Birding in Borneo
16 Days of Birding Extravaganza! Borneo is home to 688 resident and migratory species of birds, 59 of them endemic to Borneo. We pride ourselves in being the Birding Specialist of Borneo with our own in-house specialist Bird Guides. Come with us as we take you through the best of Borneo in search of Borneo's birds including to Kinabalu Park, Poring, Sepilok, Sukau, Tabin and Danum Valley, staying in top-notch locations along the way such as Borneo Rainforest Lodge and a recently recognized National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World - Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
For more Birding Packages, please visit www.borneobirding.com
- Birding at Sepilok Nature Reserve
- 02 Nights stay at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, National Geographic unique lodges of the world, Superior Room. Travel to SRL by speedboat.
- 02 afternoon river cruises and 01 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo's birdlife
- Experience the uniqueness of Gomantong Cave and its surrounding to witness the amazing bat exodus at dusk and see the bat hawks in action
- At Sukau Rainforest Lodge, enjoy a night safari river cruise through Kinabatangan River to spot nocturnal wildlife (Optional Tour)
- Bird watching in Tabin Wildlife Reserve
- Exploring Kinabatangan River
- Stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, award winning nature lodge
- Explore Danum Valley Conservation Area
This tour includes a stay in our Superior rooms and travel to SRL by speedboat. For an upgrade to our new Villa rooms, please see the Rates tab.
Day 1 : Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu Park
Drive 88 km to Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first World Heritage Site. Bird watching in Kinabalu Park, home to over 300 species of birds. Stay overnight in Kundasang. (Lunch & Dinner)
Day 2 - 4 : Kinabalu Park - Poring
Full day bird watching in Kinabalu Park. Birdwatching in Poring on one of these days.(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 5 : Poring - Sepilok
Morning Bird watching before departing to Sepilok in approximately 4-hour overland journey to the east coast. Night walk in the evening. Overnight at Sepilok. (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 6 : Rainforest Discovery Centre
Full day birdwatching in Rainforest Discovery Centre. Overnight at Sepilok. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7 : Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Birdwatching in the morning. At noon, depart to Sukau by boat on Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan. Lower Kinabatangan is home to 210 species of birds. Check into the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Join an afternoon cruise for bird watching. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
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. Enjoy special deals when you book online!
Day 8 - 9 : Sukau
Morning and afternoon cruise for bird watching. Visit Gomantong Caves on one of these evenings to watch the exodus of bats and bathawks. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 10 : Sukau - Tabin
Proceed to Lahad Datu and then onwards to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, another haven for bird watching enthusiasts which boasts approximately 220 species of birds. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 11 : Tabin
Full day bird watching in Tabin. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 12 : Tabin - Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Transfer to Lahad Datu and Danum Valley. Check into Borneo Rainforest Lodge before continuing bird watching. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded in Danum Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 13 - 14 : Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Full day bird watching. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 15 : Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Kota Kinabalu
Bird watching in the morning. Depart from Lahad Datu to airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu. Overnight in hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 16 : Departure
Departure transfer to airport. (Breakfast)
THINGS TO BRING: Please bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, swim wear, torch light, drinking water bottle, insect repellent, walking shoes, leech sock, 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.
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, private river cruise in Sukau, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK)) & (Lahad Datu(LDU) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI)), camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
For more Birding Packages, please visit www.borneobirding.com
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 21808||RM 4088|
|Villa||RM 22364||RM 4538|
High season surcharge:
- MYR 159 nett per person at Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Mar, Apr, 15 July -15 Oct, March 2016)
- MYR 240 nett per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July -August)
- MYR 40 per room per night at KK City Hotel
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 you’re 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.
Thanks so much for everything. We had an absolutely fantastic trip with Borneo Ecotours. Your logistics were excellent as were the drivers, guides, lodges, etc. I wrote a review on Trip Advisor.
Mark Pretti , American Samoa, 25 Mar - 09 Apr 2017
I have compiled a trip report from our lovely Sabah trip earlier this year and you can post it on your website if you like. Please send our warmest regards to Maldin and Ron as well as I do not have their e-mails.
Hazwan - many thanks again for excellent guidning and company and for us the pictures aids in recalling many of the fine moments we shared in your fantastic nature.
