Tailor-Made Holiday

Best of Malaysian Borneo

15 days

from £2,995pp (excluding flights)

15 days of wildlife encounters , tropical jungles and idyllic islands whilst exploring the Malaysian state of Sabah, Borneo.

  • Explore some of Borneo's most pristine rainforest from the canopy walkways of Danum Valley
  • Wild orangutan encounters -  also learn how orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated into the wild
  • Snorkel or dive amongst colourful fish , turtles and even whale sharks in the crystal clear waters 
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu, and watch the sunrise from the highest peak in South East Asia
  • Relax on the beach resorts of Gaya Island near Kota Kinabalu
  • Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of the pygmy elephant and proboscis monkey 

This lovely holiday to Borneo offers a first time visitor a wonderful overview of some of the islands highlights and would work perfectly for couples and families alike. Walk in the lush rainforest, paddle up meandering rivers and relax on pristine unoccupied beaches. For the more adventurous you can dive, snorkel, go white water rafting and climb Mount Kinabalu.

Whilst in Malaysian Borneo we thoroughly recommend a visit to see the orangutans and can take the opportunity to search for other wildlife, including the proboscis monkey. Danum Valley is a wonderful place rich in Sabah's unique flora and fauna. Chose to do as much or as little as you like here. A day may entail trekking a trail, visiting the falls or water tubing in the river.

Borneo is the perfect family destination during school holidays. The best time to visit is between April and October when the weather is relatively dry, and the seas are at their calmest.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2995 £ 900
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Singapore

Day 2

Fly Singapore to Kota Kinabalu

You will be staying at Shangri La Tanjung Aru, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu

Drive from Lahad Datu to Danum Valley

Leave Lahad Datu and travel to Danum Valley, which is around three hours away. Most of the journey is on an unmetalled road.

You will be staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Half a Day Trekking the Kadazandusan Burial Trail
Set off on a group trek to the Kadazandusun Burial Trail. Visit the ominously named Coffin Cliff, before proceeding on towards a view point that affords a bird's-eye view of the area. Afterwards, descend to the 'Jacuzzi Pool' and jump in for a refreshing dip in this naturally heated spring.

You will be staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Half Day Trek to the Waterfalls
Spend time trekking through the forests of the Danum Valley, accompanied by a guide. Visit the impressive Fairy Falls, before continuing on to the Serpent Falls. In the afternoon you can go on a further jungle trek or if you would prefer you can tube down the Danum River.

You will be staying at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Danum Valley to the Kinabatangan River

Afternoon River Cruise to Sukau
Cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates including the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife.

You will be staying at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Morning River Cruise

You will be staying at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Kinabatangan River to Sepilok via Gomantong Caves

Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

You will be staying at Sepilok Nature Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Travel by Boat from Sepilok to Lankayan Island

You will be staying at Lankayan Island Dive Resort, Full board

Day 10

You will be staying at Lankayan Island Dive Resort, Full board

Day 12

Travel by Boat from Lankayan Island to Sandakan

Fly Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu

Drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park

You will be staying at Liwagu Suite, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

First Day of Trekking up Mount Kinabalu
After breakfast, meet the mountain guide and begin to climb from the Timpohon Gate, which stands at 1800 metres.

Popular with climbers of all levels of competencies, Mount Kinabalu is very accessible and doesn't require specialised climbing equipment. The trail ascends swiftly from steamy lowland jungle to cool mountain forests, finishing on a desolate crown of grey granite.

The climb up to the summit is split over two days, due to the rapid ascent. The trek itself is less than 10 kilometres in length, but involves climbing over 3,000 metres. The 'Trail Climb' takes place on the first day, whilst the 'Summit Climb' begins very early the next morning.

You will be staying at Laban Rata, Full board

Day 14

Summiting Mount Kinabalu and Descending

Drive from Kinabalu Park to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu there is time to stop via the Poring Hot Springs if you wish.

You will be staying at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Fly Kota Kinabalu to Singapore

Fly Singapore to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge has chalet accommodation in Danum Valley Conservation Area, a vast reserve of lush tropical lowland forest so rich in flora and fauna that the area is now known for having one of the world's most complex eco-systems....

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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort sits between forested hills and Pantai Dalit beach....

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Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Located a short boat ride off the coast of Malaysian Borneo, Bunga Raya is an island hideaway fringed by a white sandy beach on one side and tropical rainforest on the other....

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Shangri La Tanjung Aru

Shangri La Tanjung Aru

Shangri La Tanjung Aru is located just 10 minutes drive from the bustling city of Kota Kinabalu....

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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

The relaxed and friendly Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge has 33 semi-detached bungalows, all clean and simply-furnished....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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