North Borneo Express & Sunset Cruise - 7 Days


REGION: Kota Kinabalu / Sandakan
DURATION: 7 Days 6 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Everyday (Pre-Book Needed)
PICK UP POINT: Kota Kinabalu International Airport
PICK UP TIME: Depends on Your Flight Arrival Time
DROP OFF POINT: Kota Kinabalu International Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Depends on Your Flight Departure Time
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

  • Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Tamparuli Town
  • Nabalu Handicraft Market
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kinabalu National Park
  • Witness the Majestic Sight of Mount Kinabalu
  • Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Treetop Walk
  • Sandakan City
  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River Cruise + Oxbow Lake 
  • Gomantong Cave 
  • North Borneo Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Airport & Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off Services


Added Benefits:

  • Escorted Tour
  • Overnight experience in nature, 700m above sea level at Sabah Tea Garden
  • Overnight experience in unique jungle lodge - Sukau Bilit

Special Inclusions:

  • 1-Way Overland Transfer (Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan)
  • 1-Way Domestic Flight (Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu)


Sample itinerary


Kopivosian! Welcome to Kota Kinabalu! 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. 

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.

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.

Meals : Dinner Accommodation : 4* Kota Kinabalu City Hotel


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. Thereafter, continue journey to Kinabalu National Park Headquaters, Malaysia's first World Heritage Site that offers mega bio-diversity of flora and fauna, a paradise for nature enthusiasts. 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. 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. 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.

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.


Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Sabah Tea Garden Cottage


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. 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 Orang Utan, leaf monkeys, gibbons, macaques or the newly discovered “Borneon 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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge


Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills at 6am. A morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River Ox-Bow 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 Ox-Bow Lake at an additional fee of MYR 80 per person and advance booking is required.)

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge


Early morning, check-out and depart for Gomantong cave 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. The nests of the swiflets are collected for the famous Chinese edible bird nest soup. Lunch in Sandakan city. Proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation 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 orang utan 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 orang utans at 2pm. After tour, transfer to Sandakan Airport for your flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Check in hotel. 
*Flight Inclusive - Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (ETD 18:10 Hrs / ETA 19:00 Hrs) OR Airasia AK6499 (ETD 18:20 Hrs / ETA 19:10 Hrs)


Meals : Breakfast / Lunch Accommodation : 4* Kota Kinabalu City Hotel


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. 

Transfer back to your Hotel.

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

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch Accommodation : 4* Kota Kinabalu City Hotel


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.

Meals : Breakfast

Meals 06 Breakfasts, 05 Lunches, 04 Dinners

1-Way Domestic Air Ticket (Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu), Airport & Hotel Pickup & Drop off, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Meals as Stated, English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees to Places of Interest, Return Boat Transfer, 06 Nights Accommodation.

Note: Domestic Air Ticket: Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (ETD 1810HRS / ETA 1900HRS) OR Airasia AK6499 (ETD 1820HRS / ETA 1910HRS) 


02 Nights Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge or Similar, 01 Night Sabah Tea Garden Cottage, 03 Nights 4 Star Kota Kinabalu Hotel inside KK City (or similar).

Exclusion Camera and Video Fees, Alcoholic Drinks, Personal Expenses, Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Good walking shoes
  • Light raincoat
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Sun hat
  • Binoculars
  • Torchlight
  • Camera
  • Leech socks (If you plan to do the Jungle Walk - optional chargeable)
  • Recommended Arrival Flight on Day 1 is before 1530 Hrs
  • Overland transfer from Kinabalu Park to Sandakan takes about 5 hours drive in our comfortable coach. There will be stops where you can refresh yourself and photo-taking opportunities.
  • Day 5 Flight Schedule from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (ETD 1810 HRS / ETA 1900HRS) OR Airasia AK6499 (ETD 1820HRS / ETA 1910HRS) .
  • Standard check-in and check-out times for most hotels & resorts are 1400Hrs & 1200Hrs. However, check-in & check-out times may vary depending on each accommodation. So kindly check with us to get accurate check-in & check-out times of your accommodation.
  • 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 USD 3 per room per night regardless of hotel star level.The TTx is to be paid upon check-in, excluding the International Climbing Package which is to be paid upon check-in. Malaysians or permanent residents residing in Malaysia are exempted from TTx and is required to present a valid identification upon check-in for the exemption.
  • Prices quoted are not inclusive of peak season surcharge.
  • 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.
  • You may bring a sweater along with you as it can get a wee bit chilly up in Kinabalu Park.