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Classic Borneo

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

4.9 out of 5 based on 128 reviews submitted.
CAD $2,696
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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
  • One of the wildest places on earth, Borneo offers rare treats for the nature lover – see orangutans 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.
  • Explore Mt Kinabalu Botanical Garden, its local orchids and lush forests blending seamlessly with Mt Kinabalu’s unspoiled wilderness.
  • 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.
  • You’ll visit Mt Kinabalu Botanical Garden on this trip, but you don’t climb the mountain itself. If this is something that interests you, check out our Sabah Adventure (TMSC).
  • Be prepared for some long drives of up to 5 hours. Wherever possible, you'll make stops in interesting locations to break up the trip.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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 Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
  • 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 128 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Hannah · Traveled November 2023
Great itinerary. Saw too many animals to list. Our leader Aldrin was fantastic – affable and very knowledgeable. The group size was just right.
Review submitted 13 Nov 2023

Jennifer · Traveled October 2023
Wildlife, rainforest, beaches, coral, culture and foods - what an interesting and diverse state Sabah in Borneo, Malaysia is! Our small group were competently and safely guided to explore Sabah by our fabulous local tour leader. I highly recommend this tour if you need to press refresh.
Review submitted 06 Nov 2023

Deborah · Traveled October 2023
Another excellent trip with Intrepid. Very well organised with a fabulous guide. Everything ran like clockwork and the holiday was amazing!
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023

Allison · Traveled October 2023
Cannot recommend this trip highly enough for those seeking wilderness and wildlife, the itinerary covers the best of Borneo and in 10 days you’ll fall in love with the place and the people .
Review submitted 29 Oct 2023

Karin · Traveled October 2023
The Classic Borneo was an excellent trip. We learnt so much about Sabah, its wildlife an people. The experiences were magical and our guide Ben was fantastic. He really made the trip wonderful for us.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023
Classic Borneo
CAD $2,696