DS05 - 7D6N North Borneo Express & Sunset Cruise

7D6N North Borneo Express
& Sunset Cruise

Borneo’s worthwhile adventure in one destination

Introduction

Indulge in a chance to hop on board the first-of-its-kind premier dining cruise experience in Sabah, North Borneo Cruises, for spectacular views of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) and Kota Kinabalu's Waterfront. Experience the vibrant local going-ons in Tamparuli town and grab a few trickets or fresh fruit before visiting Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, have yourself a relaxing dip into the Poring Hot Springs, and warm your soul with some freshly brewed Sabah Tea. Sightseeing is a breeze when done from the comfort of a River Cruise along the Kinabatangan River. Get in touch with our hairy brethren, the Orang Utan, at the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary or get to know the ethnic people of Sabah at the Mari mari Cultural Village.

  • 7-Day Itinerary
  • Starts in Kota Kinabalu City & ends in Lahad Datu Town.
  • Standard Service Level
  • Affordable Tourist-Class accommodation & comfortable transport.
  • Grade : Leisure - Suitable for any fitness level.
  • Tour Type : Couples, family or big group.
  • Average Group : Maximum of 20 Pax per group.

What's Included

All transport between activities to activities & destinations, Professional Guide throughout the tour, meals according to tour booked & comfortable accomodation, cross bridges, canopy walkway visit, Sabah Tea Garden factory visit, access to hotspring area, morning & evening rivercruise sessions, visit Orangutan Sanctuary & lastly cultural village visits.


Tour Highlights

  • Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Tamparuli Town
  • Nabalu Handicraft Market
  • World Heritage Site (Kinabalu Park)
  • Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Treetop Walk
  • Sandakan City
  • Sepilok Orangutan
  • Gomantong Caves
  • North Borneo Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise
7D6N North Borneo Express & Sunset Cruise
Day 01 D

Kota Kinabalu + North Borneo Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise

On arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will be transferred to your tour hotel by our airport shuttle. The timing will be based on your flight arrival time.

KKIA - KK Hotel Van 15 mins 7.8km

We will pick you up from your hotel. Start your tropical evening on the North Borneo Cruise at Sutera Marina Jetty. Get ready to become acquainted with the charms of Kota Kinabalu on a whole new level.

KK Hotel - Marina Office Van 10 mins 3.5km

All aboard! Your evening unfolds along the sultry sun-tinged South China Sea, cruising pass the islands and water villages that dot Sabah’s west coast. You are free to wander around the vessel. Panoramic ocean views, warmth of the setting sun and gentle sea breeze grace the upper-deck while a live band serenades the ethnic themed air-conditioned restaurant below with acoustic favorites. Dinner will be served buffet style. Time to sink your teeth into Sabah’s most sought after culinary experience.

As the sun sets and the stars come out, Kota Kinabalu’s coastline now comes alive with dazzling city night lights. The North Borneo Cruise will glide across the Waterfront as you indulge in dessert or your next glass of wine. Around evening 19:00 Hrs, your rendezvous at sea comes to an end. You will disembark from the cruise at the Sutera Marina Jetty and transfer back to your hotel.

Marina Office - KK Hotel Van 10 mins 3.5km

Day 02 B / L / D

Tamparuli Town + Nabalu + Kinabalu Park + Poring Hot Spring + Sabah Tea Garden

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and take a leisurely drive through scenic countryside and across mountainous Crocker Range to Tamparuli Town. Visit Historical Wooden Shop houses of olden days and walk across the “Jambatan Tamparuli”, a suspension bridge which is the famous landmark in that small town to get a feel of kampong lifestyle. Along the way, take a brief stop at Nabalu, a place where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs.

KK Hotel - Tamparuli Van 1 hour 35km

Tamparuli - Nabalu Town Van 50 mins 40km

On arrival at Kinabalu Park, you will notice the drop in air temperature. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for a walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden. Visit the Exhibition Hall and then proceed to the view point for a panoramic view of the surrounding lush landscape and Mount Kinabalu, rising majestically into the sky at 4095m, which often shrouded in mists and clouds.

