Sabah’s Reef and Rainforest

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11 Days / 10 Nights
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Explore Sabah’s Reef and Rainforest on this adventure in the Malaysian Borneo.

The tour will take you to the towering rainforest in Danum Valley and to the Lower Kinabatangan River you can spot some of the world’s most amazing wildlife including orangutans, elephants, crocodiles and many different birds.

After the rainforest experience, you can enjoy the diverse underwater landscapes of Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan Islands.

  • Observe Borneo’s abundant wildlife up close as you embark on a safari river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
  • Experience some of of the oldest and most pristine rain forests on the planet in Danum Valley
  • Dive into the sparkling waters of the Celebes Sea and explore the dive sites around Sipadan Island – a marine paradise renowned among divers for its rich underwater biodiversity
  • Discover the amazing Kapalai. Though Kapalai is called an island it is actually a big sandbar in the middle of the Celebes Sea, with no land in sight
Day 1
Sepilok - Kinabatangan River
Day 2
Kinabatangan River
Day 3 -5
Danum Valley
Day 6 -10
Kapalai Island

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals full board
  • Daily 3 boat dives
  • Use of tanks, weights & weight belts
  • Internal transfers as per travel itinerary

Diving Sipadan

Kapalai Island Resort guarantees one day diving to Sipadan Island if you stay a minimum of a 4 Days and 3 Nights.


Day 1Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan River

Upon arrival in Sandakan you will be met at the airport and transferred to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest. After the feeding time of the orangutan, you will be taken to the Outdoor Nursery where you will see juvenile and baby orangutans climbing and playing on the rope and in the trees.

After the outdoor nursery continues to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. These bears are the smallest of all sub-species and, like the orangutan, they are arboreal and are losing their habitat through deforestation. Sadly, they are also poached, captured for pets and used in Asian medicine. Keeper is nursing them back to health and where necessary, educating in how to be a wild bear. The intention is then to release them into the forest.

After Sepilok, depart for a 2-day safari on the Kinabatangan River. You will be taken to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise, journeying up the river. On arrival, you will check into your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch.

Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River – at dusk you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for.
Before dinner you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge


Day 2Kinabatangan River

This morning you will be awakened by the calls of gibbon monkeys and the sounds of hornbills. Embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake in search of wildlife. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai” people and take part in a tree planting project.

After lunch head further up the river, changing lodges for final night in Sukau village. Switching lodges gives you a great chance to see more wildlife. On arrival take a safari cruise on the Menanggul River a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge


Day 3Sukau - Danum Valley

Today you will be driven for about 5 hours to Danum Valley with a couple of stop en route. On arriving at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located beside the Danum River, the view is immediately breathtaking. The beautiful unspoilt primary rainforest canopy reaches up to over 30 meters tall.

The entire Danum Valley Conservation Area is a primary rainforest, which means it has never been logged before and is completely untouched. After a brief orientation, you will be given free time to freshen up before lunch. In the afternoon you will be taken on a guided trekking along the Nature Trail for an introduction to the rainforest ecosystem.

This evening, after a slide presentation on Danum Valley Conservation Area, you will join a night safari on an open-air truck. Using a powerful spot light the guide will point out nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 4Danum Valley

Rise early this morning and enjoy a whole day in the beautiful Danum Valley. A short walk from the lodge will bring you to the canopy walkway, suspended 26 metres above the forest floor. The view is magical. In the early mornings, mist hangs over the rainforest, forming a white veil from which only the tallest treetops emerge.

After breakfast you will climb up the trail which brings you the View Point. You will stop along the way to discover the huge variety of flora and fauna. Close to the summit, you will explore an ancient Kadazandusun burial site. Upon reaching the View Point you will rewarded with a fantastic view over the valley. On your return, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool.

After lunch enjoy an extended hike to look for orangutan, birds and other wildlife along nature trails, or join a relaxing session of water tubing down the Danum River. As, darkens falls, enjoy a guided night jungle walk in search in search of nocturnal species.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 5Danum Valley

After breakfast, guided trekking to the Fairy Falls and Serpent Falls.

Afternoon jungle trekking to experience more of the sound and sight of the Rainforest.

After dinner Night Drive or Night Walk in search of nocturnal animals.

Overnight at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge


Day 6Danum Valley - Semporna - Kapalai Island

After breakfast transfer to Semporna jetty for another 5 hour-drive and continue by boat to Kapalai Island.

On arrival check into your room, the time is your own to relax and refresh before dinner is serve.

Overnight at the Kapali Island Resort


Day 7 - 9Kapalai Island

You will have 3 dives per day around Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan or time at leisure.

Overnight at the Kapali Island Resort


Day 10Kapalai Island - Depart Tawau

After breakfast you will return to Semporna and transfer to Tawau airport for your flight.