Taste of Borneo
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.
- Kuching City
- Cat monument
- City Tower
- Old State Mosque
- Main Bazaar
- India Street
- Gambier Road
- Kuching Waterfront
- Fort Margherita
- The Astana
- Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building
- Serian town
- Delok Longhouse
- Lang Caves & Deer Caves
- Wind Caves & Clearwater caves
- Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
- Pekan Nabalu
- Kundasang War Memorial Park
- Kipungit Waterfall
- Moroli River in Luanti
- Sepilok Nature Resort
- Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
- Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge
- Kinabatangan River
- Rainforest Discovery Centre
- Sandakan Memorial Park
DAY 1 : Kuching
Arrive in Kuching and check into hotel. Free at leisure.
DAY 2 : City Tour
Pickup from your hotel, proceed for the city tour to main attractions such as the Chinatown, Cat monument, City Tower for a bird's eye view of Kuching city, the Malay Houses on stilts, Old State Mosque, Main Bazaar, India Street, Gambier Road, Wet Market, Colonial Centre, Textile Museum, Chinese Museum, Sarawak Museum, Kuching Waterfront to view the ultramodern State Legislative Assembly building, alongside the historical Astana and Fort Margherita. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 3 : Iban Longhouse
Pick up from your hotel. Drive 275km to Batang Ai. Few stops will be made along the journey. First stop will be at Serian town. Serian town's highlight is the native market. Explore the market to identify some jungle products such as local vegetables and fruits. After lunch, continue the drive to Batang Ai jetty. Upon arrival, proceed by the longboat for 1 hour across Batang Ai Reservoir to Delok Longhouse. Meet the longhouse chief and check in at host family room. Dinner will be at the host family room/chief. Enjoy the evening and relax at Ruai (communal veranda). Listen to stories of the Ibans and learn about their cultures. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 4 : Iban Longhouse - kuching
Destination of the day is Jelia River which takes 20 minutes boat ride from the longhouse. The highlight activity is to trek to one of the trails. Jelia is very well known by a local as a home of the Orang Utan. Nests sometimes can be spotted. Walk in one of the oldest forest in Sarawak is an amazing experience for life. Long tail/Short tail macaques are occasionally seen in this area. There are varieties of birds that can be seen or heard such as eagle, kingfisher, Asia paradise fly-catcher, pheasant and some other tropical birds. Learn about plants that are used by local for (handicraft, food, medicine). Swimming is available in the river / small waterfall after the trek. You may participate in preparing local BBQ lunch at the riverbank. Proceed back to the longhouse in the afternoon. Return to Kuching by afternoon. Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 5 : Miri - Mulu
Transfer to airport for flight to Mulu with a short transit in Miri. Meet at Mulu Airport and transfer to your accommodation for check-in. After lunch, trek 45 minutes on raised plankwalk through lowland rainforest and peat swamp to Lang Caves. Walk inside the largest cave passage of Deer Caves. Witness the daily exodus of millions of bats at the Observatory at sunset before we return to the Park HQ and transfer to your accommodation. (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
DAY 6 : Wind & Clearwater Caves
We take a 45 minutes ride by longboat up Melinau River to explore Wind Caves. Visit Clearwater caves to see the subterranean river passage which at 100 km, is the longest cave system in South East Asia. Lunch at nearby Clearwater River and swim in the crystal clear water before we return to accommodation. (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner)
DAY 7 : Miri - Kota Kinabalu
Fly back to Miri to connect flight to Kota Kinabalu. Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 8 : Coral Island
Spend a day of sun, sea and sand on an offshore 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. Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 9 : Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site
Drive 2 hours overland to the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu. We make a short stop at Pekan Nabalu market to sample local fruits in season and to stretch our legs. Thereafter, we proceed to the Education Centre and Mountain Garden in Kinabalu Park Headquarters. If weather permits, take a guided walk on one of the trails to explore the cool montane forest. Return to Kota Kinabalu after lunch. Overnight stay in Kundasang (twin bedded). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner )
DAY 10 : Kundasang - overland 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. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 11 : Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest 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 show and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 12 : 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. After lunch, join our in house Orangutan Talk activity. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
DAY 13 : DEPARTURE
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat journey. After lunch we will proceed to airport for the afternoon 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)
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals specified, entrance fees, RM30.00 Community Development Fund CDF and English Speaking Guide.
