Big Fat Sabah Adventure (13D12N)

Orang Utan Sanctuary, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley,
Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Pom Pom Island

The Big Fat Borneo Adventure is a tour crafted based on the highlights in East Sabah. This tour starts in Sandakan and takes you on an insightful journey along the river, into the ancient tropical rainforest and completes it with relaxing days by the aquamarine sea!

Please tell us your possible dates and we will organize this tour for you.


Day 1 Sepilok Forest Edge Resort (D)

Take a Taxi from Sandakan airport to Sepilok Forest Edge.

Check in to Sepilok Forest Edge. Self-discovery Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary (feeding time at 10am & 3pm); Sepilok Sunbear Sanctuary and or Rainforest Discovery Center.

You have the opportunity to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center on your own. The orphaned and / or injured orangutans are being cared for before they are released back to the wild. Sepilok is a rainforest reserve that represents a beautiful showcase to the rest of the rainforest in Borneo. Observe the feeding of orangutans from a platform in the forest. An educational 25-minute video documentation on the Orang Utan will be shown at the center for your viewing. Continue to the Bornean SunBear Conservation Center (BSCC) and visit the rescued sunbears, which are nurtured for before being released to their natural habitat.

Set dinner at Sepilok Forest Edge.

What’s included at Sepilok Forest Edge:

  • 1 night accommodation at Sepilok Forest Edge (1 twin/double sharing room)
  • Meals as stated in itinerary
  • Tourism tax

What’s not included at Sepilok Forest Edge:

  • Transfer from the Airport to the Resort
  • Entrance fees and guided tour to Sepilok Orangutan; Sunbear Sanctuaries and Rainforest Discovery Center

Day 2; Kinabatangan Wetland Resort (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the Sepilok Forest Edge Resort.

10.30am – Pick up at the Resort by the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort Team. Transfer to Sandakan jetty for boat transfer to Abai, which is situated at the lower Kinabatangan River. The 1.5hours cruise shall bypass Berhala Island, the prominent sandstone cliff, which is a historical site during the World War II. The journey also offers likelihood to observe wildlife along the way. This is where the mangrove forest of the coast merges into the more familiar riverine forest of the Kinabatangan River. It is also here where the intrepid American couple, Martin and Osa Johnson, first documented the wildlife and people of the river in the 1920s. Abai borders one of the most important wildlife refuges, the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.

Check-in at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, a newly established resort nestled in the pristine mangrove and fresh water forest, secluded at the edge of the RAMSAR (Wetlands of International Importance) site. Have Lunch while you are briefed about the lodge and the activities. – Set off for the afternoon river cruise in search of the mangrove specials, river sceneries, village landscapes and more wildlife. On good weather, we may even get to see firefly colonies, which are found at certain parts of the river. Cruise back to KWR for dinner.

8.30pm – After dinner, take a walk along the boardwalks with your headlamps or torch and look for nocturnal wildlife. Overnight at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

Some highlights of bird species in Abai :

Scarlet Minivet, Lesser and Greater Leafbird, Storm Stork, Oriental Darter, Mangrove Blue- flycatcher, Stork Billed and Blue Eared Kingfisher. Buffy Fish-owl, Night Heron, Yellow Bittern, Ruddy Kingfisher, Helmeted hornbill, Pied hornbill, Rhinoceros hornbill, among others.

Day 3; Kinabatangan Wetland Resort (B/L/D)

6.30am - Early morning river cruise to observe more wildlife and birdlife. The cruise will lead to the nearby ox-bow lake, Danau Pitas, to explore the area. Enjoy your packed breakfast while admiring the natural surroundings.

9.00am - Proceed to the local fishing village, Kampung Abai. Interact with the local Orang Sungai (River People) and observe the daily activities in this tiny fishing village. Return to the lodge for rest and lunch.

2.00pm - Explore the surroundings of the resort on your own for in search of plants, insects and birds. Otherwise you can take this time to relax in the tranquility of the lovely resort.

4.30pm - Set off for another adventure as we cruise in search for more wildlife along small tributaries.

6.30pm - return to the lodge, dinner.

8.30pm - After dinner, we set off for a night river cruise along small tributary rivers in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Day 4; Bike and Torus B&B (B/D)

After breakfast, checkout from KWR and board the boat for a 2 hours cruise upper stream to Sukau village. Land Transfer from Sukau Village to Bike and Tours B&B Lahad Datu.

Arrive in Lahad Datu and Check In to Bike Bike and Tours B&B Lahad Datu.

Dinner at Bike and Tours B&B.

Kinabatangan Wetland Resort includes:

  • 2 nights at 1 Deluxe Chalet at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Abai Kinabatangan (Double or twin sharing)
  • Meals and Activities as stated in itinerary
  • 1 Guided Night Walk at Nature Boardwalk
  • 4 River cruises in Abai, Kinabatangan
  • Land and boat transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Nature Tour Guide (not private guide, sharing with other guests)
  • Tourist Tax

Bike and Tours Bed and Breakfast includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a double room for 2 pax
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast the day after

Day 5; Danum Valley Field Center (B/L/D)

8:00am - Breakfast at Bike and Tours B&B

8:30am - Depart for 2 and a half hours overland journey on gravel road to Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC).

10:30pm - Arrive, register & Check In at Danum Valley Field Center. Meet your guide and plan your days at DVFC.

