Real Borneo

10 Days | See orangutans, sleep in the jungle and go snorkelling off an island’s coast

5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
CHF  779
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Travel across the biodiverse Sabah region, immersing yourself in nature and learning about the island’s Indigenous cultures on a 10-day journey through the seldom-travelled-to Borneo. From orangutan encounters and bamboo hut homestays to village trekking and sea snorkelling, you’ll find a nature lover’s paradise! Where else can you spot pygmy elephants on a riverbank one day and see proboscis monkeys the next (not to mention slow lorises, flying foxes and rescued sun bears). Treat yourself to this incredible trip in the shadow of rainforest-clad mountains, on the warm sands of islands and in the middle of the serene jungle.

Trip overview

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
18 to 35s
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 35 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
  • Get the opportunity to meet our closest redheaded relatives at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and watch these gentle giants as they go about their day.
  • Hike to and from the rural village of Ratau, where you’ll mingle with the locals, take part in a cooking class, learn how to play the Gong and sleep in a traditional bamboo hut.
  • Take not one, not two but three river cruises on the Kinabatangan River to spot local wildlife – look out for pygmy elephants, slow lorises, flying foxes and proboscis monkeys among the teeming birdlife.
  • Take a snorkelling excursion to Pandan Pandan Island, where you’ll have multiple opportunities to dive under the clear waters and look for sea turtles, fish life, colourful corals and rays. Then, kick back on the warm sands and lap up the sun!
  • Meet the rescued sun bears at the Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok and learn about how this organisation works to rescue, protect, rehabilitate and hopefully reintroduce the sun bears back into the wild after they were mistreated.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a multi-share/twin basis. Solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender, a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people. You’ll get the chance to stay in a variety of accommodation on this trip, from village huts and jungle lodges to hostels and hotels. It can be basic, but it’s always comfortable. A single supplement is only available on the hotel nights in Kota Kinabalu.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2025 - 31 December 2025

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9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners


Private vehicle, Boat


Hotel (2 nights), Hotel (Multi-share) (1 night), Bamboo Hut (1 night), Jungle Lodge (dormitory room) (3 nights), Guesthouse (Multi-share) (2 nights)

  • Kiulu - Cooking Class
  • Kiulu - Village Trek (2 days / 1 night)
  • Kiulu - Cultural Activities
  • Kiulu - Dusun Martial Art Show
  • Sepilok - Night Walk at Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Sepilok - Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon Wildlife Cruise
  • Kinabatangan River - Night Jungle Walk
  • Kinabatangan River - Morning Wildlife Cruise
  • Pandan Pandan Island - Snorkelling Excursion
Add on activities
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee - MYR15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (boat and conservation fee) - MYR60
  • Kota Kinabalu – Koisaan Cultural Village (Entrance) - MYR45
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul Marine Park Scuba diving 3 dives (Min 4) - MYR445
  • Kota Kinabalu - Tunku Abdul National Marine Park Snorkeling Trip (Minimum 4 people) - MYR355

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement is only available on Days 1 and 9 and is subject to availability. All other nights you’ll be in shared accommodation. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. 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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5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Lisa · Traveled May 2024
I would highly recommend this trip if you are looking for a budget friendly and packed itinerary to explore Borneo’s Sabah region. I had so much fun and got to see so much wildlife -including Pygmy elephants and wild Orangutans. It was a very well organised trip ans also catered for me as a vegetarian.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Claudia · Traveled April 2024
If you’re hesitating about this trip, don’t! Every aspect was fantastic and had a bit of everything; plenty of wildlife, some culture, forest and beach.
Review submitted 16 Apr 2024

Laura · Traveled April 2024
Great trip to see the highlights of Malaysian Borneo and experience the diverse culture
Review submitted 16 Apr 2024

Caroline · Traveled April 2024
Outstanding! The name Real Borneo is the perfect description of this trip. Going into the remote nooks of Sabah felt like a real adventure!
Review submitted 18 Apr 2024

Javier · Traveled March 2024
Our days in Borneo were fantastic, especially for the people we surround ourselves with and, of course, thanks to Felix, our tour leader, who made us have an incredible experience! Of course we will recommend this trip to our friends and family.
Review submitted 09 Apr 2024
Real Borneo
CHF  779