Malaysian Borneo Adventure - April 2020Adventure And Sports Food Beachside Couple Friendly Wildlife Food & Drinks Scuba Diving
What's This About?
Your awe-inspiring adventure takes you to this diverse region of the world, where you experience the Malaysian Borneo not as a tourist but as a traveller connected to this land. From the food trails in Kota Kinabalu, to watching and learning about the rehabilitation of the Orangutans at Sepilok, to living in a local homestay by the river bank and learning their traditions, culture & ancestral recipes, to hopping on a boat for some amazing river safaris, to watching the Bat Exodus and finally island hopping & snorkeling at the coral triangle, this tour will make you fall in love with nature.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Adventure Seekers, Wildlife Enthusiasts, Nature Lovers, Trekkers, Foodies
Set out on an expedition to explore one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world - Borneo! The third largest non-continental island in the world that is shared by Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The Malaysian Borneo consists of 2 regions Sabah and Sarawak. We will be traveling throughout Sabah, the most ecologically diverse among the two.
All Internal Travel Ex Kota Kinabalu
Guided Canopy Walk & The Walking Trail At Rain-forest Discovery Center.
3 River Safaris At Kinabatangan River (1.5 – 2 Hours Each) To Spot Wildlife.
Guided Cave Exploration To Gomantong Cave To Watch The Bat Exodus.
Boat Transfers To 6 Islands Of The Coral Triangle
Packed Lunches And Refreshments On Boat During Island Hopping
Snorkeling On The Island - Complimentary Gear Along & Instructors
Guided Hike Up To Bohey Dulang
1 Internal Flight (Tawau To Kota Kinabalu)
Return Flights To Kota Kinabalu
Malaysian Visa Fee.
Park Entry And Camera Fees.
Alcohol. Bottled Beverages / Water And Exotic Food
Any Personal Trips To City, Town Or Shops For Any Personal Supplies.
Anything Else Not Mentioned Under Inclusions
Arrival in Borneo
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu
Arrive at Kota Kinabalu .
Check in to the hotel. In the evening explore the city by walk with your Group Leader or relax at the hotel.
In busy Kota Kinabalu (KK) you’ll soon notice the friendly locals, breathtaking fiery sunsets, blossoming arts and music scene and a rich culinary spectrum spanning street food to high end. Alongside swanky new malls and expensive condos, old KK, with its markets brimming with sea creatures and fresh produce, and busy fishers shuttling about the waterfront, happily endures. This may be a city on the move with the 21st century, but its old-world charm and history are very much alive.
Return back for dinner at a local Malaysian restaurant.
Into the Rainforests
Rainforest Discovery Night Walk Wildlife Spotting
Journey through the picturesque hills with a backdrop of Mount Kinabalu to Sepilok and check-in to your rainforest chalet. You've now arrived at the edge of Sepilok Kabili Forest Reserve.
In the evening head out for night Rainforest discovery walk with your Wildlife Spotter and tour leader. Spot nocturnal animals like the Flying Fox, Flying Lemur, Flying Squirrels, Snakes, Palm Civets the most elusive primate the Slow Loris and much more.
Return to the resort and have dinner and a good night's rest
Full Day at Sepilok
Orangutan Rehab Center Sunbear Sanctuary Hike Canopy Walkway
Visit the in the morning Sepilok Orangutan Rehab Center to watch & interact with the orangutans while they are being fed, followed by a visit to the Sun Bear sanctuary where you get to see the world’s
After lunch at the local Café you head back to the Rainforest Discovery Centre for a daytime canopy walk to the Sepilok Giant (The oldest tree Sabah , estimated to be 800 - 1000 years).
Return back by evening to the resort and spend time at leisure.
Dinner and Overnight at Rainforest Resort.
Deep into the Rainforests
Wildlife Boat Safari
Travel mini-van and boat to Sukau by the banks of Kinabatangan River which contains some of Borneo's highest concentrations of wildlife.
Head out late afternoon for your first river safari, cruising through the Kinabatangan River. Spot the Man of the Forest "Orang-utan" , the endemic Proboscis Monkey, Pigmy Elephants, Otters, Saltwater Crocodiles, the many species of Hornbills and other birds.
Return to the homestay for dinner. Later experience your second river safari to spot nocturnal animals in the area.
Return back to Homestay for Dinner.
