16 Day Best of Borneo: Sabah & Sarawak

$2,299
Per Person

Typically $4,299
Visit the vest best of what Borneo has to offer with our combined tour of Sarawak & Sabah. Brimming with South East Asia’s natural wonders, from very impressive cave formations to hectares of equatorial rainforests and flora and fauna to blow your mind!

the tour

Our Sabah and Sarawak tour offers the very best of what Borneo has to offer. Borneo is one of the worlds largest islands and Malaysian Borneo is split into two states: Sarawak & Sabah. Brimming with natural wonders, from impressive cave formations to hectares of equatorial rainforests, with flora and fauna to blow your mind! Borneo is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. With some of the oldest tribes in Asia still living by their age-old traditions. You will get to experience their way of life with a homestay in one of Sarawak’s unique Longhouses. We visit Bako National Park, one of the best places in Borneo to see wildlife in a natural setting. Here you will regularly see proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, long-tailed macaques, wild boar, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Not to mention wild orangutans! A true wildlife lovers dream.

Fly from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu and experience the hustle and bustle of this modern city. Famous for incredible seafood, enjoy dinner at the night market along the waterfront and enjoy live music. Take an island hopping day trip to the stunning islands of Pulau Sapi and Manukan, complete with snorkel gear to explore to coral. Next, head inland into picturesque Kinabalu National Park. Stay in the foothills of impending Mt Kinabalu and stand in awe at the highest peak in South East Asia. Visit a POW camp and learn about Australian history in Sabah in WWII. Get your wildlife fix at organutan, sun bear and proboscis monkey sanctuaries. Then, your tour will be complete with a 2 night stay in a river lodge and enjoy river cruises to see wild animals, exotic birds and much more.

INCLUSIONS

The package includes 15 nights accommodation and all sightseeing. Most meals per the itinerary and airport transfers. Professional English speaking guides will also accompany you throughout. and more. From home stays to 5 star resorts, this trip combines the very best of Borneo. We guarantee it will forever hold place in your heart. Secure your spot on our Sabah and Sarawak tour with a 10% deposit today. See our terms and conditions for more details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Kuching

Welcome to Sarawak: Where Adventure Lives! Upon arrival at the airport, meet our tour representative and transfer to your Hotel for check in. Rest or free & easy to explore Kuching City.

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching

DAY 2: Bako National Park Day Trip

One of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in a natural setting. Commonly spotted at Bako are the Borneo endemic proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs (monkeys), long-tailed macaques, wild boar, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. The park has an impressive range of forest types from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. A trail network provides access to different parts of the depending on level of fitness and areas of interest. The park’s spectacular coastline is dotted with small bays, coves and beaches.

Pick up from hotel, 35 minutes drive to Bako village, proceed by boat for approximately 30 minutes to the park headquarters. En route there is a chance to see crocodiles, sea eagles and other shore birds. Arrive at the park HQ and begin exploring the trails and searching for wildlife. Return to Kuching mid-afternoon.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching

DAY 3: Semenggoh Orangutan Centre

Breakfast in the hotel. Pick up and depart for Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, located 24 kilometres from the centre of Kuching. This orangutan rehabilitation centre trains orphaned or rescued orangutans how to survive in the wild. Over 20 orangutans live in forest within the nature reserve and often return to the centre at feeding times. Upon arrival, head to the briefing area. After a brief talk from the rangers, take a short walk along a trail to the feeding area to watch the orangutans come down from the trees for a free meal. Return back to city and have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching

DAY 4: Kuching ~ Sarikei ~ Ulu Sarikei

Depart from Kuching by local express boat (fast passenger ferry) to Sarikei. Sarikei also known as “Food Basket” & “Pineapple Town”, you’ll get to savour local delicacies for lunch at local open air restaurant or coffee shop. Continue by land to Ulu Sarikei Countryside. View the hilly scenery on the way with some peppers vineyards, rubber trees, rice paddy even longhouses just by the roadside.

