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8D7N Discover Sabah Borneo – Absolute Wildlife

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Tour Code: BC-VF02L
Availability: Everyday
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Validity: Until March 2019
Pick Up & Drop Off: Hotel/Airport in Kota Kinabalu City
Min Age: 2
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8D7N Discover Sabah Borneo - Absolute Wildlife

Validity: 1 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2018
Minimum To Go Price (MYR/Pax)
 2 Person  

All Rated Are Quoted In RINGGIT MALAYSIA & NETT (No Hidden Cost Unless Otherwise Stated)

All passports and visas must be valid at least 06 months from the date of entry into the country destination

Federal Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia has imposed a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX) effective from September 2017. Foreign tourists are required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night regardless of hotel star level. The tax will be collected from every check in guest directly at the resort which is not included in the package.

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Land Transportation

  • All ground transportation as stated in the itinerary

Boat Transfer

  • Boat transfer as stated in the itinerary

Accommodation

  • Day 1 : Chalet in Selingan Island
  • Day 2 : Sepilok Nature Resort
  • Day 3 : Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
  • Day 4 : Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
  • Day 5 : Lodge in Deramakot Forest Reserve
  • Day 6 : Lodge in Deramakot Forest Reserve
  • Day 7 : Four Points Sheraton Sandakan

Meals

  • Day 1 : Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 2 : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 3 : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 4 : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 5 : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 6 : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 7 : Breakfast
  • Day 8 : Breakfast

All Entrance Fees
Conservation Fees
Activities as Stated in Itinerary
English Speaking Guide

Optional Tipping
Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX)
Alcoholic Drinks
Camera and Video Fees
Personal Expenses
Others not mentioned

Insect Repellant
Sun Block Lotion
Binocular
Camera
Hat & Raincoat
Torch Light
Good Walking Shoes
Personal Toiletries
Sandal
Cash Money

All passports and visas must be valid at least 06 months from the date of entry into the country destination

This tours starts at Sandakan and ends at Sandakan. Tour begin at 9.30am on Day 1, you can either arrive in Sandakan one day earlier or take the earliest flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan.

* Website: www.airasia.com (Flight No. AK6492) – Depart from Kota Kinabalu at 6.35am, arrive at Sandakan Airport at 7.20am
* Website: www.malaysiaairlines.com (Flight No. MH2042) – Depart from Kota Kinabalu at 7.05am, arrive at Sandakan Airport at 7.45am

This is a fully guided tour but you may be having different guides for different segment of the tour.

There is no porter at Selingan Island, you have to carry your own luggage from the boat to your chalet.

After commencement of tour service there will be no refund in part or full, will be made for unused service/activity.

Sightings of wildlife animals are not guaranteed.

Tour activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.

Actual tour activities timing guide may vary depending on the condition of the actual day (For example, weather and traffic condition etc)

The safe keeping of your personal belongings are at your own responsibility.

We strongly recommend that all guests take up adequate travel insurance that covers accident, loss caused by cancellations, loss of baggage, personal property, medical expenses, medical evacuation and weather disruption that caused any acitivity cancellations.

Borneo Calling shall be relieved of all its obligation and liabilities in the event and to the extent of its performance of this agreement is delay or prevented in whole or in part by any cause beyond its control, including without limiting to, act of God, change of laws, war, riot, strikes civil unrest, fire, flood, earthquake or explosion, sale, essential construction, to the property, epidemics as confirmed by the government of Malaysia or/and act of terrorism.

Itinerary
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Sandakan > Selingan Island

Pick up from your hotel lobby or Sandakan Airport.

At 0930 hrs, your Turtle Island adventure journey begin. Take approximately one hour boat ride from the jetty to turtle Island, which lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea off Sabah’s east coast. Selingan Turtle Island is the main nesting area for Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Upon arrival, check in to your basic accommodation and have lunch. Free at own leisure. After dinner, be prepare and do not go back to your room as turtle call may happened any time. Park ranger will alert you if there are turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. You can witness the collecting of eggs from the nesting site, planting them in the hatchery and also take part in the release of baby turtle hatchlings.

Overnight at Selingan Turtle Island Chalet.