Nabalu Town - Kinabalu Park HQ Van 20 mins 13.1km

After lunch, rejuvenate your body and mind at the Poring Hot Springs, a natural health spa where you can relax in open-air Japanese-style hot sulphuric water tubs set amidst a tropical rainforest setting. There are few private huts for rental, where you can enjoy your private bath. For a close look at nature, take to the 41m high Canopy Walkway which offers spectacular views of the lush Borneo rainforest. After a relaxing soak, transfer to Sabah Tea Garden and check into your accommodation.

Kinabalu Park HQ - Poring Hotspring Van 1 hour 42km

Poring Hotspring - Sabah Tea Garden Van 45 mins 22.1km

You will spend the night in a charming cottage set amidst the 2,408 tea estate, 700m above sea level in the rainforest foothills of Mount Kinabalu. Bask in splendid isolation as sunset hour begins to roll out right at your doorstep, with the majestic mountain as the backdrop. You are free to explore the park at leisure.

Overnight in the Sabah Tea Garden Cottage.

Day 03 B / L / D

Sabah Tea Factory & Plantation Tour / Sandakan / Sukau Bilit

You will wake up to a misty morning ushering in views of sun-draped Mount Kinabalu. Birds chirp away while low-hanging clouds blanket the valleys. Take a walk around the tea estate or simply chill in your private balcony. After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of the plantation and factory which will shed light on delightful and interesting facts on organic pesticide-free tea cultivation, harvesting, processing, packaging, and brewing. As birds chirp away in the distance, indulge in the cool mountain breeze with surrounding rainforests beckoning your gaze.

Depart for your overland transfer to Sandakan. Journey to Sukau will pass by oil palm plantations and rustic countryside studded with villages.

Sabah Tea Garden - Sukau Bilit Resort Van 4 hours 30 mins 229km

Arrive at Kampung Bilit, Sukau jetty. Take a short boat transfer to Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge. Time for orientation briefing, a welcome drink and check in. Lunch will be provided in the lodge restaurant. In late afternoon, take a river cruise in search of endemic proboscis monkeys, different species of birds & other wildlife along the river bank. One may also catch a glimpse of a wild Orangutan, leaf monkeys, gibbons, macaques or the newly discovered “Bornean Pgymy Elephants”. Return for hot shower and buffet dinner. After dinner, you can go for a complimentary night safari cruise where you can spot nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Day 04 B / L / D

Kinabatangan River Oxbow Lake Cruise

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills at 6am. A morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River Oxbow Lake for bird watching. Experience the wilderness of Borneo. Cruise back for late breakfast. Free at leisure. Afternoon lunch will be served at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge restaurant. At 1600hrs, take another river cruise in the late afternoon to see more wildlife along the Sukau Kinabatangan River Bank.

(You may have the option to include Jungle-Trekking at Oxbow Lake at an additional fee of MYR 80 per person and advance booking is required.)

Day 05 B / L

Gomantong Caves + Sepilok Orangutan Centre + Sandakan + Kota Kinabalu

Early morning, check-out and depart for Gomantong Caves located within the Gomantong forest reserve. Upon arrival, short walk on the plank walk to the cave. Explore the largest bird's nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiflets.

Sukau Bilit Resort - Gomantong Caves Van 40 mins 23.5km

Lunch in Sandakan city. Proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve for video show. Visit the Nature Education Centre and watch the video documentary show to learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned orangutan before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to view the feeding platform. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plank walks to witness the feeding of the orangutans at 2pm.

Gomantong Caves - Sepilok Orangutan Centre Van 1 hour 43 mins 91.4km

After tour, transfer to Sandakan Airport for your flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Check in hotel.

