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Borneo on a Shoestring



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11 Nights, from £1,295pp (based on 2 sharing) excl. flights The best of Borneo on a budget to explore Borneo’s beautiful wildlife, jungles, and beaches.

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This concise Borneo holiday is designed to offer you all the Borneo highlights in a simple package, or provide a starting point to extend, expand, upgrade and modify to make your Borneo adventure even more spectacular. Handpicked by our Borneo travel experts from personal experience, client feedback and up to date information from our local guides, this tour is assured to provide the basis for the most memorable tour to Borneo.

Start with a short stay in Kota Kinabalu to reset and recharge before heading deep into the rainforest. Cruise down the wildlife hotbed of the Kinabatangan River in search of Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants, Hornbills, Monitor lizards and elusive Orangutans. Visit the famous Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Finally, relax on the idyllic beaches of Gaya Island. Borneo Bliss!

Day 1: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Departure from the UK on an overnight flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2: Arrive Borneo

Continue on a short hop to Kota Kinabalu where you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to the Horizon Hotel.

Day 3: Kota Kinabalu City (B)

Enjoy a full day to explore the sights of Kota Kinabalu - ask us for details for day excursions here if you wish.

Day 4: Sepilok – Kinabatangan River – Abai (B,L,D)

Take a short flight to Sandakan where you will be met and taken to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Watch them at their feeding station and learn more about the centre's important work. Embark on a boat cruise to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary passing pristine mangrove forests and searching for wildlife. At dusk, head upriver in search of Proboscis Monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife and as night falls, witness the spectacular sight of glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Day 5: Pitas Lake – Abai Village (B,L,D)

Depart on an early morning wildlife spotting boat trip as the sun rises over the nearby Pitas Lake. Visit the nearby Abai Village to view a local tree planting project. Spend time with the villagers to learn about how the delicate balance of deforestation and progress affects their daily life.  As dusk falls head out on a cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife before it settles down for the day.

Day 6: Abai – Kinabatangan River – Sandakan – Sepilok (B, L)

Return to Sandakan and enjoy a visit to the markets before taking lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Sepilok MY Nature Resort.

Day 7: Sepilok Nature Reserve (B)

A full day at leisure to explore Sepilok, the Rainforest Discover Centre or visit the local Sun Bear Centre.

Day 8: Sepilok – Kota Kinabalu (B)

Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to the beautiful 5-star Gaya Island Resort.

Day 9 & 10: At leisure (B)

Enjoy two days at leisure to enjoy the facilities of this wonderful resort. Relax, enjoy the numerous water sports,  snorkel from the white sandy beach, take a SCUBA trip, or head back into the dense jungle island with the resort's naturist to meet their wild neighbours - monkeys, birds and reptiles.

Day 11: Departure (B)

Transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 12: Arrive UK

Our Price Includes:

  • Accommodation based on twin/double room inclusive of tax & service charges
  • Private round trip transfer airport/hotel/airport
  • Tours as stated with shared transport and guides
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Malaysia departure taxes
  • Services of Odyssey World’s local agents in Borneo

Our Price Excludes:

  • Any meals other than those specified
  • Return international flights from the UK & internal flight tickets &airport taxes
  • Visas (if required)
  • Anything not stated above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malaysia Tourism Tax (payable locally)
  • Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.


Prices vary according to season. Prices shown are per person based on two adults travelling in low season, sharing a twin/double room. Please ask us for the full itinerary and add-ons.

All itineraries shown can be amended to suit your personal requirements. To find out more, give us a call on 01453 883937 or email


  • Orangutans & Sun Bears at Sepilok Sanctuary
  • Kinabatangan River Cruises
  • Dawn till dusk wildlife spotting opportunities
  • Luxury island resort
  • City stay

Borneo Information

  • Capital City: Kota Kinabalu
  • Time Difference: GMT +8
  • Language: Malay and English
  • Fly with: Malaysia Airlines
  • Flight time: 12 hours
  • Best time to go: All year round
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Visa required: No

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