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UNBEATABLE BORNEO

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 11 days from $2599pp

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE IN BORNEO
SEE ORANGUTANS, SUN BEARS, MACAQUES & MORE

INCLUDES RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

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 3222 Unbeatable Borneo 1


Animal lovers assemble! This 11 day discovery tour is full to the brim with local flora and fauna, landmark highlights, and plenty of free time to get out and explore the island’s cities. It doesn’t stop there, you will also be given the ultimate gift of visiting beautiful national parks and local communities, enjoying a sneak peek into the local Bornean way of life.

This tour will bring you up close to an array of Borneo’s amazing animals. See the way the locals care for the welfare of their native animals at wildlife sanctuaries across the island. See the world's smallest bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, experience an intimate morning orangutan feeding in the forest, and spend time exploring the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. Prepare to be visually blown away when driving through the Crocker Range, with great scenic visuals of the range’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu. Plus, enjoy leisurely days in exotic Kota Kinabalu, snorkel in translucent blue water at Manukan Island, and indulge in fish foot massages, plus enjoy up to three exciting river cruises where you have a chance to spot unique animals in the wild.

Includes return international flights, nine nights quality hotel and lodge accommodation, 23 meals (including dinner in an English-style tea house), English speaking tour guides, and more.


 

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 New Zealand - Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Today depart from Auckland for Kota Kinabalu, Borneo! Fly with Malaysian Airlines. Upon arrival you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: - Due to flight scheduling and availability, some customers will arrive at approximately 1:00am (technically day 2).

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: In-Flight


 

Day 2 Kota Kinabalu Free Day

Today is yours to enjoy free at leisure. Perhaps explore the local markets or relax at the hotel.

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 3 Manukan Island

Today after breakfast you will transfer to Jesselton Point Jetty to catch a boat to Manukan Island. Enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling around the tropical island, as well as a buffet lunch. At approximately 4:00pm you will return to the mainland and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 4 Mari-Mari Cultural Village Tour

Today depart after breakfast to the Mari-Mari Cultural Village. The village is located about 25 minutes away from the city. The journey will explore tropical jungles and local villages. After arriving at Mari-Mari take in the colours of cultural diversity, where you can savour the soul of Sabah. Enjoy a tour of the local ethnic communities' traditional homes, with culinary, craft and dance demonstrations.

Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer a truly genuine experience. Not only does this village portray these tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional house, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village. Acquaint yourself with each tribe as they welcome you into their house and simple yet intricate lives. While traversing the village, find demonstration huts along the main houses in which daily activities of old times come to life. There is plenty to do for everyone; the making of a blowpipe, starting a fire with just a bamboo tree, tattoo-making and more. Experience an unforgettable encounter of the Sabahan homeland. Lunch will be at Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before visiting the night markets where dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 5 Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu National Park - Kundasang War Memorial Park - Ranau (approx. 100km day)

This morning after breakfast, drive through the scenic Crocker Range to the Kinabalu National Park. On the way stop at Nabalu Village market to browse for local handicrafts, souvenirs and snacks. Continue onwards to Kinabalu National Park for a guided walk in the Botanical Garden in search of native plants and wild orchids.

Afterwards continue to the Kundasang War Memorial Park. The park is made up of four beautiful gardens: the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool, which represent the different nationalities involved in the Borneo campaign during World War 2. Afterwards travel onwards to Ranau and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Sabah Tea Garden or similar, Ranau
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 6 Sabah Tea - Sukau - Kinabatangan River Cruise (approx. 250km day)

After breakfast, enjoy a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luanti before transferring to the Sukau Jetty for your boat ride to Borneo Nature lodge. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival before lunch. Later, relax on a late afternoon river cruise in search of Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques and other fascinating wildlife that gather along the Kinabatangan River - the longest river in Sabah. On return to the lodge dinner will be served.

Overnight: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar, Sukau
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 7 Sunrise Ox Bow River Cruise - Gomantong Cave - Afternoon Kinabatangan Cruise

Wake up early this morning for a sunrise Ox Bow cruise to search for more wildlife. Cruise for approximately one hour before enjoying a jungle walk into the rainforest. Then head back to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, you will visit Gomantong Cave, famed for its edible birds nests. Exploring further, arrive at the opening of Simud Hitam cavern and enter the cave system from the boardwalk. At midday, you will return to the lodge for lunch and have the opportunity for a second river cruise in search of more wildlife. Alternatively, you can relax and enjoy leisure time at the lodge.

Overnight: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar, Sukau
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 8 Depart to Sandakan - Sepilok/SunBear - Sandakan (approx. 30km day)

After breakfast, depart to Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Centre. Upon arrival proceed to the outdoor nursery to witness the amazing conservation work being done for orangutans. The nursery is where young orangutans are taught valuable life skills under the close supervision of their human carers. Then head to the feeding platform to witness the semi-wild orangutans who are at the final stage of the rehabilitation process before they will return into the wild. Next visit the audio visual room where you will enjoy a short video presentation to further understand the objective of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Afterwards proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, home to the world's smallest bear. Enjoy lunch back at the hotel before enjoying a city tour to explore the various landmarks of Sandakan. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the English Tea House.

Overnight: Sabah Hotel or similar, Sandakan
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 9 Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary and Rainforest Discovery Centre

After breakfast, depart to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary. Witness the morning feeding of the proboscis monkey and afterwards continue onwards to the Rainforest Discovery Centre to enjoy a guided walk of the botanical gardens and the canopy walkway. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Sabah Hotel or similar, Sandakan
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 10 Sandakan, Borneo – New Zealand

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


 

Day 11 Arrive in New Zealand

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.