Borneo Family Holiday

Borneo Family Holiday
Borneo Family Holiday
Borneo Family Holiday
Borneo Family Holiday
Borneo Family Holiday
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Travel to Borneo on an 11-day family adventure and discover the curious wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the region. Learn how orphaned orangutans are rehabilitated back into the wild, swim among colourful fish, watch baby green turtles take wobbly steps towards the waterfront and relax on sandy beaches. Along the way you'll make friends, try some delicious cuisine and forge some incredible memories. With all of the essentials included, and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, you and your family will fall in love with the unique animals, lush ecosystem and sandy islands of Borneo.

Highlights
  • Take a guided walk through the lush lower trails of Kinabalu National Park and witness Mt Kinabalu in all its glory at dawn.
  • Stay overnight among the birds and beasts of the jungle, right next to an oxbow lake, at Kinabatangan Eco Camp.
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and, if you're lucky, watch baby orangutans learn to swing in a special enclosure.
  • Enjoy a special opportunity to watch protected turtle hatchlings scatter across the beach to the water under the cover of night.
  • Swim, snorkel and stroll along the sandy beaches of Dinawan Island on an included family day trip to this island paradise.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (4 nights), eco camp (2 nights), resort (3 nights), chalet (1 night)
Transport
  • Bus , Minibus , Van
Included Activities
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Botanical Gardens
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon wildlife cruise
  • Sabah Tea Plantation - Tea factory tour
  • Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk
  • Kinabatangan - Cooking class
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon wildlife cruise
  • Kinabatangan – Cultural Performance
  • Sepilok - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Dinawan Island - Day trip
  • Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village
Destinations
  • Malaysia
  • South East Asia
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Small Group
  • Family-Kids
  • Singles
  • Youth
  • Museum
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Beaches
  • Cultural
  • Wildlife

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is an intriguing city located between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Having survived WWII bombings, KK (as it's commonly known) has a charm unique to the frontier town. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5 pm at your hotel. Here you will meet your leader and fellow family travellers. Following the meeting, perhaps head out with your fellow families to the waterfront market. Here you’ll find smoky stalls serving up grilled meat and fish and heaps of local delicacies. If you arrive with significant time before the welcome meeting, you can immerse yourself in history at the Sabah State Museum or explore the islands off Kota Kinabalu which are excellent for swimming or snorkelling.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum entrance fee</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Kinabalu National Park

Head for the beautiful Kinabalu National Park. Stretch your legs and take in the mountain views on any of the numerous walking trails. As you walk along, keep a close eye on the sky and on the trees, as there are many exotic birds to spot – the mountain serpent-eagle, Dulit frogmouth and bare-headed laughing thrushes among them. It's also important to keep an eye on the ground for snakes, and you might encounter a leech or two. There's plenty to see and do in this World Heritage-listed park. The Botanical Garden is an excellent showcase of the diverse plant life on the mountain, and flora from all over the park has been replanted here. The walk in the park takes about one hour. From here we head to the Poring Hot Springs with a scenic canopy walk and a quick dip in the springs themselves. Tonight you will spend the night in a reconstructed longhouse on the tea plantation. Rooms are twin/triple-share and have fans and shared bathrooms.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Mt Kinabalu National Park - Entrance Fee</description><br/>-<description>Mt Kinabalu National Park - Botanical Gardens</description><br/>-<description>Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Kundasang - War Memorial</description>

Accommodation: ,Sabah Tea Garden or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Kinabatangan River

This morning we visit a Sabah Tea Factory and learn the process of tea leaves before saying goodbye to the mountain and heading into the jungle. Travel by private bus to Batu Puteh, a small village on the banks of the Kinabatangan River (approximately 5 hours). Your hosts for the night are the local community-run conservation organization KOPEL whose aim is to provide villagers with the means of making a sustainable living from the forest. KOPEL are responsible for a reforestation project in which the community are actively involved in growing seedlings and replanting back degraded forested areas. Arrive in the afternoon meet your hosts and learn a little more about KOPELs work, before jumping in a boat and heading upriver to your accommodation in the jungle (approximately 30 minutes). This afternoon, you’ll head out on a sunset cruise up the river in search of wildlife, including macaques, wild orangutan and proboscis monkeys. Be prepared for an adventure! Return to your jungle camp by an oxbow lake, freshen up for dinner and afterwards, let the cicadas sing you to sleep.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Kinabatangan River - Afternoon wildlife cruise</description><br/>-<description>Sabah Tea Plantation - Tea factory tour</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Kinabatangan River

