Borneo & Below

If you are a wildlife lover and a big fan of the ocean, this is the adventure for you! Think silky sunsets, waterfalls, culture, orangutans, diving and awesome people to share it with. If you like the sound of that, then this trip will tick all your boxes. It is an action-packed adventure throwing you into the culture of Malaysian Borneo and all its beauty. Learn about local traditions, visit orangutans in their natural habitat, trek to insane waterfalls, enjoy a river safari and finish your trip completing an open water PADI diving course! Whether you're a qualified diver or looking to learn, this adventure is right up your street.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!

Transport
All Transport Included Private Van Long Tail Riverboat transfer Speedboat to Gaya Island

Accommodation
11 Nights Accommodation Eco Lodge Dorm Riverside Jungle Resort Mountainside Bungalows

Activities
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Langanan Waterfall Trek Open water PADI course
TruFlexibility
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Low Deposit
Stupidly low deposits so you won't have to raid the piggy bank to lock in your trip.
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Free date changes
In case shit happens and you can't make it.
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Payment Plans
Have something to look forward to & pay us when you can.
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Unrivalled Support
The best 1 on 1 support before, during and after your trip.
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Lifetime Deposits
Never lose out. Your deposit is good for life, even if plans change.
Bucket List
See orangutans
PADI Diving
River Safari

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

Your Borneo adventure starts today! Fly into Kota Kinabalu International airport, where you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary Tru Crew and taken to our cool Eco Lodge.

 

Get some much-needed rest and relaxation before heading out with your new travel buddies for a welcome dinner in the thriving capital of Sabah - Kota Kinabalu city. Enjoy a few sunset drinks, stroll along the bustling KK waterfront and soak up the charming atmosphere and hustle and bustle of the local markets, and nightlife.

Kota Kinabalu
Airport Pick Up
1x Lunch
Day 2

Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip

Immerse yourself in Borneo’s culture and history at the Mari Mari Cultural village today, situated amidst a remote forest setting, away from the hustle and bustle of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll be introduced to members of the main 5 ethnic tribes of Sabah, Borneo and get a real-life perspective of their daily life and traditions. Learn about the Head Hunters of Borneo, meet their ancestors and listen to the stories of the Bobohizan - the High Priestess of a tribe.

 

In the evening, we’ll relax and take in the stunning sunset which has often been voted number one in the world!

 

Kota Kinabalu
Mari Mari Village
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Day 3

Orangutan & Sun Bear Rehabilitation Centre

If you’re an animal lover, you will love today’s activities! In the morning we’ll leave Kota Kinabalu and set off to Sepilok, Sandakan. Enjoy the scenic view of lush green jungle and small local villages on our drive before arriving at our jungle resort.

Take a quick dip in the pool, freshen up and head to Borneo’s Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre set amidst 43km² of lush forest. Approximately 80 orangutans live free in the centre’s reserve. The centre focuses on rehabilitating orangutans so they can be released back into the wild. Keep your eyes peeled as there are also around 25 babies living in the nurseries at the centre too!

Next up, we visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre next door, to see some of the world’s smallest bear species. The centre provides care, rehabilitates and releases orphaned and captive sun bears. Head back to your jungle resort in the evening to spend some time chilling out with your group.

Sepilok
Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
1x Breakfast
Day 4

Kinabatangan River Safari

Feast on a delicious breakfast and head for Sabah’s longest river, the Kinabatangan. On the way, stop off at the Gomantong Caves, an intricate cave system inside Gomantong Hill before checking into our adventure lodge.

 

Get your cameras ready as you’re in for a treat! Immerse yourself in the beautiful wildlife Borneo has to offer, on an evening Kinabatangan wildlife river safari. Go on the search for Borneo’s famous wildlife and birdlife and see if you can spot pygmy elephants, orangutans, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys and the myriad of birds living in the region. If you’re a fan of wildlife, this will be your heaven!

 

This evening we'll settle into our riverside lodge overlooking the beautiful mountains to get ready for tomorrow's activities.

