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Borneo Explorer

8 days

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth

Mother Nature really outdid herself with Borneo. With mist shrouded mountains, sugar-white beaches, and lush equatorial rainforest, it’s as close to paradise as it gets. Add to that the most astonishing array of wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage, and you’ve got a dream travel destination on your hands. This group adventure takes you through the highlights of East Sabah, a compact treasure trove of a region that showcases Borneo’s raw beauty and biodiversity to perfection. Meet the majestic orangutans in Sepilok, go crocodile spotting at sunset on Kinabatangan River, stay with a local family in rural Sabah, see pygmy elephants on a wildlife walk, and watch baby turtles hatching on the shores of Libaran Island.  


Highlights include

Sepilok Orangutan Centre
Traditional village homestay
Sea turtle hatchery
Sun Bear Centre
Sunset river safari
Guided wildlife trek
Local farm visits
Cooking class
Libaran Island
Internal flight
Jungle lodge stay

Itinerary

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Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation

We’ve handpicked a selection of unique accommodation for this trip. You’ll spend two nights in a modern hotel in Kota Kinabalu, one night in a beautiful homestay in Kota Belud, two nights in an eco-resort nestled on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, one night in a jungle lodge with a pool, deep in virgin rainforest, and a night glamping on Libaran Island. Rooms are on a twin or double share basis, apart from the night in the homestay which is multi-share.

The above information is only intended to be used as a guide, giving you a flavour of some of our accommodation providers, and the style of accommodation you may be staying in. Please note that all nights are subject to change.

Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included on this trip. The rest of the time you’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like.

Borneo’s cuisine draws from the island’s abundant natural resources, indigenous traditions, and migrant influences. The result is a mouth-watering variety of dishes and flavours that are sure to get your taste buds tingling. Fragrant laksa (spicy coconut milk broth with rice noodles) can be found on every menu from Sabah to Sarawak, nasi lemak (rice served with peanuts, eggs, anchovies, and sambal) is a street market classic, and sago worms (palm weevil larvae) make an interesting protein source for more adventurous eaters!


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Amy G
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Elisha was quick to deal with our query and responded adequately. Booking was swift and easy.

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Japan 13 day budget tour ...

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Chelsie P
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Great service. Never disappointed and they are always there to help with any questions!

Whitney B
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Very easy to navigate.

Stephanie B
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Amazing! The staff are incredible and so helpful. Couldn’t recommend enough. Becca has been fantastic in helping me plan my trip too! X

Anonymous
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TESS WAS GREAT, SHE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP ME WITH MY TRIP. CANT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR HER HELP.

Jacob
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Incredibly helpful throughout the whole process, not just with the actual assistance the company provides but through the communication and transparency they've shown thus far.

CHARLOTTE S
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Becca was really good with all the questions I had about the trip and answered them fully without pushing me into booking anything. I decided on the Thai Experience and looking forward to it!...

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Anonymous
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Booked this as a surprise for my grandson. Very accomodating and helpful staff

Anonymous
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Great- they made everything very easy and were very efficient!

Alexander M
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The advisor, Jane, was very helpful and tolerated our many requests!

Anonymous
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The booking process is super easy and email responses are super quick!

Lucy C
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Great communication but not pushy, lots of options to choose from and really helpful team to help decide!

Leah
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Amazing customer service!

Megan P
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So many amazing trips & deals available! All the information is clearly available and all the reps are friendly & helpful with fast responses- I can't wait for my trip!

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Exciting trips and helpful agents... Tqvm..

Anonymous
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Good information and easy website to navigate!!!

Sophie B
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Emma was a fantastic travel advisor, helping me every step of the way. This is a great company to book with and I highly recommend if you’re looking to travel!

Anonymous
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Very good

Alisha
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I recently went on the 25 day Thai Experience, which had the most amazing itinerary. JJ was the BEST tour guide and made the trip so memorable. He was there 24/7 for all of us and made travelling...

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Sophie O
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Very helpful xx

Anonymous
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very helpful with lots of info

Anonymous
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Emma was extremely helpful

Kallum S
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Really helped me get established in NZ for my working holiday.

Emma W
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Really helpful with questions and extremely easy to book with, I’m looking forward to the trips


Dates & Prices


Flights

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Extra information

The trip begins and ends in Kota Kinabalu. You’ll need to fly into Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) and to make your way to our starting accommodation. You can book a transfer through your travel advisor or pick up a taxi on arrival. Journey time is around 15 minutes depending on traffic. A welcome note will be left for you in reception with details of the welcome meeting (usually between 5pm and 7pm).

On the last day of the tour, you can leave any time after breakfast. Your tour guide can help with booking return airport transfers.

This is an open-aged trip, designed for travellers of any age with an enjoyment of adventure. You'll have the opportunity to meet people who are outside your own age group, and from different walks of life, adding depth and diversity to your travel experience.

The maximum group size is 15.

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