Sepilok Orangutan Centre - Sandakan Airport Van 30 mins 16.9km

*Flight Inclusive - Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (ETD 18:10 Hrs / ETA 19:00 Hrs) OR Airasia AK6499 (ETD 18:20 Hrs / ETA 19:10 Hrs)

Sandakan Airport - KKIA Flight 40 mins

Day 06 B / L

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Meet our representative and fellow passengers for a short briefing about the tour expectations. The journey will take you to long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and overarched by wild blue skies. Teleport back to the ancient time of Borneo through the magical display of unique ingenious architecture, simulated lives and ritualistic ceremonies. You will be ushered in to the warmth of different homes of the ethnicities of Sabah to get acquainted with each village tribe and experience their rich culture as if they were alive! Sample Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group such as the Montoku (rice wine) and witness bamboo cooking. Have fun and enjoy the cultural show performance by the tribes before proceeding for a delectable traditional lunch.

KK Hotel - MMCV Van 40 mins 18.5km

Transfer back to your Hotel.

Free and Easy to discover charms of KK city on your own after Mari Mari Cultural Village tour.

MMCV - KK Hotel Van 40 mins 18.5km

Day 07 B

Depart Kota Kinabalu (or Extend Tour)

Sadly your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Bid farewell to Kota Kinabalu as you will be transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your flight back to your next destination. The timing will be based on your flight departure time.

KK Hotel - KKIA Van 15 mins 7.8km

Dossier Disclaimer

Amazing Borneo Tours has taken great care in compiling this Tour Itineraries document and all information is provided in good faith. The information provided is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured at time of print is considered as correct at that time. Our main focus is to provide you with an unforgettable experience yet changes may occur due to unforeseen circumstances like climate changes, political turbulence or improvement due to client input or research by ourselves.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Tour Itineraries to be reviewed before departure in case of any changes that may affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

It is our intention to adhere to the route as published on our website and in or Tour Itineraries. There is though a certain amount of flexibility build into our itinerary and on occasion it might be necessary or desirable to make alteration. Our published itinerary is brief, as we don't always know where our journey will take us. Our travel style and the regions we visit can be unpredictable, which might force us to make changes to the route. The Tour Itinerary is a general guide for the tour and regions and any mentioning of specific destinations, wildlife or activities cannot be guaranteed to be visited or encountered. Travel times are approximate and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes


Group Leader Description

Throughout your tour with Amazing Borneo tours you are accompanied by professional guide who are a registered & a licensed tour guide in Malaysia. To make your travel more at eased, they are equiped with first aid emergency responce, assist you on your accomodation, transportation, meals & tour arrangements. They are a ready walking encylopedia for you to storm your interest on Sabah's culture, tradition, history, political, sosio-aspect, religion, race, celebration, flora & fauna & etc.

Group Size Notes

Max 20 pax


Meals Included

6 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinner

Meals

It is important to eat regular meals to ensure your body gets the energy it needs to go for day to day activities. During the 10 days trip, be prepared experience variety of local cuisine from desserts, to the wild vege of borneo, to the traditional local meal and if it's your lucky day, u might even get to try some of the exotic cuisine such as "Bbq Wildboar" or the famous pickles ""hinava", "tuhau" or "bambangan" that may be available during your tour.


Transport

Comfortable van & coach. Boat for islands & river cruise. Walk or hike.

Domestic Flights

All local flights will be arranged by Amazing Borneo Tours provided that we have all the necessary information of your passport to process for your flight tickets. Internal flight tickets will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We take pleasure in attending to solo travellers who wish to join with other travellers and share the transportation & accomodation at fair price. Single travellers will be paired with another solo traveller with the same sex throughout the tour. Some may arrange for their own privacy for accomodation which can also be arranged at a single trip price.


Accommodation

Hotels/Guesthouses & jungle lodge.

My Own Room Exceptions

If you have booked for "My Own Room" option throughout your tour, you will received your own single accomodation for all night stops.

About Accommodation

The accomodation used on this tour will vary greatly from place to place. Unlike what you used to back home, some may just be a very simple guesthouse/hotels. Some nights will be spent in twin or triple-share hotels, other nights in cool and quirky hostels in multi-share dorms. The accomodation used will be clean, comfortable and in a good location. There are times way there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accomodation is in short supply, especially during peak seasons.


