Day 1: New Zealand –– Sandakan ~ Sepilok , Borneo (D)
Today, depart New Zealand for your amazing holiday to Borneo. Upon arrival, you will be met at Sandakan airport and transferred to Sepilok Jungle Resort.
Please note: Some flights might depart 1 day prior.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 2: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre ~ Sun Bear Conservation Centre (B,L,D)
This morning we visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in time for the morning feeding and learn about the conservation and rehabilitation efforts of Sepilok. Witness the majestic Orangutan swing through the forest towards the feeding platform and watch as these beautiful creatures enjoy their breakfast. Afterwards, we make a visit to see the World’s smallest bear in their natural habitat at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Enjoy lunch back at the resort and relax in the resorts pool and tropical surroundings until 3pm when you can go back to the afternoon feeding at the Orangutan sanctuary. The afternoon is a much less busier time to see these incredible animals and take photos. Evening at leisure in the Jungle Resort.
Day 3: Sepilok ~ Libaran Island(B,L,D)
After breakfast we transfer to the Sandakan Jetty and board the boat to Libaran Island.
The trip takes around 30 minutes and on arrival you will check in and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful quiet island, relax on the decking or take a stroll along the long stretch of sandy beach. After lunch we take a guided walk through a local village and learn about their lifestyle. At 6:00pm there will be a briefing about the turtle’s conservation program, followed by a visit to the hatchery and an opportunity to release baby turtles back to the Sulu Sea. Have dinner and watch a documentary, then, a waiting game for the ranger call for the mother turtle sighting. If we are lucky enough we will witness mother turtles coming to shore to lay their eggs in the sand.
Day 4: Libaran Island – Bilit, Kinabantangan River (B,L,D)
Back to the mainland we go this morning. Once back in Sandakan we proceed to Sandakan War Memorial Park before heading overland to our adventure lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. On arrival into Bilit we have a spot of lunch before jumping on our first wildlife boat cruise down the river. Keep your eyes peeled for wild orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, Pygmy Elephants and lots of exotic birdlife! Evening free at leisure or take an optional guided night jungle walk to spot the nocturnal wildlife.
Optional Tour – Night Walk.
Day 5: Bilit, Kinabatangan River ~ Tree Planting Activity (B,L,D)
Early morning start as we cruise along the Kinabatangan River at 6:00 am in search for more wild and wonderful wildlife, then back to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, we visit a local village and take part in a tree planting activity to do our part for the conservation of the jungle. Then we take a guided jungle walk through riverine forest and search for bird life. Trek back to Bilit Lodge, freshen up, have lunch and enjoy the second river cruise of the day in search for more wildlife. Spend the evening at leisure enjoying a cold beer and sharing your photos from the day with fellow travellers.
Day 6: Bilit ~ Sandakan ~ Fisherman’s Village (B,L)
After breakfast, we depart Bilit by 8:30 am and return to Sandakan. Have lunch in the hotel and have some free time to relax or take our optional excursion to the Fisherman’s Village and Firefly River Cruise.
Optional Tour: Fisherman’s Village Tour & Firefly River Cruise includes dinner. Late afternoon 4:15 pm we transfer from the hotel to a local fisherman’s village. Meet the villagers and sample some local snacks and sugary tea while chatting with the locals and playing games with the kids. At dark, take a river cruise through the mangroves and wait for the thousands of fireflies to light up the trees around us. End with a local dinner then transfer back to the hotel for your overnight stay. (Evening – Includes Dinner)
Day 7: Sandakan – Free Day or Optional Tours (B)
Enjoy a free day at leisure today or take an optional tour.
Optional Tour: Sandakan nature city tour including lunch. Pick up at hotel at 10am. Begin tour with a visit to Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, Central Market St. Michael’s Church, Liberation Monument and Agnes Keith Museum. Stop for a delicious lunch at the English Tea House. (Half Day – Includes Lunch)
Optional Tour: Sandakan city tour and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary including lunch. Pick up at the hotel at 10 am. Begin tour with a visit to Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, before heading to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary for the 11:30 am feeding. Head back in to Sandakan Town and the tour will continue with visits to the Central Market and Agnes Keith Museum. Stop for a delicious lunch at the English Tea House, then after lunch, visit St. Michael’s Church, Liberation Monument and head back to the Hotel around4 pm.. (Full Day – Includes Lunch)
Day 8: Sandakan – – New Zealand (B)
After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 9: New Zealand
Arrive home today.