Discover Borneo

  • days: 18
  • from $8,995

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  • Malaysia

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Borneo rainforest lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area

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★ NEW TOUR!         

From the bustling cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, to the fascinating caves of Mulu National Park and the ancient, mesmerising rainforests of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, this is a trip to discover the heart of Malaysian Borneo and its true wilderness.

City and Country

Our tour begins in the capital of Sarawak – bustling Kuching. One of the most attractive cities in South East Asia, we’ll experience it on foot - taking a walking tour visiting museums, temples and getting a taste of the local culture. Take in the scenic countryside, quaint villages, rice paddy fields and oil plantations as we travel into the heart of Sarawak to Lubok Antu.

From Rainforests to Caves

Immerse yourself in Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We’ll take a 3km plank walk through lush rainforest to the spectacular Deer Cave and Lang’s Cave. Cruise in a traditional long boat and swim in the crystal-clear waters flowing from Clearwater Cave.

Orangutans and Waterfalls

Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and injured orangutans are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. We get to observe feeding time, and the nursery – a truly unforgettable experience. Cruise down the Kinabatangan River searching for wildlife in the jungle looking out for the endemic proboscis monkey. In the stunning Danum Valley Conservation Area we'll visit Coffin Cliff, an ancient burial site for the area's indigenous people, and take in some of the enchanting waterfalls. 

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Kuching

Welcome to Malaysian Borneo and the city of Kuching! Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is divided into 4 states, Malaysian Sabah & Sarawak, the independent Sultanate of Brunei and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan.

Day 2. Kuching

This morning we take a walking tour to orient ourselves in the city. Beginning at the waterfront, we visit Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple and the Chinese Historical Museum, Carpenter Street and India Street. We’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise and group dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 3. Kuching - Lubok Antu

Enjoy the scenic countryside, quaint villages, rice paddy fields and pepper and oil plantations as we travel into the heart of Sarawak to Lubok Antu. We stop for lunch in the town of Lachau before arriving at majestic Hydro Lake, where we’ll board a shuttle ferry to the resort. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Lubok Antu

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Special Experience: Travel by motorised native longboat across the lake into the Engkari River to experience a cultural performance followed by a blow pipe demonstration.

This evening we’ll take a short nature walk through the rainforest surrounding our resort, exploring the treetops and rainforest canopy as we walk across a walkway suspended 50 metres above the jungle floor! [B,L,D]

Day 5. Lubok Antu - Sibu

Today we travel to Sibu, where our sightseeing begins with a leisurely stroll along the mighty Rajang River. Here we’ll see the floating stores that serve the river communities, explore the streets of the old town and visit Malaysia’s biggest market. Enjoy an evening at leisure. [B,L]

Day 6. Sibu - Mulu

This morning we fly via Miri to Mulu, gateway to the beautiful Mulu National Park. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Explore Lang and Deer Caves as you walk along the 3-kilometre plank walk, and see the bats flying out in search of food in the evening.

Day 7. Mulu

We have Wind Cave in our sights today, named so for the fresh breezes that blow through it. Travelling by longboat down the jungle river, we’ll arrive in Wind Cave and take the 200 steps that lead up through the forest to the vast Clearwater Cave. Here we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and have the opportunity to swim in its subterranean river. Enjoy a relaxed evening at leisure. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Mulu - Kota Kinabalu 

Relax with a morning at leisure before we fly to the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, Kota Kinabalu. Backed by rainforest and edged by beautiful coastal waters, Kota Kinabalu is known for its bustling markets, beautiful beaches and its stunning waterfront Mosque. Enjoy an evening at leisure. [B]

Day 9. Kota Kinabalu

This morning we head to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village. This living museum preserves Borneo ethnic culture, displaying the daily life, traditions and culture of the indigenous people who lived here prior to the introduction of electricity. [B,L,D]   

Day 10. Kota Kinabalu - Sepilok

After breakfast we depart for Sepilok, the world's most famous destination to see orangutans in their natural habitat. This afternoon we'll visit the rainforest discovery centre and walk along the canopy walkway suspended above the rainforest. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Sepilok

This morning we head to Sepilok where we’ll learn about the work being done by the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, situated on 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Around 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve, with a further 20 or so housed in nurseries. Following this, we head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre before cruising by boat to the Lower Kinabatangan River sanctuary. [B,L]

Day 12. Sepilok - Kinabatangan River

We start our day with a visit to the Sandakan War Memorial, a site built in memory of all prisoners who died in the Sandakan Camp during the Second World War.

