Sandakan Wildlife Watching Tour 4D3N
Kinabatangan River Tours

Sandakan Wildlife Watching Tour 4D3N

Price from MYR2900 per person
Duration 4 days, 3 nights
4 day, 3 night night wildlife tour of Sepilok & Kinabatangan River, designed for those arriving in the afternoon on the Kuala Lumpur-Sandakan flight

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Day 1 Arrive Sandakan – MY Nature Resort Sepilok (D)

Pickup from Sandakan airport and transfer to MY Nature Resort at Sepilok. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Relax, swim in the pool or walk (5-10 minutes) to the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre (entrance fee applies) and experience the canopy walkway, one of the best in Malaysia. Dinner and overnight at MY Nature Resort.

Day 2 Sepilok Orangutan- Sun Bear Centre – Kinabatangan River Abai (B/L/D)

Pick up from your resort and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. You will be able to observe them at their feeding stations in the rainforest and at the nursery (if open). Watch the feeding session at 1000 hours. Then proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). This centre rescues captured sun bears and is involved in sun bear conservation, welfare rehabilitation and education. Over 30 sun bears live at the centre in the bear house and outdoor enclosures.

1115 hours depart Sepilok and proceed to a boat jetty in Sandakan. 1200 hours depart for a 1-hour boat cruise up the Lower Kinabatangan River, passing pristine mangrove forests and searching for wildlife. Arrive at Abai Jungle Lodge and have lunch. Free to relax or explore the surrounding area on the nature boardwalk. At 1630 hours go on a cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, birds, reptiles and other wildlife. As night falls witness the glittering of fireflies on the mangrove trees. Return to the lodge for dinner.  After dinner, go on a guided night walk around the Lodge’s nature boardwalk and search for insects, birds and other wildlife. Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge.

Day 3 Pitas Lake – Sukau – Menanggul River (B/L/D)

0630 hours – depart on a boat trip for bird watching and wildlife viewing at the nearby Pitas Lake. Return to lodge around 0800 hours and have breakfast. After breakfast free at leisure or enjoy the boardwalk.  Then cruise upriver to Sukau, searching for wildlife along the way. Arrive Sukau, check-in to Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge and have lunch. 1630 hours go on a river cruise up Kinabatangan River to the Menanggul River in search of proboscis monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

Day 4  Sukau – Sandakan (B/L)

After breakfast depart the lodge at 0700 hours and return to Sandakan by boat. The 2½ hour journey offers another chance to see wildlife. Around 0830 hours stop at Abai Jungle Lodge for a short break before continuing your journey downriver. Arrive at Sandakan jetty and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.

Trip Notes


English speaking guide, tours & transfers, entrance fees, meals as indicated, 1 night stay at MY Nature Resort, 1 night at Abai Jungle Lodge and 1 night stay at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.


Airfare: KK - Sandakan – KK, alcoholic beverages, juices, camera & video fees


2 adults per order

Recommended Flights

This tour is designed for travellers arriving on the Kuala-Lumpur-Sandakan or other flights that arrive in Sandakan in the afternoon (e.g. Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan). If you are arriving in Sandakan in the morning then check out other tours as they may be better suited to your morning arrival. Flights out of Sandakan should depart after 2 pm.


There are no ATMs at Sukau or Abai. If you need cash go to an ATM in Sandakan before the trip.

These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.

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Female proboscis monkey and baby, Sabah, Malaysia. young orangutan

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