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8 days  |  Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan  |  from USD $2,099  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Mt Kinabalu, pygmy elephants, orangutans, rainforests and great food. There’s sun and there’s sand but this tour is not for those who long to lie on the beach reading a book, it’s much more! Come to Sabah and soak it all in…. naturally

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Day 1

Kota Kinabalu

Saturday - Welcome to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu

Day 2

Mamutik Island

Kota Kinabalu - Mamutik Island - Kota Kinabalu. Just a 20 minute boat ride and we arrive at the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Offering pristine white beaches, clear water and coral reefs, this is perfect place for a day of relaxation and swimming. Snorkel in crystal clear water among coral reef and tropical fish or explore jungle trails before returning to Kota Kinabalu.
Overnight: Kota Kinabalu  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Taun Gusi Homestay

Kota Kinabalu - Taun Gusi. Today we travel north to Taun Gusi Village in Kota Belud, which is known as the rice bowl of Sabah. It's a scenic journey through paddy fields and rubber plantations, passing native houses with majestic Mount Kinabalu as the background. Upon arrival we meet our host families and in the afternoon there's the opportunity to go horse riding, visit a place that makes swords (Bajau Parang Making) and bathe in the river. We spend the night at the home of our host families and gain a fascinating insight into village life.
Overnight: Taun Gusi Village Homestay  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Kinabalu National Park

Taun Gusi - Kundasang. Wake up to the calls of roosters and enjoy the tranquility of the village. We start the day by visiting the ‘Valley of Paddy field” which is a vast low valley of lush paddy fields. Transfer to Kinabalu National Park where we visit the education centre and mountain garden, home to various species of the flowering Rhododendrons, carnivorous pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, and birds. If time and weather permits, take a guided trail walk.
Overnight: Kundasang  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Kundasang Memorial Park

Kundasang – Sepilok. This morning we visit the Kundasang memorial park and discover Sabah's WWII history, before heading to Poring, 1,500 ft above sea level, and east of Kinabalu Park HQ. Explore tropical lowland rainforest and the jungle trail leading up to the treetop canopy walkways, suspended 41 meters above the forest floor across giant Mengaris trees. Next we proceed by road to Sepilok where this evening we experience a nightwalk from the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
Overnight: Sepilok Nature Resort  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Sepilok Orangutans

Sepilok - Sukau. Our first stop today is the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where orphaned and injured orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. We take a walk through the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest and visit the outdoor nursery where around 25 young orphaned orangutans are housed.

We depart Sepilok and transfer to jetty in Sandakan for a scenic hour boat cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary to Sukau, through a magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. After lunch it's time to relax and look out for nature from the boardwalk, make sure to bring along your binoculars. Look out for any moving tree branches, as you might have the chance to spot the wild orangutan, silver leaf monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Later in the afternoon, we take another cruise in search of more wildlife until the sunsets and by night fall we'll see the twinkling fire flies. After dinner at the lodge, we can experience the jungle at night from our nature boardwalk, searching for birds, snakes, insects and other wildlife with our nature guide.
Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Sukau Rainforest

Wake up to the calls of nature. Early this morning we take a river cruise to the Pitas oxbow lake to observe wildlife before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Then there's the opportunity to take part in a tree planting project with the locals before enjoying a simple lunch arranged by the villagers at Abai village.

After lunch we cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. After check-in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge and time to relax, we take another late afternoon cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan.
Overnight: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8


Sukau - Sandakan. Early this morning after breakfast we take a two hour boat cruise back to Sandakan with the opportunity to spot wildlife en route. Our tour ends with a transfer to Sandakan airport. Flights should be booked after 2pm.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Trip Highlights

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and pristine Mamutik Island - snorkelling and swimming
Kundasang WWII Memorial Park - learn about Sabah’s WWII history
Sukau Rainforest - home to an array of wildlife. River cruise in search of wildlife
Kinabatangan River and Kelenanap oxbow lake - river cruise to view birds and wildlife
Taun Gusi Village - experience village life at a homestay, horseriding and swimling in the river
Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
Kinabalu National Park - tropical rainforest
Poring treetop canopy walkway - spectacular views of the rainforest below


Entrance fees to all included sites
4 nights 3 star & special class hotels, 2 nights rainforest lodge with private facilities, 1 night homestay with shared facilities
Sightseeing and river cruises as per itinerary
Escorted by an English speaking local guide
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Arrival and departure transfer on days 1 & 8
Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles and river boats
Maximum group size: 24 travellers

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping Kitty: USD$25
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tour Details
Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 3

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The whole tour was very well organized. Guides were exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, easy to get along with and made sure we were happy with everything.

Debra Powell
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.