Sabah at its best (10D9N)

Danum Valley, Kinabatangan River, Sepilok and Lankayan



Itinerary: Sabah at its best
Duration: 10Days / 9Nights



Day 1; Arrival in Lahad Datu (D)

Meet and greet at the Airport in Lahad Datu. Transfer to the Accommodation. Check-in to Bike and Tours B&B.

Bike and Tours B&B includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a double room
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast

Day 2; Danum Valley Field Center (B,L,D)
(about 30km)

After Breakfast transfer from Lahad Datu to Silam Mountain in the morning. Cycle from Silam Mountain to Taliwas. About 30km on sealed and well-maintained gravel road. Stop in Taliwas for a dip at the Taliwas River while Bike and Tours Team prepares lunch for you to enjoy by the riverside.

3:00pm – land transfer from Taliwas to Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC). Arrive at DVFC, check in and free and easy.

7:00pm – Dinner and guided night walk.


Day 3; Danum Valley Field Center (B,L,D)

5:30am An early start to witness the beauty of the jungle at the tree platform with your guide. Optional: Pre-arrange for a 4X4 drive to Bukit Atur to view the sunrise from a top of a canopy of trees. Do inform your guide in advance if you are interested in this activity –this optional activity is at your own expense.

Return to the center for breakfast and trek to the Tembaling Waterfall or Burial Cave. Enjoy your packed lunch. After trekking you can go to the Segama Beach River for a dip. In the late afternoon go for another trekking session to watch the sunset.

Dinner and Guided night walk.


Day 4; Bike and Tours B&B (B,L,D)
(about 43km)

6.00am – Breakfast. Bid farewell to the rainforest in style. Cycle from DVFC to Taliwas. This is about 43km ride on well-maintained gravel road. The road here would be slightly more challenging with a few uphills compared to the 30km ride to Taliwas a few days ago. Stop at Taliwas for a dip in the river. Land transfer to Lahad Datu for lunch. Overnight in 1 standard double room at Bike and Tours B&B in Lahad Datu.

Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC) package includes:

  • 2 nights Standard accommodation at DFVC
  • Meals as stated
  • Activities as stated
  • Transfers as stated
  • Nature Guide
  • Tourism Tax

Not included:

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


Bike and Tours B&B includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a double room
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast


Day 5; Kinabatangan Wetland Resort (B,L,D)

After breakfast, check out from Bike and Tours B&B. Land Transfer to Sukau. In Sukau you board the boat for a 1.5 hours cruise downstream to Abai. After arrival you enjoy your lunch and check in to your chalet.

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.

4.00pm – 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.

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 6; 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.

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

9.30pm – Return to the lodge and fall asleep to the sounds of the forest


Day 7; Sepilok Forest Edge Resort (B/D)

After breakfast, check out from KWR and board the boat for the transfer to Sandakan. 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.

Land Transfer from Sandakan to the Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. Check in to Sepilok Forest Edge. Self-discovery tour to 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

Kinabatangan Wetland Resort Package includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation at Kinabatangan Wetland Resort Meals as stated
  • Meals as stated
  • Activities as stated
  • 1 night walk,
  • 4 river cruise on the Kinabatangan River
  • Land and boat transfers as stated
  • Nature Guide
  • Tourism Tax

Sepilok Forest Edge includes:

  • 1 night accommodation at Sepilok Forest Edge (1 twin/double sharing room)
  • Meals as stated
  • Tourist Tax

Not included:

  • Entrance fees and camera fees at the Orangutan and Sun Bear Conservation Centers


Tag 8; Lankayan Island Resort (B/L/D)

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 luxury, comfort and relaxation you deserve!

8.30am You order a Taxi and land transfer to from Sepilok to the PSR Jetty (next to Sandakan Town POST office). The boat to Lankayan departs at 10.00am. Check in at your Chalet at 1.00pm.


Day 9; Lankayan Island (B/L/D)

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


Tag 10; Lankayan Island (B)

7.00 Boat transfer to Sandakan und land transfer to the Airport.


Lankayan Island Package includes:

  • 2 nights at a Chalet
  • Meals as stated
  • Transfer as stated
  • Tourist Tax


Package Does Not Include:

  • Activities.
  • Snorkeling equipment can be hired at a fee.
  • All airfares
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips



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