Taste of Borneo
Tour Name
13D12N
Duration
2
Minimum Travellers
Kuching Airport or city hotel in Kuching
Pick up point

About this tour

One-off exploratory tour from Kuching to Sukau. Combines a city tour, a visit to Iban longhouses, caves in Mulu, the tropical island in Kota Kinabalu, the cool breeze of the highland at Kinabalu Park and Kundasang, and wildlife adventure in Sepilok and Sukau.

Tour Highlights

    • Explore the 'cat city' of Sarawak, Kuching and its surroundings
    • Stay at an Iban Longhouse for one night
    • Explore Mulu and its intriguing caves
    • Enjoy island vibes at Coral Island in Kota Kinabalu
    • Visit Kinabalu Park World Heritage site
    • 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 wildlife and birdlife
    • Nature walk along Hornbill Boardwalk and Attenborough Boardwalk to learn about the flora in the area and maybe even sight some wildlife and bird life
    • Experience the uniqueness of Gomantong Cave and its surrounding in search of wild orangutans and then witness the amazing bat exodus at dusk
    • At Sukau Rainforest Lodge, enjoy a night safari river cruise through Kinabatangan River to spot nocturnal wildlife (Optional Tour)
    • After breakfast in Sukau Rainforest Lodge, explore the elephant migration path on a 2-hour Rasig Wildlife Trek (Optional Tour)

Excluded

    Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.

Included

Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals specified, RM30.00 Community Development Fund CDF and English Speaking Guide.

Excluded

    Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned, Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
Day 1

Kuching Arrival

Arrive Kuching airport, meet and transfer to Lime Tree Hotel (3 star). Check in (Deluxe Room).

Day 2

Kuching City Tour

Morning, pick up from your hotel and depart for Kuching city tour to see most of the places of attraction around this historical city. Drive to see the gigantic cat statue, the mascot of Kuching city at Padungan before cruising through China Town. Stop at the Tua Pek Kong Temple, one of the oldest temples in Sarawak. Pass by the traditional Malay houses built on stilts. Winding through the heart of the city, look out for a majestic looking Astana, the former palace of White Rajah, but now the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak, the old Colonial Law Court House. Then, pass through the Clock Tower and a granite obelisk built in memory of Rajah Charles Brooke. Visit to the Sarawak Museum. Return to hotel. Own leisure in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3

Kuching - Iban Longhouse

Morning, pick up from your hotel and depart for a four hour drive to the jetty. There will be three stop-overs en-route at Serian - a Dayak trading town, a Chinese farmhouse to see how pepper and cocoa are grown and Lachau for lunch. On arrival at the river jetty, proceed by motorized longboat up river to the Longhouse. Afternoon, tour the longhouse and watch the natives at work making mats, baskets, handicrafts and mending fishing nets. After dinner, join in the fun filled evening with the traditional dance and enjoy the locally brewed rice wine known as ‘Tuak’. Overnight at the longhouse.

Remarks: Very basic accommodation at longhouse. Mattress, pillow, blanket & mosquito net provided. Sleeping in the 'Ruai', communal covered walkway of the longhouse. Kindly note that we will be visiting the Iban Longhouse at Lemanak. (No guesthouse).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Iban Longhouse - Kuching

After breakfast, witness a blowpipe demonstration and a jungle walk with guide highlighting the various plants which the natives use for food, making traditional medicine and handicraft. Return downriver and overland drive back to Kuching. Check in hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Kuching - Mulu - Deer & Lang Caves

Pick up and transfer to Kuching airport for your flight to Mulu. Upon arrival at Mulu airport, meet and transfer to Mulu National Park accommodations. Check in (Longhouse Room). Lunch at park cafe. Afternoon, depart for a three KM plank walk to Deer Cave and Lang Cave. Late afternoon, observe the millions of bats coming out from the vast mouth of the Deer Cave which will be a memorable occurrence (Only during fine weather). Return to accommodation. Dinner at park cafe.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Mulu National Park - Wind & Clearwater Caves - Penan Settlement

Depart by a long boat going up river to Wind Cave via Penan settlement. Visit the settlement and observe the lifestyle of this tribe. Visit Wind Cave and explore the limestone formation of this unique eco system. Continue the journey by plank walk to Clearwater Cave where more interesting stone formation can be seen. Picnic lunch at Clearwater summer huts. Return to accommodation. Free at own leisure in the afternoon. Dinner at park cafe. Overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Miri - Kota Kinabalu

Breakfast at park cafe. Transfer to Mulu airport. Fly back to Miri to connect flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, overnight at your hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8

Coral Island

Transfer to jetty for a 20-minutes boat ride to one of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands for a day of relaxation and explore jungle trails on your own. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reefs and rainbow-coloured fishes before we return to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu Park

Ascent via Timpohon Gate Route

Expected time of departure: 0800hrs

Drive 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. Have a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to savour local fruits in season. Then, visit the Kinabalu Natural History Gallery and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. If weather permits, take a refreshing guided walk on one of the trails in the cool surrounding to explore the montane forest. Temperature at the park is around 14℃ - 25℃. Overnight in Kundasang (Stay in Twin Beded room).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Kundasang - Sandakan - Sepilok

After breakfast, we visit the Kundasang War Memorial Park to learn about Sabah's WWII history and for great photos with the majestic Mount Kinabalu (if weather permits). Continue the drive to Poring, east of Kinabalu Park HQ to walk amidst tropical lowland rainforests leading up to the treetop canopy walkways. Enjoy lunch, before visiting the Kipungit Waterfall, stopping for a soak here or in the rejuvenating hot sulphur public pools. If the weather permits, treat your foot to a delightful but very ticklish fish massage at the Moroli River in Luanti which will almost certainly leave you in giggles. Continue overland to Sandakan. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort - ROH.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Sandakan - Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Pickup from hotel, and head over to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. There, you'll be treated to an enlightening video show about the conservation efforts done at the centre. Thereafter, enjoy a ten minute walk in the midst of the rainforest and witness the feeding of orangutans at the feeding platform before observing them over at the outdoor nursery. After, we head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre just next door after to learn more about the smallest bears in the world.

After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2.5 hours boat journey to the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, nestled on the banks of Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan. Take a river cruise through the river to spot some of Borneo's wonderful wildlife. Return to the lodge to enjoy a candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by an educational talk and interpretation by naturalist guide. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

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.

For the comfort and convenience of our guests, it is recommended to travel light by preparing an overnight bag for your stay in Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Complimentary storage in Sandakan will be provided for any extra luggage. (For guests departing & returning to Sandakan Only).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Rise and shine for the morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join in the nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. After lunch, it will be free at leisure. In the afternoon, proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Feel free to explore the boardwalk at the back of our lodge at your own leisure. Who knows you may get lucky and spot an Orang Utan!

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.

Our Night Cruise comes Highly Recommended to all our guests (available with a small fee)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Sandakan - Transfer out (by boat)

Have breakfast before returning to Sandakan by boat. After lunch, proceed to airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. If you're taking the evening flight, you'll 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Things to Bring

Please bring along sun block lotion, personal toiletries, swim wear, 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.

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