3D2N Danum Valley Field Centre - Nature Lover Experience (Budget)


REGION: Danum Valley, Sabah
DURATION: 3 Days 2 Nights
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Lahad Datu / Lahad Datu Airport
PICK UP TIME: 08:00 - 08:15 Hrs
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Lahad Datu / Lahad Datu Airport
DROP OFF TIME: 13:30 - 13:45 Hrs
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.


Step into the rainforest jungle of Danum Valley Field Centre, for the ultimate Borneo Experience!

If you are a keen naturalist or adventure-seeker and are content with the bare necessities of clean and comfortable facilities, Danum Valley Field Centre is for you!

Approximately 80 kilometres west from Lahad Datu on Sabah’s east coast, the field centre is accessible by road and the journey takes at least two hours. It is the habitual grounds to over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians living relatively untouched. The hot and humid jungle teems with a variety of towering tropical trees, lingering lianas, exotic orchids, and overhanging epiphytes.

Take this opportunity to feed your curiosity and immerse yourself in a variety of activities for that quintessential Bornean experience! Start your day right with an early morning trek to spot wildlife, take a dip in the river beach to escape the midday heat, or trek your way up to Bukit Atur to catch one of Borneo’s best sunrises! For the adventurous, you may opt for the longer hiking trails. And for the night owls, nightly walks and drives may suit your fancy for a chance to spot some nocturnal wildlife. For something a little more on the leisurely side, the dining hall veranda is a welcome retreat to unwind and observe the wildlife passing by.

Check-in Time: 1130hrs     
Check-out Time: 1030hrs



  • Twin Bed
  • Attached Bathroom with Heated Shower
  • Air Conditioned
  • Pillow, Blanket, Towel, Soap & Tissue
  • Refrigerator
  • Cupboard
  • Sofa
  • Working Table


  • Twin Bed
  • Attached Bathroom with Heated Shower
  • Air Conditioned
  • Pillow, Blanket, Towel, Soap & Tissue
  • Working Table


  • Twin Bed
  • Attached Bathroom with Heated Shower
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Pillow, Blanket, Towel, Soap & Tissue
  • Cupboard
  • Working Table


  • Dormitory Bunk Beds (48 Male ; 48 Female)
  • Common Bathroom
  • Wall Fan
  • Pillow, Blanket & Towel

Malaysian home-style Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Buffets are served at the dining hall. Vegetarian options are provided upon request.

Complimentary coffee and tea are available all day at the dining hall.

  • Breakfast: 0700 hrs – 0800 hrs
  • Lunch: 1200 hrs – 1300 hrs
  • Dinner: 1900 hrs – 2000 hrs


  • ON: 0700 HRS
  • OFF: 2300 HRS

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Lahad Datu / Danum Valley Field Centre / Night Drive

Depart from Lahad Datu Hotels / Airport by 08:30 Hrs and proceed 2 ½ hours overland journey to Danum Valley Conservation Area. Enjoy the changing landscapes of the regenerating forests to the pristine 130-million-year-old tropical rainforest of Borneo!

Upon arrival, register at DVCA Reception & Information Building and check-in after briefing by DVFC staff. Enjoy your lunch provided at the dining hall.

After lunch, have a chat with your nature guide to plan your days at DVFC. Relax or take your power nap before going on a mid-afternoon walk around the centre as an introduction to the tropical rainforest. The area surrounding the center is teeming with wildlife and it is not uncommon for you to spot resident orang utan, red leaf monkey, sambar deer, wild boar, hornbills, and other species.

At 19:00 Hrs, return to the centre before sundown and enjoy your dinner.

After dinner, venture into the forest on a 4x4 night drive to spot nocturnal wildlife (if weather permits).

Overnight at Danum Valley Field Centre, Danum Valley.

Meals : Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC)

Day 2 - Nature & Wildlife Observation / Night Jungle Walk

Wake up early for morning nature and wildlife observation with your nature guide at 06:00 Hrs to experience the pristine ambience of the rainforest as it has been for millions of years.

Return to the centre for your hearty breakfast, and afterwards, embark on a trail in the area if you wish.