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle ready for a busy day. After breakfast you’ll head upriver to the village where you take a walk around the village to learn more about the life of the local people. For lunch, it’s all hands-on deck as you partake in a fun traditional cooking class, eating the fruits of your labour for lunch! The afternoon is free to relax, enjoy some boardgames or keep spotting some wildlife. Before heading back on the boat for some more wildlife spotting. After dinner tonight, you’ll don headtorches and head out into the jungle for a night walk in search of insects and nocturnal animals. See what happens to the jungle at night, and what creatures come out to play!<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk</description><br/>-<description>Kinabatangan - Cooking class</description><br/>-<description>Kinabatangan River - Afternoon wildlife cruise</description><br/>-<description>Kinabatangan – Cultural Performance</description>

Accommodation: ,Camp,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Sandakan

Say goodbye to the Eco Camp and take a drive to Sandakan via the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. These unique primates are not found elsewhere in the world! You will be in awe as they leapt from incredible heights to lower branches. We arrive in Sandakan in the afternoon. You will notice the strong Cantonese influence, seen in the lively harbourside market, the many Chinese temples and the local cuisine. Here there is free time to catch up on your essentials, like laundry and banking, as well as to explore the city. Otherwise, just spend some time relaxing by the pool!<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Sepilok - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Sandakan, Sepilok

Today is an exciting day and a favourite with the kids – here come the orangutans! It’s a 45-minute drive by minibus to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The centre was set up to help re-introduce these wonderful creatures back into the wild after a life of domestication or having been orphaned. From the viewing platform, you can see these charming creatures as they swing into view and eat a supplementary diet of bananas and milk, laid out for them twice a day. Human contact must be kept to a minimum and it's essential that you follow the instructions of the park, as directed by your leader, but you are free to snap plenty of photographs. You will also have the privilege of viewing a nursery where you can view young orangutans as they learn how to climb on a specially constructed jungle gym. The viewing area is behind one-way glass so as not to disturb the animals. Heading back to Sandakan you will have the afternoon free. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Turtle Islands

Leave your large bags at the hotel and transfer to a nearby jetty, then board a speedboat bound for Turtle Island. Travel past small fishing villages and bamboo fish traps, arriving at Turtle Island Marine Park after about an hour. The rest of the day is free for you to soak up the island life. Relax on the beach and take a swim or perhaps hire some snorkelling gear and investigate the underwater world. Under the cover of darkness, watch as giant green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight. Witness the island researchers release protected hatchlings and guide them in their frantic dash to the ocean. It's a moving experience that is bound to be rewarding for you and your family, but please be aware that this is a very delicate environment and you must follow instructions from your leader and the local rangers to ensure minimal impact on the turtles. Spend the night on this beautiful island – even though the accommodation is quite basic, this will be a memorable experience.

Accommodation: ,Chalet

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Langkah Syabas Beach Resort

Today you will transfer to Sandakan airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu (approximately 1 hour). Keep in mind that the luggage allowance for this flight is only 15 kg, and any excess baggage may incur a further charge. Then drive to the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu to our resort.Take the opportunity to relax, have a swim, enjoy a drink and enjoy the sunset.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Sandakan - War Memorial</description>

Accommodation: ,Langkah Syabas or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Langkah Syabas Beach Resort

After breakfast, head out to Dinawan Island. The island is surrounded by reefs and sandbanks, and has pristine beaches, crystal clear water and unexplored forests to discover. You’ll have the full day to experience this slice of beauty, and the best thing is, it’s up to you what you do! Lunch will be included during the day and you’ll all get access to snorkelling equipment. Later in the evening, arrive back to your resort for a relaxing night.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Dinawan Island - Day trip</description>

Accommodation: ,Langkah Syabas

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Bid farewell to your patch of paradise and head back to Kota Kinabalu. We visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village in the morning and learn about the cultural history and tradition of Borneo’s various indigenous ethnic groups. In the evening, take the opportunity to relax, enjoy a drink and look back on the week's adventures with your family and fellow travellers for your final night. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village</description>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Kota Kinabalu

With no activities planned for today, you and your family are free to depart the accommodation at any time following check-out.

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • Kota Kinabalu - Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Mt Kinabalu National Park - Botanical Gardens
  • Sabah Tea Plantation - Tea factory tour
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk
  • Kinabatangan River - Afternoon wildlife cruise
  • Kinabatangan - Cooking class
  • Kinabatangan - Night jungle walk
  • Sepilok - Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Kinabatangan – Cultural Performance
  • Sepilok - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Dinawan Island - Day trip
  • Sandakan - War Memorial
  • Meals
    -10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation
    -Hotel (4 nights), eco camp (2 nights), resort (3 nights), chalet (1 night)
  • Transport
    -Bus, Minibus, Van

Not Included
  • International Travel
    -
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -

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18-Dec-2021
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Start:Kota Kinabalu
Finish:Kota Kinabalu
Group size:2 - 17
Suitable for: 5-99 years
Accommodation:Hotel (4 nights), eco camp (2 nights), resort (3 nights), chalet (1 night)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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