Explore Borneo's tropical playground - the Sabah region

Explore a mystical land of incredible natural beauty and rare wildlife on this Sabah Adventure tour. With its collection of exotic animals, ancient traditions, hot springs, tribal villages, loveable orangutans and incredible views, Sabah has something for everyone. Experience the very best of this part of Borneo - climbing Mt Kinabalu, watching elusive sea turtles lay their eggs upon Turtle Beach and sharing laughs with local village hosts - every minute of this incredible adventure will stay with you for life.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Explorer, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
327kg pp per trip


  • Look for giant turtles laying eggs on Turtle Beach
  • Meet mischievous orangutans at Sepilok
  • Bliss out in the Poring Hot Springs
  • Experience sunrise atop magnificent Mt Kinabalu
  • Discover mountain myths on a village homestay
  • Traverse the steamy Kinabatangan rainforest


Experience the frontier charm of Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, sandwiched between palm oil plantations and the sultry South China Sea. If arriving early, why not venture to the Sabah Museum and check out the impressive collection of tribal artefacts on display.
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.
Head into the unspoilt wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. Then, fuelled by fresh air and stunning views, set off on an energetic hike up Mt Kinabalu. Conquer the sometimes challenging ascent, stopping to admire a diverse range of flora and fauna species along the way. Settle in for the night at a local resthouse.
Wake early to complete the final ascent up Mt Kinabalu and take in a breathtaking panorama of jungles 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. While here, perhaps get a new perspective of the jungle on a tree canopy walk, visit a nearby butterfly farm or trek to Laganan Falls.
Travel into the steamy Kinabatangan Rainforest. Learn how locals contribute to the region’s conservation at MESCOT, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that provides villagers with environmental education. Explore the jungle by boat and try to spot curious wildlife cavorting through the trees. At night, listen for the nocturnal calls of wild orangutans, hornbills and macaques.
Embark on an early morning wildlife cruise on the Kinabatangan River. Then make tracks to the busy city of Sandakan, home to historic Chinese temples and an island-studded bay.
Pass by small villages and bamboo fish traps on a speedboat ride to Turtle Island. After spending quality time relaxing on the beach, be touched by the sight of giant green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight.
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 or check out the cheeky proboscis monkeys at a sanctuary in Labuk Bay.
Transfer to Sandakan airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu. We stay in a centrally located hotel in Kota Kinabalu. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own activities. Do some last minute shopping at the large shopping Centers or take a wonder down to the night market to pick up something local. We end this colourful Sabah Adventure with a final group meal.
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8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Boat, Bus, Longtail boat, Plane
Chalet (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Jungle Lodge (1 night), Resort (1 night)
Included activities
  • Kinabatangan River - Night jungle walk
  • Mt Kinabalu climb
  • Sepilok - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Tanak Nabalu - Cultural Show
  • Tanak Nabalu - Guided Trek to Waterfall
  • Turtle Island - National Park


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1. Please provide passport details at time of booking, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. Strict luggage limits apply. See under the Important notes section of Trip Notes for more information.
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Sabah Adventure , September 2015

Sabah Adventure , September 2015