Sabah Unveiled - 12 Days


REGION: Kota Kinabalu / Sandakan / Lahad Datu / Danum Valley
DURATION: 12 Days 11 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: Sandakan 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

  • Danum Valley 
  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • Selingan Turtle Island 
  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre 
  • Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River Cruise 
  • Oxbow Lake 
  • Gomantong Cave 
  • Sandakan City Tour (optional tour)
  • Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge 
  • Kinabalu Park UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Walk 
  • Kiulu White Water Rafting 
  • Cultural Village 
  • Fun Boat Snorkelling & Island Visit
  • SeaTango Sunset Cruise
  • Rumah Terbalik / Upside Down House (Pitstop for those who wish to enter at your own expenses)

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu (Arrival)

Kopivosian! Welcome to Kota Kinabalu! On arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (advisable to arrive after 1200 hrs), you will be transferred to your tour hotel by our airport shuttle. The timing will be based on your flight arrival time. This afternoon is yours to relax and settle in. Later, meet our representative and fellow passengers for a short briefing about the tour expectations.

Meals : Accommodation : The LUMA Hotel (or similar 4-star hotel)

Day 2 - Tamparuli Town / Nabalu / Kinabalu National Park / Poring Hot Spring / Canopy Walk / Seafood Dinner

En route to Kinabalu National Park, anticipate a quick stop at Tamparuli, a charming small-town with architectural heritage and quaint old wooden shop-houses. Another 1 ½ hour scenic drive through a landscape of mountainous roads winding along the Crocker range leads to Nabalu Market

Arrive at Nabalu Market, where the native residents gather to sell local produce such as hand-crafted souvenirs, home-grown vegetables and fruits. Mingle with the locals and don’t forget to capture some good shots of Mount Kinabalu from the viewing platform!

The temperature cools on arrival in Kinabalu Park. Enjoy the breeze as you get to know the blossoms of Borneo along the trails of the Botanical Garden. If the day is clear, you may even spot a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the New Guinea and Himalaya. Kinabalu Park boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports a whooping 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies.

Depart for another interesting wonder, the Poring Hot Spring. At approximately 47 kilometers from Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring got its name from the tall bamboo plant that is abundant in that area. At this natural hot spring that is believed to have curative powers, soak your senses in sulfur-rich waters.

For a magnificent view of the rainforest, the canopy walk, suspended 43 meters above the lush tropical jungle of Borneo holds a length of 157 meters that will give you plenty of time to take in all the beauty it has to offer. A 30 minute hike is all it takes to witness the natural wonder.

Depart back to Kota Kinabalu City for a sumptuous seafood dinner.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : The LUMA Hotel (or similar 4-star hotel)

Day 3 - Fun Boat Snorkeling & Island Visit

After breakfast, pick up from hotel lobby and depart to jetty for a day in the sun!

Upon arrival at the jetty, hop on to the boat and you will be whisked off for a 20 minutes ride to the first snorkeling point at the cluster of Islands that make up Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.  Commence your Snorkeling boat session, accompanied by our experienced Dive Master.

Proceed to the next Snorkeling point, for a chance to spot more exotic sea life in the beautiful Marine park. Spend a designated time snorkeling.

All the fun and relaxation will work up an appetite.Upon completion of the second snorkeling session, transfer to Gaya island for lunch. Thereafter, free and easy to relax on golden shores, bask in the sunshine to earn that suntan or explore the short forest trail on your own. If you haven’t got enough of the life in the deep blue sea, snorkel from the shores to say hello to the colorful parade of fishes that reign the underwater world. For those who love an adrenaline rush, jump on the flying fox and zipline between two islands!

In the mid afternoon, pack up and take the boat transfer back to mainland, and drop off back at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch Accommodation : The LUMA Hotel (or similar 4-star hotel)

Day 4 - Kiulu Fun Tour (White Water Rafting Grade 1-2 & Hawun Valley)

Good morning! Our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby for a scenic 1.5-hour drive through charming countryside vistas.

Your first stop is Tamparuli Town. Stroll across the historic suspension bridge and immerse yourself in the local Dusun culture with captivating music and dance performances at the bridge's entrance. Before leaving, make sure to try Tuaran Noodle, a popular local delicacy.