Upon arrival longhouse, a warm welcoming by your host and brief you some longhouse information and culture. Go for some village walk in the evening, see the friendly local community. Come back in time before sunset. Prepare local meals for dinner such as the Pansuh (chicken meat cooked in bamboo) and taste the Tuak (rice wine) together with your host. After dinner, relaxing and sharing stories & legends with the host in the Ruai (Veranda). Retreat for the night.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Iban Longhouse Homestay

DAY 5: Ulu Sarikei ~ Sibu

Wake up early morning and join the villagers to experience local rubber tapping activity. Feel the tough job of how extract natural rubber latex come from and also process the rubber sheet.

Back to longhouse for breakfast & rest. Embark on your journey through the still green and undisturbed forest, with sightings of flora and fauna all the way. Here, you can understand how the local people say “Rainforest is the biggest supermarket for free”. View up close and personal with some of plants and herbs that the locals normally use for food or medical purpose and even for making ink as the base for Pua Kumbu. Enjoy some splashing moment and fun at the simple yet naturally beautiful water steam. Prepare and enjoy lunch in the middle of the rainforest while the sound of nature and gushing waterfall echoes in the background. Return back to longhouse and get yourself clean up and refresh before journey to Sibu.

Upon arrival Sibu, check-in Hotel for a rest. Join us on a tour to the mind boggling Sibu Night Market, which is opened every night except when there is heavy rain. Be amazed by the food, gadgets, textiles, utensils & all things interesting at this amazing place.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Tanahmas Hotel, Sibu

DAY 6: Sibu Tour ~ Fly to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

After Breakfast, take a leisurely stroll on a beautiful esplanade alongside Malaysia’s longest river – The Mighty Rajang River. See how the people use River Taxis (Express Boats, Speed boats, Sampans etc) of all sorts and forms to move along the river. Watch how the locals stock up their “Floating Grocery Stores” that serve riverine folks. Walk on to a beautifully crafted Chinese Temple, climb up the Seven Storey Pagoda and take a panoramic view of SIbu’s waterfront life.

Then cut across the winding streets of Old Sibu Town and soak in the sights and smells of pastries baking in earthen ovens, alley ways small businesses that provides priceless photo opportunities. After this journey back into time, walk onto to the biggest Central Market in Malaysia – home to more than 1,200 stalls serving up a bedazzling variety of commodities. Seek out the live chicken stalls and find out how they are bundled with newspapers. You will get a real feel of how the people of Sibu live and get to see seasonal fruits, catches that are unique to Sibu.

We then take a transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for check in. The evening is free at your own leisure.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Cititel Express or Gaya Central, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 7: Kota Kinabalu Free Day

You are free to spend the whole day at leisure exploring this modern city at your own pace or take advantage of our optional half day city tour. Another option is the fabulous sunset dinner cruise on board North Borneo Cruises.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Cititel Express or Gaya Central, Kota Kinabalu

OPTIONAL: Kota Kinabalu City Tour $65 | Sunset Dinner Cruise $149

DAY 8: Kota Kinabalu ~ Kundasang War Memorial ~ Sepilok

Today we journey overland to Sepilok. Departing the hotel at 8:30am we make a stop at the Kundasang War Memorial. The memorial is dedicated to the British and Australian soldiers who died in the Sandakan POW camp during their death marches to Ranau. We have lunch in Ranau and the continue overland, arriving in Sepilok around 4:30pm. Overnight at Sepilok Jungle Resort and enjoy an evening free at your own leisure. Fingers crossed a local orangutan joins us for dinner tonight.. As they roam free they sometimes they can be found swinging through the resort!

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sepilok

DAY 9: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre ~ Sun Bear Conservation Centre

This morning we visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in time for the morning feeding and learn about the conservation and rehabilitation efforts of Sepilok. Witness the majestic Orangutan swing through the forest towards the feeding platform and watch as these beautiful creatures enjoy their breakfast. Afterwards we make a visit to see the World’s smallest bear in their natural habitat at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Enjoy lunch back at the resort and spend the afternoon at leisure, relaxing in the resorts pool and tropical surroundings.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sepilok

DAY 10: Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Spend the morning visiting the fascinating long nose Proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay Sanctuary. Only found in Borneo, the Proboscis monkey is weird yet wonderful; the males have super long noses and the bigger they are, the more attractive they are to the ladies! Spend the afternoon at your own leisure. We suggest you visit the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre (2km) learn about local flora and fauna and enjoy a canopy walkway among the treetops, giving you a birds-eye view of the park [entrance fee approx $10). Alternatively, return to visit the Orangutans one last time for their afternoon feeding [At your own expense]

