Borneo Rainforest & Beach

You’ll get generous helpings of everything this remarkable island is best at on our 10 day Borneo Rainforest & Beach holiday. Snorkel over coral reefs in a Marine Park, see rescued orang-utans at Sepilok - and spot for wild ones deep in Danum Valley Conservation Area - before kicking back for a final few days of tropical bliss on the beach.

At a glance
  • Snorkel in a biodiverse Marine Park
  • Relax on tropical Gaya Island
  • See Sepilok’s rescued orang-utans enjoy breakfast
  • Explore Danum Valley’s ancient rainforest
  • Spot for wild orang-utans & other jungle species
  • Conquer Borneo Rainforest Lodge’s canopy walkway
  • Kick back at a beachside resort
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Kota Kinabalu Beach Resort - 3 nights

Head to the coast and Kota Kinabalu, the regional capital, which has excellent amenities, superb beaches, and National Parks within easy reach. Enjoy a few relaxed days at leisure on the sand or by the pool. Just offshore, the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in Borneo; its coral reefs are home to an array of marine life including sea turtles, giant groupers and trigger fish, and day of snorkelling and kayaking can easily be arranged.

Day 1 - Arrive Kota Kinabalu, transfer to your beach resort.

On arrival in Borneo, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg some boat cruises & wildlife experiences) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Days 2 & 3 - Enjoy a few days R&R on the beach.

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Your days will be at leisure to relax and dig your toes in the sand.

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Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary - 1 night

Sepilok is an area of protected primary rainforest and mangrove on mainland Borneo, and its orang-utan rehabilitation centre is known across the world for exceptional conservation work. The reserve protects 19 square miles of dense rainforest, and exists for the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured orang-utans. Apart from feeding times, when you are almost guaranteed a sighting, you can enjoy looking out for flashes of orange fur amongst the multitude of flora and fauna in the surrounding forests. Spend the night at leisure nearby before getting up to witness orang-utan breakfast time the following morning.

Day 4 - Fly to Sepilok

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Take a flight to Sandakan, where, on arrival you will be driven to Sepilok. Time to meet the local celebrities!

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Danum Valley - 2 nights

Danum’s 170 square mile reserve protects a patch of Borneo's original rainforest - 130 million years old, with a staggering 8.8 million plant species. This remarkable place is home to diverse wildlife, including very rare creatures such as the orang-utan, Bornean pygmy elephant, Spectacled Flowerpecker, and the sun bear. The park has a busy tree nursery and works hard to repopulate the forest, as well as protect the existing trees. As you might imagine, the place isn't exactly overflowing with accommodation options - you will stay deep in the jungle at the much-coveted Borneo Rainforest Lodge, with the wildlife right on your doorstep (and possibly, in the case of insects, inside your room - so be prepared!).

Day 5 - Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary & Danum Valley canopy walk

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Rise in time to see the orang-utans of Sepilok Sanctuary enjoy their breakfast feeding time, before you head deep into Danum Valley to find the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, which provides surprisingly luxurious accommodation for such an isolated location. The lodge is dedicated to wildlife spotting, with a long canopy walkway through the surrounding jungle, and seated viewing platforms where you can get comfortable and observe the wildlife in peace. There are also opportunities for excellent jungle trekking, specialised bird watching, outstanding photography, and messing about on the Danum River. Your visit will plunge you straight into the rainforest, with a guided walk along the lodge’s boardwalk nature trail and the superb canopy walkway. After dinner, join a night drive through a rainforest alive with sound, as you learn how to spot nocturnal animals such as civet cats, flying squirrels, tree frogs and Samba deer.

Day 6 - Trekking & night drive

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Early risers can take a pre-breakfast canopy walk for a fascinating bird’s eye view of the rainforest as its daytime residents noisily assert themselves while the sun rises. After breakfast on the veranda, hike the ‘Coffin Trail’, which leads to a 200 year old burial site created by an indigenous tribe. The route takes in a spectacular viewpoint which overlooks miles of horizon-spanning rainforest - a rare and precious sight, these days, even in the tropics. After lunch back at the lodge, explore one of the excellent forest nature trails for many wildlife-spotting opportunities, and the opportunity to take a dip in one of the forest’s natural pools or waterfalls. For a more boisterous alternative, spend the afternoon 'tubing' down the Danum River. In the evening, you can choose to join a night drive or walk through the forest.