Joining Instructions

If you have arranged in advanced for your arrival transfer in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will be welcome by our local tourist guide waiting for you at the gate with a paging board. There will be three different arrival gates you may encounter, either International, Domestic (within Malaysia), Domestic (within Sabah Only). Please wait at your arrival gate for our tourist guide to meet & greet you. In case if you are not able to locate our representative, you may directly call our Local Support Line +60128641009.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities will be commencing for that day other then your welcoming meeting. So you may arrive at any time of the day.

Arrival Complications

We don't wish for your to have any problems, or complications for your booked tour but if by any reasons that you are unable to commence your tour as scheduled, do contact your Local Tourist Guide the soonest possible so that they may assist you with the issue. If by any chance that you are not able to reach the Local Tourist Guide, you may also direct with our Support HotLine +60128641009 or your Tour Consultant for assistance.

Emergency Contact

If there is unexpected situation or problems occur that you are in need to contact us, do directly contact our Support Team Hotline. Should they be any complications to reach the hotline number given, you may also contact directly with your Tour Consultant.

AIRPORT TRANSFER
If you have purchased domestic flight through Amazing Borneo Tours, the transfer is included in the cost of your tour.

Should there be any changes of your flight schedule within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, you are advised to update with your tour consultant. We will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer as best as we could. Our Tourist Guide will be meeting you at the arrival hall. Any delays more than 30minutes after you have exited the arrival hall, please contact with our Support Team Hotline.

Support Team Hotline
(+60) 128641009
(+60) 172701099


1. SAFETY & SECURITY

Malaysia is genereally very safe, even more so in a group. Reasonable precaution is advised; do not bring valuable jewellery or watches (even fakes can catch the eye of a thief), do not walk by yourself at night, heed your tour guuide's advice and always keep an eye and a hand on your camera and bags in public places. Amazing Borneo Tours cannot accept responsibility for any valuables left in safe deposits in hotels or in our vehicles.

2. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Malaysia's Public Holidays is subject to it's own calender year. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced by the Malaysian Government, so please check back regularly for updates.

3. ACCOMODATION

It is important to note that that accomodation in Borneo tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may travelled in. It will vary from place to place. There will be some nights where you will have to spent in twin or triple-share hotels, other nights in cool and quirky guesthouse or of a lower standard than normal.

4. RAMADAN

Ramadan, a month-long festival, falls in the ninth month of the month of the islamic calendar and last 29-30 days. Muslims fast every day for its duration and most restaurants will be closed until the fast breaks at dusk. Nothing (including water and cigarettes) is supposed to pass through the lips from dawn to sunset. Non-muslims are exempt from this, but should still refrain from eating or drinking in public as this is considered very impolite. Working hours are decreased as well in corporate world. Exact date of Ramadan depend on local astronomical observations and may vary somewhat from country to country. Ramadan concludes with the Festival of Eid- al-Fitr, which may last several days, usually three in most countries.

What to Bring

Pack only what is necessary for the tour as you will be on the move for each daily tour. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-size suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essentials for your convenience during the trekking other than for carrying daily items. It will be at your own responsible to carry your own luggage. You are to be prepared to carry your own luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels when elevators, bellboy or porters are not available.

Checklist

Essential Items:
  • Headlamp (Compulsory)
  • Poncho
  • Medicinal Items (Diarrhoea remedy, pain killers, travel sickness tablets & etc.)
  • Suitable Footwear (Trekking or running shoes with good grip)
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Double zip-lock plastic for waterproofing
  • Daypack (Used for daily tour excursions)
  • Small Travel Towel
  • Waterproof Backpack with Cover
  • Jacket / Wind breaker
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes / Sandals
  • Universal Adapter
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Hat / Cap
  • Binoculars
  • Camera (Extra Memory Card)
  • Cash, Credit or Debit Card
  • Mouth Mask
Documents:-
  • Flight Info (Required) (Printout of e-tickets may be required)
  • Insurance Info (Required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (Required) (With photocopies)
Conservative Dress:
* Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulder (long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulder)

Additional Info


Optional Activities

Night Cruise or Jungle Trekking


Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your Tourist Guide where the closest laundromat is. There are some guesthouse do not have laundry facilities. You may do or have to do your own laundry from time to time.


