Discover the rainforest, the island, the culture, the jungle, the wildlife all in one itinerary of 10 spectacular days with your pack. Stay comfortably at 5 star resorts and National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World - Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
- Stay at the luxurious Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort
- Explore the jungle of Gaya Island
- Journey to the foothills of Mount Kinabalu and explore Kinabalu Park’s Mountain Garden and education centre
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
Your guide and captain will meet you upon your arrival at Kota Kinabalu airport and transfer to Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort for overnight stay.
DAY 2 : KOTA KINABALU
Free at leisure. Check out the fun in-house kids activities at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort or explore the city. Stay overnight at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort. (Breakfast)
DAY 3 : KINABALU NATIONAL PARK
We take a 2 hours drive overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu at 1500m above sea level. Have a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to savour local fruits in season before proceeding to the Kinabalu National Park. There, we visit the Education Centre and Mountain Garden. If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails in the cool surroundings to explore the montane forest. Return to Kota Kinabalu and overnight at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort. (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 4 : MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE
Drive approximately 20 minutes to Mari-Mari Cultural Village where an array of Sabah's culture comes alive. Visit each tribe’s traditional house to learn about the different cultures and way of life. Partake in some in-house activities, unique to each trive. A cultural performance tops off the show before we move on for lunch at the Dining Hall. You may shop for handicrafts, take photos or just enjoy the natural surroundings thereafter. Be sure to try delectable traditional and fusion cuisines on offer during the tour. Return to overnight at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort. (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 5 : KOTA KINABALU - SANDAKAN
Transfer to airport for your flight to Sandakan. Transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort for overnight – ROH. (Breakfast & Dinner)
DAY 6 : SEPILOK - SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE
After breakfast we visit 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 show 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.
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 7 : SUKAU RAINFOREST 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. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)Our Night Cruise comes Highly Recommended by just about all our guests (available with a small fee of RM65 per person)
DAY 8 : SUKAU - SANDAKAN - KOTA KINABALU
After breakfast, we return to Sandakan by speed boat. For those taking the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu, we proceed to the airport after lunch. The rest who are taking the evening flight, will then proceed to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Take a bird eye's view of the centre from the canopy walkway and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to Sandakan Memorial Park for a short visit before taking your flight back. On arrival, our guide will transfer you back to overnight at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (Deluxe Garden View). (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 9 : KOTA KINABALU
Free at leisure. Check out the activities at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort or explore the city using the free city shuttle available. Stay overnight at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (Deluxe Garden View). (Breakfast)
DAY 10 : DEPARTURE
Another wonderful holiday comes to an end. Your guide will transfer you to airport and bid farewell for your onward journey. (Breakfast)
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
|RATES PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|Superior||RM 5122.00||RM 2891.00|
High season surcharge:
|Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort||1st - 14th July, 29th Sep - 7th Oct 2018||RM 100|
|1st - 5th April, 15th July - 31st Aug, 24th Dec - 2nd Jan 2019, 3rd - 9th Feb 2019||RM 200|
|Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort, Tuaran||1st - 14th July, 29th Sep - 7th Oct 2018||RM 95|
|15th July - 31st Aug, 24th Dec - 2nd Jan 2019, 3rd - 9th Feb 2019||RM 200|
|Sukau Rainforest Lodge||July & August||RM 160|
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!
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 and inclusive of 6% GST.
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.
Did a 15 day tour of Sarawak and Sabah and in every detail Eco tours were tantastic. Great drivers and guides for whom nothing was too much trouble. Wonderful hotels, all centrally located, and great food everywhere we went. Special mention to Sheila in KK whose knowledge and enthusiasm were astounding. From first email to last drop off a truely wondertul experience. Thank you
casper16167, United Kingdom, March 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
There will be minor noise disruptions during the day due to ongoing construction of our new villas some distance (50-100m) away but this should steadily decrease as the construction progresses further away. We apologize for any inconvenience but hope the newly installed inverter air-conditioners will help minimise the disturbances caused.
The 20 rooms, multi international award winner, has just been recognized by National Geographic as a National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Awarded the Best Nature Lodge in Sabah by Sabah Tourism in 2013/2014, named by National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 as one of the top 50 jungle lodges in the world and the winner of the 17th World Travel Awards 2010 as Asia's leading Green Hotel, is managed by Borneo Eco Tours. Built in 1995 in traditional Malaysian architecture using several Borneo hardwood species, it went through a major RM2 million renovation in 2010. It is built on stilts with a bar lounge, gift shop, plunge pool, Gomantong Hall meeting place, education centre, Hornbill Boardwalk, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Commencing in 2016 until the end of 2017, an expansion and upgrading of facilities located some distance away is being undertaken that might have some disruption for our present guests. All rooms have attached bathroom and shower water is supplied through rainwater harvesting and hot water by solar heaters. Air is cooled by cross ventilation air currents, ceiling fan and since July 2016 energy saving inverter air-conditioning. Lighting is supplemented by oil lamps using recycled cooking oil. River tours 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 twin sharing and king-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
Currently construction is still in progress with every effort to ensure minimal disturbances and noise. So far 14 villas are available, and by March 2018 all 20 villas will be ready for reservation.