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15 Nights - £3,295pp

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Borneo & Palawan

Snorkelling at El Nido

Snorkelling at El Nido

Baby Orang-utan

Baby Orang-utan

Royal visit to Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Royal visit to Borneo Rainforest Lodge

El Nido - big lagoon

El Nido - big lagoon

Mount Kinabalu view from Gaya Island

Mount Kinabalu view from Gaya Island


Discover the best of Sabah with a part tour, part beach holiday  in Borneo and the Philippines.

This 18 day Borneo & Philippines holiday includes 2 nights in Abai, two days exploring the beautiful Kinabatangan River area and 2 nights at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Borneo's best lodge.

After a night in Kota Kinabalu on arrival, fly to Sandakan and visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok before cruising up the lower Kinabatangan River for a 2 night stay at Abai Jungle Lodge.

Go in search of wildlife and birdlife and visit Pitas Lake.

From Abai, cruise further into the rainforest by electric boat and spend a night in Sukau at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, a great base for discovering the wildlife along the Kinabatangan River and it's tributaries.

After Kinabatangan spend 2 nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge where activities are all included.

From the rainforest to the ocean for a couple of nights on an island resort in Borneo's Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

After discovering the best of Borneo's nature and wildlife, enjoy a week in the Philippines, staying at one of El Nido's resorts in the north of Palawan, recently voted by Conde Nast as the world's most beautiful island.

Plenty of water based activities are on offer here, making this a great option for the active in one of the most beautiful corners of South East Asia.

At a glance:

  • Return airfares from the UK
  • 1 night Kota Kinabalu
  • 2 nights Abai
  • 1 night Sukau
  • 2 nights Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • 2 nights Gaya Island
  • 1 night Manila
  • 6 nights El Nido
  • Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Proboscis Monkeys
  • Kinabatangan River cruises
  • Overnight in Jungle Lodge
  • Half day tour in Manila
  • Daily activities in El Nido
  • Most meals included

Day 1: Fly UK to Borneo

Overnight flight from the UK to Borneo.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

On arrival in Kota Kinabalu transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Sepilok – Kinabatangan River – Abai

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for the short 40-minute flight to Sandakan.

Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are being reintroduced into the wild. Observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest and see a video presentation on the orangutan rehabilitation programme.

At midday depart for a 1-hour boat cruise up the Lower Kinabatangan River, passing pristine mangrove forests and searching for wildlife. Arrive at Abai Jungle Lodge and have lunch.

After lunch, enjoy time to relax or explore the surrounding area on the nature boardwalk. At 4:30 embark on a cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife.

As night falls witness the glittering of fireflies on the mangrove trees. Return to the lodge for dinner.

After dinner, enjoy a guided night walk around the Lodge’s nature boardwalk.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge. Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 4: Pitas Lake – Abai

At around 6:30 depart on a boat trip for bird-watching and wildlife viewing at the nearby Pitas Lake. Return to the lodge around 8 am for breakfast.

After breakfast visit the nearby Abai village and participate in a tree-planting project. Enjoy a local-style lunch prepared and served by the villagers.

After lunch, enjoy time to relax or explore the surrounding area on the nature boardwalk. In the late afternoon embark on a cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 5: Abai – Kinabatangan River – Menanggul River

After breakfast, the morning is free at leisure to relax or explore the boardwalk.

After lunch, cruise upriver to Sukau, searching for wildlife along the way. Arrive Sukau and check-in to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

In the late afternoon set off on a river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to the Menanggul River in search of proboscis monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.

Day 6:  Sukau – Borneo Rainforest Lodge

From Sukau, transfer by boat and road to the Danum Valley and check into Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Check-in at Borneo Rainforest Lodge and enjoy an introduction trek on the Nature Trail & Canopy Walkway.

In the evening enjoy a Guided Safari Night Drive after dinner.

Overnight Borneo Rainforest Lodge. All meals included.

