(Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan)
Enjoy a front row seat to one of Mother Nature’s greatest shows as you cheer on schools of newly-hatched baby turtles as they make their treacherous journey down the beach and into the safety of Borneo’s warm tropical tides.
This is just part of the hands-on experience you’ll enjoy at Turtle Island National Park on Seligan Island where you’ll help collect turtle eggs from nesting sites, watch the process of planting them in the hatchery, and then witness the baby turtle’s remarkable beach march to freedom. You’ll also enjoy an up-close encounter with orphaned orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, and watch wild monkeys at play in the treetops on a river cruise through remote rainforest. You’ll explore the depths of the Semut Hitam cave system, visit a rural water village and marketplace, pay your respects at a local Buddhist temple, and take an invigorating dip in the hot sulphur springs at World Heritage-listed Kinabalu Park.
Borneo is an exotic land of untouched rainforest, soaring mountain ranges and abundant wildlife that is unlike anywhere else on earth. Your team of local guides and nature experts are essential to revealing the remote locales and natural secrets of the country’s dense jungle environment. And your range of luxury hotels, boutique eco-retreats, conservation lodges and stunning island resorts provide a comfortable ring-side seat to some of the best natural experiences in the world.
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Transfer between your beach resort and the airport. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is set on Pantai Dalit beach surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation, including a unique nature reserve. Here you'll meet Sabah's icon, the fascinating Orang Utan, as well as a remarkable array of indigenous flora and fauna. Unexpected encounters with hornbills that glide right overhead, peacocks walking by during breakfast, a friendly bear cat greeting you from a tree or the occasional wild rabbit, iguana or squirrel crossing your path are all part of the magic of this remarkable resort.
This tour brings you across mountainous Crocker Range with panoramic view of the countryside and soaring hills. Whilst en route to Kinabalu Park, you can catch the magnificent sight of Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia highest peak. The Park is a World Heritage Site with incredible mega bio- diversity of flora and fauna, a heaven for nature enthusiasts. On arrival, enjoy a guided nature trek along one of the many trails in the park before proceeding to Poring Hot Springs which offers visitors the opportunity for an invigorating dip into its hot sulphur springs. For a closer look at nature, take the 41m high canopy walk which offers a spectacular view of the Borneo Rainforest flora and fauna. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Fly one way from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan.
Your first day begins as you are met at Sandakan Airport or Hotel in Sandakan, for a transfer to the jetty. At around 9:30AM, you will board a boat and depart to Turtle Island National Park. It takes roughly around an hour to reach Selingan Island which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah's east coast. Selingan Island is the main nesting area for Green and Hawksbill Turtles. Once you've arrived you have the whole day to relax, swim or snorkel. After dinner, prepare to wait for the Park Ranger to inform us of any sightings of a turtle laying eggs. You will learn about the conservation of these turtles; witness the collecting of eggs from the nesting site, the process of planting them in the hatchery and the thrilling sight of baby turtles scrambling to the open sea upon release on the shore. You will overnight at the Selingan Island Chalet. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Selingan, the largest of the islands in the Selingan Marine National Park, houses the park's headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. The other two islands are more for conservation activities. Accommodation is basic but comfortable and allows visitors to stay and witness the night-time arrivals of the magnificent turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs.
After an early breakfast you will leave behind Turtle Island and return to Sandakan, at approximately 7AM. From here you will proceed to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Here, you will learn about the rehabilitation of young or strayed orang-utans before taking a stroll on the boardwalk through the lowland rainforest for some panoramic viewing. Witness the feeding of orphaned orang-utans before departing on a 2.5hrs drive through rustic countryside. Next, you'll take a short boat ride to Borneo Nature Lodge for an orientation and check in. Relax by the river before embarking by boat upriver for a ride along Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan, boasting wildlife and birds in the virgin mangrove and rainforest habitat. Search for some of the primates species including Proboscis Monkeys as they settle down on treetops. You will return to the Borneo Nature Lodge for dinner and overnight. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Nestled along the riverbank of Kinabatangan River lies Borneo Nature Lodge - an eco-friendly resort, offering the comfort without compromising the green. A natural haven for the outdoor enthusiast, Borneo Nature Lodge is an ideal lodging to explore the melting pot of wildlife found in Sukau. The lodge currently has 12 rooms which are able to accommodate 24 guests at a time. As you soak in the refreshing scenery, you will notice that the lodge is constructed not only around and beside the trees, but also under, creating a canopy-like atmosphere.
Depart early morning for a visit to the Gomantong Cave, famed for its edible birds' nests (Guano). Take a 15 minutes’ walk along the boardwalk to the opening of Semut Hitam cavern and explore the cave system. After you will return to Sandakan for lunch before proceeding on a city tour, where you will visit the water village, the central marketplace and a Buddhist temple. Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
Fly one way from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu.
Transfer between the airport and local pier, for transfer to and from the island resorts. Please note that in Malaysia your driver is also your guide.
The Bunga Raya Island Resort is a luxurious jewel set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded island hideaway of 47 timbered villas, the resort is tucked away on a tranquil and hidden bay framed by crescent shaped white sand beach on one side and the centuries old virgin jungle on the other. Each private villa is rough hewn and hand-crafted by local tradesmen, terraced into the hillside reflecting the traditional simplicity of the Borneo architectural style, blending seamlessly with the comforts and needs of the most sophisticated and discerning luxury traveller.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Malaysia for the most up to date visa information.
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