Domestic airfare, camera fee and items not mentioned.
Rates For Travelling From 01 April 2017 and Onwards
MYR 6688 per personSingle Supplement : MYR 1380
High Season Surcharge : MYR 160 at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July & August)
Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR 20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).
All rates are inclusive of 6% GST.
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
Everything was covered from the airport pick-up, hotels, transfers,jungle trips...perfect. Guides and drivers were charming and spoke excellent English. The whole weeks' trip was hassle free and we enjoyed every minute of it, many thanks... a trip of a lifetime. Worth every penny, thank you.
eyequackess, United Kingdom, January 2016
The lodge was fantastic. The staff were all very good. The most outstanding was Fernando - our guide, and his commitment to us as his customers.
David Hughes, Australia, 13-15 January 2015
Happy new year.
Thanks for your mail. I came back to Japan yesterday and I and my family really enjoyed staying at your lodge. Especially food and staff were very nice and I would like to go back again in future if I have a chance. Thanks for everything and I wish you all the best for this year!
Satomi Nakahara, Japan, 1 - 3 January 2015
I am impressed with the guide's knowledge especially Hamid. Sukau Rainforest Lodg and the excurison, is a beautiful place in really good order, well organised.
Evalena Nilsson, Sweden, 20 Dec 2014-1 Jan 2015
I am most impressed about the efficiency of Borneo Eco Tours's staffs. The guides are always on time, everything handled smoothly and to plan. Documnetation faultless. The vehicles are spotlessly clean! And obviously well maintained (including the boats). And on top of that, Sukau Rainforest Lodge is FANTASTIC! Such welcoming staff, great rooms and location plus eco credentials.
Melinda Michael, Australia, 24 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
I am not sure who is the boss in your company, but please tell them, we did so enjoy our time at the Kinabatangan. Your company does things the right way, so people can enjoy their trip. The Sukau Rainforest Lodge is a happy place, and the people, beds, setting and food were lovely. Hazwan was an excellent guide, and we saw lots of wildlife that he pointed out.
I shall be writing a letter to the biggest weekend travel article paper in this country, so if it is published, I shall send you a copy. This is because it is safe to travel to Sandakan, and east Sabah, though the government has a travel warning. Last time my article was published, so we will cross fingers and see.
Have a good week, bye for now, from Leola Gilliland.
Leola Dianne Gilliland, Australia, 12 - 14 December 2014
Exciting boat journey to resort. Good first impression of lodge and very impressed with standard of accomodation. All staff are very welcoming and friendly, food is very good (especially soups!). Afternoon boat trip was amazing. Then early morning trip was sublime (best trip of all). Great second afternoon trip and unbelieveable night trip (How does the guide see the animals?). Our guide Fernando (Alonso) was knowlegeable, friendly, entertaining. It was practically perfect. I t was the sheer joy of being on the river, seeing the tropical forest and the wildlife, that was really the thing that will remain in my memory.
Young, United Kingdom, 16 Oct 2014
Thank you very much for offering me an opportunity to stay 2 memorable nights at your wonderful Sukau Rainforest Lodge, as your guest. I had stayed in many ecolodges and eco resorts in different parts of the world but SRL is the best I have ever seen. From the day I have checked in and up to the check out after 2 nights the hospitality offered by your staff at the SRL was excellent. All members of the staff were so kind and cooperative.
My special compliments to our Interpreter, Joy. Since our arrival at Sandakan and up to the departure she handled the tour programme in highly professional manner. She is very kind, polite and knowledgeable person. Always punctual and her timing is perfect. She made our tour very interesting and made our stay at your lodge very comfortable. Please convey my kind regards to her.
President; Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation,
Chairman, Sri Lanka Eco Tours,
Vice President of Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)
Palitha Gurusinghe, Sri Lanka, Oct 2014
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 with two elephant passes, three open decks for wildlife viewing, an enclosed garden, a riverside Melapi restaurant, open sun-deck, river jetty. Commencing in 2016, an expansion and upgrading of facilities located some distance away is being undertaken that won't be disruptive to 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
- 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