Sabah Adventure

11 Days | Explore the wildlife paradise of Sabah in lush Borneo

4.9 out of 5 based on 150 reviews submitted.
Walking & trekking
NZD $3,154
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Explore a land of natural beauty and rare wildlife on an 11-day Borneo adventure through Sabah. With its collection of unique animals, ancient traditions, hot springs, tribal villages, rescued orangutans and scenic views, Sabah has something for everyone. You’ll experience the very best of this part of Borneo – climbing Mt Kinabalu at sunrise, watching sea turtles lay their eggs with an expert local ranger by your side and sharing laughs with your local village hosts in a remote village. Visit conservation sanctuaries, search for local wildlife at different times of day and night along the Kinabatangan River (including pygmy elephants if you’re lucky) and explore the untouched wilderness of the World Heritage-Listed Kinabalu National Park.

Trip overview

Map of Sabah Adventure including Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Sepilok, Malaysia
Explorer, Walking & trekking
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 41.04 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
  • 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.
  • Spend time getting to know the unique wildlife of Borneo at conservation sanctuaries for orangutans and sun bears.
  • 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!
  • Spend a night in the Dusun village within the hills that sit in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu – the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. Spend time with the friendly locals, watch a cultural performance and maybe hike through the surrounding fruit and rubber plantations.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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:
  • 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.


Map of Sabah Adventure including Malaysia



8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners


Private mini van, River Boat


Chalet (1 night), Resort (1 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

  • 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
  • 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, including your Mt Kinabalu permit.

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 2 (Dusun Village), Day 3 and 4 (Mt Kinabalu), Days 5-6 (Poring Hot Springs), Day 9 (Turtle Island), where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

3. 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

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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4.9 out of 5 based on 150 reviews submitted.
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Jay · Traveled April 2024
This trip was the first time my wife and I have travelled as part of an organised tour and we cannot express enough how positive the experience was. The level of comfort knowing everything is planned and organised only adds to the experience in a positive way, and assures a stress free travel environment. Our highlight of the trip was hiking Mount Kinabulu and spotting wildlife on the kinabatangan river. We were especially pleased with our tour leader Johmin and appreciated his local insights particularly for the wildlife aspects of the trip.
Review submitted 07 May 2024

Kristoffer · Traveled April 2024
Excellent introduction to Saba generally, including people, culture, wildlife, and food. Epic dawn summit at Mt Kinabalu.
Review submitted 30 Apr 2024

Karenne · Traveled April 2024
Amazing experience! Tremendous sense of achievement making it to the top of Mt Kinabalu, followed by tropical beach & wildlife. Our leader Jeffry made the trip all the more enjoyable
Review submitted 01 May 2024

Joanne · Traveled April 2024
Our Sabah Adventure tour itinerary was so interesting & varied - from the challenging but exhilarating days of trekking to Mt Kinabalu summit to wildlife spotting on dawn & dusk jungle cruises, watching green turtles lay their eggs and marvelling at mum & baby orangutans playing in the conservation centre. Well organised, great accommodation & small group size. Just fabulous!
Review submitted 12 May 2024

Gillian · Traveled April 2024
An amazing adventure, well supported. A snapshot of beautiful Sabah, Borneo. Such friendly people.
Review submitted 22 Apr 2024
Sabah Adventure
NZD $3,154