Day 1: Australia – – Kota Kinabalu
Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Malaysian journey!
Day 2: Kota Kinabalu
This morning, arrive in Kota Kinabalu. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is then at leisure to relax after your flight.
Day 3: Kota Kinabalu – – Gaya Island – – Kota Kinabalu (B,L)
Travel to Gaya Island today surrounded by protected mangroves, lush tropical rainforests and sheltered coral reefs just 30 mins away from Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, go on an adventure on a jungle trail and discover Borneo’s unique tropical plants. Enjoy a picnic lunch box for lunch. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure on a beautiful beach, swimming, and snorkelling or just relaxing before taking a boat back to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 4: Kota Kinabalu – Mt Kinabalu – Kota Kinabalu (B,L)
Today, travel to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 1500m in the UNESCO World Heritage Kinabalu Park housing more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna. En route, stop by Pekan Nabalu Market and sample local and seasonal tropical fruits. At the foothills, marvel at the majestic views of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia (4,095m). Later, visit Kinabalu Natural History Gallery and Mountain Garden. If weather permits, go on a guided tour to explore the verdant forest laced with crisp mountain air. Today’s last stop is Poring Treetop Canopy Walk where suspended bridges across the canopy at 41m high offer a different view of the jungle.
Day 5: Kota Kinabalu – – Sandakan – – Selingan Island (L,D)
Board a flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Sandakan. Travel to Selingan Island by boat. Spend today at your own leisure. You may go on a walk and explore the island or otherwise, go swimming and snorkelling (rental gear is available on the island). Selingan Island is known as Turtle Island for its efforts in rescuing the endangered green and hawksbill turtles. After dinner, observe Green Turtles lay eggs and rangers transplanting the eggs to the hatchery and releasing the baby turtles out on their first journey into the sea.
Day 6: Selingan Island – – Sandakan – – Sepilok (B,L)
Return to Sandakan by boat today. Stroll through a town market lined with stands that sell local fish, assorted snacks and seasonal fruits. Next, visit Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, a relatively new Buddhist temple adorned with elaborate golden Buddha statues and dragons. As the temple is situated on top of the hill, enjoy panoramic views of Sandakan Bay. Later, learn the history of one of the oldest buildings in Sandakan at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. Also, visit Agnes Keith House, the former residence of the famous American author. Learn about her books and her family life as you explore the house furnished with reproduced colonial furniture, genuine antiques and other objects of significance. Afterwards, explore a unique floating village on stilts – Sim Sim Water Village. Before lunch, proceed to Sandakan War Memorial Park erected to commemorate those who lost their lives during World War II. Final stop is at the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you can wander through the botanical wonderland and catch a bird’s eye view from the canopy walk bridge.
Day 7: Sepilok – – Sukau (B,L,D)
Head to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre this morning and learn how orphaned orangutans are cared for and rehabilitated. You may have the chance to see them during feeding time. Next, visit Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where you can see the world’s smallest bear. Transfer to Sandakan by boat to check in to the multiple awardwinning Sukau Rainforest Lodge accommodation nestled on the banks of Borneo’s Kinabatangan River, which is home to a host of extravagant wildlife. Hop on a short River Safari Cruise in the evening.
Day 8: Sukau – – Kanabantangan River – – Sukau (B,L,D)
Take a Safari River Cruise on Kinabatangan River to Oxbow Lake to see Borneo’s diverse wildlife refuge: saltwater crocodiles, colourful birds and occasionally the Asian elephant can be sighted. Proceed to Hornbill Boardwalk for an educational tour. In the afternoon, join an Orangutan Talk Activity before taking another River Cruise to spot more wildlife.
Day 9: Sukau – – Menanggul River – – Sukau (B,L,D)
Take an early morning Safari River Cruise along the Menanggul River in search of proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. After, travel on land to Gomantong Caves soaring up to 90 m high where various bats and birds can be seen. Return to Sukau.
Day 10: Sukau – Sandakan – – Australia (B)
Return to Sandakan by boat before boarding a flight to Australia.
Day 11: Australia
Arrive home today.