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Adventure Tours

Borneo: Jungles & Orangutans

From €2,056pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Cork, Dublin or Shannon
Departure Date
Travel until November 2019
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Borneo
Price
From €2,056pp including flights
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From the tops of towering Menggaris trees to the depths of its vibrant coral reefs, the island of Borneo is a hotbed of bio-diversity exploding with a multitude of wildlife.

This group tour covers the must see parts of the country famous for Orangutans. Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where these endangered creatures are rescued and returned to the ancient lowland forest.

Wander wooden walkways to observe these cerebral primates glide between trees and feast on pungent durian fruits. Visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to meet the world's smallest bears, before reaching the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

Visit the spectacular Puu Jih Shih Temple, a Buddhist place of worship with a striking Oriental design. Situated within the town's mountainous surroundings, it boasts stunning panoramic views of Sandakan bay.

Illuminated by an explosion of red and gold, the temple's magnificent collection of opulent Buddha statues are surrounded by towering pillars and ornate Chinese dragons.

See the Gomantong Caves, the fascinating domain of over a million wrinkle-lipped bats suspended from the 130ft limestone ceiling.

Travel along Borneo's longest river, the Kinabatangan. Spot prehistoric monitor lizards, wandering pygmy elephants and leopard-like civet cats before reaching the tranquil Kelenanap river bend to spot Rhinoceros Hornbill, extraordinary birds famed for their peculiar beaks.

Your meals:

  • Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
  • Lunch and dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.
  • All dietary requirements and dislikes should be made known to our reservations staff at the time of booking.
Please note:
  • The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them.
  • Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions.
  • Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

Day 1: Arrive Sandakan

Depart via Heathrow to Sandakan. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the 4* Four Points by Sheraton. Rest of the day at leisure. Overlooking the majestic Sulu Sea, this bustling coastal town enjoys a wealth of seafood specialities to sample including delicious fish mee noodles.

Explore the town's fascinating wartime history at the serene Memorial Park - a moving tribute to prisoners of war - and discover the house of author Agnes Keith, now a quaint museum displaying remnants of the Japanese occupation, followed by high tea at the neighbouring English Tea House.

Day 2: In Sandakan

This morning meet Borneo's most famous residents at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where these endangered creatures are rescued and returned to the ancient lowland forest.

Wander wooden walkways to observe these cerebral primates glide between trees and feast on pungent durian fruits. Visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to meet the world's smallest bears, before reaching the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

This centre exhibits native flora and fauna, its highlight is undoubtedly a spectacular 80ft canopy walkway allowing a unique perspective of Borneo's diverse avian inhabitants.

  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 3: To Sukau

Begin today exploring the limestone Gomantong Caves, the fascinating domain of over a million wrinkle-lipped bats suspended from the 130ft limestone ceiling. Sharing this unique shelter are the swiftlets who dart overhead to construct the key ingredient for bird's nest soup, a valuable delicacy within China.

Travel to your lodge in the remote village of Sukau before a relaxing late afternoon motorboat cruise to witness the drooped nose proboscis monkeys, leaping from great heights into the Menanggul River with an amusing belly flop.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 4: In Sukau

Awake to the atmospheric melody of the surrounding jungle for a motorboat journey along Malaysia's second longest river and centrepiece for Bornean wildlife, the Kinabatangan.

Spot prehistoric monitor lizards, wandering pygmy elephants and leopard-like civet cats before reaching the tranquil Kelenanap river bend to spot Rhinoceros Hornbill, extraordinary birds famed for their peculiar beaks.

Explore the jungle by foot in search of enchanting wildlife under the watch of macaque colonies. Spend the afternoon at leisure within the sleepy village of Sukau before heading back out onto the river for another chance to observe Borneo's biodiversity.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 5: To Kota Kinabalu

Travel back to Sandakan and visit the spectacular Puu Jih Shih Temple, a Buddhist place of worship with a striking Oriental design. Situated within the town's mountainous surroundings, it boasts stunning panoramic views of Sandakan bay.

Illuminated by an explosion of red and gold, the temple's magnificent collection of opulent Buddha statues are surrounded by towering pillars and ornate Chinese dragons.

After lunch fly to Kota Kinabalu, a bustling city whose Chinese, Kadazan and Malaysian influences are displayed through its architecture and tasted in its night markets.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 6: In Kota Kinabalu

Journey to Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's highest mountain.

Enjoy a guided nature trek to spot Borneo's dynamic bio-diversity including tiny mouse-deer, playful gibbon troops and the unusual Nepenthes rajah, a carnivorous plant that attracts birds and small mammals into its deadly urn shaped trap.

Continue to the nearby Poring Hot Springs to relax in the warm baths before traversing a 134ft Menggaris tree canopy walkway, which provides a breathtaking view across one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 7: In Kota Kinabalu

This morning, discover the home of five tribes at the Mari Mari Cultural Village to gain a fascinating insight into Borneo's indigenous people. Witness the sculpting of blowpipes, learn traditional bamboo cooking, sample the curiously shaped Jala 'net' cake and encounter the Murut people who were the last tribe to renounce headhunting.

Following lunch explore Kota Kinabalu at leisure; study the captivating exhibits of Sabah Museum, wander aromatic night markets to enjoy delicious street eats or head to the grand Imago Mall for a unique South East Asian shopping experience.

Travel back to Kota Kinabalu for your final evening in Borneo.

  • Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 8: Depart Kota Kinabalu

You will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight via Heathrow.

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Flights and taxes from Cork, Dublin or Shannon
  • 8 nights four-star accommodation
  • Wildlife experiences, tours & river cruises as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as specified in itinerary

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Price is based on departure Oct 2018.

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