 17 Kinabatangan Jungle Camp

Trek into Sabah's lush interior and learn about forest restoration from Intrepid's friends at MESCOT. Explore the jungle by boat and spend the night in huts among wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques.

Day 18 Sandakan

Explore Sandakan’s Chinese temples and island-studded bay.

Day 19 Turtle Island

Travel to the idyllic shores of Turtle Island. Witness giant turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs by moonlight.

Day 20 Sepilok Orangutan Reserve

Get up close to some primate relatives on a visit to Sepilok sanctuary, where orphaned and injured orangutans are rehabilitated.

Days 21-22 Kota Kinabalu

Return to Kota Kinabalu and perhaps cap off this colourful Sabah adventure with a celebration dinner.
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