East Coast of Sabah

7 Days, from AU $1,867

Floating markets

Waters of Borneo

Mount Kinabalu

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This 7-day trip will take you to the highlights of the East Coast of Sabah where you will experience the real taste of Borneo in its wild and most precious parts.

Borneo offers you a wide range of wildlife, nature and traditions. Visit the only Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in the world or adopt a Sun Bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Trek to the Tawai Waterfall deep in the jungle, leaving you surrounded by trees and wildlife experiencing the real Borneo as well as your visit to the 100 year old Merbau Tree. The Gomangtong cave has been popular for its birds’ nests for centuries while the Sandakan city tour shows you a different side of Borneo as it is drenched in history.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Sandakan

Upon arrival in Sandakan, you will meet your driver at the airport after which you will be brought to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 2: Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your driver early in the morning to head to Sepilok where a visit to the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is planned.

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1964 to return orphaned "apes back to the wild”. The centre was being administered by the wildlife section of the Forestry Department which in 1988 was upgraded as a department under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Development. All administration and management was given to the new Wildlife Department of Sabah.

1000 Hours: Proceed to Platform B; observe man’s closest relative ‘the Orang Utans’ being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo and later watch a 25 minutes scheduled video documentary show.

You will continue onwards to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The mission of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, Malaysia, is to promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, education and research – giving captured sun bears a better home and restoring their right to live in the wild, by:

- Creating the capacity to confiscate, rehabilitate and release suitable orphaned and ex-captive bears back into the wild & providing an improved long-term living environment for captive bears that cannot be released.

- Educating the public and raising awareness about this species.

- Achieving increased protection for sun bears and their habitat through ongoing research, increased knowledge and awareness, and further protection of habitat.

After visiting these wildlife centres, you will be taken to the Kinabatangan River where you will be greeted at the resort for check-in. An afternoon river cruise awaits you in search of wildlife that is so prevalent in the area – a good chance to see Proboscis monkeys, Orang Utan, Pygmy Elephants, Birds and other wildlife.

After dinner, it depends on the weather conditions whether you will be able to join a night drive safari in search of nocturnal animals. Your overnight stay will be in Kinabatangan.

Day 3: Kinabatangan

Rise early for a one hour Misty Kinabatangan River Cruise and experience the wildlife and nature of Borneo in its morning glories. Then, explore the jungle by foot and follow the Merbau Trail leaving you fascinated by more than a 100 years old Merbau Tree. This tree consists of a big hole which can fit around 5 to 6 people in it at once. It was believed to be a hiding place for the village people to hide their daughters during the Japanese era.

Your lunch will be served at the resort after which another river cruise is planned to spot the wildlife active in the afternoon. Your dinner will be at the resort as well as your overnight stay.

Day 4: Gomantong – Tawai Rainforest

Enjoy your breakfast at the resort and continue your journey to the Gomantong cave. This cave is described by WWF as “the best-managed edible birds’ nest cave in the world” and is located in the heartland of the Gomantong Rainforest Reserve which has been a popular place among the birds for centuries.

After spotting the birds of Borneo, your lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you will get the chance to give the local food a try. Proceed your journey to the Tawai rainforest, Telupid. It will take about 2 hours to get from Sandakan to Telupid where you will be staying in a very basic accommodation.

Your dinner will be served here and the rest of your day is at your own leisure.

Day 5: Tawai Waterfall Trek - Sandakan

Today, you will rise early for a trekking to the Tawai Waterfall which takes about 5.6km from the starting point to the waterfall and you will go the same way back.

The Tawai Waterfall is considered the biggest and least-known waterfall in Sabah Borneo. With its height of about 95m, it is located deep inside the Tawai Forest Reserve, a Class 1 protected forest managed by Telupid Forestry Department. Therefore, you would need to apply for a permit from the Sabah Forestry Department Headquarters before entering the protected area.

Once arrived at Tawai Rainforest Camp, you will continue with a jungle walk and witness many species of Borneo Pitcher Plants along the way until you are welcomed by the spectacular view of the waterfall. Don’t forget to wear proper hiking shoes and bring some drinking water while trekking to the waterfall.

After the trek, it is time for you to put your feet up and relax. There will be plenty of time for you to sit down as you check out and head back to Sandakan where you will have your overnight stay.

Day 6: Sandakan

Meet your driver in the lobby around 9am and get ready to explore the various landmarks of Sandakan. Stroll through the streets and visit the Australian War Memorial dedicated to around 2700 Australian POW who died at the Sandakan POW camp and in the ensuing death marches through the jungles of Sabah, the Anglican Church, the Agnes Keith House providing interesting insights into the life here during the British North Borneo and the Sandakan Heritage Museum situated next to the municipal building. In the same building, you can find an exhibition of the pre and post war history of Sandakan, a gallery of photographs showing the legacy of the North Borneo under British colonial rule. During the city tour, you will have your lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head back to your hotel where you will have your overnight stay.

Day 7: Sandakan

After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, you will say goodbye to the nature, wildlife and local lifestyle as you proceed to the Sandakan Airport for departure.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $1,867

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotel each night of your itinerary. All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

Inclusions:
  • 3 nights at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan (Day 1 , 5 & 6)
  • 2 nights at Kinabatangan River (Day 2 & 3)
  • 1 night at Tawai Rainforest (Day 4)
  • Meals as stated
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfer / tour by English Speaking driver in air-conditioned tourist vehicle with applicable admission

Info Exclusions:

  • Tourism Tax (MYR 10.00 per room/night) payable directly at the hotel and lodge.
  • Personal Expenses, Video/Camera fees
  • Porter services
  • Any items not mentioned
  • Any flight tickets
Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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