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Special Experience: Cruise a tributary of the Kinabatangan River in search of the long-nosed proboscis monkey, endemic to Borneo. 

This evening we’ll take a river safari and break for dinner. After dark we'll head out to spot some of the resort’s nocturnal wildlife. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Kinabatangan River

Enjoy an early start to the morning with a breakfast safari along the river. We’ll meander along the nearby Pitas Oxbow Lake and continue on to visit Kampung Abai, a local fishing village and interact with the local river people (known as Orang Sungai). We’ll return to the lodge to explore the surrounding wetlands for interesting plants, insects and birds in the area, before taking to the water again later to explore more of Kinabatangan and its tributaries. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Kinabatangan River - Danum Valley Conservation Area

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Special Experience: Spend 3 nights in the amazing Danum Valley Conservation Area - Sabah's largest protected lowland rainforest. 

Consisting of over 43,000 hectares of ancient rainforest some 130 million years old, Danum Valley Conservation Area boasts extraordinary biodiversity. All 10 of Sabah’s primate species, including orangutans and proboscis monkeys, as well as Asian elephants, rhinos, singing treefrogs, clouded leopard and civet cats, mouse deer and much more can be found here. Enjoy a welcome drink at our rainforest lodge before taking an introductory trek along the Nature Trail, making our way across the canopy walkway. This evening we’ll be treated to a guided safari night drive after dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Danum Valley Conservation Area

This morning we trek up to the View Point for a stunning outlook over this truly breathtaking rainforest. We’ll also visit Coffin Cliff - an ancient burial site for the area's Indigenous people, the Kadazan-Dusun. We’ll enjoy a break by a natural jacuzzi, with an opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing water before returning to the lodge for lunch. Take the afternoon to enjoy the lodge and the surrounding rainforest at your own pace. After dinner this evening we’ll take a guided night walk along the nature trail. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Danum Valley Conservation Area

After breakfast we’ll venture back out into the rainforest to see two waterfalls - the delicate Fairy Falls and the beautifully scenic Serpent Falls. After lunch the afternoon is yours to explore or relax and bask in the beautiful atmosphere. [B,L,D] 

Day 17. Danum Valley Conservation Area - Depart Kota Kinabalu

Today we fly back to Kota Kinabalu to begin our journey home. [B]

Day 18. Arrive in Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Asia. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Asia
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding safari vehicles and water based activities)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 11 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star)
  • 2 nights in riverside lodges along the Kinabatangan River (2-3 star)
  • 3 nights in Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley Conservation area (3 star) 
  • 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide throughout

Sightseeing

Cultural diversity and geological phenomena of Sarawak

  • Explore Kuching on foot during a heritage tour including: "Tua Pek Kong" Chinese temple and Chinese Historical Museum, Carpenter Street, pass by GPO, Round Tower, The Pavilion, Brooke Memorial Monument, The Square Tower, the Old Court House, stroll down India Street, pass by Merdeka Square to St. Thomas Cathedral for short visit concluding at Sarawak Museum.
  • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board a Sunset River Cruise as we sail along the Sarawak River.
  • Travel through scenic countryside and quaint towns, villages, paddy fields, pepper and oil plantations as we go deeper into the interior of Sarawak to Lubok Antu.
  • Observe young Orangutans who have been orphaned or rescued from captivity, learn to survive in the wild at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve.
  • Travel by motorised longboat, across the Engkari River, to a Longhouse where we will watch a cultural performance and blowpipe demonstration by the inhabitants.
  • Walk among the treetops and discover the canopy layer of the rainforest on a 130 metre long walkway, suspended 50 metre above the jungle floor.
  • Explore Sibu, the Gateway to Central Sarawak. During a boat transfer observe the floating grocery stores serving the river communities and stroll the winding streets of Old Sibu Town, passing bakeries, alleyways, small businesses and the biggest Central Market in Malaysia.
  • Explore Mulu National Park on a 3 kilometre plank walk to Deer & Lang's Cave through lush rainforest, passing by rushing rivers to the entrance of the world's largest cave passage.
  • Travel by motorised longboat to explore Mulu's Wind Cave, stopping enroute at the Penan Settlement. Enjoy a picnic lunch before a short stroll and climb to clearwater cave.