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sepilok

DAY 11: Sepilok ~ Gomantong Cave ~ Kinabantangan River

After breakfast we travel overland to our wildlife lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. En route we stop at the impressive Gomantong cave, the largest birds nest limestone cave in Sabah and featured in David Attenborough’s documentaries. On arrival into Bilit we have a spot of lunch before jumping on our first wildlife boat cruise down the river. Keep your eyes peeled for wild Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants and lots of exotic birdlife! Evening free at leisure or take an optional guided night jungle walk to spot the nocturnal wildlife.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Bilit Adventure Lodge, Bilit

OPTIONAL: Wildlife night jungle walk RM10 ($5) per hour

DAY 12: Kinabatangan River ~ Wildlife River Cruises

Early morning start as we cruise along the Kinabatangan River at 6:00am in search for more wild and wonderful wildlife, then back to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will have two choices; for trekkers: a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest. For non-trekkers; we participate in the batik painting. Relax for the afternoon and then just before dusk we embark on another river cruise in search for more wildlife. Spend the evening at leisure enjoying a cold beer and sharing your photos from the day with fellow travellers.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Bilit Adventure Lodge, Bilit

DAY 13: Bilit ~ POW Camp & Fish Foot Massage ~ Mount Kinabalu

After breakfast, we depart Bilit by 8:30am and travel to Ranau. On the way, we stop at Marakau POW camp and enjoy a tantalising natural fish spa foot massage down by the river. In the afternoon we reach our accommodation. Sabah Tea Resort is set within a sprawling tea plantation surrounded by pristine rainforests, cool mountain air and views of Mount Kinabalu. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and explore the stunning surroundings of the resort grounds.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sabah Tea Resort, Ranau

DAY 14: Tea Factory Tour ~ Nabalu Native Market ~ Kota Kinabalu

This morning we have a tour of the Sabah Tea Factory and learn the interesting process of how tea is made before proceeding for a guided walk to see local flora & fauna at the botanical garden. Enjoy a local lunch en route back to Kota Kinabalu with a short stop at Nabalu Native Market for a spot of souvenir shopping. Arrive back in Kota Kinabalu in the evening.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Cititel Express or Gaya Central, Kota Kinabalu

Day 15: Pulau Sapi & Manukan Islands Day Trip

The perfect way to end your holiday in Borneo is with a day trip to the stunning islands of TAR National Park. Embark on an exciting 20 minute boat ride across the bay to Pualu Sapi to lounge on the soft sands and swim in the pristine blue ocean. For the adventurous, take the “Coral Flyer” Zip line that spans between two islands, Gaya and Sapi. Hold on tight as you fly over the crystal water! [At your own expense]. Next continue on to Manukan Island for more beach time, soaking up the sun or enjoying a spot of snorkelling. Return to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon and enjoy your last night free at leisure or finish your holiday of a lifetime with a sunset dinner cruise on board North Borneo Cruises.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: Cititel Express or Gaya Central, Kota Kinabalu

DAY 16: Kota Kinabalu Departure

Enjoy a leisurely last morning in Kota Kinabalu before your transfer back to the airport in the afternoon.

MEALS: Breakfast

Description

Our Sabah and Sarawak tour offers the very best of what Borneo has to offer. Borneo is one of the worlds largest islands and Malaysian Borneo is split into two states: Sarawak & Sabah. Brimming with natural wonders, from impressive cave formations to hectares of equatorial rainforests, with flora and fauna to blow your mind! Borneo is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. With some of the oldest tribes in Asia still living by their age-old traditions. You will get to experience their way of life with a homestay in one of Sarawak’s unique Longhouses. We visit Bako National Park, one of the best places in Borneo to see wildlife in a natural setting. Here you will regularly see proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, long-tailed macaques, wild boar, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Not to mention wild orangutans! A true wildlife lovers dream.