The next destination is Kiulu Town where you can cool off in the refreshing river waters and soak in the natural beauty during the River Fun Play (subject to weather and river conditions).

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling 4WD ride en route to Hawun Valley. Navigate dirt tracks and be awestruck by the breathtaking birds-eye view of Kiulu, set against the majestic backdrop of Mount Kinabalu (weather conditions permitting).

Savour a delectable local lunch before gearing up for an exhilarating encounter with the rapids with Kiulu White Water Rafting. Experience the adrenaline rush as you conquer The Wall Rapid and Holy Smoke Rapid. For the truly adventurous, try Body Rafting and feel the raw power of the river as you journey through the rapids.

After your exhilarating adventure, unwind with a sumptuous hi-tea by the tranquil Kiulu River.

Finally, bid farewell to the Kiulu River and transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Hi-tea Accommodation : The LUMA Hotel (or similar 4-star hotel)

Day 5 - Mari Mari Cultural Village / North Borneo Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise

Meet at hotel lobby.

Proceed to Mari Mari Cultural Village, located 25 minutes away from the city. The journey will take you to long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and overarched by wild blue skies. Upon arrival at the entrance of the village, teleport back to the times of ancient 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. Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer you a truly genuine experience seeing everything in and around the village.

Check out the little demonstration huts in the village where daily routines of traditional Sabahan life come alive. Grab the chance to see blowpipe-making demonstration, fire-starting demonstration using bamboo, tattoo-making demonstration, and get an in-depth look at the mystical symbolisms behind them.

You will get a chance to witness the demonstration of cutting tree harks into making a vest and a chance to dance and jump for “prize” on a built-in Lansaran, a traditional trampoline-like floor. Also get a chance to 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 meal. 

Thereafter, return to Kota Kinabalu for a leisure afternoon.

Your tropical evening on the North Borneo Cruise begins 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.

Your rendezvous at sea comes to an end. You will disembark from the cruise at the Sutera Marina Jetty you will be transfered back to your hotel.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : The LUMA Hotel (or similar 4-star hotel)

Day 6 - Kota Kinabalu / Rainforest Discovery Center OR Gomantong Cave / Sandakan City Hotel

Good morning! Prepare for your flight to Sandakan. You may arrange an early breakfast with the hotel a day before or during check-in (subject to availability). 

Board your flight, and you are on your way to Sandakan, the gateway to wildlife wonders.

Meet and pick up at Sandakan Airport. You will be taken for a walk surrounded by nature at the Rainforest Discovery Center OR some cave exploring at Gomantong Cave (subject to availability).

After your tour, you will be brought out for some well-deserved lunch in a local restaurant.

Transfer to your accommodation for the night. After checking in, you are free to spend your free time at your leisure. 

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch Accommodation : Sabah Hotel / Hotel Sandakan (or similar)

Day 7 - Selingan Turtle Island

Rise and shine! Enjoy a hearty breakfast before checking out of your accommodation. 

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the Sabah Park Jetty in Sandakan where you will take a 1-hour boat ride to Selingan Turtle Island.

Located only 40 kilometres from North Sandakan, you will have the opportunity to see the main nesting areas of the Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles.

Upon arrival, lunch will be served for you to feast!

After lunch, you’ll be given some free leisure time to relax, swim, or even snorkel before dinner time.

A simple local dinner will be served in the dining area.

After dinner, a Park Ranger will inform you when to encounter turtles laying their eggs along the beach. Get the chance to witness the collecting of eggs from the nestling site into a safe hatchery and watch baby turtles scrambling out into the open sea upon their release on shore. An adorable sight not to be missed!

It’s time to hit the hay and rest up with an overnight stay at your Selingan Turtle Island Chalet.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Selingan Turtle Island Chalet

Day 8 - Sandakan / Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre / Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre / Bilit Rainforest Lodge / Kinabatangan River Cruise

Rise and shine! It’s time to fuel up and recharge with a hearty breakfast.

After breakfast, check out, embark on a journey to the famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

Upon arrival, your guide will provide a short briefing session before entering the Centre.

You will then be brought to watch a short video documentary providing you with information on the rehabilitation of an orphaned Orang Utan.