Selingan Island > Sepilok > Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre > Rainforest Discovery Centre

Breakfast and check out. Boat depart from Selingan Island back to Sandakan city at 7am.

Arrived at Sandakan. Proceed to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.

Upon arrival, proceed to the Nature Education Centre for a short video screening. Onwards, make your way through the forest to the viewing platform. Witness the feeding session and observe the habitat of “wild man of the forest” in a close distance. Learn and meet the protected inhabitants of these sancturies while appreciating the conservation work done to save them.

After lunch, continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. You can now get close to the worlds smallest bear in its natural forest environment. There were information boards with facts about the bears hanging at the walkways at the centre. Besides, there is a binocular at the viewing platform for you to see the bear in close distance.

Visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre, developed by Sabah Foresty Department to give an insight into the wonders of the rainforest. The 347m canopy walkway provides a spectacular view of the lush rainforest of Sepilok from 25m above the ground. Walk among tall rainforest trees and observe life high up in the canopy, look out for epiphytes, birds, squirrels and if you are lucky, you might saw wild Orang Utan! Pay a visit to Plant Discovery Garden before check in to your accommodation.

Check in Sepilok Nature Resort. Free at own leisure.

Sepilok Nature Resort > Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary > Kinabatangan River

Wake up in tropical rainforest in Sepilok. After breakfast, free at own leisure.

Check out and depart to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Upon arrival, take about 10-15 minutes wooden prank walk through the forest to viewing platform. Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers a perfect observation platform for you to have a closer look at Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys. At here, Silverleaf monkeys are free to roam around the viewing platform and some of them will come close to you! Observing the Proboscis Monkeys both young and adult leaping from tree to tree, being so close to them and watching them in their natural habitat in a close distance will definitely gives you the most exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Lunch will be served at Labuk Bay’s restaurant.

After lunch, proceed to Kinabatangan River which takes about 2 hours drive from Labuk Bay. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the local crew and refreshment will be served. At the meantime, briefing will be conducted by resort’s staff regarding the resort and upcoming activities before check in to your accommodation. River safari start at 1600 hours. Cruise along the river in search of endemic wildlife like proboscis monkey, orang utan, macaques, pygmy elephants, birds and many more. Return to the resort & free at own leisure.

Dinner will be served at the restaurant. After dinner, geared with your headlamp or torchlight, take a stroll along the boardwalk to look for interesting insects or other wildlife that may turn up after dark. Overnight at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort.

Kinabatangan River

Wake-up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Cruise along Kinabatangan River to search for birds and wildlife. After your morning exploration, return to lodge, freshen up and enjoy your breakfast. Then, en-route one hour Jungle trekking within resort area. Return to the resort for lunch. Late afternoon, set off for another river adventure and try to spot more animals before returning to the resort for dinner.

After dinner, geared with your headlamp or torchlight, take a stroll along the boardwalk to look for interesting insects or other wildlife that may turn up after dark. Overnight at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort.

Kinabatangan River > Gomantong Cave > Deramakot

Wake up and relish in an early morning cruise to look for more wildlife along small tributaries. After breakfast, check out and depart to Gomantong Cave, which located in the heartland of the Gomantong Forest Reserve, is the home of millions bats and swiftlets. Upon arrival, follow by 10 minutes walk to the cave and explore the largest birds nest cave in Sabah.

Be prepare for a long hour driving journey to Deramakot – the first tropical rainforest in the world to be certified as well-managed forest in Sabah, Borneo. It took approximately 2 hours 20 minutes drive from Gomantong Cave to Telupid town. Have lunch in a local restaurant and continue drive to Deramakot on 4WD. Four-wheel drive vehicles are used to entered the final 70 km of bumpy gravel road. Upon arrival check-in to the basic-style chalet accommodation. After dinner go on 4×4 night safari to look for nocturnal wildlife at one of Sabah’s best wildlife watching destinations. Overnight at Deramakot Lodge.

Deramakot

Early morning wake up call at 0500 hours. Onward, depart for a pre-dawn four-wheel drive safari. There are many endemic wildlife can be found here in Deramakot Forest Reserve. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you can go on a jungle walk (optional) or simply spend your day relax in the middle of jungle in Borneo.