Visas and Entry Requirements

According to Malaysia's Immigrations Department, a visitor should fulfill the following requirements to enter Malaysia:

  1. Valid Passport or Travel Document (At least 6 months validity)
  2. Valid Visa
  3. Valid Return Travel Ticket and Suffiecient Funds
  4. Not Classified as a Prohibited Person
  5. Completion of the Arrival/Departure card

VALID VISA
Foreign nationals who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a Visa in advance at Malaysian Representative Office before entering the country.

A visa is and endorsement in a passport or other recognized travel document of foreigner indicating that the holder has applied for permission to enter Malaysia and that permission has been granted.

Foreign national who require a Visa to enter Malaysia must apply and obtain a VIsa in advance at any Malaysian Representative Office abroad before entering the country.

Visa which has been granted is not absolute guarantee that the holder will be allowed to enter Malaysia. The final decision lies with the Immigration Officer at the entry point.


Spending Money

Malaysia uses the Ringgit Malaysia. There are no 1 and 2 cent coins in Malaysia, so expect your prices is rounded up or down a tiny bit. You will find cash machines in most of the city & town areas, but it is advised to keep some cash with you in case of emergency, optional activities, tipping or unexpected situations. Some remote areas may not have such facilities to obtain or change money.

Emergency Fund

It can be difficult to obtain cash or find money changer at remote areas, so please ensure you obtain enough cash to cover some meal that are not included in the tour as well as for any optional excursions before you travel. Local operators do not accept any notes that are marked or torned and you may have difficulty exchanging these notes elsewhere in Malaysia. So, please check your cash carefully at the point of purchase. While bank cards provide a very good way to access funds overall, it is not recommended to rely on them as your sole source of funds as cash machines do not always work and may not be available in remote locations. We recommend to prepare atleast RM100 daily cash for emergency purpose.

Tipping

In Malaysia, tips are not expected, not even in restaurants as service is always included. If you feel you have received excellent service or someone really has gone out of their way to help you, feel free to tip - the recipient is normally pleased. But if your tip is declined, don't push it.


Health

No pre-existing medical conditions or disability exist which may prevent active participation in the tour. Persons suffering from medical conditions or disabilities will contact us before making a booking to discuss requirements.

The person making the booking confirms that he/she has full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. The person confirms that he/she is at least 18 years old and has full authority to enter into a contract.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory if you travel with us. We strongly advise comprehensive insurance that will cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and lost of luggage and personal effects. Depending on the reason for the cancellation, you may be able to reclaim the cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Cancellation charges in excess of the amount already paid to us by the time of cancellation, applies only to the booking at that time and cannot be transferred or added on to as a part paryment for another booking. We reseve the right to waive cancellation fees in case of family emergencies. We should be notified immediately if this is the case by telephone as well as in writing.


A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking Marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towrads everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. the exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our Tourist Guide has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Local Dress

Malaysia is hot and humid, so you need to dress comfortably. It's a modern nation with a mix of ethnic groups and religions. Majority Muslim, with Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Christian and Sikh -- all of whom have their own acceptable dress standards for men and women.

There is no specific dress code for visitors in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

You'll see Malaysian women wearing a scarf or veil over their hair, some wearing loose clothing that covers them entirely, as well as women in skirts, fitted tops and heels.

Wearing T-shirts or short-sleeve shirts with long pants, calf-length dresses that also cover your shoulders or skirts that drop below the knee will help you minimise sunburn, keep cool and feel culturally comfortable. If visiting mosques and temples (Hindu & Sikh), you may be required to wear a scarf over your hair and wear a long skirt instead of pants. Places of worship popular with tourists, such as Kota Kinabalu State Mosque & City Mosque may have "robes" for tourist to rent or lend.

Remember, too, many places of worship require visitors to remove their footwear, so wear shoes that slip on and off easily.