Explore the highlights of Borneo on an Intrepid Family Adventure tour

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Family, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
299kg pp per trip


  • Be enchanted by the ancient legends and traditions of Sabah
  • Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Poring Hot Springs
  • Make local friends on a village homestay
  • Experience a night in the wild at a jungle camp
  • Get up close to Borneo's gentle orangutans at the Sepilok Sanctuary
  • Explore an incredible underwater world in Pulau Tiga National Park


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 January 2018

Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, a place where ancient traditions and exotic wildlife thrive. Choose to visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village to tour the mystical House of Skulls and learn about ancient legends. The nearby islands are great for swimming and snorkelling.
Get a taste of Borneo's mountain life heading into Kinabalu National Park, home to Borneo's highest peak Mt Kinabalu. Hit walking trails, explore waterfalls and enjoy a relaxing soak in the thermal pools at Poring Hot Springs. Perhaps visit a butterfly farm or take to the treetops on a canopy walk.
Today we head to Poring Hot Springs. Warm sulphur water is piped into several open-air Japanese-style baths at Poring Hot Springs, which are said to have curative properties for the skin.
A local homestay provides the opportunity to interact with villagers, learn about their unique way of life and how they contribute to the preservation of Borneo's ecosystem. Spend a night camping in the jungle, spotting wildlife such as macaques, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and perhaps even wild orangutans.
Today we return to a local Malay village where we're invited into the lives and homes of the local people.
Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to see these cheeky creatures feeding and playing. The following day, meet the residents of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned orangutans are cared for before being released back into the wild. Take a walk along jungle trails and try to spot these 'men of the forest' in their natural habitat.
Today, after breakfast we visit The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Travel by speedboat to 'Survivor Island' and enjoy some beachside bliss at this idyllic getaway. Swim in the clear, turquoise waters or snorkel among colourful fish and sea turtles. Visit one of the nearby bubbling mud volcanoes or simply relax on one of Borneo's white-sand beaches. Take a boat trip to Snake Island, a breeding ground for the yellow-lipped sea krait.
Today is free to enjoy your desert island
Return to Borneo's mainland and stay at a seaside guesthouse. There are plenty of optional activities on offer here - why not picnic on a nearby island, soak up some sun on the beach or hire a kayak to explore the coastline before the tour ends.
The tour finishes today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time.
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10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Boat, Bus, Longtail boat, Minibus, Plane, Van
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (2 nights), Jungle Lodge (3 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Homestay - Cultural show
  • Mt Kinabalu - Guided walk around lower trails
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park
  • Poring Hot Springs
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Sepilok - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Snorkelling


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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 15 years of age at time of travel.

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Borneo Family Adventure , September 2016

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