The Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo is renowned for the beauty of its natural environment and its network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Sabah’s abundant and relatively accessible wildlife – combined with its picturesque islands and beaches – offer visitors the opportunity of combining nature-based activities such as trekking, wildlife watching and diving with relaxing beach holidays.
Our tours and excursions are designed to get the best out of what Sabah has to offer. Whether it is climbing Mount Kinabalu; discovering the ancient rainforest at Danum Valley; cruising the Kinabatangan River in search of Proboscis monkeys; snorkeling in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park; diving Sipadan or simply relaxing on a beach; our experienced local guides will connect you with Sabah, its people and the natural features of the “Land Below the Wind”. If you find that none of the packages on our website fit into your itinerary, we can custom tailor tours to your needs. For more information on our tours, please contact us.
Kota Kinabalu & World Heritage Site Tours
Kota Kinabalu or KK is the state capital of Sabah. The city has good transport links and a range of good city and resort hotels. Kota Kinabalu’s coastal location and mountain backdrop give it one of the most spectacular settings of any city in Malaysia. One of the great things about KK is the streetlife – the busy coffee shops, the waterfront markets and generally buzz about the place. Some of the best seafood in Malaysia can be found in KK and the beaches, reefs and islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park are just a 15 minute boat ride from the city centre. Kota Kinabalu serves as the jumping off point for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine park, white water rafting at Padas and Kiulu, Rungus longhouses at Kudat, Klias wildlife cruises and the magnificent Kinabalu Park.
Kinabalu Park, covering an area of 754 sq km, was the first national park in Sabah. The park is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia at 4,095 metres. The slopes of Mount Kinabalu are home to an incredible variety of plants and animal species. Different elevations of the park and their micro climates support distinct habitats. The lower slopes are covered in lowland dipterocarp forest; above 1,200 m there is lower montane forest and at elevations above 2,600 m the cloud forest is characterized by a diversity of flowering plants. Above 3,300 m there is a sub-alpine meadow zone with stunted trees and shrubs. Above 3,700 m the strong winds and rain make it hard for plants to survive. Owing to its unique and varied ecology the park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The park has a number of trails and offers a range of activities and experiences, including the summit climb. The main entry point for the park is located 90 km from Kota Kinabalu at an elevation of 1,520 m above sea level.
Sandakan Wildlife Adventures
Sandakan, the former capital of Sabah, is a busy port town located at the entrance of a picturesque bay on the East Coast of Sabah. The town serves as the jumping off point for a range of nature-based attractions and wildlife adventures including Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Selingan Turtle Islands, the Kinabatangan River and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
Set up in 1964, the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary for injured, orphaned or rescued orang utans who are trained how to survive in the forest. Upon graduation rehabilitated orang utan are released into the surrounding forest. Many of the orang utan return to the centre at the twice daily feeding times, giving visitors a unique chance to get close to orang utan. The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) officially opened in October 2014 and is dedicated to the world’s smallest and perhaps least known bear. The centre is located within walking distance of the orangutan centre. Most of our Sandakan tours include visits to both orangutan and sun bear centres. The third major attraction at Sepilok is the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has an excellent 347 metre long canopy walkway.
The Kinabatangan River has gained a justified reputation as one of the top wildlife watching destinations in Southeast Asia. The 560-kilometre Kinabatangan River passes through a diverse range of habitats which support a remarkable diversity of wildlife; including proboscis monkeys, orangutan, gibbons, elephants, tarsiers, slow loris, crocodiles, freshwater sharks, Irrawaddy dolphins and a variety birds. We offer a range of multi-day tours focusing on the wildlife attractions of the Kinabatangan. These trips include overnight accommodation at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge at Sukau and the Abai Jungle Lodge. Some trips combine stays at both of these lodges.