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Gaya Island - 3 nights

Gaya Island lies within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park - 19 square miles of protected ocean just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. The Park's unique coral reefs support a multitude of marine species, and its five tropical islands are home to birds, mammals and reptiles. Along with being the perfect habitat, this warm section of the South China Sea is ideal for snorkelling and island-hopping. Gaya's beaches are amongst the best in Borneo, and the island’s nature trails are a fine opportunity to stretch your legs in the jungle. You'll get there by boat from Kota Kinabalu, and spend a blissful three days at leisure in the lap of tropical luxury.

Day 7 - Fly to Kota Kinabalu, boat to Gaya Island

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Take a flight from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu where, on arrival, you will travel by car and then shared speedboat to Gaya Island.

Days 8 & 9 - Relax on Gaya Island

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Your days will be at leisure to explore the underwater world, venture along the nature trails, and simply kick back and relax.

Day 10 - Boat to the mainland, depart Kota Kinabalu

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Depart by shared speedboat to the mainland where you will be met and driven to the airport.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class £1,996US$2,615 £1,914US$2,508 £1,897US$2,486

Beringgis Beach Resort

Located on the white sand of Kinarut Beach and facing the South China Sea, Beringgis Beach Resort offers comfortable and affordable accommodation... See more

Sepilok Nature Resort

From a wildlife holiday point of view, locations do not get more convenient than this; if you want to see Borneo's orang-utans there is simply no other place to be... See more

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

There aren’t many properties on our books (or anywhere in the world for that matter) that lay claim to having their own rainforest canopy walk, so you could say that the Borneo Rainforest Lodge was somewhat special... See more

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort is set on the picturesque shores of Pulau Gaya, the largest island in marine conservation... See more
Superior £2,205US$2,890 £2,124US$2,783 £2,107US$2,761

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Not satisfied with being just a world-class beachside hotel, the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is also home to a private nature reserve and an eco-friendly championship golf course... See more

Sepilok Nature Resort

From a wildlife holiday point of view, locations do not get more convenient than this; if you want to see Borneo's orang-utans there is simply no other place to be... See more

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

There aren’t many properties on our books (or anywhere in the world for that matter) that lay claim to having their own rainforest canopy walk, so you could say that the Borneo Rainforest Lodge was somewhat special... See more

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort is set on the picturesque shores of Pulau Gaya, the largest island in marine conservation... See more
Deluxe £2,335US$3,061 £2,231US$2,924 £2,207US$2,892

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Not satisfied with being just a world-class beachside hotel, the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is also home to a private nature reserve and an eco-friendly championship golf course... See more

Sepilok Nature Resort

From a wildlife holiday point of view, locations do not get more convenient than this; if you want to see Borneo's orang-utans there is simply no other place to be... See more

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

There aren’t many properties on our books (or anywhere in the world for that matter) that lay claim to having their own rainforest canopy walk, so you could say that the Borneo Rainforest Lodge was somewhat special... See more

Bunga Raya Resort

For anyone who enjoys absolute relaxation as much as underwater adventure, the Bunga Raya Resort is a hidden cluster of luxury private villas, mounted on wooden stilts and terraced up into the wooded hillside. Connected by leafy shaded walkways... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • Extend your time in Kota Kinabalu and visit the unique Kinabalu National Park. The park is just two hours drive from KK and is ideal for adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Overnight accommodation at the park is also available.
  • Experience more of Sabah's unique wildlife with a visit to the Kinabatangan River region en route to the unique Danum Valley. The Kinabatangan flows through diverse habitats including freshwater swamp forest, lowland rainforest, mangroves and oxbow lakes, with a wealth of thriving fauna and flora to be seen along its banks.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

*Please note: During certain activities in Borneo you may share your local guide with other guests of the lodge(s).

Please note: During high season periods such as Easter, Christmas, July and August, hotels in Borneo levy a surcharge, and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Borneo. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Kate – Malaysia & Borneo tailor-made specialist

'Whether your planning a holiday or a honeymoon, this is a true Borneo classic - the very best of Sabah in a well paced 10 day holiday.

KateMalaysia & Borneo tailor-made specialist

Speak to Kate on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.

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