Airport Pick Up
Welcome to Borneo, the third-largest island in the world! Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary TruNinjas (a tour guide but cooler), and off you go to our awesome eco-lodge, where we will be staying! Your Borneo adventure officially has started, holiday mode has been turned ON! You’ll meet your TruFam for your welcome dinner in Kota Kinabalu city, followed by some sunset drinks by the waterfront, oooh la la. Can’t get much more of a dreamier first night in Borneo!
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip
When in Borneo, immersing yourself in the culture is a MUST (Obvi). So that’s why next on the list is learning about history and culture through visiting the Mari Mari village. The village is set in the forest, away from all the hustle & bustle of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll meet members of the 5 main tribes of Sabah while learning all about their daily life and traditions. The REAL life perspective, you’ll hear all about the head hunters of Borneo, their ancestors as well as the stories of the high priestess of a tribe also known as the Bobohizan. We told you we would be immersed in the culture! For the evening, we have some time to relax until it’s sunset o’clock. This time it’s not just any ordinary sunset, it’s been voted number one in the world! And yes, you can go tell all your friends and make them jealous, we give you permission (sending them pictures & videos encouraged).
Orangutan & Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centre
Today is the day we have all been waiting for! We leave Kota Kinabalu in the morning and set off to Sepilok, the journey has a scenic view of the lush greenery (it’s a jungle out there guys) as well as the small local villages before we arrive at our jungle resort. Before we go meet our orangutan friends at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, you can freshen up, have a little nap, or take a dip in the pool and chill you do you boo! Just make sure you are ready to meet the 80 orangutans that live freely in the centre *cue awwww’s*. At the centre, they focus on rehabilitating orangutans so that they can be released back into the wild eventually. Don’t think it can get much cuter? Hold that thought because there are 25 baby orangutans in the centre, so see if you can spot any little ones! If you weren’t already, we can guarantee that you will have fallen in love with these incredible animals! The falling in love does not stop there though, as we go over to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre next door, to see some of the world’s smallest species of bear, who are also cared for just like the orangutans and then released back into the wild. Seriously, there’s so much love we could take them home (of course, we can’t but we can dream, right?). We then head back to the jungle resort where you can chill with your TruFam and gush over the wonderful friends we made earlier today.
Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Kinabatangan River Safari
Did someone say Tru Exclusive? Hell yeah, we did! You will not find this activity anywhere else, trust us when we say this is a TRUly exclusive experience! Yup, we’re going on a safari, but not just any safari, a river safari! Kinabatangan River is Sabah’s longest river (fun fact for ya)! Along the way, we’ll stop off at the Gomantong Caves, an intricate cave system inside Gomantong Hill before we check into our hotel! Get those cameras all charged up and ready to go, because your in for a treat! During the river safari, see what beautiful wildlife Borneo has to offer and try spotting any orangutans, pygmy elephants, crocodiles, probosci’s monkeys and the myriads of birds. We call this wildlife, HEAVEN! After becoming one with nature, we head back to our riverside lodge overlooking stunning mountains for the evening, dreamy stuff!
Morning River Safari & Kundasang War Memorial
Rise and shine! Bet you’ve never had a wake-up call from gibbons or hornbills before, but that changes today! We are off to the Kinabatangan river once again to see what wildlife we can spot as some are more active in the morning! After spending our morning on the river, it’s time to head to Kundasang, Ranau. Ranau is home to the Kundasang war memorial and gardens, which is one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British prisoners of war who died during the infamous Sandakan-Ranu Death march. Once we have immersed ourselves in Borneo’s history, it’s time to sample some local rice wines and feast at the nearby market to experience the real, local way of life! After we’ve filled our stomachs with too much rice wine & food from the market, it’s time to catch our beauty sleep for an early start and a big day tomorrow!
River Safari & War Memorial
Langanan Waterfall Trek & Hot Springs
We’re going hiking so grab yo’ boots and lets gooo! To start the day off, we’ll explore Mount Kinabalu’s treetops, pretty amazing start we’d say. The view is incredible from the Canopy Tree Top Walk, no need to imagine what a hundred million-year-old rainforest would look like because it’s right in front of you! Definitely a memory you will cherish forever so make sure you really take in all that is around you as it’s not every day you get to see a rainforest, let alone from birds-eye view! Next up is the highest waterfall in Sabah, the Langanan waterfall stands 100m high (just a tad tall no biggie). Hope your feeling up for a challenge as we are going to go on a 3.5km trek, but trust us, it’s so worth it. Our stomachs are sure to be grumbling, so it’s time for a well-deserved lunch. You should be proud of yourself as you’ve completed the trek, high-fives all around (or elbow bumps, ya know 2020 & all)! Now, it’s time for an ultimate relaxation session at the mineral-infused hot springs (dreamy scenes), your muscles can thank you later! The last one in the hot springs has to buy a round of beers, go go go!
Waterfall Hike & Hot Springs
Wow, what a jam-packed (but epic) week we’ve had, which means it’s only right for us to have a day to relax. So the ball is in your court, you choose what you want to do today. Whether it be checking out the local markets to get those taste buds tingling, treating yourself to a massage or just taking in your gorgeous surroundings of Kota Kinabalu, maybe even catching the sunset because we can never get enough of those right? Whatever you fancy doing, the choice is yours (just make sure you do it in TRU style).
Open Water Diving Course, Gaya Island
Divers paradise is calling! *cue under the sea - the little mermaid* Borneo is known for it’s unique and amazing marine life, as well as some 10/10 scuba diving, need some more convincing? Here’s why you need to go diving in Borneo. If you ask any experienced diver, guarantee they will tell you that diving in Borneo is OUT OF THIS WORLD! So I hope you are prepared for the most amazing four days (maybe ever!). We’ll head over to Gaya Island by speed boat where we will be based for the next 3 days.
Open Water Diving Course
It’s an early one this morning because we are going to start our Open Water PADI Course! If you are already qualified, then you can choose to either complete the PADI advanced diving course or any speciality PADI diving course within the same time frame. Before we start our diving adventure, we need to learn the in’s and out’s first, then we can put what we’ve learnt to the test and spend the day out in the deep blue. Shell, yeah (pun intended!).
Open Water Diving Course
Day 10 and we’re practically professionals, we could film our own underwater TV show, send us any name ideas if you got any. So call your mum, you’ve got a new career. Spend the day diving checking out Borneo’s UNREAL marine life. Expect to see snappers, angelfish, clownfish, reef tip sharks and maybe some turtles if you’re lucky, our fingers are crossed for ya!
Open Water Diving Course
We round up the end of our PADI Course, enjoy our last few dives and then it’s time to pick up our certificates, look at us go! We told you we’re professionals now. Share the go pro snaps between each other (get them ready for the gram ya know) and treat ourselves to a few beers for our last evening in Borneo. We’ve earned it after all. Cheers, TruFam!
Chilled Check out
All good things must come to an end, which means it’s time to love and leave Borneo after an epic 12 days! You won’t just be going home with amazing memories to cherish forever. Still, also your TruFam and your a qualified diver, say whaaaaat! Enjoy your last breakfast in Borneo and reminisce over the amazing sights you’ve seen. If your adventure is continuing, then our TruNinjas will be happy to help you with further travel plans! Until we meet again, stay Tru!
*Please note, as you will be diving on the last day of your tour, you are required to allow at least 24 hours before flying to comply with PADI guidelines and for your own safety.*
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