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12 Days - Best of Borneo

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Nicol Demna

Rustic Borneo Travel

Nicol has 10+ years experience in preparing itineraries throughout Borneo and Malaysia.

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12 Days - Best of Borneo

Join us, as we bring you on an exclusive journey across the fantastic island of Borneo. We have selected the very best parts of Borneo for you to enjoy – beaches, tropical rainforest and amazing wildlife. At the end of the tour, you will stay at one of the best luxury beach resorts in Borneo, perched on a white sandy beach. This package is created to give you quality and only the best. This trip will surely fill you with memories to last a lifetime

DAY 1

Arrival Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state Sabah in the island of Borneo and serves as the main gateway for the states many worldclass nature and wildlife experiences. The city is beautifully facing the South China Sea giving you breathtaking sunsets. Read more

Kota Kinabalu, 3 Nights
DAY 2

Bunga Raya Luxury Island tour

Meet at the jetty and enjoy a day at a quiet and private beach away from the normally very busy islands around Kota Kinabalu. You will check in at Bunga Raya Island Resort’s Lounge at Jesselton Jetty, before you transfer by boat to Gaya Island for a relaxing island trip in a secluded area of the Island, with a private beach, owned by the 5-Star island resort, Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa. Enjoy snorkeling or kayaking, or simply spend the day under the sun relaxing. At 1600hrs, we will return to Jesselton Jetty. Read more

Kota Kinabalu, 3 Nights
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DAY 3

Kota Kinabalu

Free and easy. You have time to explore Kota Kinabalu on your own. There is a wide range of day tours avaialable. A popular tour is a visit to Mahua Waterfall for a swim.

Kota Kinabalu, 3 Nights
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DAY 4

Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan

Today, we will transfer you to Kota Kinabalu Airport to catch the departure flight to Sandakan. Upon arrival at Sandakan, we will meet and transfer you to your overnight accommodation at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Sandakan, 1 Night
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DAY 5

Sepilok Orangutan Centre / Kinabatangan

You will be picked up from Sepilok Nature Resort in the morning. We proceed to watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. If the Orang Utans are feeling particularly friendly, you may even get the chance to get up close to the Orang Utan so be sure to hang onto your belongings. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear. After lunch, we head to the Sandakan jetty where we'll embark on a speedboat for a 2½ hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River (Comfort will go by land) to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Don't worry as the ride is not choppy and it won't be just boat ride as there will be opportunities along the way to view wildlife and birds, and if you're lucky, even the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Cool down with a refreshing drink and cold towel upon arrival while our friendly manager helps you check-in. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari. Every boat is equipped with eco friendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries) in search of wildlife and birds. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. If you don't see a Proboscis monkey on your first river cruise, ask for a FREE Night Cruise on us! Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Be sure to try on our in-house Sarongs (local wear) which is cooling and helps keep away any mozzies. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Read more

Kinabatangan, 2 Nights
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DAY 6

Kinabatangan River

An early morning call at 0530hrs to catch the rainforest waking up is in store. If conditions are just right, you might even wake to a surreal heavenly experience shrouded in mists. After a light breakfast, we embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning on our way to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake. Return to a full breakfast awaiting you, taking the time to just immerse yourself in the surroundings. After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist after which you'll have some time to relax. If you're itching for more activity, we have many optional activities on offer like a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, our soon to be completed Dip Pool and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activity everyday so be sure to ask us. After afternoon tea, we head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Candlelight dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Read more

Kinabatangan, 2 Nights
DAY 7

Sandakan / Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey (Comfort by land). Proceed to Sandakan Airport to take your flight to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, we will meet and transfer you to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort for overnight accommodation. Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu on Pantai Dalit Beach is one of the best resort's in Malaysia. Set amidst a nature reserve, the resort enchants endlessly with its natural magic. The resort is home to an eco-friendly championship golf course and the magnificent Spa at Dalit Bay. Unique to the resort is the Nature Interpretation Centre, gateway to the Nature Reserve. Here, you can meet the Borneo's wildlife. Welcome to paradise. Read more

Kota Kinabalu, 5 Nights
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DAY 8

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Free an easy at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort. It is also possible to visit Kota Kinabalu, which is located only 30 minutes' drive away. Otherwise, you can spend your leisure time at the beach or by the poolside.

Kota Kinabalu, 5 Nights
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DAY 9

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Day is free and easy at the resort

Kota Kinabalu, 5 Nights
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DAY 10

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Day is free and easy at the resort

Kota Kinabalu, 5 Nights
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DAY 11

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Day is free and easy at the resort.

Kota Kinabalu, 5 Nights
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DAY 12

Departure Kota Kinabalu

Pick up from Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your departure flight.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kota Kinabalu
Day 4
Location Sepilok, Sandakan
Day 5
Location Sukau, Kinabatangan River
Day 7
Location Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kota Kinabalu
Day 4
Location Sepilok, Sandakan
Day 5
Location Sukau, Kinabatangan River
Day 7
Location Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees
  • Tours
  • Many Meals

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Camera fee at attractions
  • Tourism Tax / MYR 10 per room / Night

More information

  • Transfer to and from Sukau Rainforest Lodge: Comfort Package (Superior Room) will be by land transfer. Luxury Package (Villa Room) will be by speedboat.

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Jan Hanson, United States

We did 4 weeks of travelling across South East Asia. Especially in the planning, we got a lot of help and advises. I can highly recommend this company.

Marie Titus, Sweden

We had a great travel! Everything was exellent: the help, planning, accommodation, food, experience... everything! We are so happy with the trip!

Rob Putterill, United Kingdom

In general we were very happy with the trip and therefore with Rustic Borneo - our only complaint is that of lack communication from Joe before hols and during hols when plane was cancelled

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Nicol Demna

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Nicol has 10+ years experience in preparing itineraries throughout Borneo and Malaysia.

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