12:00pm – Lunch, rest and relax

4:30pm Walk in the area as an introduction to the Borneo rainforest. The area surrounding the center teems with wildlife and it is not unusual for you to spot resident orang utan, hornbills etc. Return to the center and dinner at 7:00pm

After dinner venture for an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive (additional activity at your own expense).

Day 6; Danum Valley Field Center (B/L/D)

5:30am Wake up early for an early morning nature and wildlife observation on the tree platform with your guide at 6am to see the forest come to life. OR you can also pre-arrange a 4x4 drive to Bukit Atur for a breathtaking sunrise experience atop a canopy of trees – please tell your guide in advanced that you are interested in this and he can assist with booking accordingly (additional activity at your own expense).

Return to center for breakfast and embark on a trail in the area. Discuss with your guide if you wish to the the trek to Tembaling Waterfall or Burial Cave. Enjoy your packed lunch after the trekking session.

Return to the center after lunch. You can choose to take a dip at the Ulu Segama river before heading off for another trek – there are various types of trails and your guide can discuss this with you. Return to the center in late afternoon, in time to watch the sky changes colour as the sun sets.

After dinner, go on an included night walk with your guide or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive.

Day 7; Bike and Tours B&B (B/D)

Wake up early to return to the tree platform for more wildlife sighting possibilities. Return to eating lounge for breakfast and spend the rest of your morning at leisure until check-out check out time at 11am.

Arrive & Check in to Bike and Tours B&B.


Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC) Package included:

  • 2 nights at 1 Standard Chalets
  • Meals as stated in itinerary
  • Activities as stated in itinerary
  • Transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Nature Tour Guide (not private guide, sharing with other guests)
  • Tourism tax

Not included:

  • 4x4 Night drive and morning sunrise drive to Bukit Atur

Bike and Tours Bed and Breakfast includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a double room for 2 pax
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast the day after

Day 8 Tabin Wildlife Resort (B/L/D)

7:15am - Breakfast at Bike and Tours B&B

7:45am - You will be picked up at the Bike and Tours B&B in the east coast town of Lahad Datu and transferred by road to Tabin (2:00 hrs). Check into an attractive timber lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, which comes complete with private balcony, air conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower, a welcome luxury in the forest. Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad river, this lovely setting is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects and small mammals, even right beside the buildings of the resort. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments.

Visit to Trogon Hall gallery for information about the conservation of Tabin Wildlife Reserve and briefing on birds, insects and animals that is found in this area.

12:30 – Lunch, Free and Easy

In the afternoon, visit the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the rainforest for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and its surrounding thick forest, where birds are commonly sighted. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion. Trek back to the resort along elephant trail.

After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellations above you and make a wish or two.

Day 9 Tabin Wildlife Resort (B/L/D)

6:00 - Join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species. After breakfast, a drive to the core area for animal’s spotting and for photo session before trekking through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax.

In the afternoon, try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks.

In the evening, a dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal wildlife & birds coming out to look for food during this time of the day.

After dinner, go for a night walk along the trail nearby the resort in search of sleeping birds, frog and nocturnal wildlife.)

Day 10 Bike and Tours B&B (B/L/D)

OPTIONAL: You may opt to take up a dawn drive at 5:30am or jungle walk to look out for wildlife that is active at this time of the day (at additional cost)

8:30am - Breakfast, free and easy until check out at 1330hours

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Transfer to Lahad Datu

3:00pm - Check in at Bike and Tours B&B. Overnight at Bike and Tours B&B.

Tabin Wildlife Resort Package included:

  • 2 nights' accommodation at twin sharing room for 2 pax
  • Meals as stated in itinerary
  • Activities as stated in itinerary
  • Transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Nature Tour Guide (not private guide, sharing with other guests)
  • Tourism tax

Not included:

  • Dawn drive

Bike and Tours Bed and Breakfast includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a double room for 2 pax.
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast the day after

Day 11; Pom Pom Island Celebes Beach Resort (B,L,D)
(3D2N Non Diver Package)

After all the jungle and river adventure in Sabah, your holiday is incomplete without activities under the sun, sand and sea! The Pom Pom Island Resort at Pom Pom Island invites its guests to immerse in the aquamarine Celebes sea and discover what lies beneath. Nestled at one of the most beautiful location in Sabah, its resort is designed to ensure that you get the a well deserved relaxing time by the beach.

8:00am – Breakfast at Bike and Tours B&B

8:45am – Land transfer from Lahad Datu to Semporna

12:00pm –Boat transfer from Semporna to Pom Pom Island.

1:30pm – Arrival in Pom Pom Island, lunch and check in.

Day 12; Pom Pom Island Celebes Beach Resort (B,L,D)

Enjoy the natural beauty of the island below and above the water.

Day 13; Pom Pom Island Celebes Beach Resort (B,L,D)

1:00pm – After lunch boat transfer from Pom Pom to Semporna. Land transfer from Semporna to Tawau Airport.

4:00pm – Expected arrival time at Tawau Airport

Pom Pom Island Celebes Beach Resort includes:

  • 2 nights in a Chalet
  • meals as stated;
  • transfers as stated
  • Tourist Tax and Jetty Fees

Package Does Not Include:

  • Activities
  • Drinks
  • Snorkeling equipment can be hired at a fee.
  • All airfares
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips, porter and other items not stated above.

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