Day 7: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Wake up to the calls of the Bornean Gibbons and start your day with guide trek to the View Point, Kadazandusun burial site – Coffin Cliff. Take a short break by the Natural Jacuzzi pool for a refreshing dip before lunch at the Lodge.

Afternoon optional activities: A Guided Jungle Trekking or if weather permits, Water Tubing session down the Danum River for an hour. In the evening enjoy a Guided Night Walk on the Nature Trail after dinner.

Overnight Borneo Rainforest Lodge. All meals included.

Day 7: Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy an early morning walk and return to the Lodge for lunch before checking-out for the transfer to Lahad Datu Airport for your flight to Kota Kinabalu.

On arrival in Kota Kinabalu transfer to your hotel for overnight, with the rest of the day at leisure.

A great option here is to stay at Gaya Island Resort which is only 15-minutes by boat from the mainland and is located in the Tunku abdul Rahman National Park.

Overnight Beach Resort. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy the day at leisure in your chosen beach resort.

Overnight Kota Kinabalu. Breakfast & Lunch included.

Days 9: Manila

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manila. On arrival transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Enjoy an afternoon tour of Manila and an evening meal in a typical Filipino Restaurant.

Another option here is to go down to stay at Taal and see the island volcano.

Overnights Manila. Breakfast & dinner included.

Day 10: El Nido

Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Nido.

On arrival transfer by boat to your chosen El Nido Resort.

Overnight El Nido. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. All standard activities.

Days 11 - 16: El Nido

Enjoy the days at leisure at your resort in El Nido. Most activities such as water-sports, guided kayaking excursions, rapelling and island trips are included, making this a great choice for those who like to be active.

Overnight El Nido. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. All standard activities.

Day 17: Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Day 18: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK.

Abai Jungle Lodge

Abai Jungle Lodge is located about an hour from Sandakan and almost 50km from the mouth of the Kinabatangan River.

There are 24 rooms in the Lodge, all with attached bathrooms, ceiling fans, hot showers and netted windows.

The 500-800 metre long trails to the Jungle Bird tower are made from hard wood “Belian” and are flat in and out (no steep steps).

Plentiful birdlife, Silvered Langur, Maroon Langur, Hose Langur and even wild Orang-utan are often sighted here.

Very occasionally a clouded Leopard or a Sun Bear have also been sighted from the jungle trail.

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

The accommodation in Sukau is comfortable but not luxurious. We think it is in keeping with the location and the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is a much better option than other lodges such as Sukau River Lodge.

Rooms are all en-suite with ceiling fans and hot showers.

There is a wildlife trail by the lodge along which birdlife, red-leaf monkeys and sometimes orangutans are spotted.


Please note that as all the animals are in a wild natural habitat there is no 100% guarantee of seeing them.

It is almost guaranteed to see orangutans at Sepilok however and probosics monkeys are extremely common along the Kinabatangan River.

Other wildlife such as elephants are less common but are still frequently spotted, especially around Abai.

Hornbills are common and you would be unlucky not to see some and they are a magnificent sight, especially in flight over the canopy of trees.

When visiting Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary please take note of the park guides. Orangutans are curious by nature and don't think twice about waltzing off with unguarded items. Especially - don't take food into the park with you.

Note that the cruises along the river from Sukau are in electric boats.

Superior Hotel Suggestions Kota Kinabalu:

Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Hotel

Superior Hotel Suggestions Abai:

Abai Jungle Lodge

Superior Hotel Suggestions Sukau:

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Superior Hotel Suggestions Danum Valley:

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Superior Hotel Suggestions Borneo Beach:

Gaya Island Resort

Superior Hotel Suggestions Manila:

Hotel Celeste

Superior Hotel Suggestions El Nido:

El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

El Nido Lagen Island Resort

15 nights Borneo & Philippines - Superior:

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This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.

Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.

All of our Philippines & Borneo Tours are completely tailor-made and can be adjusted to suit your interests or budget.

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All of our Borneo Wildlife Tours are completely tailor made and we can put together any kind of itinerary to suit your interests and budget.

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