Best of Borneo Itinerary

Travel through the wild, untamed lands of beautiful Borneo. From magnificent Mt Kinabalu to wild Bako park and pristine Turtle Island.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Best of Borneo.
Sepilok Orangutan Reserve

Dragonfly

Exploring the jungle by boat

Rainforest in Borneo

Turtle

Local woman weaving

Day 1 Kuching

Bask in the laid-back atmosphere of Kuching, then get ready for a jungle adventure in Sarawak.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Bako National Park

Refresh your senses and keep your eyes peeled for monkeys as you trek through the lush rainforest in Bako National Park.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 1

Day 3 Kuching

After a morning hike, emerge from the wilderness and travel to Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 4 Iban Longhouse

Pay a visit to the longhouses of welcoming Iban locals. Explore the nearby waterfalls and learn about the culture of the Iban people.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 5-7 Mulu National Park

Head to Mulu National Park to navigate the thrilling jungles and caves. Hop in a longboat and sail along winding rivers and experience sunset at Deer Cave.
ACCOM: Cabin (multishare) - 2, Dormitory - 1

Day 8 Headhunters' Trail/Limbang

Trek along a section of Headhunters’ Trail, a jungle path historically used by warring parties in the region.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 9 Survivor Island

Try a soak in a mud bath or relax on the island’s gorgeous beaches.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 10-11 Kota Kinabalu

Snorkel, swim or simply relax on Borneo’s beautiful coast.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 12 Dusun Village

Learn about the spiritual, economic and social ties that locals have with Mt Kinabalu on a village homestay. Spend a night in traditional accommodation, which is nestled in the shadow of this imposing mountain.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 13-14 Mt Kinabalu

Fuelled by fresh mountain air and stunning views, set off on an energetic Mt Kinabalu climb. It's a challenging ascent but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Kinabalu's remarkable flora and fauna along the way.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 2

Days 15-16 Poring Hot Springs

Wake early to catch sunrise at the summit of Mt Kinabalu - admire the jungles of Borneo in one direction and the South China Sea in the other. Enjoy a well-deserved soak in the Japanese-style Poring Hot Springs - believed to have healing properties for the skin.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 17 Kinabatangan River

Travel into the steamy rainforest of Kinabatangan. Learn how the locals contribute to the region’s conservation at MESCOT, a project that provides villagers with environmental education. Explore the jungle by boat and spend the night in huts amid wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 1

Day 18 Sandakan

Embark on another jungle excursion, this time learning about the medicinal properties of different plants, before donning an apron for a traditional cooking class. Then, make tracks to the busy city of Sandakan, home to historic Chinese temples and an island-studded bay.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 19 Turtle Island

Pass by fishing villages on a speedboat ride to Turtle Island. Be touched by the sight of giant green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
ACCOM: Chalet - 1

Day 20 Sepilok Orangutan Reserve

The soulful eyes of Borneo's famous creatures will melt hearts on a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about conservation on an optional tour of the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) or check out the cheeky proboscis monkeys at a sanctuary in Labuk Bay.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 21-22 Kota Kinabalu

Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and perhaps cap off this colourful Sabah adventure with a celebration dinner.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1