Spend late morning unwinding before lunch. After lunch, head off for another trek – there are various trails available near the centre, as well as longer, more challenging trails. Your nature guide will have to determine your fitness level before engaging you on a long hike.

Return to the centre in late evening, just in time to watch the sky change colour as the daylight fades. After dinner, embark on a night walk with your nature guide in search of nocturnal wildlife (if weather permits).

Overnight at Danum Valley Field Centre, Danum Valley 

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC)

Day 3 - Hike To Bukit Atur / Danum Valley / Lahad Datu

Wake up as early as 04:30 Hrs for a 4x4 drive to Bukit Atur and be among the first to greet the first ray of the sun as it touches the valley (if weather permits) or rise at 06:00 Hrs for another morning walk with your nature guide.

Return to the center for your hearty breakfast, and afterwards, rest or embark on a trail nearby the centre.

Pack your belongings for check out time at 10:30 Hrs, depart DVFC for your onward travel to Lahad Datu.

Meals : Breakfast

Meals 02 Breakfast, 02 Lunch, and 02 Dinner
Accommodation 02 Nights at Danum Valley Field Center (DVFC)
Includes Scheduled Return Land Transfer (09:30 Hrs LDU/DVFC on arrival day & 10:30 Hrs DVFC/LDU on Departure day), Conservation Fee, Entrance fee, 01 Night Drive, 01 Sunrise Drive, Trekking Activities as per itinerary with accompanying Forest Ranger-cum-Radioman / English-Speaking Nature Tour Guide
Excludes Flight Tickets, Air Freight Charges, Camera/Video Fee, Travel Insurance, Personal Travel Insurance, Personal expenses, Peak Season Surcharge (if any), Any Items / activities Not Mentioned
  • Raincoat
  • Cap/Hat
  • Insect Repellent 
  • Good Trekking Shoes or Boots
  • Socks
  • Leech Socks (available for sale)
  • Head Torch or Torch Light
  • Comfortable T-Shirts (long sleeves and quick-dry recommended)
  • Outdoor Pants (long, quick-dry and earthy colours recommended)
  • Dry Bags (to keep your things dry)
  • Swimwear
  • Binoculars
  • Camera (for non-commercial use only)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Personal Toiletries and Medications
  • Please note that the itinerary provided in the DVFC packages serves as a sample, and you are encouraged to customize the activities after consulting with your nature guide upon arrival.
  • Please ensure you are holding an air ticket to Lahad Datu.
  • Cell phone coverage is available but limited depending on weather conditions and satellite function. Be prepared to have no coverage for some of your stay.
  • DVFC electricity is powered by generators. The generators will shut down from 23:00 - 07:00 hrs. Battery-powered lamps are provided in each room but you may wish to bring your own torchlight.
  • Effective as of 1st September 2017, the Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia will be implementing a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX). Foreign tourists will be required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night regardless of accommodation star level. The TTx is to be paid upon check-in. Malaysians or permanent residents residing in Malaysia are exempted from TTx and are required to present valid identification upon check-in for the exemption.
  • Recommended flights from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu: Malaysia Airlines MH3012 (ETD 0720hrs / ETA 0815hrs)
    Recommended flights from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines MH3017 (ETD 1455hrs / ETA 1550hrs)
  • The above flight timings are suggestions and subject to changes. Please always check with the airline schedules for the flight times most suited to your needs.
  • A permit is required for any photos and videos taken for commercial use. This must be arranged prior to your trip.
  • Danum Valley Field Centre is a no-fly zone.  If you wish to fly a drone, you must apply for a permit at least 2 months prior to your trip.
  • The power outlets at the centre are all UK 3-pin sockets. For electronics and appliances that do not have UK 3-pin plugs, you may wish to bring your own power adapters.
  • This package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle. Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee. Please inform us when making the bookings.
  • Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours does not guarantee wildlife sightings.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • This package is exclusively for budget travellers who love nature. Please expect all facilities in DVFC to be very basic in comparison to Borneo Rainforest Lodge. 
  • Before departing from Lahad Datu, you may ask your driver to bring you to a local shop to buy "adidas kampung" (rubber trekking shoes) – the recommended shoes for trekking through Borneo tropical rainforest.