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Best of Borneo

  • Duration

    16 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
  • Price From

    $6,480pp
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Borneo is one of the world's greatest natural wonders, with an all encompassing biodiversity. It is a remarkable place where the great outdoors thrive with miracles and spectacles. Encounter a treasure trove of flora, wildlife, landscapes and indigenous customs. Borneo is also the home of the last wild orangutans, sadly under threat from habitat destruction.

Tour Highlights

Our Best of Borneo tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Best of Borneo Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    Fly to Kuching

    DAYS 1-2: Fly to Kuching

    Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore Kuching

    DAY 3: Explore Kuching

    Spend the day enjoying the diverse culture of Sarawak with a walking tour, starting at the Chinese History Museum on Kuching's waterfront. Stroll past the traditional Chinese shop houses of Ewe Hai Street and pay a visit to a 'sinseh', a Chinese medicine man. Next you'll be introduced to Sarawa's delicious food, with a tasting at a local coffee shop. Continue to the Sarawak Museum, before a sampan ride across Kuching's river to visit a Malay village.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Bako National Park

    DAY 4: Bako National Park

    Travel out to Bako before boarding a boat to reach the national park. Explore the park on foot with a guide – one of Borneo's most bio-diverse areas, the diversity of flora and fauna here is incredible and easily accessible. Following trails along streams, past caves and across plateaus, keeping an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you're lucky, a proboscis monkey. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Semenggoh Nature Reserve

    DAY 5: Semenggoh Nature Reserve

    This morning you have the opportunity to meet Borneo’s most famous native, the orangutan! Semenggoh is a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued or orphaned young orangutans – here they are taught how to survive in the wild. The area you are visiting is where the orangutans are released after their training, to live freely in the nature reserve, so please bear in mind that it is not guaranteed that you will spot a resident. Travel to Sri Aman.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Iban Longhouse

    DAY 6: Iban Longhouse

    Today you will discover more about Borneo's native Iban people, renowned for their practise of headhunting. Head out into the wilderness in a traditional Iban longboat and cruise to a longhouse where you will meet an Iban community. Witness a performance of a traditional war dance in full regalia and lunch on Iban cuisine. Return to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Return to Kuching

    DAY 7: Return to Kuching

    Journey back to Kuching, stopping en route for lunch at a local café.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Fly to Koa Kinabalu

    DAY 8: Fly to Koa Kinabalu

    Transfer to the airport and fly over to Malaysian Borneo's other state, Sabah, and the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Explore Kota Kinabalu

    DAY 9: Explore Kota Kinabalu

    Begin your explorations at the Sabah State Museum where you can learn about the state's diverse cultural and natural heritage, before exploring some of the city's beautiful architecture, including the Blue Mosque and Chinese Temple. Browse the piles of wares at the handicraft market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine on traditional Malay cuisine.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Kinabalu Park

    DAY 10: Kinabalu Park

    Head out of the city to the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo's highest mountain, where you will spend the day exploring Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walk along one of the many forest trails to discover some of the unique flora and fauna that calls the area home.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Fly to Sandakan

    DAY 11: Fly to Sandakan

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, which commemorates British and Australian prisoners of war during World War II. Continue into Sandakan itself and tour the city, passing the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation monuments. This evening, continue to Sepilok, where you'll stay in a nature resort at the rainforest's edge.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    Sepilok Orangutan Centre

    DAY 12: Sepilok Orangutan Centre

    Sepilok offers another chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat – like Semenggoh, this is a centre for the rehabilitation of former captive and orphaned orangutans. Around 60 to 80 orangutans live free within the centre's forest and there may be young orangutans to visit in the nursery. Head across the road to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to visit the world's smallest bear and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. Journey to Bilit and enjoy lunch at your lodge. Later, board a cruise along the Kinabatangan River to spot some of the abundant wildlife.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Kinabatangan river

    DAY 13: Kinabatangan river

    Embark on an early morning cruise to the Oxbow Lake, where you can spot wildlife and soak up the peaceful ambience. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure until the late afternoon, when you'll head out for another cruise, searching for wildlife once more. You could spot anything from horn-bills to pygmy elephants!

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu

    DAY 14: Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu

    Return to Sandakan for lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport to fly back to Kota Kinabalu. This evening, dine on local flavours and enjoy a cultural dance performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 15-16

    Fly Kota Kinabalu to Australia

    DAYS 15-16: Fly Kota Kinabalu to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the following day.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 26°c
  • 684mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 27°c
  • 105mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 27°c
  • 473mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 27°c
  • 73mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 27°c
  • 339mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 27°c
  • 50mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 28°c
  • 273mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 28°c
  • 114mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 28°c
  • 242mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 28°c
  • 216mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 28°c
  • 220mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 28°c
  • 279mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 28°c
  • 263mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 28°c
  • 230mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 28°c
  • 270mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 27°c
  • 262mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 28°c
  • 285mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 27°c
  • 339mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 27°c
  • 346mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 27°c
  • 372mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 27°c
  • 302mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Kuching
  • 27°c
  • 498mm
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • 27°c
  • 242mm
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