Explore the Famous Bat Cave
NatGeo Featured Bat Cave River Boat Safari Hike
At dawn head out of one safari to view the fauna in the morning. Spend a leisure morning with the family. After lunch explore the magnificent Gomantong Cave renowned for its mammoth 4 million resident Bats and swiflet birds.
Imagine a cathedral-like inner chamber shot with splinters of sunlight and a cave floor swarming with cockroaches, and you have the Gomantong Caves. The smell has a presence of its own, thanks to the ubiquity of bird and bat guano (you'll want to wear covered shoes and a hat). The only cave open to visitors, Simud Hitam, is magnificent.
Take a hike to the mouth of the cave to watch the Bat exodus when millions of bats rush out of the cave just before sun set every evening in search of food. Return to homestay for Dinner
From Rainforests to Marine-Life
Leisure Dip into the Sea
After an early breakfast, take a road trip to the Seaside Town of Semporna and check-in to the dive resort.
Lunch will be en-route. Arrive at the resort and check in.
The rest of the evening is to your leisure
You can relax at the restaurant or head out for a short walk around or spend some time by the sea.
Explore, Snorkel or Dive - 1
Hiking Snorkeling or Diving
After early breakfast head out for the day to Bohey Dulang Island. Hike up to the peak to experience some breathtaking views, visit the sea gypsy village nearby and get a glimpse of the ethnic " Bajau Laut". Snorkel off the Sibuan & Mantapuan islands under the guidance of our expert instructors. Return to the dive resort in the
Dinner and Overnight at Dive Resort
Explore, Snorkel or Dive - 2
Hiking Snorkeling or Diving
After breakfast head out for a the again to Timba Timba, Pandanan and Mataking Islands. Snorkel at Timba Timba Island followed by Pandanan Island which are famous for hawksbill turtle and some of the most stunning underwater coral reefs. Packed lunch will be served on board , Return to the dive resort in the evening to relax.
Enjoy a Seafood dinner at the floating restaurant on the water.
Back to Base
Food Trail Shopping Leisure Time
Head to Tawau airport in the morning for your flight to Kota Kinabalu. At Kota Kinabalu you are free to check into your accommodation & relax or you can choose to visit the Sabah state museum. In the evening join your group leader to explore the food trails of Kota Kinabalu and local markets.
Catch up for one final group dinner at a local restaurant.
Departure back Home
Gaya Sunday Market
After breakfast, head to Sunday Gaya Market. Experience some lively Local street fare. Every Sundays a lively Chinese street fair takes over a section of Jln Gaya. It's vividly chaotic, with stalls cheek by jowl hawking batik sarongs, gasping puppies and kittens, wild honey and faux antiques. Get a chance to shop local artifacts.
Return to the hotel and check out.
Say goodbye to Borneo.
Transfer to the Kota Kinabalu airport for your flight back home.
How To Reach
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the international airport in Kota Kinabalu and serves the entire west coast of Sabah. After Kuala Lumpur International Airport, it is the second busiest airport in Malaysia. There are regular flights to the major Asian cities like Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai, etc. as well as Malaysian cities like Kuching, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur. Major airlines serving this airport include AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, SilkAir, Dragonair, etc.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
About Your Hosts
We aren’t your average travel company. We’re not interested in ticking off a list of commercial tourist destinations, running from place to place. By creating authentic trips that are designed to connect you with the country and culture, we offer more than just a nice Instagram pic. The ultimate goal of Experiencia is to enrich your life. To challenge you by exposing you to cultures, religions, food, and a different way of life that profoundly changes you. To give you experiences that broaden your perspectives, shift your attitudes, and change your life.
In 2007, Sameer purchased a DSLR camera. It led to a decision to travel through South-East Asia to photograph the people and places. He was fascinated by the local culture and food, and started staying with locals rather than big chain hotels. The more he travelled, the more he wanted explore. Very soon, he had visited Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Bhutan, Singapore, and parts of the US and Europe. Every trip, he grew bolder, using local buses and staying at home-stays so he could understand local life. Then, he started wondering if he could provide this experience to others? Using his photography skills, his love of food, and constant desire to seek out the best experiences, he formed this company. Sameer’s favourite trip was, and still continues to be, Borneo. He travelled there for the first time in 2012 to experience the canopy walk. What he discovered was a complex history, wonderful friendly locals, and flora and fauna that blew his mind.
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