Borneo Adventure

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Malaysian Borneo. This action-packed itinerary allows you to get up close with orangutans in their natural habitat, explore local villages, trek to jaw-dropping waterfalls and try a fun dive to check out the surreal marine life. Starting in Kota Kinabalu we’ll have our welcome meal in this buzzing, modern city before heading to explore some beautiful wildlife. We’ll then get to view the animals from a river safari as we then get ready to trek up the highest waterfall in Sabah. The trip will finish off along the coast, where we started at Kota Kinabalu. We'll finish the trip snorkelling or even try a fun dive to experience the colourful array of marine life that Borneo has to offer.

This trip is for anyone looking for an adventure full of wildlife and well, a little bit of everything!

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 Speedboat to Gaya Island

Accommodation
8 Nights Accommodation Eco Lodge Dorm Sepilok Jungle Resort Mountainside Bungalows

Activities
Mari Mari Cultural Village Trip Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Langanan Waterfall Trek Snorkel Safari / Try Dive

tru Exclusives
Kinabatangan River Safari
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Free date changes
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Bucket List
See Wild orangutans
River Safari Cruise
Try Dive

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
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.

Airport Pick Up
Kota Kinabalu
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
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 Rehab 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
TRU Exclusives
Kinabatangan River Safari
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

Scuba Diving & Snorkel Safari

Time to head to divers’ paradise! Borneo is known for its unique marine life and great scuba diving. We head to Sutera Harbour Marina and ride the waves in a speedboat to Gaya Island. Spend your day on a Snorkel Safari or try Scuba Diving for the first time. If you’re already a qualified diver, get up close and personal with the vast array of tropical marine life including reef sharks, snappers, angelfish, clownfish and turtles if you are lucky!

Kota Kinabalu
Diving
Day 9

Chilled Check out


Enjoy your last breakfast in Kota Kinabalu with your group before checking out. If you are looking to continue your stay or need to plan your onward travel, your group leader will be there to help with your onward support.

*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 and finishes in Kota Kinabalu.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

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

What's the closest airport to the end destination?

The same as the start, 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 start destination and how much will it cost?

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

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

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

How much is pre-night accommodation?

Pre-night accommodation costs £25 per night.

What is the currency?

The currency used in Borneo is Malaysian Ringgit.

What Visa do I need?

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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