Take care, Klas
Klas Radberg , Sweden, 29 Jan-16 Feb 2017
We asked Borneo Eco Tours to put together a birding itinerary for us for 16 days. Not only did all of our arrangements work seamlessly, but the accommodations and guides were fabulous!! The guides really were exceptional! We also asked for recommendations for a diving resort and a place to relax at the end of our trip and they set up the reservations for us and set up the transfers and all we had to do was focus on having a wonderful time rather than logistics.
Melinda W, United States, February 2016
Borneo Eco Tours is professional, knowledgeable, and they want their customers to have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Everything from arranging the tour online to being dropped off at my hotel after the tour went smoothly. I went on their Kinabatangan Wildlife tour and saw wild orangutans, pygmy elephants, monkeys, various birds, and crocodiles. The Sukau Rainforest Lodge exceeded my expectations. It is clean and has, really, whatever you need right in the middle of the jungle. I also went on their Selingan Island tour to see the turtles. My guide, Fernando, was dedicated and knowledgeable. Both tours were memorable experiences and well worth the money and time. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to seek Borneo Eco Tours as your travel company while you are in Sabah, Borneo.
Audrey Metzger, United States, 03 - 07 January 2016
We recently arranged a 3D2N birdwatching trip to Mt Kinabalu through Borneo Eco-tours. All the arrangements they made were very good, as was the accommodation and everything ran on time. We had Adrian Chin as our guide and he was excellent, with a good knowledge of the flora and fauna, as well as pleasant companion. As we had been before, we had quite specific birding requests and Adrian had a good eye for the birds and worked hard to get us the birds we wanted to see. We also felt safe with Gavin, our driver, who took great care and was where he was needed! We would certainly recommend them.
Anthony S, United Kingdom, April 2018
We had Borneo Eco Tours orange a private 10-day birding tour for us and they did a wonderful job. Everything went off smoothly from start to finish. Our guides and driver's were very professional, helpful and knowledgable. Accommodations in Kinabalu, Sepilok, Sakau and Danum Valley were great. Borneo Rainforest Lodge is wonderful. Birding was great, 243 birds including most of the ones we wanted - Bristlehead, Pittas, Broadbills etc. Only regret is not staying one extra day in Sepilok to make more of the Rain Forest Discovery centre.
lagavulin46, Canada, March 2016
Thanks for organizing our trip to Kota Kinabalu NP.
All went well and Adrian was a great guide on our trip. Saw most of the target birds and tried hardly for the remaining few not seen species. Accomodation was excellent and the same for the food in the restaurant.
Now at home in sunny and rather cold weather, and cross-county skiing every day. That´s different to Kota Kinabalu.
Timo Reunala , Finland, 26 Feb-02 Mar 2018
NOTE: Wheelchair-friendly and adapted rooms are also available at the lodge.
Weâ€™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, Asiaâ€™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 lodgeâ€™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.
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.
- 2014-2015 Malaysia Tourism Awards - WINNER / Best Hotel Services / 3 Star Hotel Category
- 2015 PATA InSPIRE Awards - WINNER / Best Independent Accommodation
- 2015 - 2011 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame (Five-Time Winner of the Certificate of Excellence from 2011-2015)
- 2013 Sabah Tourism Awards - WINNER / Best Nature Lodge
- 2013 Wildasia Responsible Tourism Awards - WINNER / Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider
- 2010 - 17th World Travel Awards - WINNER / Asia's Leading Green Hotel
- 2009 Sabah Tourism Awards - Finalist, Excellence in Hotel Services - Nature Lodge
- 2009 - 16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2009 - 16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2009 - National Geographic Adventure's Magazine (Top 50 Ecolodges / Jungle Category)
- 2008 - 15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia Leading Green Hotel
- 2008 - 15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges
- 2006 - ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Awards - 3rd Prize Winner
- 2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards - Highly Commended/ Best small hotel
- 1999 IH&RA Green Hotelier Awards - 1st Runner-up
- Top 10 Ecotourism Hotspots by ShermansTravel.com
- 1999 The Green Hotelier of the Year 1999 Award - Winner
- 1997 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award - Best Lodge Pacific Region Winner
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.
- 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