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Caption: Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
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Caption: Diving with turtles off Borneo
Caption: Proboscis Monkey
Caption: Kuala Lumpur's skyline dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers
Caption: The endangered Sun Bear
Caption: A cheeky monkey
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Caption: Sunset in Kota Kinabalu

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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Borneo Eco Adventure
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Flight information: Flights depart London Heathrow Airport [LHR] to arrive on Day 1 at Kuala Lumpur Airport [KUL] and depart back to London Heathrow on Day 15 from Kota Kinabalu International Airport [BKI]
Pickup location: Kuala Lumpur Airport [KUL]


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Wildlife abounds in Borneo! Meet the monkeys, gaze in wonder at the Orangutans and adore the baby turtles on our Adventure to Borneo - including city stays in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Wildlife abounds in Borneo! Meet the probiscus monkeys, gaze in wonder at the Orangutans and adore the baby turtles on this Adventure - including city stops in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. Absorb the sights and sounds of Malaysia’s vibrant capital city - in Kuala Lumpur you will marvel at the juxtaposition between old and ultra-modern. The winding, meandering alleys of this city reveal hidden surprises. The national parks of Kota Kinabalu welcome visitors into a jungle paradise filled with natural wonders, rugged landscapes and scenic beauty and you will never forget seeing orangutans in their natural habitat – join us on our adventure in Borneo where breathtaking sights await you every step of the way.


Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Kuala Lumpur
DAY 2 - Batu Caves and City Tour
DAY 3 - Sandakan
DAY 4 - Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
DAY 5 - Selingan Island Turtles
DAY 6 - Agnes Keith Museum and Bilit
DAY 7 - Bilit Wildlife Cruise and Trek
DAY 8 - Kundasang
DAY 9 - Tea Factory, Nabalu Market and Kinabalu National Park
DAY 10 - Sepangar Island and Mari Mari Cultural Village
DAY 11 - Kota Kinabalu
DAY 12 - Market visit, Upside-Down House & 3D Museum Kota Kinabalu
DAY 13 - Day at Leisure and Farewell Dinner
DAY 14 - Farewell to Borneo and Home
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Kuala Lumpur

On arrival at Kuala Lumpur airport we will be met from the arrivals area and transferred to our hotel. Your Big Journey Company representative will introduce you to the rest of the tour group and brief you on plans for tomorrow.

DAY 2 - Batu Caves and City Tour

Today we will enjoy an exploration of the spiritual Batu Caves. Here we will admire the beauty of the local area and encounter the mischievous monkeys looking to pick up treats from visitors. The caves are said to be around 400 million years old. The Hindu temple sat at the top of 272 painted steps was added more recently, around 100 years ago and the 140ft golden statue of Lord Murugan at the foot of the staircase took 3 years to construct. 
Before heading back to the hotel, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city taking in the Petronas Tower, the National Mosque, Merdeka Square and the Bird Garden.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 3 - Sandakan

After breakfast we say farewell to Kuala Lumpur and head to the airport for our flight to Sandakan.  
On arrival in Sandakan we will enjoy a quick orientation tour to include Sandakan War Memorial and then on to Puu Jih Shih Temple which is a Buddhist temple located at the hilltop of Tanah Merah with great views of Sandakan and Sandakan Bay. Afterwards we check into our hotel for the evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 4 - Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Sun Bear Conservation Centre and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Today we have the pleasure of a full day of wildlife tours. We will enjoy feeding time at the Sepilok Orangutan Centre. The centre opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orangutans from across Borneo. There are now roughly 80 orangutans living at the centre. We will also see the world’s smallest bear at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. This research and conservation centre aims to improve animal welfare and provide rehabilitation for Sun bears. They work to improve education about and habitat conservation for the Sun Bear.
We will also have the chance to see proboscis monkeys that are found only on Borneo. The potbellied and red-faced proboscis monkeys are named for their long bulbous noses, but once you have seen one you will see it has many remarkable features! We will learn more about this animal with a visit to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, sited among local palm plantations.
After the tours we head back to the hotel for some rest time.

Included meals: Breafast, Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 5 - Selingan Island Turtles

After checking out from the hotel, we transfer to the jetty for a boat ride to Selingan 'Turtle' Island. Selingan island is one of the most important nesting sites in South East Asia for Green and Hawksbill turtles. A lot of work has been put into making the beaches here a safehaven for turtles to lay their eggs and for the hatchlings to make it safely back into the sea. Spend the afternoon stretched out on the sandy white beaches, swimming and snorkelling (snorkelling gear available to hire locally). We will meet again in the evening for turtle watching on the beach - the possibility of seeing a mother turtle coming in from the emerald waters of the Sulu Sea and laying her eggs is highly probable at this time of year and we'll see new hatchlings scurrying down the beach for their first swim.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 6 - Agnes Keith Museum and Bilit

We check out early this morning to return by boat to Sandakan and begin our journey to Kota Kinabalu. 
On the journey, we will visit the Agnes Keith House. Agnes Keith was an American author. She is best known for her autobiographical books about life in Borneo before, during and after the second World War. Her previous home has now been sympathetically restored and stands as an interesting insight into her life and into this period of Borneo’s history.
We will make a stop at the English Tea House for lunch before moving on to Bilit village. On arrival, we will head out on an afternoon river cruise to search for proboscis monkeys and the local birdlife that gather along the Kinabatangan River. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 7 - Bilit Wildlife Cruise and Trek

