Classic Borneo

7 Days / 6 Nights

Get close to nature and a feel for local life on this classic introduction to Borneo.

Kota Kinabalu – Kiau – Sepilok – Sukau


Trip Highlights

  • Stay in a fantastic homestay, close to nature, dining and socialising with the local hosts in Kiau
  • Enjoy a thrilling canopy walk through the virgin rainforest with breathtaking views of flora and fauna
  • Visit rescue centres and sanctuaries to appreciate and learn about some of Borneo’s iconic native species, including the orangutans and the sun bears


  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation 6 nights
  • Meals: 6B 4L 3D
  • Village homestay and associated activities
  • Jungle trekking, including canopy walk
  • Visits to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation & Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Sunset river cruise
  • Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake cruise

Itinerary Breakdown

Day 1: Arrival

The driver greets visitors on arrival and accompanies them to the hotel.

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy a free day exploring Kota Kinabalu at your own leisure. Enjoy the hotel pool or take part in one of our optional tours.

Day 3: Kiau Village

Drive 2 hours to Kiau village, an ancient village on Mount Kinabalu where the villagers still worship the mountain gods. Upon arrival, our friendly host will guide visitors on a walk around the village before a tasty traditional lunch with the host. Then tour the pineapple farm – where many of the villagers work – and learn about the pineapple farming process. Then enjoy an evening celebrating local culture with dancing (minimum 3 guests) and more food at the homestay.


Day 4: Kiau to Sandakan

Wake up and head to the local school to learn how to play “Gong” – the traditional instrument in Sabah – before heading on a hike up the hillside. Enjoy a stretch of walking up in the forest canopy 40m above ground amid the lush rainforest. Soak the body in the relaxing warm natural hot springs or in the cool mountain spring water nearby the canopy walk. After lunch, make the 4-hour drive to Sandakan.

Day 5: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation and Sun Bear Conservation Centre 

See the orangutans at Sepilok and learn about the conservation efforts done at the centre. Enjoy a 10-minute walk in the rainforest and witness orangutans feeding before observing them over at the outdoor nursery. Then, head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about the smallest bears in the world – another native species to Borneo. For the evening, enjoy a river cruise in search of Borneo’s wildlife and birds. Finish the day with a candle-lit dinner on the pier, back at the accommodation.

Day 6: Sukau

Rise and shine for the morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join in the nature walk along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. After lunch, embark upon another river cruise for wildlife spotting. There is also time to enjoy the fantastic spa treatments available at Sukai Rainforest Lodge.

Day 7: Departure

Head to Sandakan airport for departure. There are one or two options for additional tours in the morning for those with a late flight.

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