Selingan Island is located approximately 40 km north of Sandakan and is accessed via a 1-hour speedboat ride. Selingan is a nesting site for both green and hawksbill turtles. Although turtles lay eggs all year round the best time to visit Selingan is between July and October when the sea conditions are calmer and the number of turtle landings is higher. We can arrange overnight trips to Selingan. Accommodation consists of 1-2 star chalets.
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is located about 38 kilometres from Sandakan and consists of small patches of mangrove forest surrounded by plantation land. As there is insufficient food the monkeys receive a supplementary diet. At most feeding times proboscis monkeys descend from the nearby trees and head to the wooden platform for a free meal. These monkeys are wild but highly habituated and often get very close to visitors. Labuk Bay offers excellent photo opportunities.
4 days / 3 nights Sandakan Wildlife Tour including Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sepilok, Kinabatangan River, Abai, Sukau & Pitas LakeView Tour
- Sandakan Wildlife Adventures
4 days / 3 nights Sandakan Wildlife Tour including Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Abai, Pitas Lake & Kinabatangan River (1 night Sepilok & 2 nights Abai)View Tour
- Sandakan Wildlife Adventures
4 days / 3 nights Sandakan Wildlife Tour including Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Kinabatangan River and Sukau (1 night Sepilok & 2 nights Sukau)View Tour
- Sandakan Wildlife Adventures
4 days / 3 nights Sandakan Wildlife Tour including Sepilok Orang Utan, Kinabatangan River, Abai & Sukau (1 night Sepilok, 1 night Abai, 1 night Sukau)View Tour
Danum & Tabin
Both Danum Valley and Tabin Wildlife Reserve offer visitors good opportunities to see Sabah’s wildlife and forests. Tabin offers 2-3 star chalet-style accommodation whilst Danum offers 4-5 star accommodation in the awarding-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Many of clients visit both Tabin and Danum, often after a trip to Sukau and the Kinabatangan River.
The Danum Valley Conservation Area covers 43,800 hectares of protected lowland rainforest and is home to an astonishing variety of plants and wildlife; including more than 340 species of birds, 124 species of mammals, 72 species of reptiles, 56 species of amphibians and 200 species of plants per hectare. Rare and endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino, banteng (a species of wild cattle), Borneo Pygmy elephant, clouded leopard, orang-utan and proboscis monkey are found at Danum Valley. The Danum Valley Conservation Area is located approximately 80 km from Lahad Datu and is accessed via an unsealed gravel road. Forest trails, a canopy walk, observation towers and night safaris allow visitors to experience the rainforest and provide good opportunities for wildlife watching.
Tabin Wildlife Reserve covers an area of 122,500 hectares northeast of Lahad Datu. Whilst Tabin contains areas of undisturbed forest, much of the reserve consists of previously logged over forest. The area was declared a protected area primarily due to the existence of three of the largest mammals found in Sabah: the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Banteng (a species of wild cattle). Nine species of primate are also found at Tabin and over 220 species of birds. Tabin Wildlife Reserve has gained a reputation is an excellent place for wildlife watching. Nature-based activities include jungle trekking, night safaris, night walks, wildlife spotting and bird watching. Tabin is accessed via sealed and gravel roads.
White Water Rafting
There are two areas in Sabah to experience white water rafting. The Kiulu River is suitable for the novice rafter and is done as a half-day tour from Kota Kinabalu. The Padas River gushes through the spectacular Padas Gorge and offers serious rafters the ultimate white water adventure. Rafting on the Padas River is usually done as full day tour from Kota Kinabalu.
Tropical Island Adventures
Pulau Tiga Park is located north of Kuala Penyu, opposite the swampy Klias Peninsula. The island became famous when it was used as the location for the first Survivor reality TV series. Accessed via a 40-minute boat ride from Kuala Penyu jetty, which in turn is a 2-hour minute drive from Kota Kinabalu. Pulau Tiga has interesting flora and fauna, nice beaches and a rich marine life that offers good snorkelling and diving opportunities. We offer two and three day trips to Pulau Tiga staying in 2-3 star chalet style accommodation.