Borneo Family Holiday

9 Days | Discover Borneo on a wild family adventure.

4.9 out of 5 based on 90 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,395
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Travel to Borneo on an 9-day family adventure and discover the curious wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the region. Learn how orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated back into the wild, swim among colourful fish, watch baby green turtles take wobbly steps towards the waterfront and relax on sandy beaches. Along the way you'll make friends, try some delicious cuisine and forge some incredible memories. With all of the essentials included, and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, you and your family will fall in love with the unique animals, lush ecosystem and sandy islands of Borneo.

Trip overview

Map of Borneo Family Holiday including Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Family, Wildlife
Physical rating
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Min 5
Group size
Min 2 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 59 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
  • Take a leisurely walk along the scenic canopy walkway at Poring Hot Springs.
  • Stay overnight among the birds and beasts of the jungle, right next to an oxbow lake, at Kinabatangan Eco Camp.
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and, if you're lucky, watch baby orangutans learn to swing in a special enclosure.
  • Enjoy a special opportunity to watch protected turtle hatchlings scatter across the beach to the water under the cover of night.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There's a wide range of accommodation on this trip, from hotels and guesthouses to jungle camps. Some may be a little more basic than your standard Intrepid hotel, but their unique location and close proximity to wildlife is what makes them special.
  • There are a few days that we cover long distances with some travelling times of 4–5 hours. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land!
  • Travelling light is essential, as there is a strict 15 kg maximum luggage limit due to the internal flight. Excess luggage will incur extra fees.


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8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners


Bus, Minibus, Plane


Hotel (4 nights), Longhouse (1 night), Jungle Camp (2 nights) Chalet (1 night)

  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Poring Hot Springs - Poring Conservation Fee
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Cruise
  • Sabah Tea Plantation - Tea factory tour
  • Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk
  • Kinabatangan - Cooking class
  • Kinabatangan – Cultural Performance
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sepilok - Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Turtle Island - Turtle Night Nesting viewing
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
Add on activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village (Entrance) - MYR130
  • Kinabatangan - Tree Planting - MYR30
  • Turtle Island - Turtle Nest Adoption Program - MYR150

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Important notes

01. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
02. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
03. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.
04. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 02 (Sabah Tea Garden) , Days 3 & 4 (Jungle Camp) and Day 7 (Turtle Island) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
05. For some departures throughout the year we will only spend 1 night in the Eco Camp and 1 night in the Village in accommodation with attached bathrooms due to availability.
06. Borneo is a tropical country so rain can be expected at any time. The wet period in Borneo runs from November to February. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round with averages of 27-32°C/80-89°F and relative humidity of around 80%. Consider bringing a portable small neck fan with you to keep you and your family cool.
November to February is monsoon season for Selingan (Turtle Island) so if travelling during this time you should expect big waves and choppy seas. In cases of extreme weather, the trip to Selingan may be cancelled and alternative arrangements made. 
07. Many hotels outside of the big cities of Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan have been built so travellers can enjoy the countryside, forest/mountain views, where people can wake up to nature sounds not cars. Many of the hotels we use are in such locations and can be quite remote. So access to restaurants are limited.
08. Borneo’s food is known for being fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables.
The cuisine is a mix of Thai, Malay and Indian. Cuisine staples include grilled fish, barbecued prawns, fried rice, noodles, and local vegetables seasoned with garlic, ginger, and rich sauces. Fish and chicken based soups with noodles cooked in a hot clay pot are very traditional.
09. 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

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4.9 out of 5 based on 90 reviews submitted.
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Raelene · Traveled June 2024
We had a great trip with our 12 & 10 year old. Kids met others the same age and parents could enjoy all Borneo’s beauty and culture through their eyes and our own as they entertained each other!
Review submitted 05 Jul 2024

Craig · Traveled June 2024
Intrepid team in Borneo did an amazing job. My daughter had a fantastic time and we met some great people along the way. Highly recommend!
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Eddie · Traveled June 2024
I thought Aldrin was the best tour guide of all time! I loved the people and the jungle lodge. I didn’t quite like the turtle laying. I thought it was a bit unfair on mummy turtle & baby turtles. They were tired.
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Christie · Traveled April 2024
An amazing family holiday with our children age 13 and 10 years old they were the perfect age to experience all that Borneo had to offer. Cruising down the Kinabatangan River wildlife spotting and sleeping in the rainforest were the highlights. Our guide Mark was very knowledgeable and helpful, highly recommend the tour.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Meagan · Traveled April 2024
Our trip to Borneo was a once in a lifetime experience with highlights being the sight of Orangutans in the jungle and releasing baby turtles into the ocean. Master 10 says the Eco Lodge was hard core but worth it for the amazing wildlife and cultural experiences.
Review submitted 28 Apr 2024
Borneo Family Holiday
EUR €1,395