We make a very early start to the day today to be up and out for a morning cruise to see the local birdlife. We will return to the lodge for breakfast. If you are feeling energetic after breakfast, there is an opportunity to take a guided jungle trek and learn more about the local riverine forest. The trek will return to the lodge in time for lunch. If you prefer a more restful morning, you may enjoy participating in batik painting at the river lodge.
In the afternoon there will be a second river cruise to see more wildlife by boat.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 8 - Kundasang

Our journey from Bilit to Kundasang will include stops at a Bornean foot spa and the locally reputed Gomantong Cave, famous for the large amount of bats that live inside. There will be the opportunity to learn more about Borneo's history at one of the preserved POW camps in the area. 
On arrival at Kundasang, we will check into the resort for an evening at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 9 - Tea Factory, Nabalu Market and Kinabalu National Park

Have you ever wondered how the tea you drink has made its way into your tea cup? Will will find out all about the process on a visit to to a tea factoy today. Sabba tea is only available in Borneo as they only produce enough to meet local demand. We also visit Kundasang War Memorial Park. The park exhibits four different beautiful gardens – the Australia Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool to represent the different nationalities.

Then we journey on to the Kinabalu National Park. Here we will enjoy a guided walk through the botanical gardens in search of mountain plants and wild orchid. To reach Kota Kinabalu this evening we will pass through the scenic Crocker Range, stopping at Nabalu Native Market which is the best place to look for handicraft, souvenirs and also some local snacks. This evening we will enjoy dinner at Kampung Nelayan with a cultural dance performance. After dinner, we head to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner 

DAY 10 - Sepangar Island and Mari Mari Cultural Village

Today you will need an early breakfast to be ready for a spectacular boat ride to Sepangar Island resort for a morning spent swimming, snorkelling and sun bathing on the beautiful beach.
After lunch together, we return to the mainland to explore the Mari Mari Cultural Village. This village now operates as a museum, preserving Borneo ethnic culture and features information on 5 different ethnic tribes in one place. We will learn more from the rice farmer of Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunter and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously-feared headhunting tribe Murut.
This evening will be spent at your leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

DAY 11 - Kota Kinabalu

We'll have a short tour around the city of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, taking in a bird's eye view and seeing the city mosque. Kota Kinabalu, often shortened to KK, and is a fascinating mix of old world charm and fast paced 21st century living. We will arrive at the resort for some time spent at leisure to explore at your own pace.

Included meals: Breakfast 

DAY 12 - Market visit, Upside-Down House & 3D Museum Kota Kinabalu

There will be a later departure from the hotel this morning, to visit to one of the local ‘Tamu’ open markets, where you can find local produce from the nearby villages and valleys such as tropical fruits, vegetables, Sabah fern, homemade traditional cakes, traditional homegrown tobacco, honey, fish, etc.
We will enjoy the experience of a walk on a suspension bridge to see the forest from a different angle, before we continue to a famous ‘Up-Side-Down’ House & 3D Museum. Everything inside the house, from furniture to household appliances, hover above your head, as the ceiling is actually the floor. Visitors will enjoy spotting the distinguishing local décor and features showcased in this house. The 3D museum is a fun way to engage visitors in thinking about the importance of protecting Borneo’s unique biodiversity, ecosystem and natural resources.
Afterwards we will return to the resort in time for you to be able to watch the stunning sunset along the beach.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

DAY 13 - Day at Leisure and Farewell Dinner

Today you are free to relax and follow your own interests in this stunning setting. There are many possible ways to spend your day including enjoying the facilities at the resort like the spa and pools, or the local guide and resort can help to arrange watersports and day trips out.
Tonight we will enjoy a final farewell dinner together at the resort.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

DAY 14 - Farewell to Borneo and Home

After breakfast in the hotel we travel to the airport and for your flights home. 

Included meals: Breakfast  
Accommodation: none 


More information

What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • ATOL Protection
  • International economy flights from London Heathow Airport [LHR] into Kuala Lumpur Airport [KUL] to arrive on Day 1 and from Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) returning to London Heathrow Airport [LHR] departing on Day 14.
    • Local airport departures available - please ask at the time of booking as a supplement may be payable.
  • One way economy flight: Kuala Lumpur [KUL] - Sandakan [SDK]
  • Meet & Greet at the airport on arrival and transfer to the hotel
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport on the final day
  • Transport in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size of 20 being reached.)
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Transfers on arrival or departure, to/from the airport(s), outside of the tour dates.
  • Drinks
  • Camera fees, charged in some locations
  • Gratuities 
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance
  • The Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia implemented a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX) at a flat rate of RM10 per room, per night (subject to change). The tax will be collected upon check in or check out as per the individual hotel’s arrangement.
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above.
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Any optional activities offered.
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements

Important information

  • The Malaysian Customs Department charges a Tourism Tax on non-Malaysian guests, currently at the sum of RM10nett per room per night. All guests will need to pay this locally on check out.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour. 
  • British and US Passport holders do not currently require a visa to visit Borneo. You will normally be given permission to stay for up to three months upon arrival. 
  • Vaccinations are recommended for Borneo. Please consult your doctor for advice.
    Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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