Classic Borneo

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

4.9 out of 5 based on 136 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,716
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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
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Explorer, Wildlife
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
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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 rare treats for the nature lover – see sun bears in Sepilok and proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay.
  • 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.


Map of Classic Borneo including Malaysia



9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners


Boat, Plane, Private mini van


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

  • 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
  • Sepilok - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • 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) - MYR100

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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. Some nationalities may have increased government travel warnings in place for Eastern Sabah. Please check your government’s travel advice and that your travel insurance covers you for travel to Eastern Sabah.

Essential Trip Information

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4.9 out of 5 based on 136 reviews submitted.
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Rachael · Traveled January 2024
What a trip, of course lots of time traveling. But, the guide rony and all the staff used where extremely friendly and happy to assist. Seen everything i wanted to see. Highly recommend
Review submitted 12 Jan 2024

Katelyn · Traveled January 2024
An amazing trip that covers all of Borneo. You spend the right amount of time at each place and really get to experience the culture. Our tour guide (Rony) is so knowledgeable, passionate and really makes the trip. Could not fault this trip and will definitely look at doing other intrepid trips in the future.
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024

Suzanne · Traveled January 2024
An amazing trip which will extend your knowledge of our precious bird, plants and animal species. Explore Borneo in its glory and relish in the site of the famousOrangutans. Marvel at the resilience of the rivel people. This trip will remain in your mind and heart for ever. The experience is unforgettable
Review submitted 17 Jan 2024

Ellen · Traveled January 2024
Classic Borneo Tour is a must for all ages and to experience at least once in your life. The tour is perfectly spread out over, jungle, island, village and city. The leader Rony made the trip, He went above and beyond to lead our group and did a exceptional job doing it. I always felt informed, updated and safe. This leader is a massive asset to Intredpid and the world.
Review submitted 17 Jan 2024

Sandy · Traveled December 2023
First time with Intrepid and I was so impressed by the quality of group leader, accommodation, activities, food and everything else. Small tour group so not overwhelming and just right. Can’t wait for next one!
Review submitted 08 Jan 2024
Classic Borneo
EUR €1,716