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13 Night - Best of Borneo Package

Encounter a treasure trove of flora, wildlife, landscapes and indigenous customs.

Package Details

Overview

Accommodation Activities Breakfast Complimentary Meal Escorted Tours Fly Package Transfers

From AU$6,372 per person*

Package Provider: Wendy Wu
Package Type: Package
Region: Asia
Duration: 13 Nights


Description

Borneo is one of the world's greatest natural wonders, with an all encompassing biodiversity. It is a remarkable place where the great outdoors thrive with miracles and spectacles. Encounter a treasure trove of flora, wildlife, landscapes and indigenous customs. Borneo is also the home of the last wild orangutans, sadly under threat from habitat destruction.


Your Holiday Package Includes:

  • Economy class flight to Kuching, return from Kota Kinabalu
  • 13 night Best of Borneo guided tour with Wendy Wu, Kuching to Kota Kinabalu

Includes:

  • 3+ star accommodation & eco-lodge
  • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Touring with guides & entrance fees
  • Authentic experiences & highlights
  • Kinabatangan River cruise
  • Domestic transportation
  • Airline taxes

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 31 August - 14 September 2024

Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities & flight upgrades available on request

Other departures available, surcharges apply


Itinerary:

Day 1 / Fly to Kuching

Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching.

Day 2 / Fly to Kuching

Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching.

Day 3 / Explore Kuching

Spend the day enjoying the diverse culture of Sarawak with a walking tour, starting at the Chinese History Museum on Kuching's waterfront. Stroll past the traditional Chinese shop houses of Ewe Hai Street and pay a visit to a 'sinseh', a Chinese medicine man. Next you'll be introduced to Sarawa's delicious food, with a tasting at a local coffee shop. Continue to the Sarawak Museum, before a sampan ride across Kuching's river to visit a Malay village.

Day 4 / Bako National Park

Travel out to Bako before boarding a boat to reach the national park. Explore the park on foot with a guide - one of Borneo's most bio-diverse areas, the diversity of flora and fauna here is incredible and easily accessible. Following trails along streams, past caves and across plateaus, keeping an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you're lucky, a proboscis monkey. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 5 / Semenggoh Nature Reserve

This morning you have the opportunity to meet Borneo's most famous native; the orangutan! Semenggoh is a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued or orphaned young orangutans - here, they are taught how to survive in the wild. Visit the orangutan release area, where they live freely, in search of these beautiful but elusive creatures. After lunch, drive for approximately 4 hours to Sri Aman, where you will be checked into your hotel on arrival.

Day 6 / Iban Longhouse

Today you will discover more about Borneo's native Iban people, renowned for their former practice of headhunting. After breakfast, drive approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to the jetty, where you will board a traditional Iban longboat for a 45-minute river journey to a tribal longhouse. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the longhouse, meeting the tribe's families. Witness a performance of a traditional dance, in full regalia, and lunch on Iban cuisine.

Day 7 / Return to Kuching

Journey back to Kuching, stopping en route for lunch at a local café.

Day 8 / Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to the airport and fly over to Malaysian Borneo's other state, Sabah, and the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 / Explore Kota Kinabalu

Begin your explorations at the Sabah State Museum where you can learn about the state's diverse cultural and natural heritage, before exploring some of the city's beautiful architecture, including the Blue Mosque and Chinese Temple. Browse the piles of wares at the handicraft market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine on traditional Malay cuisine.

Day 10 / Kinabalu Park

Head out of the city to the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo's highest mountain, where you will spend the day exploring Kinabalu Park, Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walk along one of the many forest trails to discover some of the unique flora and fauna that calls the area home.

Day 11 / Fly to Sandakan

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, which commemorates the suffering of British and Australian POWs held here during the WWII Japanese occupation. Continue into Sandakan itself, passing the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation Monuments before a relaxing lunch at English Tea House. Later stop by the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about colonial life here during the pre-WWII British Administration. Head inland and check in to your hotel in Sepilok - an eco resort at the edge of the rainforest.

Day 12 / Sepilok Orangutan Centre

Sepilok offers another chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat - like Semenggoh, this is a centre for the rehabilitation of former captive and orphaned orangutans. Around 60 to 80 orangutans live free within the centre's forest and there may be young orangutans to visit in the nursery. Head across the road to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to visit the world's smallest bear and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. Journey to Bilit and enjoy lunch at your lodge. Later, board a cruise along the Kinabatangan River to spot some of the abundant wildlife.

Day 13 / Kinabatangan river

Embark on an early morning cruise to the Oxbow Lake, where you can spot wildlife and soak up the peaceful ambience. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure until the late afternoon, when you'll head out for another cruise, searching for wildlife once more. You could spot anything from horn-bills to pygmy elephants!

Day 14 / Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu

Return to Sandakan for lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the airport to fly back to Kota Kinabalu. This evening, dine on local flavours and enjoy a cultural dance performance.

Day 15 / Fly Kota Kinabalu to Australia

Fly to Australia, arriving home the following day.

Day 16 / Fly Kota Kinabalu to Australia

Fly to Australia, arriving home the following day.


Terms & Conditions

Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in AU$. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.

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1300 765 305 (AUST) 0800 956 363 (NZ)

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