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Borneo & Mt Kinabalu Encompassed

Want to see all of Sabah (seriously, like all of it)? Here are 17 days that'll check off every possible box you could hope to throughout this tropical paradise. Summit Kinabalu, explore the perfect island of Pulau Tiga (where they shot a season of Survivor), visit the inspiring Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and experience Mulu National Park. Don't come to Sabah without getting to see all of it. We got your ticket right here.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Supplier Tour ID: AAKS/127038
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Finishes: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Mount Kinabalu
  • Beaufort
  • Gunung Mulu National Park
  • Pulau Sepangar
  • Kota Belud
  • Sungai Kinabatangan
  • Sepilok
  • Pulau Libaran

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Opt to hike the nature trails, or enjoy an excursion to Poring hot springs and a canopy walk with some free time.
Travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea.

In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre.

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Day 3: Mount Kinabalu

Head off to conquer Mt Kinabalu. During the first day's climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.
Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way!

Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level.

Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.

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Day 4: Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu

Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to the park headquarters for lunch. Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

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Day 5: Kota Kinabalu/Beaufort

After breakfast enjoy the seaside drive to Beaufort, a small colonial town of palm-oil plantations, white-water rapids, and interesting looking monkeys. Spot an array of wildlife from a river cruise on the Klias River.

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Day 6: Beaufort

Catch the local train to Tenom and explore the scenic town. Visit the Murut Cultural Centre before returning to Beaufort by road. If you prefer, jump off the train early and opt out of the visit to Tenom to instead get your adrenaline pumping on a rafting tour.

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Day 7: Beaufort to Mulu National Park

Depart to Menumbok port and take a private speedboat to Labuan. Fly to Miri and make your way to Mulu National Park. Opt for a night walk on the boardwalks surrounding park headquarters.

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Day 8: Mulu National Park

Depart on an easy walk along the river to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. After a lunch stop, swim in the crystal clear waters emerging from the mountain. Opt to stop at Iban village's morning market to browse handicrafts by the Pena tribe, descendants from headhunters. Walk on the boardwalk to Lang Cave and Deer Cave before relaxing with a drink at the viewing area for the nightly emergence of 3 million bats.

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Day 9: Mulu National Park to Pulau Sepangar

Before breakfast, opt to go on a two hour morning mist guided tour in Mulu NP on the worlds longest tree based canopy walk. Enjoy some free time before boarding a flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, take a boat to the secluded Sepanggar Island covered in a lush tropical rainforest with white sand beaches and turquoise water. Stay the night in a lodge nestled on a hill hidden in the trees. Enjoy the spectacular view of the sea, the stars, and the Kota Kinabalu city lights from your balcony.

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Day 10: Pulau Sepangar/Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy a relaxing morning on Sepanggar paradise island. Snorkel through the crystal clear water and follow the tropical fish to the colourful reefs. Opt to get a massage or try stand-up paddle boarding. If you are looking to pump some adrenaline try parasailing or jet skiing. Head back to the mainland in the afternoon and spend the evening in Kota Kinabalu as you please.

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Day 11: Kota Kinabalu/Kota Belud

Travel to Tambatuon village and meet the local community. Visit a local farm and gather fresh ingredients for an included cooking class. After lunch, trek to a nearby river, exploring the landscape surrounding the village along the way. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner with your hosts.
Learn more about the typical lifestyle in the village by taking part in seasonal activities such as rubber tapping, fruit harvesting, and rice planting.

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Day 12: Kota Belud/Sungai Kinabatangan

Travel towards Sandakan and continue to the jungle lodge on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah's longest. After settling in head out for a river safari. After dinner, opt for a guided night walk through the jungle.

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Day 13: Sungai Kinabatangan

Begin the day with a river safari in search of wildlife. After breakfast, visit the nearby oxbow lake with a professional guide and seek out proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, macaques, and gibbons. Enjoy another boat cruise along the river to spot more wildlife before returning to the lodge for dinner.

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Day 14: Sungai Kinabatangan/Sepilok

Depart in the morning and travel to Sepilok. Enjoy a visit to the orangutan rehabilitation centre and the adjacent sun bear conservation centre.

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Day 15: Sepilok/Pulau Libaran

Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island by boat. Take a guided tour of the island's turtle hatchery and learn about the turtle conservation program. Opt to go snorkelling or kayaking with some free time.

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Day 16: Pulau Libaran/Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast, depart Libaran Island and travel back to the Sandakan jetty. From the jetty, transfer to Sandakan airport for a flight to Kota Kinabalu.

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Day 17: Kota Kinabalu

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Kota Belud
    • Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days)
    • Deer and Lang caves visit
    • Bat exodus observation
    • Wind and Clearwater caves exploration
    • Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga)
    • Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris
    • Guided oxbow lake visit and wildlife spotting (Kinabatangan)
    • Cave visit (Kinabatangan)
    • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
    • Turtle hatchery visit
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), mountain lodge/hostel (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt, multi-share), lodge (3 nt), jungle lodge/hostel (2 nts), permanent tented camp (1 nt)
    • 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, plane, longboat, ferry, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Watch the sunrise from the summit of Mt Kinabalu
  • Visit a rehabilitation centre for orangutans
  • Relax on the tropical island of Pulau Tiga
  • Gather local ingredients and take a cooking class
  • Tour a turtle hatchery