Kinabatangan River Cruise (Abai & Sukau) 3D2N
Kinabatangan River Tours

Kinabatangan River Cruise (Abai & Sukau) 3D2N

Price from MYR 2055 per person
Duration 3 days, 2 nights
3 days / 2 nights Kinabatangan River tour including Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear Centres, 1 night at Abai Jungle Lodge, 1 night at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge in Sukau and wildlife watching river cruises

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Day 1 Sepilok – Kinabatangan River – Abai (L/D)

Pick up from Sandakan airport / hotel 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 the 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. After lunch, free to relax or explore the surrounding area on the nature boardwalk. 1630 hours go on a Kinabatangan river cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, 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.

Note: The nursery at Sepilok is sometimes closed to visitors. This occurs if any of the young orangutan are sick. As such there is no guarantee that the nursery will be open.

Day 2 Pitas Lake – Abai Village – 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 visit the nearby Abai village and enjoy a local-style lunch prepared and served by the villagers. After lunch, cruise upriver to Sukau, searching for wildlife along the way. Arrive Sukau and check-in to Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. 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 3  Sukau – Abai – 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 proceed to hotel or Sandakan airport for flight out. Have lunch at the airport or a local restaurant.

Trip Notes


English speaking guide, tours & transfers, entrance fees, meals as indicated, 1 night stay 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


Abai Jungle Lodge is situated 47 km from the mouth of the Kinabatangan River, about one hour by boat from Sandakan. The lodge offers 30 chalet-style rooms. All rooms have attached bathroom, toilet, hot shower, ceiling fan and netted windows. Other facilities include a restaurant, a sun deck facing the river and a rainforest boardwalk.

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is a clean and comfortable lodge offering 39 rooms (22 twin rooms, 13 double bedrooms, 1 triple room and 3 family rooms). All rooms have attached bathroom, toilet, hot shower, ceiling fan and netted windows. Other facilities include a restaurant, a sun deck facing the river, swimming pool and library.

Recommended Flights

Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Sandakan (SDK) on Malaysia Airlines MH2042 (Dep 0700, Arr 0740) or Air Asia AK6492 (Dep 0635, Arr 0720) or MASWings MH3093 (Dep 0725, Arr 0815). Sandakan (SDK) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI) on Malaysia Airlines MH2047 (Dep 1400, Arr 1445) or Air Asia AK6495 (Dep 1430, Arr 1515).


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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Kinabatangan river cruise Orangutan at Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia

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