Classic Borneo

10 Days | Get ready to go wild on a journey through Borneo

4.9 out of 5 based on 182 reviews submitted.
Explorer
Wildlife
From
AUD $3,200
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Experience natural wonders and abundant wildlife you can only find in Borneo on this 10-day adventure. Head into lush rainforests, down scenic rivers and through the traditional villages of this beautiful region. Hang out with orangutans in Sepilok, cruise along the Kinabatangan River, chill out on the stunning Manukan Island and get a taste of city life in Kota Kinabalu. There's no doubt that this adventure in Borneo will find its way into your heart and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Borneo including Malaysia
Start
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Theme
Explorer, Wildlife
Destinations
Malaysia
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TMKB
This trip generates 63 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Visit endangered orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, a facility that provides care for orphaned and confiscated primates and other local wildlife.
  • One of the wildest places on earth, Borneo offers nature lovers a chance to spot sun bears, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, and so much more.
  • Visit the mountainous village of Kampung Kiau where you’ll meet the locals, learn about a social enterprise that empowers women and enjoy a traditional lunch of regional favourites.
  • Search for wildlife when you’re cruising the Kinabatangan River on a water safari and while you’re in the depths of the wilderness at your jungle lodge.
  • During two days on glorious Manukan Island, there's plenty of time to soak up the relaxed beach vibe and to get close to marine life on an included snorkelling trip.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As you travel across Borneo, you'll stay in a variety of different accommodation, from standard hotels, to jungle lodges. Some accommodation may have less amenities than a standard hotel, but the unique locations and proximity to nature make them stand out favourites.
  • This trip doesn't include climbing Mt Kinabalu. If this is something that interests you, check out our Sabah Adventure (TMSC).
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It's all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. There are a few long days of travel, as you'll be covering a lot of ground. You will, however, make stops at interesting locations to break up the longer drives. Please read the Itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

Itinerary

Map of Classic Borneo including Malaysia

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Plane, Private mini van

Accommodation

Lodge (3 night), Hotel (4 nights), Resort (2 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Kampung Kiau - Coffee production house tour
  • Kampung Kiau - Community-based pineapple project
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Spotting Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Morning wildlife spotting cruise
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Visit to Gomantong Cave
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Sepilok - Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Manukan Island - Boat trip & snorkelling
Add on activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village (Entrance) - MYR130

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information
3. This trip includes a domestic flight. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on. Excess luggage will incur additional fees payable at check in to the airline.
4. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Eastern Sabah before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. Further information can be found in our "Safety" section of the Essential Trip Information. You can find links to prominent government travel advisories our Travel Alerts page https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 182 reviews submitted.
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Stephanie · Traveled June 2024
Enjoyed my trip in Borneo. Fantasic animals, landscapes and people. Loved every part of the tour and would highly reccommend.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Emma · Traveled June 2024
Borneo is a must do on anyones list. Beautiful country with fantastic wildlife. Highlight was definetly seeing orangutans in the wild. Nice to finish the trip on the island for snorkelling. Lucky to have had Beverly as our guide. Really informative with a wicked sense of humour.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Maria Jesus · Traveled June 2024
Borneo is an ideal destination for peole seeking contact with nature and with lovely people around. There is a strong concern about environment and you would learn about the afforts that are made to maintain the indigenous way of life with good standard of life and balance with the natural environment. And the food is beautiful.
Review submitted 14 Jun 2024

Lucy · Traveled May 2024
The classic Borneo trip is a fantastic way to see the country. Intrepid manage to pack so much into the 10 days. It is well organised and you learn and see so much of the country. Our leader Edwin was incredibly knowledgeable and made the trip a wonderful experience.
Review submitted 06 Jun 2024

Sandra · Traveled May 2024
Highly Recommend this tour. While a moderate level of fitness is required, there is plenty of time to relax and re-charge. Suitable for most ages
Review submitted 10 Jun 2024
Classic Borneo
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AUD $3,200