Borneo,

A Gentle Family tour of Borneo’s Beaches and Rainforests

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Family Holiday
12 Days
From £2487
GEOIP Not Available
Primate Watching
Beach

Tour Introduction

12 Days from £2487
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £1590 per child.

This carefully designed itinerary is ideally suited to families with younger children who enjoy a gentle pace and a high degree of comfort. Our two luxury beach resorts offer doorstep wildlife watching, safe beaches and family-friendly facilities; the waterways of the Kinabatangan River will provide myriad sightings of wild orang-utans and other fascinating rainforest creatures; Selingan Island affords unforgettable encounters with egg-laying turtles, whilst Sepilok gives an insight into the lives of orang-utans. On this tour, you and your family will find wildlife and beach relaxation in perfect harmony.

Full Itinerary

Price from £2487
GEOIP Not Available
per adult & £1590 per child. £1590 per child. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Borneo

Arrive into Kota Kinabalu. Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Staying at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure for optional snorkelling, rainforest walks, water sports or swimming.

Staying at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Includes No Meals.

Day 3
Kota Kinabalu

Full day at leisure for optional snorkelling, rainforest walks, water sports or swimming.

Staying at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. Includes No Meals.

Day 4
Selingan Island

Morning flight to Sandakan, transfer to dock to catch boat to Selingan Island, part of the Turtle Islands National Park. Free afternoon for snorkelling. Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return young turtles to the sea. Night excursion to witness the adult egg laying.

Staying at Selingan Island Cabin. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Kinabatangan River

Perhaps wake early and see the last few turtles return to the sea at sunrise. Return to Sandakan for lunch, then travel by boat a short way along the coast and inland via the Kinabatangan River, the largest river in Sabah with wildlife-filled mangrove, wetlands and rainforest offering some superb wildlife viewing en route. After a journey of approximately two hours accompanied by a naturalist guide, you will arrive at the lodge. Following a brief welcome and orientation there will be a late afternoon river cruise to spot wildlife.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Kinabatangan River

Early morning river excursion to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for excellent birding and general wildlife viewing. Afternoon river excursion for another chance to see proboscis monkeys and other wildlife. Optional night cruise to spot nocturnal species, including possible sightings of marbled and flat-headed cats.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Kinabatangan River

Explore the waterways of Sukau in the morning then head to Gomantong Caves to explore the forest trails and watch millions of bats emerge at sunset.

Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Rasa Ria Resort

Transfer by boat back to Sandakan and fly to Kota Kinabalu. Transfer to your hotel by the coast and check-in. The upmarket resort overlooks Dalit Bay and has a good beach and excellent facilities including a sixty-four acre rainforest reserve, private stables, large pool and full service spa and massage centre.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9
Rasa Ria Resort

Day at leisure. Perhaps head into the reserve for more rainforest wildlife.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
Rasa Ria Resort

Free day at leisure. Perhaps visit Kinabalu National Park and/or Poring Hot Springs.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11
Rasa Ria Resort

Free day at leisure.

Staying at Rasa Ria Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Depart Borneo

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport and fly home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Tour Accommodation

Tanjung Aru Resort

Overview

Conveniently located near Kota Kinabalu airport but enjoying a quiet position by the sea overlooking the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, the resort has a small white sand beach and excellent facilities including a large swimming pool, tennis courts and spa.

There are 492 luxurious rooms and suites, all designed to showcase the traditional colours and décor of Borneo while maintaining a high international level of comfort and modern bathrooms.

The rooms are divided into 2 separate wings; those in the Tanjung wing overlook the South China Sea whilst the Kinabalu sea view rooms give wonderful views of both the sea and iconic Mount Kinabalu.

All rooms have en suite bathrooms and most have private balconies too. Amenities in the rooms include flat-screen cable TV with movie channels, direct-dial telephone, tea- and coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar and complimentary toiletries.

Guests can enjoy a choice of restaurants for meals at the hotel including Café Tatu, serving buffet breakfasts and dinners, and Coco-Joe’s Bar and Grill where typical Bornean cuisine is available. The Peppino is one of the best restaurants in the area and serves Italian dishes and the Shang Palace has delicious Chinese dishes. There is also a pleasant sunset bar perched next to the sea, ideal for a relaxing drink while watching the sunset over the sea.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
492
Facilities

Restaurants, bars, spa, tennis court, golf course, games room, water sports, large swimming pool, satellite TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar, direct-dial telephone, room safe, free Wi-Fi, laundry service, currency exchange and room service.

Optional Activities

The resort has many on-site amenities such as a golf course and spa, and offers activities such as bird watching, yoga, tai-chi and cookery classes.

Rasa Ria Resort

Overview

Upmarket Rasa Ria Resort overlooks Dalit Bay near Kota Kinabalu and has a good beach, a sixty-four acre rainforest reserve, horse stables, three large swimming pools, a full service spa and massage centre.