Kinabatangan River
Caves & River Safari
3x Lunches
Day 5

Morning River Safari & Kundasang War Memorial

Wake up to the sound of gibbons calling and hornbills chirping and head off on a morning river wildlife safari to see the wildlife that are most active in the morning. After a morning spent on the Kinabatangan River, head back to our lodge to check out and head for Kundasang, Ranau.

 

Ranau is known for its World War 2 Death marches and is home to the Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens. Learn about the rich history of this unique hill district and visit one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British prisoners of war who died during the infamous Sandakan-Ranu Death march

 

After a day immersed in Borneo’s history, spend the evening sampling local rice wines and feasting on the local cuisine at the market stalls to experience a truly local way of life. Get an early night tonight at our hillside abode overlooking Mount Kinabalu to prepare for an early start tomorrow.

Kundasang
River Safari & War Memorial
Day 6

Langanan Waterfall Trek & Hot Springs

Get your hiking boots on and prepare for a jam-packed, super active day! We’ll start the day with an immersive exploration of Mount Kinabalu’s treetops. The view from the Canopy Treetop Walk really gives you a feel for the sheer size of the hundred million-year-old rainforest. Take in the sights and sounds and discover unique rainforest creatures from a bird’s eye view.

 

Afterwards, we’ll head to the highest waterfall in Sabah, the Langanan Waterfall that stands 100m high. Prepare for a challenge on this 3.5km trek. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch, and head over to the hot spring baths to soak your muscles after your trek. The mineral-infused hot springs have properties known to be good for your health and will surely soothe any aches you may have.

Kundasang
Waterfall Hike & Hot Springs
Day 7

Relaxing Day

After a jam-packed week of activities, we spend today exploring our surroundings at our own leisure. Check out the local markets, treat yourself to a massage and take in the beautiful surroundings of Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu
Relaxation
Day 8

Open Water Diving Course, Gaya Island

Day 8 and we’re heading to Diver’s paradise! Ask any experienced diver and they’ll tell you Borneo diving is out of this world! Prepare yourself for the most amazing 4 days of your life as you get up close and personal with Borneo's tropical marine life. We head to Sutera Harbour Marina and ride the waves, speedboat style to Gaya Island where we’ll be based for the next 3 days.

Kota Kinabalu
Open Water Diving Course
Day 9

Open Water Diving Course

We’re up early to start our Open Water PADI Course, if you’re already qualified you can choose to complete the PADI Advanced Diver or any PADI speciality course within the same time frame. We spend the day learning the in’s and out’s of Scuba diving before perfecting the art of diving. Once we’ve mastered it we’re good to go to spend the day in the deep blue.

Kota Kinabalu
Open Water Diving Course
Day 10

Open Water Diving Course

Day 10 and we’re practically professionals, we could film our own underwater TV show. Call your mum, You’ve got a new career. Spend the day diving checking out Borneo’s best marine life. Expect to see snappers, angelfish, clownfish, reef tip sharks and maybe some turtles if you’re lucky!

Kota Kinabalu
Open Water Diving Course
Day 11

Open Water Diving Course

We round up the end of our PADI Course, enjoy a few more dives and pick up our certificates. I told you we’re professionals now. Share the go pro snaps between each other and treat ourselves to a few beers. We’ve earned it after all.

Kota Kinabalu
Open Water Diving Course
Day 12

Chilled Check out

Enjoy your last breakfast in paradise before you say your goodbyes. Your group leader will be there to help you organise your onward travel no matter where you are going in the world.

*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.*

HELP & SUPPORT WITH ONWARD TRAVEL

Trips Departure Dates

FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip starts in Kota Kinabalu and finishes in the same place.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Kota Kinabalu International Airport, airport code BKI.

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

Kota Kinabalu International Airport, airport code BKI.
*Please make sure you don't book your return flight for at least 24 hours after your last day of your tour to make sure you are fit to fly after diving*

How do I get back to the end destination and is this included in the price?

The trip finishes in the same place as to where it starts - Kota Kinabalu.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation is a mixture of dormitories, double & twin beds.

How much is a pre-night accommodation?

Pre-night accommodation is £25 per night

What is the currency?

The currency used in Borneo is Malaysian Ringgit.

What visa do I need for Borneo?

You do not need a visa to enter Borneo for the duration of this trip. You are given permission to stay for 3 months upon arrival.

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