Best of Sandakan Sanctuaries

 

Experience the beauty of Borneo and stay at the newly refurbished Sabah Hotel and award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Witness wildlife like never before, as you cruise through the beautiful Kinabatangan River to see many of Borneo's rare and endangered species including the Bornean pygmy elephant, orang utan and proboscis monkey.

Tour Highlights

  • 2 nights at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
  • Observe Orangutans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Learn and get a glimpse of Sun Bears at Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Observe Proboscis Monkeys at Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary
  • Bask in the delights of Borneo’s tropical rainforests at Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Learn about the Prisoners of War during World War II at Sandakan Memorial Park

DAY 1 : SANDAKAN - SABAH HOTEL

Arrive at Sandakan Airport, meet and transfer to Sabah Hotel to check in. In the afternoon, proceed to Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary. We will trek to witness the feeding of the elusive Proboscis Monkeys and silver leaf langurs at the sanctuary. Return to Sabah Hotel for overnight. –ROH. (Dinner)

DAY 2 : SEPILOK - SUNBEAR CENTRE - SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE   unique-lodge

Pickup from hotel, transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. We proceed to watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs, and then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear.

After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan with opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Take a river cruise using electric motor in search of wildlife and birds. Enjoy candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide presentation and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre:

For any camera with zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens - 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit. Mode of payment is cash only.

DAY 3 : SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE   unique-lodge

Take a 0600hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist. After lunch, join our in house Orang Utan Talk activity. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Please make sure that you travel light to Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Experience profound relaxation and comfort at Halia Spa, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, as we provide an 'escape from the ordinary' by offering you a blend of both traditional and modern Spa treatments.

optional-tours


Please be informed that transfer from Sukau to Sandakan will be strictly by overland basis (at a surcharge) in order to reach airport in time for any departure flight before 1330hrs.

DAY 4 : RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE - SANDAKAN

After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey. After lunch we will proceed to airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those taking the evening flight, we will have a chance to visit Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to Sandakan Memorial Park for a short visit before taking the flight. (Breakfast & Lunch)


THINGS TO BRING: Bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.

Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a plastic-free environment, so, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us.

INCLUDES

Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.

EXCLUDES

Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI)), camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.

Note on Travel Insurance

Customers are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance before travelling to Borneo. We recommend you to select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. Doing so can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.

  RATES PER PERSON SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Superior RM 2490 RM 500
Villa new RM 2895 RM 800

High season surcharge: MYR 160 (July & August)

Upgrade to villa: All our 20 new villas are now up and ready for guests. If you have booked a superior room in advance but want to upgrade to a villa, you can! Just pay the price difference and youre all set!

The following discounts apply to tours that include Sukau Rainforest Lodge ONLY:

  • Children age 3 and below - Free
  • Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with ONE adult - 25% discount
  • Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with TWO adult - 50% discount

Giving Back: Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).Read More

Rates are valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.

Effective 1st September 2017, foreign guests will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room per night for all Tourism Tax (TTx) registered hotel classifications in Malaysia.

sukau rainforest lodge
Announcement:

Sukau Rainforest Lodge has just recently completed its 20 units of exquisite Borneo Villas, which is an upgrade from its 20 existing Superior Rooms. The villas offer another level of luxury and comfort for guests who want to experience a finer side of Sukau. Other completed upgrades also include the lodge’s newly constructed Attenborough Boardwalk, Melapi Restaurant extension, and Gomantong Hall refurbishment.

NOTE: Wheelchair-friendly and adapted rooms are also available at the lodge.

Travel Life We’re also proud to announce that Sukau Rainforest Lodge is now certified with the Travelife Gold Certification! To know more about the certification and Travelife, go here.


Presently, Sukau Rainforest Lodge has 40 rooms; 20 Superior Rooms and 20 Borneo Villas. The lodge has also been branded as a National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and has received numerous awards and recognition namely, the Best Nature Lodge in Sabah by Sabah Tourism in 2013/2014, Asia’s Leading Green Hotel for the 17th World Travel Awards 2010, and Best Independent Accommodation by PATA InSPIRE Awards 2015.

The ecolodge was built in 1995 in the style of traditional Malay architecture using several Borneo hardwood species. Erected on stilts on the banks of Kinabatangan River, Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers a nature and wildlife experience that goes hand in hand with luxury and comfort. The lodge also includes the Melapi Restaurant on the pier, Gecko Lounge and Bar, a plunge pool, Gomantong Hall meeting area, Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk for nature walks, Kadai gift shop and also Halia Spa amongst other conveniences.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge is doing its best to uphold its ecolodge ethos by using a Green & Sustainable policy as a guideline which both staff and guests are encouraged to follow. Some of the lodge’s sustainable practices includes rainwater harvesting for shower and solar heating to generate hot water supply. All rooms are also equipped with energy saving inverter air-conditioning and LED light bulbs. Besides that, river safari cruises are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and eco-friendly outboard engines.


TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary which covers an area of 26,800 hectares, forms part of the Kinabatangan region which is the largest floodplain the Malaysia covering a total of 23% of the land area of Sabah or 16,800 sq.km. Gazetted in 2005 as a gift to the Earth, it has a diverse ecosystem from coastal mangrove swamp, to riparian, freshwater and dipterocarp and oxbow vegetation teaming with wildlife supporting ten species of primates including more than 1,000 orang utans, proboscis monkeys, more than 300 Borneo pygmy elephants, 50 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and over 1,026 species of plants.

Birdlife is especially rich here (over 325 species have been sighted in the area) including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.

AWARDS

2015 PATA InSPIRE Awards - Winner Best Independent Accommodation

PATA InSPIRE Awards Wildasia Tourism Awards awards awards awards awards awards awards awards awards awards awards

We are incredibly excited to unveil our newly built Villas! The villas are exquisitely designed and furnished with a unique Borneo flavor that we hope will provide you with extra comfort and will further heighten your Borneo experience during your stay with us.

Highlights

  • Villas are 60% larger than our superior rooms
  • En-suite bathroom features Hans-Grohe hot water rain and hand showers and are 100% larger than our Superior room en-suite bathrooms
  • Private balcony with patio chairs
  • Option of double bed and queen-sized bed arrangements
  • Energy saving inverter air-conditioning supplemented by ceiling fan
  • Villa rooms are fully mosquito netted. All windows and balcony doors have insect screens
  • 100% LED lighting
  • Decorated and furnished with Borneo styled crafts and motifs
  • More privacy, away from main areas

Photos