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12 Days | Discover Borneo, one of the wildest places on the planet

4.7 out of 5 based on 39 reviews submitted.
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Travel with a local leader on this 12-day Premium adventure to uncover Borneo’s natural wonders, fascinating culture, history and ancient traditions. Journey to the jungles of Sabah and Sarawak, learn about the Iban way of life deep within Batang Ai National Park, get swept up in the frenetic energy of Kuching, connect with nature at the Kinabatangan River and visit an Orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sandakan. From dense rainforests to misty rivers and jungle valleys, this diverse island is a joy to explore.

Trip overview

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Start
Kuching, Malaysia
Finish
Sandakan, Malaysia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Malaysia
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TMPB
This trip generates 75.5 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.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Surround yourself with rich wildlife and wonderful creatures during two nights at the stunning and perfectly located Kinabatangan Wetland Resort, your Feature Stay accommodation.
  • Visit endangered orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, meet the Malaysian sun bear and take multiple cruises down the Kinabatangan in search of wildlife.
  • Gain unique insight into the Iban way of life during an Exclusive Experience where you stay in a rustic jungle lodge in the rainforests of Batang Ai, visit a traditional longhouse and chat to the locals about their culture.
  • Get a taste of Borneo’s diverse food scene during Exclusive Experiences, including dinner at a bustling food court that’s popular with locals, and a freshly caught seafood dinner after touring the seafood market.
  • Experience Borneo's beautiful natural surroundings with visits to local farms, waterfalls, National Parks, wildlife cruises, and more.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, RESPonsible Elephant Conservation Trust (RESPECT). Donations help them educate and engage local communities on the importance of conserving local habits for Borneo Pygmy Elephants.

Is this trip right for you?
  • With internal flights, spend less time travelling and more time taking in the wildlife and natural beauty of your destinations. Travelling light is essential, as the included domestic flights have a strict 15kg maximum for check in luggage.
  • The accommodation varies from hotels to a jungle lodge. The jungle lodge is more basic than our standard hotels, including shared bathroom facilities. The unique location and close proximity to wildlife is what makes the jungle lodge special.
  • There will be a few walks included on this trip on forested paths that can get wet and slippery. Shoes with a good grip are highly recommended, and will also be useful for getting in and out of low rise long tail boats.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Boat, Plane, Private Mini Van

Accommodation

Lodge (4 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Resort (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kuching - Welcome Dinner
  • Batang Ai - Nanga Sumpa Dinner
  • Batang Ai - Lachau Bazaar Lunch
  • Batang Ai - Jungle and Plantation Walk
  • Batang Ai - Local Longhouse Visit
  • Batang Ai - Enseluai Waterfall
  • Kuching - Group Lunch
  • Mulu National Park - Sunset bat experience
  • Mulu National Park - Deer & Lang Caves guided walk
  • Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves guided walk
  • Mulu National Park - Picnic Lunch
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sunset Cocktail
  • Kota Kinabalu - Seafood Market Tour and Dinner
  • Kota Kinabalu - Local Market Tour
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Spotting Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Evening Wildlife Walk
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Kinabatangan River - Morning wildlife spotting cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Evening Wildlife Spotting Cruise
  • Sepilok - Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sandakan - Farewell Seafood Dinner
Add on activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul National Marine Park Snorkeling Trip (Min 4) - MYR315
  • Kota Kinabalu - Cultural Village Tour (excludes transportation) - 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 except for nights 2 and 3 (Batang Ai) and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
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. We also have links to prominent government travel advisories and any updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page http://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/travel-alerts
5. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.
6. Please check and monitor for any entry requirements update through this website:https://covidprotocol.moh.gov.my/.
7. Our feature stay for the following departures will be Abai Jungle Lodge
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Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 39 reviews submitted.
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Noela · Traveled August 2023
We recently visited Borneo on the Premium Borneo in Depth. We were immersed in nature and experienced Borneos Natural Wonders and wildlife, whilst expertly guided and informed. NP Guides and leaders always went beyond with knowledge, passion and humour. A wonderful unforgettable experience. Once in a lifetime.
Review submitted 18 Sep 2023

Liane · Traveled August 2023
I had such a great time exploring Borneo and experiencing new things. This tour allowed me to do so with incredible guidance
Review submitted 10 Sep 2023

Elyse · Traveled August 2023
This tour is a fantastic highlights trip of some of Borneo’s natural wonders. The trip starts with walks in the jungle of Batang Ai and finishes with relaxing boat cruises. The trip is perfect for nature lovers and has an excellent variety of food to enjoy. Our leader Nostalia was amazing and made travelling a breeze. If you don’t like boats or walking in the jungle this trip may not be for you, but it is an incredible experience that everyone should try.
Review submitted 09 Sep 2023

Melanie · Traveled August 2023
A magical experience which was nothing like you could imagine. Nostalgia was a fantastic tour leader and nothing was too much trouble. Just amazing trip 😊
Review submitted 11 Sep 2023

Denise · Traveled July 2023
An enjoyable tour made even better with a fabulous group of like minded travellers- disappointingly, not much wildlife in Sarawak but made up for it in Sabah, saw orangutans and proboscis monkeys in their natural and wild habitat along with crocodiles, civets, eagles, snakes and even a tarantula, regional tour guides (Edgar, Ben and Max) were amazing and certainly made the trip worthwhile.
Review submitted 14 Aug 2023
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