Did you know that Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the largest in Asia?
This huge, rugged island is located is Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, it is shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It’s known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest, home to wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. From unique wildlife and tropical islands to untouched jungle and isolated hill tribes, few destinations match Malaysian Borneo's natural drama.
Here are some intriguing facts about Borneo:
11 Days / 10 Nights
DAY 1. Arrive to Kuala Lumpur, transfer to your hotel, Ritz Carlton.
DAY 2. Depart on a Kuala Lumpur Heritage Walk, gain an insight to some centuries-old colonial structures and get inspired by architectural designs. In the heavy traffic of Kuala Lumpur, the best way to discover the old part of the city is by train and on foot.
DAY 3. Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan, transfer to your hotel Sepilok Nature Resort.
DAY 4. This morning you will visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, where you can watch the orangutans up close in their natural habitat. Depart to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for a river cruise and slide show and interpretation by naturalist guide at night.
DAY 5. This morning you will enjoy a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour on the in-house Hornbill Boardwalk located behind the lodge with an in-house naturalist. In the afternoon, proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife.
DAY 6. Depart to Lahad Datu for 70km overland journey on gravel road to Danum Valley. Have your first introduction of the forest in the afternoon through “Nature Trails” and the 300m tree top “Canopy Walkway” for a close-up observation of the rainforest. Danum Valley is home to many species of Borneo’s unique lowland fauna such as the Clouded Leopards, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Pygmy Elephants and Orang Utans. Stay in Borneo Rainforest Lodge.
DAY 7. Spend the whole day exploring the rainforest for more chances of spotting birds and mammals. Trek to the ancient Kadazandusun burial site aka “Coffin Cliff” before continue trekking to the “view point” for a bird’s eye view of the valley. Take your time to catch your breath and relax before descending the hill to the “Jacuzzi Pool” for a refreshing dip in rock pools. Return to the lodge for lunch. Another jungle trekking in the afternoon or you can opt to go ‘tubing’ down the Danum River. A night walk after dinner for more wildlife watching experience.
DAY 8. Fly from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu, stay in Bunga Raya Island Resort.
DAY 9-11. Enjoy some free time in Bunga Raya Island Resort before your flight back home.