Lunch and free at own leisure. After dinner, get ready for wildlife drive after dusk. Overnight at Deramakot Lodge.

Deramakot > Sandakan

Early morning wake up call and depart on a dawn walk. This is the last chance to look for the many wild animals that live in the Borneo rainforest. Return to the lodge and have breakfast. After breakfast, check out, drive back to Sandakan.

Arrive in Sandakan. Check in Four Point Sheraton Sandakan. Free at own leisure.

Sandakan

Free at own leisure. Four Point Sheraton Hotel located just next to Sandakan Central Market, which is the best spot in town for cheap eats and food stalls. Or, you can walk around Sandakan city where people defined it as “Little Hong Kong” in the olden day.

Checking out of your hotel and transfer to Sandakan Airport.

Tour Details
WHERE DO WE GO?

About Selingan Turtle Island

The Turtle Island Park lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, comprises of 3 islands – Selingan, Gulisan and Bakungan Kecil. Selingan Turtle Island houses the park’s headquarters, turtle hatchery, basic accommodation and visitor centre. This is a nesting place and foraging ground for sea turtles; most commonly Green and Hawksbill Turtle. Therefore, you might have chance to join a guided observation of sea turtle nesting process and/or new hatchlings of baby turtles released to the sea. As turtle landings usually occur at night, above the high tide mark or with a preference of mid-tide. Thus, an overnight stay would be the best plan in order to witness the amazing moment when turtle come ashore to lay their eggs.

-The best time to visit Selingan Turtle Island is from March to July, as the sea is calmer.

-The best time to experience green turtles laying eggs is between July and October; while Hawksbill Turtle is between February to April.

About Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in year 1964. Sprawls over 4,294 hectare of virgin jungle reserves rich in tropical rainforest and mangrove swamp, this sanctuary serves to rehabilitate orang utans that have been abandoned by their mothers, or were formerly in captivity. These orphaned orang utans, found from logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting, were rehabilitated until fit enough to be returned to the wild. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehab Centre gives you an opportunity to watch the orang utan – “Man of The Forest”, up close in their natural habitat. Besides, you can witness the feeding process of the orang utan by the rangers at feeding platform! 

About Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is the home of the world’s smallest bear. BSBCC play an important role in rescue sun bears and promote their conservation to return them to the forest. At here, the rescued sun bears are able to express their natural behaviors in the forest enclosure. Once they have adapted to the forest, they may released to the wild. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre gives you an opportunity to watch the smallest, most arboreal and least studied bear, up close in their natural habitat.

About Rainforest Discovery Centre

The Rainforest Discovery Centre is an environmental education facilities run by Sabah Forestry Department, primarily to create public awareness and appreciation of the importance of conserving forests, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources. There is a Plant Discovery Centre and a conopy walkway which bring you to a bird observation tower at RDC. Here, you can discover the rain forest from the treetops (along a 347 m-long Canopy Walkway) above the ground! Bird lover might able to spot hornbills, pittas, kingfishers and the rare Bornean Bristlehead from the canopy walk.

About Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary located at the centre of the mangrove forest along the coastal land near Samawang Village, Sandakan. This privately-owned sanctuary within an oil palm estate offers a perfect observation platform for you to have a closer look at Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys.

Proboscis monkey gets its name from its large, fleshy nose and only found in Borneo Island. They have reddish-brown fur on their back and shoulders, which ends at midsection. Besides, they are excellent swimmers! But swim only when necessary and for pleasure. If you’re lucky, you might able to spot Silverleaf Monkeys and hornbills at the viewing platform. A trip to Labuk Bay will definitely leave you the most exhilarating and unforgettable experience.

About Kinabatangan River

The Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest river, is one of the most exiting and accessible places to explore the rich biodiversity of Sabah, Borneo. The river offers an incredible opportunity to see large range if wildlife including Borneo’s unique Proboscis Monkey, the Orang Utan, Bornean Pygmy Elephant, crocodiles, otters and countless rare and beautiful birds. All the eight species of hornbill found in Borneo make the area their home. 

