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Explore Borneo, home to the oldest rainforests on Earth, on this exciting family activity holiday. Get close to orangutans, visit a cultural village and go snorkelling on coral reefs.

  • Visit the orangutans of Sepilok
  • Find Nemo and Dory on a snorkelling trip
  • Learn a traditional dance
  • Canopy walk in the treetops
  • Go on a jungle river cruise

Begin your holiday in Kota Kinabalu where you will be immersed in local culture. Explore Kinabalu National Park and take a private boat trip to a tropical marine park – great for a spot of snorkelling. Experience close encounters with the orangutans at Sepilok and head into the rainforest to watch wildlife on a river cruise. Stay in a comfortable beachside resort in Kota Kinabalu and an traditional lodge (with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms) while in the rainforest.

For those families with more time, it is possible to extend your stay at the beach or rainforest, or perhaps a city break in Kuala Lumpur. Contact us for suggestions. 

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Overnight flight to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Kota Kinabalu

    After you arrive, the rest of the day is at leisure to relax beside the swimming pool or on the beach.

  3. Day 3: Mari Mari cultural experience

    Visit the Mari Mari cultural village, where you will be greeted by the village chief and take part in a custom welcome ceremony, before visiting the houses of various tribes to watch local skills and practices. Then watch a fun cultural performance and after lunch return to your beach resort for a free afternoon.

  4. Day 4: Optional rafting in the Kiulu Valley

    Today you can spend the day as you wish. There is an option (extra cost) to take a rafting trip in the Kiulu Valley and learn how to build your own traditional raft. Then you’ll have the chance to test it out by rafting along the Kiulu River! 

  5. Day 5: Snorkelling trip in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

    Spend the morning and afternoon snorkelling around the tropical coral reefs that fringe the nearby islands. You can expect to see a variety of fish and marine life and there's a chance to ride a zip-line between two islands.

  6. Day 6: Cycling Tour

    Explore the local area by bike, cycling through rural countryside, river banks, villages, jungle plantations and across hanging bridges.

  7. Day 7: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Rainforest Discovery Centre

    See the morning feeding session at Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre and after lunch, visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre where you will be able to look for wildlife from the canopy walkway.

  8. Day 8: Labuk Bay & Kinbatangan River

    Visit the proboscis monkeys at a local sanctuary before travelling by road to the Kinabatangan River. Visit a local village to learn more about their local customs and traditions before an afternoon river cruise and evening night trek.

  9. Day 9: Culture & wildlife watching

    Take an exciting wildlife watching river cruise along the Kinabatangan River, looking out for proboscis monkeys, macaques and orangutans. Join a guided trek to the Bilit oxbow lake, and in the evening join a local youth group to learn some traditional dancing.

  10. Day 10: Transfer to Sandakan & fly back to the UK

    Enjoy a final early morning wildlife river cruise and then drive back to Sandakan airport for your return flights to the UK, again via Kuala Lumpur.

    Alternatively, you may wish to extend your stay in Borneo:

    Beach Extension: Fly back to Kota Kinabalu for a few more days relaxing on the beach.

    Kuala Lumpur: Break up your flight with a few nights in Kuala Lumpur where you can enjoy a street food tour, city tour, see fireflies or visit the Petronas Towers.

    Langkawi: Why not spend a few days at the white-sand beach with turquoise water and surrounding rainforest? Relax, enjoy water sports, go snorkelling or walk the Sky Bridge for 360 degree views.

  11. Day 11: Arrive UK

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,525 per adult, £1,465 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,260 per adult, £2,050 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Ideal for ages: 7+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    We spend five nights in hotels, and three nights in lodges. Hotels are generally mid-range, 3* standard. Accommodation is in keeping with the feel of the tour; options are often limited in Borneo during school holidays and occasionally a sense of adventure is required!
  • Meals

    8 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Activities

    • Boat trip

    • Cycling

    • Dancing

    • Rainforest canopy tour

    • Snorkelling

    • Wildlife watching

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £835 for an adult, and from £685 for a child aged 11 and under.

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

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Departures

Choose your preferred departure date from the 4 options below, then make a no obligation booking request, or enquire if you would like to ask us a question.

Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2018 30 Jul 7 Aug £1,525 £1,465 Guaranteed** Book or Enquire
2018 13 Aug 21 Aug £1,525 £1,465 Guaranteed** Book or Enquire
2019 29 Jul 6 Aug £1,649 £1,549 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 12 Aug 20 Aug £1,649 £1,549 Available* Book or Enquire