Sabah Explorer 12 Days

Sabah Explorer  12 Days

Orang utans, turtles and hornbills - the rich array of Sabah’s natural wonders are presented on this tour. From the mountains and rainforests to the remote rivers the abundant flora and fauna are a delight to behold. 

Kota Kinabalu  •  Kinabalu Park  •  Sandakan  •  Labuk Bay  •  Selingan Island  •  Kinabatangan River
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrive Kota Kinabalu
    Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by a local representative and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel.

    Stay two nights at the Horizon Hotel (deluxe room – sea view) in downtown Kota Kinabalu.

    Day 2 – Kota Kinabalu
    Join a morning coach tour to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village to learn about the different housing styles and ethnic groups of Sabah. After a traditional welcome by the Chief see demonstrations of bark and rattan weaving, fire making, ancient tattooing and blowpipe making. There is a cultural show and buffet lunch before returning to your hotel. (B,L)

    Day 3 – Kinabalu Park
    Start early for the coach drive to Mt Kinabalu Park for grand views of the imposing mist covered mountain. Relax in a sulphur bath at Poring Hot Spring then take a canopy walk high above the rainforest.

    Stay two nights in a Hill Lodge unit within the National Park. (basic, non air-conditioned room) (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Kinabalu Park
    Join a coach tour to visit the park’s exhibition centre and Mountain Garden where specimens of the diverse plant life of the park are grown. A naturalist will take you on a trail walk pointing out the abundant natural wonders of the park. In the afternoon visit Kundasang War Memorial, a series of gardens representing the homelands of fallen World War ll soldiers of the tragic Death March. There are English, Australian, Malaysian and Contemplation Gardens to wander through, and a short film about the Death March will be shown. Return to the park with time to explore on your own before dinner. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 – Sandakan
    Take a four hour seat-in-coach drive on to Sandakan, stopping at a fish spa for those who would like to try the unusual experience of allowing fish to nibble away dead skin cells! Check in to your hotel for lunch and an overnight stay. Travel through palm oil plantations to Labuk Bay, arriving in time for the afternoon feeding of the Proboscis monkeys. Dinner is a treat at the charming English Tea House overlooking Sandakan and the sea.

    Stay one night at the Sabah Hotel in a superior room. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 – Selingan Island
    Board a local boat for the one hour ride to Selingan Island, part of the Turtle Islands National Park. A hatchery has long been established here for green and hawksbill turtles. You are free to explore the island or swim and snorkel. In the evening await the ranger’s call to witness a turtle laying its eggs and the release of young hatchlings to the sea.

    Stay one night in a Selingan Island chalet, (basic accom with air-conditioning and en suite bathroom). (B,L,D)

    Day 7 – Kinabatangan River
    Return to the mainland by boat then take a tour (seat-in-coach) to the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary where young, orphaned or captured orang utans are rehabilitated into the wild. See an introductory film then walk along the boardwalk to the feeding platform to watch the babies at play. Drive on for two hours to Sukau on the Kinabatangan River, an area that’s home to 10 species of primates, 8 species of hornbills, and a wide variety of other animals and birds. Take an afternoon cruise on the lookout for elephants, crocodiles and other wildlife.

    Stay two nights at the Borneo Nature Lodge, (basic accom with air-conditioning and en suite bathroom). (B,L,D)

    Day 8 – Ox Bow Lake
    Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals. Join a sunrise cruise at 6am up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox Bow Lake for bird watching. Return to the lodge for breakfast then explore the large limestone Gomantong Cave, famous for its bird’s nests. Late in the afternoon take another wildlife viewing cruise then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 – Sukau – Sandakan – Kota Kinabalu
    Return to Sandakan for a seat-in-coach tour of the city. Visit the deeply moving War Memorial Park and Chapel, adjacent to the site of the World War ll POW camp. Visit the Buddhist Temple overlooking Sandakan Bay and Agnes Keith House for an insight to the author’s life here in colonial times. Lunch is at the nearby English Tea House then there’s time for shopping at the Central Market before a late afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, take a private car transfer to your hotel.

    Stay three nights at the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in a mountain view room. (B,L)

    Day 10 – Kota Kinabalu
    Day at leisure. (B)

    Day 11 – Kota Kinabalu
    Day at leisure. (B)

    Optional North Borneo Railway tour – available only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    A four hour journey on a refurbished steam train accommodates passengers in colonial style carriages where breakfast and a “tiffin” style lunch are served as the train travels through the rural and coastal regions of Sabah. Stops are made at village markets along the way. Cost $250 per person includes meals.

    Day 12 – Depart Kota Kinabalu
    Transfer to the airport for exit flight. (B)

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  • Tour Prices

    Tour prices valid to 31 October 2017.

    Depart daily Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    Nov 2015 – Oct 2017 $4243 $5795 $7502

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars.  Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:
    • 11 nights in 4 and 5 star hotels and unique nature lodges as listed
    • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
    • Transfers and sightseeing as listed with English speaking guide, including entrance fees
    • Domestic flight Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu, airport taxes and charges


    Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room. The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required. Surcharges may apply at Christmas/New Year and local holidays and festivals.


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Sabah Explorer  12 Days


  • Beachside R&R in a great resort
  • Abundant flora and fauna to be discovered at Mount Kinabalu
  • The simple chapel at Sandakan Memorial Park with moving remembrances of the Death March
  • Close up views of the primate population along remote Kinabatangan River
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