There are 416 spacious and comfortable rooms, each with a wonderful sea or forest view. All have en suite bathrooms and most private balconies too. Amenities include flat screen cable TV with movie channels, direct dial telephones, tea- and coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, free Wi-Fi, mini-bar and complimentary toiletries.

The Coast Restaurant and bar serves both local specialities and international favourites, always to a high standard.  Facilities also include a full health centre and spa, tennis courts, golf course, and water sports including canoeing, parasailing and jet skiing. Rasa Ria is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Kota Kinabalu airport.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
416
Facilities

Restaurants, bar, spa, tennis court, golf course, games room, water sport activities, large swimming pool, satellite TV, air-conditioning, mini-bar, direct – dial telephone, room safe, free Wi-Fi, laundry service, currency exchange and 24-hour room service.

Optional Activities

Inclusive activities at the resort and offsite excursions.

Overview

Built on the banks of the mighty Kinabatangan River using strict sustainable development principles, the lodge provides an ideal base from which to explore the wildlife of the surrounding forest, often in electrically powered boats to limit disturbance and maximise sightings. The accommodation here underwent a complete refurbishment and the rooms are now more spacious with modern facilities and stylish décor.

The Kinabatangan area is particularly renowned for proboscis monkeys that arrive in large groups at the trees of the riverbanks during late afternoon. There is also a very good chance of seeing wild orang-utan, macaque, gibbon and silvered and maroon langur monkeys. Bird species include all eight hornbills, oriental darter and the spectacular buffy fish-owl.

Borneo pygmy elephants are found here in large herds and can occasionally be observed walking through the lodge. There is a pleasant jetty overlooking the river where meals are sometimes taken and wildlife such as kingfishers and the rare storms stork can be observed.

Behind the lodge is an impressive network of boardwalks (complete with elephant crossing points) providing covered, safe walking through the rainforest.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
20
Facilities

Private bathrooms with hot water, restaurant, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, small dipping pool, foot spa, pool table, mini library and sun deck.

Local Wildlife

Wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, long and pig-tailed macaques, silvered and maroon langurs, Bornean gibbons, Bornean pygmy elephants, civets, otters and bearded pigs are also occasionally seen. During the dry season when river levels are lower, the rare flat-headed cat can be seen more often on nocturnal boat trips and there is even a chance of spotting a clouded leopard. Reticulated python, mangrove snake and saltwater crocodiles can often be spotted. Eight species of hornbill, the rare storm’s stork, various kingfishers and Bornean ground cuckoos are some of the many avian highlights found there.

Optional Activities

Boat safaris along the Kinabatangan River and its tributaries. It is possible to arrange cultural excursions to the local village and visit the huge Gomantong caves where thousands of edible nest swiftlets and bats can be watched.

Selingan Island Chalets

Overview

The accommodation here is very basic, being simple air-conditioned twin-bed chalets with electricity and shared bathrooms but is clean and functional. However it is the unforgettable turtle experience on Selingan Island that makes up for the lack of amenities.

Selingan Island is the largest of the turtle islands in the Selingan Marine National Park. The island has beautiful white-sand beaches, good snorkelling and is famed for its breeding population of green turtles.

Selingan Island is special because high numbers of green turtles come to the island throughout the year, making it one of the most reliable places in the world to observe their egg-laying.

Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return the young turtles to the sea. The most exciting event is at night when rangers call small groups of guests to witness the adult females laying. During the day it is possible to snorkel in the shallow waters around the island where a small coral reef is present, but the diversity of marine fauna is generally low.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
25
Facilities

Shared bathrooms, air-conditioning, dining room and communal area with bar.

Local Wildlife

Green turtles nest year round on the island but are most abundant between May and September. Water monitor lizards are often found in the interior of the island and a reasonable diversity of birds is present too. There is a small community of corals and several species of colourful reef fish can be seen.

Optional Activities

Visit the park hatchery to see the transplantation of eggs and help return young turtles to the sea. Night excursion to witness egg- laying. Snorkelling is possible in the shallow sea but it is not a very rich area for snorkelling compared to other islands.

Route Map

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Selingan Island Chalets: 6.116898, 118.021646
Sukau Rainforest Lodge: 5.498170, 118.280911
Rasa Ria Resort: 6.155050, 116.147950
Tanjung Aru Resort: 5.955809, 116.041280

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Domestic flights included within Borneo.

Best Visited:

March to October

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Thoroughly enjoyable, the length of time spent at each destination was about right, so we didn’t feel too rushed whilst trying to squeeze in a number of destinations…. Very impressed with the service from yourselves in arranging this (& previous) holidays usually with little “notice” and limited budget. Thank you.

Dr F B - Somerset