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Borneo: Sabah Adventure Tour

From €1,960pp including flights
Depart From
Choose flights from Ireland
Departure Date
Departures '24, '25 & '26
Duration
11 days
Destination
Malaysia, Borneo
Price
From €1,960pp including flights
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Explore the wildlife paradise of Sabah in lush Borneo with this wonderful 11-day adventure.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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. Please ask for more information.

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.

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Day 2: Dusun Village

Day 3: Mt Kinabalu National Park

Day 4: Mt Kinabalu National Park

Day 5: Mt Kinabalu – Poring Hot Springs

Day 6: Poring Hot Springs

Day 7: Kinabatangan River

Day 8: Sandakan

Day 9: Turtle Island

Day 10: Sepilok

Day 11: Sepilok

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. If you prefer not to share a room on this trip, you may purchase a single supplement, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this. The single supplement excludes Day 2 (Dusun Village), Days 3 & 4 (Mt Kinabalu), Days 5 & 6 (Poring Hot Springs), and Day 9 (Turtle Island), where you will be in shared accommodation.

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 which is available on request.

Price is per adult is based on 2 sharing and includes:

  • 11 Day Sabah Adventure Tour
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport: Private mini van, River Boat
  • Accommodation: Chalet (1 night), Resort (1 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (2 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • 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

Please ask us about:

  • Flights from your chosen departure airport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travelling solo? A single supplement is available for some nights

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
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Price is based on specific travel dates. Please contact us for pricing on other travel dates.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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