Sabah Wildlife Adventure
7 Days / 6 Nights

Selingan Island - Kinabatangan River - Oxbow Lake - Gomantong Cave - Sepilok

Borneo is well known for its orangutans but is also home to many other endangered wildlife species that are only found here. Proboscis monkies, the Bornean sun bear, pygmy elephants, hornbills and many other animals call this unique island their home and the East coast of Sabah is one of the best areas in South East Asia for wildlife watching.

Typically, tours are a bit of a mad rush to fit everything in. This introduction to Bornean wildlife is designed to give you the opportunity to enjoy some of the places at your own pace and truly immerse yourself in the beautiful environments you will find yourself in.

This tour departs daily and is tailor-made to suit individual interests and budgets. From $1125 per person.

Your itinerary

Day 1

Your adventure begins in Sandakan.  with a pick up from the airport or your hotel. You will be transferred to your hotel in Sandakan where you will have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Downtown hotel

Day 2

After breakfast you will meet your guide and transfer to the jetty for your boat ride to Selingan Island.

It takes approximately one hour to reach Selingan Island. It lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and is the main main nesting area for green turtles.

Spend the day at your own leisure on the island and relax. After dinner, learn about the turtle conservation and be prepared to wait until the ranger informs you of a turtle landing. You will then have the opportunity to see the turtle lay her eggs which are collected by a ranger and transported to the hatchery. Your experience will end with the release of some baby turtles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Selingan Island Lodge/Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

The day will start with an early check out and breakfast at 6.30am. You will return to mainland Sandakan and transfer to Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary for the feeding of this strange looking monkey which is endemic to Borneo.

You will then continue your journey to the small village of Sukau at the Kinabatangan river. After a short boat ride you will arrive to a warm welcome at the Borneo Nature Lodge for check in, followed by Lunch.

In the afternoon you will embark on your first river cruise along the banks of Sabah’s longest river and one of the best places for wildlife watching in South East Asia.

Accommodation: Borneo Nature Lodge/Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 4

Kinabatangan Sunset

This morning you will enjoy an early morning river cruise up river and onto one of the Ox Bow lakes for bird watching. Weather permitting you will take a short jungle walk and experience the wilderness of Borneo before returning for breakfast.

Enjoy some leisure time during the heat of the day before a second afternoon cruise in search of more wildlife.

Accommodation: Borneo Nature Lodge/Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 5

Today you will depart Sukau after breakfast and return to Sandakan.

On your way back you will have a stop at the Gomantong Cave which is famous for the harvesting of edible bird nests. It’s a short 15 minute walk to the entrance of the Simud Hitam cavern. Keep your eyes open while walking along the board walks as orangutans are known to roam around the area.

Accommodation: Sepilok Forest Edge Resort/Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Your last day is at your own leisure in Sepilok giving you plenty of time to visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre as well as the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

The first feeding time at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is at 10am and you can return in the afternoon for the second feeding at 3pm with the same entry pass.

The other place well worth spending a bit of time at is the Rain forest discovery centre (RDC) which is about a 20 minute walk from the resort.  It’s popular with bird watchers early in the morning and in the late afternoon you may see a giant flying squirrel.

Accommodation: Sepilok Forest Edge Resort/Meals: Breakfast

This tour has a well thought through itinerary for travellers that enjoy a slightly slower pace. Sepilok is typically just a morning stop for most tours which is a shame as it's a nice place to just wonder around for a while. You will appreciate the extra time here.
This itinerary can be modified to fit in with other travel arrangements and our Borneo & Beyond specialist is always looking forward to discuss suitable options.

The Highlights

  • Overnight stay at Turtle Island
  • 2 nights at the Kinabatangan river
  • River cruising
  • Gomantong Cave
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Sabah Wildlife Adventure
6 nights

from $ 1125

Tour includes all transfers, meals, accommodation and activities as stated in the itinerary.

All prices are per person on twin share basis

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