Shrouded in myth and mystery, the island of Borneo is famous for towering peaks, impenetrable jungle and incredible biodiversity. All this and much more can be found in Sabah, the eastern portion of Malaysian Borneo.

A land of deep-green jungle, craggy mountains and iridescent ocean, it is a place where wilderness fantasies come true. Dominating the state is Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. The trek to the top is one of the most popular hikes in the region.

Sabah is also famous for its diving, while its jungles and lazy rivers offer some of the best opportunities for orangutan spotting in Asia.

Despite its cache as a place for adventurers, however, Sabah is hugely accessible. Its capital Kota Kinabalu has one of the best-connected airports in the country and is amply stocked with bars, restaurants and top class hotels. The city even has a maritime paradise on its doorstep in the shape of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park – a small archipelago with sandy beaches and plentiful opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

FEATURED TRIP

THE COMFORTABLE NATURALIST (10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS)

Sabah is a dream destination for any nature lover. The Borneo state possesses wildlife in abundance, including proboscis monkeys, orangutans and many more. What makes it even better is how accessible its wilderness areas are. Just a short flight from the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan offers easy passage to eco-tourism attractions including Sepilok Orangutan Reserve, an award-winning rehabilitation center for the lovable carrot-topped swingers.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the Sepilok Orangutan Reserve and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center for an in-depth look into the preservation of these wonderful animals.
  • Join a naturalist for excursions around the Kinabatangan River, spotting unusual plants, a diversity of bird specias and wild primates.
  • Cruise to the Kelenap Oxbow Lake, a precious ecosystem home to a wide variety of species.
  • Head out from the Borneo Rainforest Lodge on an adventurous night excursion by 4×4, to discover the nocturnal wildlife thriving in the region.

MT KINABALU PARK, PORING HOT SPRINGS & SABAH TEA

Explore the natural wonders of Borneo on this full day tour of the island’s rugged interior. Journey along winding countryside roads to discover therapeutic hot springs, waterfalls and rural villages. Take a walk through an organic tea plantation and Mount Kinabalu National Park, experiencing mother nature at her very best.

FULL DAY TOUR: RIVER SAFARI AND FIRE FLIES

Explore southeastern Sabah’s intense natural wonders on an unforgettable day trip. Cruise along the Klias River to explore intricate mangrove forests and spot incredibly exotic animals in the wild. At sunset, watch as the evening sky is illuminated by the flickering lights of fireflies, a magical ending to this Borneo day tour.

FULL DAY TOUR: LUXURY ISLAND SNORKEL AND KAYAK

Escape Kota Kinabalu to unwind on the beautiful island of Pulau Gaya where rainforest meets reef. Witness incredible marine life including turtles and giant clams while snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Kayak along these beautiful waters or choose to spend the rest of the day enjoying the cool ocean breeze while relaxing under shady island trees on a private beach.

FULL DAY TOUR: KINABALU VILLAGE CYCLING

Pedal away from Kota Kinabalu to discover the natural beauty and diverse cultures of Borneo. Cruise along quiet countryside lanes, passing rice paddies and crossing rivers. Stop to interact with the Dusan people, experiencing their traditional customs and unique ways of life. 

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