The inhabitants of the Kinabatangan region are mostly Orang Sungai of mixed ancestry including Suluk, Bugis, Brunei, Bajaus and Chinese. A trip up the Kinabatangan River Cruise at dawn or dusk is the best opportunity to see the all the wildlife at here.

About Gomantong Cave

Gomantong Cave located at Gomantong Forest Reserve Class VI (Virgin Forest) with an area of ​​3,297 hectares, in Kinabatangan District. It is a limestone outcrop that forms the largest limestone hills in this area. In the limestone hills there are at least 19 caves which for centuries have resulted swallows to build their swallow’s nest there. There are two cave complexes – Simud Hitam (Black Cave) soaring up to 90 metres high and the more accessible of the two, and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found. Simud Hitam is a five- minute walk from the registration centre. A well-maintained boardwalk gives you easy access to do some exploring. Birds such as serpent eagles, bat hawks and kingfishers can be seen. You might even spot an orangutan or two if you’re lucky!

About Deramakot Forest Reserve

Deramakot is a 55,507 hectare lowland forest in Borneo and the first natural tropical rainforest in the world to be certified as “well-managed” by the Forest Stewardship Council. Deramakot Forest Reserve is managed in accordance with good forestry practices and currently in its 5th certification period which expires in October 2019, making it the longest certified tropical rainforest in the world. 

Located in the heart of Sabah, Deramakot Forest Reserve (DRF) is a hidden gem. It has been documented that about 75% of mammals in Sabah can be found within this forest reserve such as Orang Utan, Pygmy Elephants, Tembadau (Banteng), Proboscis Monkey and Clouded Leopard. If you looking for a wildlife adventure, this destination will surely not disappoint. Among the activities that you can experience are jungle trekking, morning walk (forest is amazing in the morning), wildlife drive as well as wildlife photography. 

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8D7N Discover Sabah Borneo – Absolute Wildlife

Accommodation
Day 1 : Chalet at Selingan Turlte Island
Selingan Island Chalet
(Twin Sharing Room)

The set up of Selingan Turtle Island Chalet is pretty basic. A total number of 25 air conditioned room with ceiling fan and attached bathroom are available here. Facilities in Selingan Turtle Island Resort includes restaurant, exhibition hall and a small shop selling drinks and other simple commodities.

Day 2 : Sepilok Nature Resort
Sepilok Nature Resort
(Twin Sharing Room)

Sepilok Nature Resort has 23 timber chalets, set around a natural lake and surrounded by verdant gardens and lush rainforest. The resort’s gardens are huge, with an impressive collection of exotic plants, is a haven for nature lovers. All rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, overhead fans and air-conditioning, as well as private verandas. It has a restaurant, and offers complimentary WiFi access in its public areas. A 24-hour front desk is available. 

Day 3&4 : Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
(Twin Sharing Room)

Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort nestled along the bank of the Kinabatangan River, the resort is surrounded by quaint local village that provides a unique “close to nature” experience with plenty of opportunities for river cruise, jungle trekking, stroll through traditional villages and chance to see the proboscis monkeys, the orang utan, pygmy elephants, the oriental darter, hornbills, kingfishers and many living in their natural habitat. It is a heaven for nature lovers and for those who need to retreat into nature, to recharge and to escape to a different reality. 

Day 5&6 : Deramakot Forest Reserve
Deramakot Forest Reserve

Deramakot Forest Reserve situated in the middle of Sabah Borneo, equipped with living quarters cum laboratory, Visitor’s Reception Centre, camping ground and basic accommodation for tourist etc. All room comes with air-conditioning, blanket, pillow and towel, with simple set up.

Day 7 : Four Point Sheraton Hotel
Four Point Sheraton Hotel

Situated along the northeast coast of the world’s third largest island, Borneo, Sandakan is the second largest city in the Eastern Malaysia state of Sabah. Overlooking the Sulu Sea, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is conveniently located on the scenic waterfront promenade in Sandakan’s Central Business District. All rooms come with air-conditioning, hot shower, LCD TV and Wifi. You can take a dip in our infinity pool and enjoy the expansive views of Sandakan Bay and Sandakan Harbour here!