Enjoy and explore as you get to encounter Bornean-endemic Orang Utans up close as they frolic in their natural habitat.

You will proceed to a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest where you can witness the Orang Utan feeding from a feeding platform.

After enjoying some time with the Orang Utans, you will proceed to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Sun Bear is the smallest bear in the world where their height of adult is around 120cm to 150cm (while standing); weight around 27kg to 65kg. You can easily spot white or yellowish crescent marking on its chests.

Then you will embark on a 2-hour journey through rustic countryside villages to the Bilit Jetty.

Upon arrival at the jetty, you will take a boat ride to Bilit Rainforest Lodge located along the lower end of the Kinabatangan River at the Bilit Village.

You will be greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival at the Bilit Rainforest Lodge as you check-in.

Lunch is served for you to refuel and recharge!

In the evening, you will be whisked away on a Kinabatangan River cruise to discover wildlife situated along the river. A few favourites include the Proboscis Monkey, rare bird species of Borneo, and maybe even Pygmy Elephants!

After your river cruise, dinner is served in the dining hall.

Next after dinner, you can go for a complimentary night safari cruise where you can spot nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

After a full day out, it’s time to have some leisure time to yourself before spending the night at Bilit Rainforest Lodge.

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

Day 9 - Morning River Cruise or Jungle Trek / Afternoon River Cruise

Good Morning! You’ll have the option of either going for an early morning river cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of more Bornean-endemic wildlife (or) to go for a jungle trek to the Oxbow Lake to discover several bird species.

After the morning cruise searching for wildlife, it's time to refuel and recharge with a hearty breakfast at 08:00 Hrs.

Free and easy leisure time to yourself until it's time for lunch in the afternoon.  You can opt to add on a jungle walk (guided tour) at a reasonable fee.

Free and easy leisure time to yourself until it’s time for lunch in the afternoon.

It’s time to head out on another river cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of a variety of Euarchontoglires and other wildlife. You may be lucky enough to encounter a herd of Pygmy Elephants!

After your river cruise, dinner is served in the dining hall.

After a full day out, it’s time to have some leisure time to yourself before spending the night at Bilit Rainforest Lodge.

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

Day 10 - Overland to Lahad Datu, Danum Valley / Borneo Rainforest Lodge / Nature Trails / Tree-Top Canopy Walk / Night Drive

In the early morning, take the overland drive to Lahad Datu, and on to Danum Valley.

Arrival at Danum Valley, check in at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Once you ’ve settled in, hit the nature trails scattered around the area. Proceed to the Tree-top Canopy Walk 300m in length, 26m at the highest point, to witness the lush rainforest that envelopes that area.

Return back to lodge for dinner.  After your meal, hop on an ‘open-top’ jeep for a night drive in search of nocturnal animals.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Standard Chalet)

Day 11 - Jungle Trek / Kadazandusun Burial Site / Coffin Cliff / Jacuzzi Pool / Night Walk

Have breakfast at the lodge before the start of day’s exciting adventures. Enjoy a morning jungle trek, where the jungle is most pristine and lush. Trek further to the Kadazandusun Burial Site, witness the coffin cliff before proceeding to the “view point” to feast your eyes on a bird’s eye view of Danum Valley. Make your descent for a refreshing dip in the natural “Jacuzzi Pool”.

Return to Lodge for Lunch.

Get on more nature trails as you wish, or go for a relaxing ‘tubing’ activity down the Danum River.

Dinner at Lodge. After your meal, explore the surrounding area as you go for a night walk, in search for some nocturnal animals. Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Accommodation : Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Standard Chalet)

Day 12 - Departs Lahad Datu (Or Extend Tour)

Pack-up, check out from Borneo Rainforest Lodge and take the overland transfer back to Lahad Datu.

