Best of Borneo

20 Days | Travel through the wild untamed lands of beautiful Borneo

4.7 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
Explorer
Wildlife
From
CHF  3,298
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If you're looking for an adventure somewhere spiritual, wild, and full of natural beauty, this 19-day adventure through Borneo might just be for you. Trek through the steamy jungles of Nugong Mulu National Park, relax on the shores of Turtle Island and see the cheeky orangutans in Sepilok reserve. Meet locals from the small villages that sit in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu and look out for the abundant wildlife on your trails, boat journeys and in the jungles you'll spend a night or two in. This is Borneo.

Trip overview

Map of Best Of Borneo including Malaysia
Start
Kuching, Malaysia
Finish
Sepilok, Malaysia
Theme
Explorer, Wildlife
Destinations
Malaysia
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TMSXC
This trip generates 61 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
  • See wild orangutans at the Semenggoh sanctuary and look for proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park. One of the last truly wild places on earth, Borneo offers rare treats for nature lovers.
  • Explore labyrinthian cave systems, some of the largest in the world, and watch as millions of bats emerge from their depths at sunset, darkening the sky like a plume of black smoke.
  • Climb Mt Kinabalu – the literal pinnacle of all treks in South East Asia – with local guides whose families have trekked the mountain for generations. Witness the sunrise at the peak after a morning hike and spot diverse flora and fauna along the way.
  • Join a local ranger to witness the life cycle of sea turtles, who come ashore on Turtle Island to lay their eggs on the beach. At night, you’ll watch the hatchlings make a dash down the beach on the way to their new life.
  • Cruise down the Kinabatangan River and search for wildlife in this rich and unique jungle ecosystem – if you’re lucky, you may spot wild pygmy elephants!

Is this trip right for you?
  • It’s best to pack light for this trip. There is a strict 20 kg (checked in baggage) and 7 kg (hand luggage) maximum luggage limit on the included internal flights. Excess luggage will incur extra fees to the traveller.
  • When staying in the National Park, accommodation is multishare and can be basic. The unqiue atmosphere and wonderful location more than make up for this though.
  • Climbing Mt Kinabalu is a challenge that shouldn't be underestimated. The elevation is approximately 4095 m and we rise early to summit in the dark to witness the sunrise. It's an unforgettable climb for sure, but you'll need an excellent fitness level to complete it. Read our blog here for everything you need to know about climbing Mt Kinabalu: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/guide-to-climbing-mt-kinabalu-borneo/
  • You'll need to pack some specific items for this trip – check the ‘Packing List’ in the Essential Trip Information for more details so you are prepared.
  • You will get to experience a wide range of accommodation types on this trip – shared dormitory rooms in hostels, a homestay, resort, jungle lodge and hotels. Some may be a little more basic than our standard hotels, but their unique locations and close proximity to nature is what makes them special.

Itinerary

Map of Best Of Borneo including Malaysia

Inclusions

Meals

16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

4x4, Ferry, Longtail boat, Plane, Taxi, Mini van, Private mini van, River Boat

Accommodation

Cabin (multishare) (2 nights), Dormitory (1 night), Hotel (5 nights), Resort (1 night), Chalet (1 night), Resort (1 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Bako National Park - Wildlife Trail Trek
  • Kuching - Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Mulu National Park - Deer & Lang Caves
  • Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves
  • Mulu National Park - Picnic Lunch
  • Mulu National Park - Local Dinner
  • Mulu National Park - Guided trek along Headhunters' Trails
  • Mulu National Park - Longboat ride along the Melinau & Terikan Rivers
  • Labuan Island - Sunset cocktail drink
  • Dusun Village - Guided village walk
  • Dusun Village - Cultural performance
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Mt Kinabalu Climb
  • Poring Hot Springs - Poring Conservation Fee
  • Kinabatangan River - Night jungle walk
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Dawn wildlife cruise
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Turtle Island - Turtle Island Marine Park
  • Turtle Island - Turtle Hatchery Visit
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Add on activities
  • Kuching - Sarawak Cultural Village - MYR95
  • Sarawak River cruise - MYR65
  • Kuching - Borneo Cultures Museum - MYR50
  • Mulu National Park - Canopy Walk - MYR50
  • Labuan - Historical tour (Minimum 2 People) - MYR177
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul National Marine Park Snorkeling Trip (Minimum 4 people) - MYR355
  • Kundasang - War Memorial - MYR15
  • Poring Hot Springs - Butterfly Farm - Free
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk - MYR10
  • Poring Hot Springs - Orchid Conservation Centre - Free
  • Poring Hot Springs - Rafflesia Blooming Observation - MYR30
  • Poring Hot Springs - Hot Springs (Open Bath Tub) - (3 hours) - MYR10
  • Sandakan - Agnes Keith House - MYR15
  • Sandakan - St Micheals and All Angels Church - MYR10
  • Sandakan - Puu Jih Shih Chinese Temple - Free
  • Turtle Island - snorkel hire - MYR35
  • Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre - MYR20
  • Sepilok - Sun Bear Conservation Centre - MYR50

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Important notes

1. Please provide passport details at time of booking, as these are essential for booking services on this trip.
2. Strict luggage limits apply for this trip. See the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for more detail.
3. If you prefer not to share a room on this trip, you may purchase a single supplement, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this. The single supplement excludes Days 4 - 6 (Mulu National Park), Day 11 (Dusun Village), Day 12 & 13 (Mt Kinabalu), Days 14 & 15 (Poring Hot Springs) and Day 18 (Turtle Island) , where you will be in shared accommodation.
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

4.7 out of 5 based on 17 reviews submitted.
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Kelly · Traveled April 2024
This trip through Borneo was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every minute of this trip, I highly recommend it. The treks were tough, but rewarding.
Review submitted 17 May 2024

Denzil · Traveled March 2024
This itinerary is planned and executed in fine detail and I felt more confident each day.
Review submitted 05 Apr 2024

Mara · Traveled March 2024
Malaysian Borneo is a cultural delight, and we had to privilege to visit during Ramadan - this meant amazing markets to break the fast, watching people picnic in the evenings on the riversides and local parks. Sarawak was our favourite area, but the hike up Mount Kinabalu was a physical and mental challenge that I conquered and never need to do again! The history, tribes and local people are fascinating, but really we choose to travel here for the wildlife, and it didn't disappoint - orangutans, macaques, wild boar, silver leaf monkeys, and surprisingly my favourite were the Sun Bears at the conservation centre in Sepilok. I could have watched them all day. Thanks for another great trip Intrepid.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Hollie · Traveled March 2024
I cannot recommend this trip enough, it has everything - adventure, wildlife, culture and some relaxation. But do not underestimate the physical challenge of Mount Kinabalu. It was tough but worth it!
Review submitted 07 Apr 2024

Carolineybierallen@gmail.com · Traveled February 2024
Borneo is an amazing destination that really didn’t disappoint . Beautiful and full of nature it is peaceful, relaxing and generally amazing. Wildlife, rainforest, lovely cities and the most welcoming people I’ve ever encountered. I can only recommend this trip to this incredible part of the world .
Review submitted 21 Mar 2024
Best of Borneo
From
CHF  3,298