Rivers and wildlife of Sabah 

  • Enjoy an evening at leisure in Kota Kinabalu.
  • Pay tribute to the brave Australian & British Prisoners of War at the Kundasang and Sandakan War Memorials.
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and observe man's closest relative. Watch as they are fed and taught how to search for their own food.
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which aims to improve the welfare and rehabilitation of the Malayan Sun Bear while also raising public awareness about the plight of these amazing animals.
  • Take a journey of discovery along the Lower Kinabatangan River sanctuary, while witnessing the magnificent scenery of the mangrove forest, a variety of wildlife and life along the river banks.
  • Explore the Kinabatangan River and its tributaries on morning, afternoon and evening river safaris. Witness life along the river banks including the local river people and the remarkable wildlife such as the Proboscis monkeys, Orangutans and 8 more species of primates. Keep an eye out for salt water crocs and the pigmy elephants.
  • Spend 3 nights in the amazing Danum Valley Conservation Area, with its outstanding biodiversity.
  • Enjoy some free time in Kota Kinabalu including a farewell group dinner.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Payable locally, please allow approximately $275pp
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $290pp
Single supplement: from $1,850
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

 

T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions 

Optional Excursions

Discovery as Night Falls in Kota Kinabalu – 6:00pm, 4hrs – MYR 222 pp (Seat in Coach)

The sun sets earlier in this part of Malaysia therefore this tour is perfect to experience the time shift from evening to night as you watch the sun go down from atop Signal Hill. A brief stop at Kampung Air Night Market where you might pick up some bargains. Among the things sold are clothing, shoes, watches, wallets, wallets, eyewear, kitchenware, and other knik-knacks. Try out your bargaining skills before proceeding to dinner at one of Kota Kanabalu’s many seafood restaurants. Includes dinner and return transfers.

 

Evening City & Market Walk – 4:00pm, 4hrs – MYR 459 pp (Private)

Begin your tour with some of the historical highlights of the city before ending your time wondering through the weird and wonderful markets along the waterfront.

You will be collected mid-afternoon and will start your trip at ‘zero kilometres’, the point used to measure all distances within the state of Sabah right outside the Sabah Tourism Building which is one of the only three buildings in the city that still remain relatively intact after the war. You will walk along Gaya Street and along past the Atkinson clock tower located on Australian Place. From the clock tower you will walk to Dea Soka which is the central square in the city. You will walk by the Malaysia Monument which marks when Malaysia officially became Malaysia (when Malaya welcomed Sarawak and Sabah in 1963) and also past the North Borneo Memorial which was built to remember the fallen British, Malaysia and Australian soldiers that fell during both the 1st and 2nd world wars as well as the Indonesian confrontations.

From here you continue through the streets of Kota Kinabalu to the waterfront and begin your culinary adventure. There are three main markets that are set up along the waterfront permanently (a Pilipino handicraft market, a fruit market and a wet market with all sorts of weird and wonderful fresh fish). However, in the evenings, around the time you will be arriving at a whole number of other little markets in makeshift tents and stalls set themselves up depending on the time of year and the weather. Finally, proceed for a local seafood dinner before heading back to your hotel. Includes return land transfers, snacks, dinner and entrance fees.

 

Sunset Cruise Discovery in Kota Kinabalu – 4:00pm, 2hrs – MYR 310 pp (Private)

A short cruise on the Sabah waters to see the clouds and sky changing from blue then yellow, to purple and the sun setting without being obstructed by the islands is indeed a romantic experience. Make sure to bring along your camera and record every beautiful moment of the sunset. Along the cruise, enjoy the activities on board and as night approaches, Kota Kinabalu will be lit up. Take the chance to view the city night scape while enjoying some light refreshments. Return to Jesselton Point at around 7:00pm.

