Sabah Highlights 11 Days

Sabah Highlights  11 Days

Orang utans, monkeys 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 native plants and animals are a delight to behold. 

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

    Day 1 – Arrive Kota Kinabalu
    Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Stay two nights at the Horizon Hotel in downtown Kota Kinabalu.

    Day 2 – Kota Kinabalu
    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 drive to Mt Kinabalu Park for grand views of the imposing mist covered mountain. Visit the exhibition centre and Mountain Garden to see specimens of the diverse plant life of the park. A naturalist will take you on a trail walk. 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. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Kinabalu 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. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 – Sandakan
    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! After lunch in Sandakan, travel through palm oil plantations to Labuk Bay, arriving in time for the afternoon feeding of the Proboscis monkeys. Stay one night at the Sabah Hotel in Sandakan. (B,L)

    Day 6 – Kinabatangan River
    Take a tour to the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary where young, orphaned or captured orang utans are rehabilitated into the wild. 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. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 – Ox Bow Lake
    Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals. Join a sunrise cruise up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox Bow Lake for bird watching. Take a short jungle trek before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Late afternoon take another wildlife viewing cruise. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 – Sukau – Sandakan – Kota Kinabalu
    Return to Sandakan for a 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 Central Market, Sim-Sim Water Village, and, time permitting, the Buddhist Temple overlooking Sandakan Bay. Fly to Kota Kinabalu. Stay three nights at Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai. (B)

    Day 9 & 10 – Kota Kinabalu
    Days at leisure.  (B daily)

    Optional North Borneo Railway tour – available 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 $236 per person includes meals.

    Day 11 – Depart Kota Kinabalu
    Transfer to the airport for exit flight. (B)


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  • Tour Prices

    Tour prices valid to 31 October 2020.

    Depart daily Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    01 Aug 2019 – 31 Mar 2020 $3754 $5317 $7051
    01 Apr – 31 Oct 2020 $tba $tba $tba

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

  • Price Includes:

    Price Includes:

      • 10 nights in nature lodges and 4 star hotels
      • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
      • Economy class flight Sandakan – Kota Kinabalu, including taxes and fuel surcharges
      • Airport transfers and land transportation as per itinerary
      • Seat-in-coach sightseeing tours, including entrance fees and experienced local English speaking driver-guide.


    Price Excludes:

      • Tourism Tax of MYR10 per room per night, payable direct to hotels
      • Gratuities
      • Beverages


    Surcharges and/or compulsory meals apply during local holidays and for travel 20Dec-15Jan, 13-21Feb, 01Jul-31Aug.

    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.


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Sabah Highlights  11 Days


  • Overnight stay 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
  • Beachside relaxation in a great resort
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