Transfer to the airport and take your flight out from Sabah.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch

Meals 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 01 Hi-tea, 07 Dinners
Inclusion Meals as Stated, Entrance Fee, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), Return Boat Transfer, English Speaking Guide, 11 Nights Accommodation, 01 Domestic Airfare (BKI > SDK), Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Support Team
Accomodation 02 Nights Bilit Rainforest Lodge or Similar, 05 Nights The LUMA Hotel (or similar), 01 Selingan Island Chalet, 02 Nights Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Standard Chalet), 01 Night Sabah Hotel (or similar)
Exclusion Airfares, Camera and Video Fees, Alcoholic Drinks, Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Good walking shoes
  • Light raincoat
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Sun hat
  • Binoculars
  • Torchlight
  • Camera
  • Leech socks (for Jungle Trek activity)

Dear Travellers, in light of the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) imposed by Malaysia Government and effective until 31 August 2020, some of the tour attraction locations have been affected.  Please expect some adjustments to the published itinerary.  Amazing Borneo Tours will do our best to work around the limitations and continue to deliver a memorable experience for our valuable guests.

Mandatory Temperature Checking:  

  • Each tourist attraction requires mandatory temperature checking and recording of attendance before entering the premises.  Depending on the number of individuals present, this may require some waiting time.  

Poring Hot Spring: 

  • The opening hours of Poring Hot Spring attraction are now 0800 hrs - 1400 hrs daily.  
  • Entry is limited to 100 people at a time - waiting time may be required if the attraction is full.  
  • Only Canopy Walk Attraction is open; Hot Spring pools and all other attractions remain closed until further notice.

Kinabalu National Park:

  • The opening hours of Kinabalu Park and Botanical Garden for visitors are now 0800 hrs - 1500 hrs daily.  
  • No personal or company vehicles are allowed to drive around Kinabalu Park until further notice.  It is compulsory to use the Sabah Parks' official transport (KOKTAS) for any transfers within Kinabalu Park.  Please expect some waiting time due to limited KOKTAS vehicles available.

Nabalu Market:

  • Most of the local stalls in Nabalu Market are temporarily closed until further notice.  
  • The Nabalu viewing platform has been temporarily closed to visitors until further notice.   
  • Baby Car Seats (for infant aged 0-2) and Child Booster Seats (for children aged 3-11) are available for rental. Please check with your tour consultant for availability.
  • Recommended Arrival Flight on Day 1 is after 1200hrs.
  • 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 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 is required to present a valid identification upon check-in for the exemption.
  • For Day 2 Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring Tour,
    • Kinabalu Park is at high altitude approximately 1500 meter above sea level, it can get cold.
    • The Canopy Walkway is approximately 60 meter above the ground, not for the faint Heart.
    • Poring Hot Spring Outdoor Bathtubs are for complimentary use and are free of charge. Guests can rent Indoor bathtubs but at own expense.
    • There are only ten (10) standard and five (05) deluxe Indoor bathubs at Poring Hot Spring. Rates are at MYR 15 per hour per standard indoor bathtub and MYR 20 per hour per deluxe indoor bathtub payable on the spot but are subject to availability.
    • The Slide Pool located in Poring Hot Springs is closed on every Mondays for maintenance. Guests are able to purchase the entrance fee (at own expense) to Slide Pool for MYR 3 per person. Free for 6 years old and below.
    • Kindly take note that camera fees apply before entering Canopy Walk. Cameras will be charged MYR 5 each and Video Cameras / Camcoders will be charged MYR 30 each.
    • You can choose to wait at the resting area if you do not wish to proceed for any of the nature walks.
    • Depending on the season, you may get the rare chance to spot the Rafflesia flowers in bloom, which only lasts for 3 to 5 days. They are located at the private gardens beside Poring Hot Springs. Entrance fees are at MYR 30 per person though this will be at your own expenses.
  • For North Borneo Cruises Tour, Latest Update as of 23 Sep 2020:  We are not accepting passengers who are arriving from Lahad Datu / Tawau / Semporna / Kunak within the last 14 days until further notice. You are also required to declare if you have visited any of the aforementioned places. Please arrange with our sales representative for alternative arrangement.
  • For Day 6, please take note there is only 1 join-in boat transfer to Selingan Island departing at 0930hrs daily. Unscheduled boat in transfer to and from the island can be arranged with additional surcharge(s) (subject to availablility and weather condition). Please enquire with our Tour Consultant .
  • For Island tour, the boat journey to Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • 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.
  • For any Island tour, if you're interested in water sports (ie banana boat, seawalking, parasailing, etc), be sure to bring along a little bit of extra cash as these activities are not included in our tour package.