Fly from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu and experience the hustle and bustle of this modern city. Famous for incredible seafood, enjoy dinner at the night market along the waterfront and enjoy live music. Take an island hopping day trip to the stunning islands of Pulau Sapi and Manukan, complete with snorkel gear to explore to coral. Next, head inland into picturesque Kinabalu National Park. Stay in the foothills of impending Mt Kinabalu and stand in awe at the highest peak in South East Asia. Visit a POW camp and learn about Australian history in Sabah in WWII. Get your wildlife fix at organutan, sun bear and proboscis monkey sanctuaries. Then, your tour will be complete with a 2 night stay in a river lodge and enjoy river cruises to see wild animals, exotic birds and much more.

INCLUSIONS

The package includes 15 nights accommodation and all sightseeing. Most meals per the itinerary and airport transfers. Professional English speaking guides will also accompany you throughout. and more. From home stays to 5 star resorts, this trip combines the very best of Borneo. We guarantee it will forever hold place in your heart. Secure your spot on our Sabah and Sarawak tour with a 10% deposit today. See our terms and conditions for more details.

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021:

February: 15, 22

March: 8, 22

April: 5, 19

May: 3, 17, 31

June: 14, 28

July: 12, 26

August: 9, 23

September: 6, 20

October: 4, 18

November: 1

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

February: 28

March: 7, 14, 21, 28

April: 4, 11

INCLUSIONS

 

16 Day Guided Tour of Borneo

15 Nights accommodation

Internal flight from Sibu to Kota Kinabalu

15x Breakfasts, 10x Lunches, 7x Dinners

Entrances to:

Bako National Park

Semenggoh Orangutan Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Gomantong Cave

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Sibu City Tour

Homestay with local tribe in a traditional Longhouse

3x Wildlife river cruises along Kinabatangan river

Visit Kundasang War Memorial & Marakaw POW Camp

Enjoy a tantilising fish spa at Marakau

Tour of Sabah Tea Factory

Island day trip to Pulau Sapi & Manukan

Mask and snorkel hire on island

Guided walk around Kinabalu National Park & Botanical Gardens

Return airport/hotel transfers

English speaking local guides

AC transportation throughout

Small Groups Maximum 16 people

$2 Donation to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Wildlife Rescue Unit

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

Flight from Kuching – Sibu (MYR150.00/Pax) during Monsoon Season if the express boat not in services.

Tourism Tax MYR20.00/Pax base on Twin-sharing pay upon arrival.

Travel Insurance

Optional Tours

Personal expenses

Meals not mentioned in itinerary

Beverage for all meals.

Tipping

HOTELS

 

HOTELS [Locally Rated]:

Kuching: The Waterfront Hotel 5*

Ulu Sarikei: Iban Longhouse Homestay

Sibu: Tanahmas Hotel 4*

Kota Kinabalu: Cititel Hotel or Gaya Central 3*

Sepilok: Sepilok Jungle Resort 3*

Kinabatangan: Bilit Adventure Lodge 3*

Ranau: Sabah Tea Resort 3*

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

Triple share rooms are available

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrade to the 4 Star Mercure Hotel in Kota Kinabalu for $150 per person (4 Nights)

 

OPTIONAL TOURS:

DAY 7: Kota Kinabalu City Tour Half Day – $65

DAY 7: Sunset Dinner Cruise with North Borneo Cruises – $149

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extend your time in Borneo with extra nights pre or post tour

 

PRE-TOUR

5* The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching – $110

 

POST TOUR

3* Gaya Central/Cititel Hotel, Kota Kinabalu – $110

4* Mercure, Kota Kinabalu – $150 (Contact MyHoliday2)

 

Prices are based per room per night and include breakfast and airport transfers

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 1 November 2021

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 30 days prior to travel

Booking subject to availability

 

RATES:

16 Day Best of Borneo  –  $2299 per person

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

A single traveller surcharge applies for solo travellers

$750 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum of 2 people

Maximum 16 people

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Children under the age of 2 travel free of charge

Children aged 2-10 require a child voucher:

$1499 per child

 

Contact MyHoliday2 to purchase

Children aged 11+ require an adult voucher

Child vouchers only apply if in addition to two full paying adults

Maximum room capacity is 2 adults and 2 children (1 in existing bedding, 1 in extra bed)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

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MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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