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Discover Borneo

1 country
1 UNESCO World Heritage-listed site
Borneo rainforest lodge, Danum Valley Conservation Area
? 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 CountryOur 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 CavesImmerse 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 WaterfallsVisit 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.

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 50m 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 3km 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $8,995
Start Location
Malaysia
End Location
Malaysia
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise, Walking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
03 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
02 May 201919 May 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
29 May 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
20 Jun 201907 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
19 Jul 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
11 Aug 201928 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
20 Sep 201907 Oct 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,705 
18 Oct 201904 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $8,705
15 Nov 201902 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,005
20 Dec 201906 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $9,005
ItineraryExpand
Discover Borneo

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

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]

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.

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

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

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.