 

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director whilst on tour. Payment by Cash or Credit Card. (A 3% surcharge applies when using Visa or Master Card)

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Is this tour right for you?

  • This trip requires a good level of fitness, in particular for the 2 half day soft trekking experiences in Mulu National Park. On the first trek you will be required to walk unaided a total of 6km to/from the caves. You will spend approximately one hour inside the caves on uneven surfaces and steps. The second trek requires you to climb around 200 steps on the way to Clearwater Cave. This tour will suit anyone with a good level of fitness. If you require any assistance in walking long distances then this tour may not be suitable for you.
  • During the tour you will be required to hop in and out of long boats. While guides will be assisting you it is important you are able to do this unaided.
  • One of the highlights of this tour is staying in remote areas of Borneo in order to witness amazing wildlife and rainforest surrounds such as the Kinabatangan River. The cuisine in these regions is considered local and basic with limited options.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching

Located next to Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex, each room in the Grand Margherita Hotel offers views of the iconic Sarawak River or Kuching City. The hotel also features four dining options and an outdoor swimming pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; fitness centre

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Lubok Antu

Situated at the edge of some of Malaysia’s most magnificent rainforest, Batang Ai Longhouse Resort Managed by Hilton, is the perfect location for a relaxing break. The resort is only a two-hour boat ride from the Batang Ai National Park, and is surrounded by its own expanse of jungle. Take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy a friendly game on the tennis courts. The local area has many exciting activities on offer, as well as places to explore. Discover the canopy walks of the local rainforest or visit the nearby Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box (at reception); outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

RH Hotel, Sibu

Located in the heart of Sibu, at the confluence of the Rejang and Igan rivers, the RH Hotel features contemporary rooms with modern facilities. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

Rainforest Lodge, Mulu National Park

Nestled in Mulu National Park, the recently expanded and newly built Rainforest Lodge offers a great location to explore the beauty of the National Park. Enjoy the views from your private balcony at dusk, or visit the on-site open air restaurant to taste some of the local cuisine including vegetables such as 'paku fern'.

Facilities: wifi; restaurant

Grandis Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

The Grandis Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Kota Kinabalu, just 200m from Jesselton Point and 200m from the Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. The property features a restaurant on the first floor with spectacular views, as well as a fitness centre and outdoor pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Nature Resort, Sepilok

Sepilok Nature Resort is a haven for nature lovers. Hidden in tropical plants, grasses and spectacular orchids, it is within walking distance of the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home to the remaining wild orangutans of Northern Borneo. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; restaurant 

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Kinabatangan River

Tucked away in the wilderness of Lower Kinabatangan, Kinabatangan Wilderness resort is surrounded by a secondary forest reserve and set amongst nipah and mangrove vegetation. Wooden walkways made from local hardwood connect the cabins, and also venture out into the jungle for guests to explore.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi

Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley

The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is set beside the Danum River in Sabah's largest protected lowland forest. Built by naturalists using local materials, these award-winning rooms provide you with the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding jungle. 

Facilities: wifi; plunge pool; spa

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Currency

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

The official currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM).

  • 1 Malaysian Ringgit =  100 cents or sen
  • Bank notes come in denominations of RM 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000
  • Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 sens

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Special Experiences!

  • Board a traditional native longboat and cruise across the Engkari River to a longhouse. Meet the inhabitants and enjoy a cultural performance and blowpipe demonstration.
  • Explore Lang and Deer Caves in Mulu National Park as you walk along the 3-kilometre plank walk, and see the bats flying out in search of food in the evening.
  • Cruise a tributary of the Kinabatangan in search of the long-nosed proboscis monkey, endemic to Borneo.
  • Spend 3 nights in the amazing Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah's largest protected lowland rainforest.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

Coach, ferry, motorised longboat, plane & boat

Tips

Payable locally, please allow approximately $275pp

Tour Highlights

• Tour the city of Kuching • Travel deep into Sarawak through the scenic countryside, villages and rice paddy fields • Explore the old town streets, markets and floating villages of Sibu • Cruise the Kinabatangan River and its tributaries to see a myriad of wildlife • Discover the plight of the Malaysian Sun Bear at a Conservation Centre • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and observe man's closest relative

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