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19 DAYS 18 NIGHTS EXPLORING BORNEO
Tour Code
AB - 19D
Duration
19 Days 18 Nights

Accomodation
Rate Type : Inclusive
 
Itinerary
Day 1 (No meals)
Meet and greet upon arrival in Kuching, transfer to your hotel, check in & free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Overnight at Merdeka Palace Hotel in Kuching

Day 2 Sarawak Cultural Village and City Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)

0900hrs. Discover the charms of this Riverine City established by Sir James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak. In the city center the buildings date back to the days of the White Rajahs. Old Chinese temples and colorful markets dot most every corner. Popular with locals as well as visitors is the mile long "waterfront" promenade. The shops along the Main Bazaar probably have the best collection of Bornean tribal carvings, handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs in the whole island of Borneo. A city of museums, the Sarawak museum completed in 1891, possibly is the best known. Kuching is clean and green. In the afternoon visit the Famous Sarawak Cultural Village.
Overnight at Merdeka Palace Hotel in Kuching

Day 3 Day Trip to Bako National Park (Breakfast, Lunch)
After Breakfast, depart to Bako Village (35 minutes) from Kuching. From the village, take a 25-minute boat ride to the park (depending on the tide). Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in natural surroundings. If time permit hiking through jungle trails see various types of animals that are commonly spotted at Bako include the proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long tail macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Tropical rainforest ranges from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There are several trails inside the park depending on level of fitness and interest, sunsets, and swimming in the sea by secluded beaches.
Overnight: Merdeka Palace Hotel / Kuching

Day 4 Kuching - Nanga Sumpa  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
0830 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir (4½ hours). Journey overland through rural Sarawak, passing through pepper gardens, cocoa and rubber plantations. Enroute, a few stops will be made. Visit the colourful native market in Serian town where a variety of jungle produce such as edible ferns, bamboo shoots and unusual tropical fruit are on display. Visit a pepper garden and stop by to view wild orchids and several species of pitcher plants. Have lunch en route. Upon arrival at the Batang Ai reservoir, proceed by longboat (1½ hours) upriver to Nanga Sumpa. Arrive at Nanga Sumpa around 1700 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at the lodge and have dinner. Evening free at leisure.
Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.

Day 5  Enseluai Waterfall - Nanga Sumpa (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Following breakfast hike the jungle trails along the river. Then continue upriver by longboat. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net. Arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban hosts. Return to the lodge. Dinner is served in the lodge with local delicacies to enhance the meal. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah) and spend time with the Iban people. Interact with the community; learn about their culture and enjoy some local rice wine.
Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.

Day 6 Nanga Sumpa - Kuching (Breakfast, Lunch)
Following breakfast, depart down river by longboat, then overland. Lunch is taken enroute. Proceed to Kuching and drop off at your hotel.
Overnight: Merdeka Palace Hotel / Kuching

Day 7 Kuching - Mulu National Park (2 Caves - Dear & Lang Cave) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Take a flight from Kuching to Mulu. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to Royal Mulu Resort. Free at leisure in the morning. Afternoon, meet and proceed to Park Headquarters, take a scenic 3 km plank walk through primary rainforest to the entrance of Deer Cave. Deer Cave has the world largest cave entrance and is the largest single cave passage in the world about 120m - 150m in diameter or it can fit St. Pauls Cathedral under its massive archway. The cave has a moon-like landscape and from one vantage point a perfect profile of President Lincoln can be observed. The stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave are representative of the very best limestone formations in the park. At Lang Cave in evenings at sundown, a spectacular exodus of about 2 million of bats can be observed as they leave the cave in search of food. Return to Park HQ by torch light. Transfer to Royal Mulu Resort.
Overnight: Royal Mulu Resort

Day 8 Mulu National Park (2 caves - Clear Water & Wind Cave) (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast around 0900, proceed by longboat upriver to Wind Cave with its impressive Kings Chamber. Here stalactites and stalagmites with delicate lace-like patterns are found. A short walk along a plank walk suspended to the limestone cliff leads to Clearwater Cave. Like most caves in Mulu, Clearwater Cave is the habitat of unique species of plants. One of them, the one-leafed plant can only be found at Mulu a rare species of orchids and pitcher plants can be seen in many locations and photo-sensitive algae grow on certain rocks and have produced needle like formations that point towards the source of light. Clearwater Cave has a wonderful swimming area shaded by giant rainforest trees. Your Picnic Lunch is serve here. Return back to Royal Mulu Resort in the afternoon.
Overnight: Royal Mulu Resort

Day 9 Mulu National Park - Kota Kinabalu - (Breakfast)
Free at leisure in the morning, then take the flight from Mulu to Kota Kinabalu, Meet & Greet upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, check in free at leisure
Overnight: Gaya Centre Hotel - Kota Kinabalu

Day 10 Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu National Park (Breakfast, Dinner)
Pick up from your hotel and depart for Kinabalu Park, take a 2 hours drive to Park HQ. Along the way a short stop at Pekan Nebalu for local fruits & local product. Check in free at leisure in the afternoon or explore some of the trail around in the Park HQ on your own - (Dinner at Balsam / Renanthera Restarant from 1800hrs - 1930hrs)
Overnight: Lodges @ Kinabalu Park / Mesilau Nature Resort

Day 11 Kinabalu National Park (Breakfast, Pack/Lunch, Dinner)
After Breakfast at Balsam / Renanthera Restaurant (from 0630hrs - 0730hrs) - Get your pack lunch at Balsam / Renanthera Restaurant as well. Then register at the Park HQ / Sabah Park Office, meet your Mt. guide then board any of the Koktas bus for Timpohon Gates (1866m) / Mesilau Gate (1800m) the starting point for your trek up to Laban Rata (3272m) it will take around 4-6 hours for the 6km / 7.2km trek up, depending on your fitness. Check in upon arrival & free at leisure in the afternoon. - (Dinner at Laban Rata Resthouse from 1700hrs - 1930hrs)
Overnight Laban Rata area

Day 12 Kinabalu National Park - Kota Kinabalu (Supper, Breakfast, Tea Break)
Wake up very early in the morning at 0200am for your Supper (Laban Rata Resthouse from 0200hrs - 0330hrs) then get ready and start your final ascend to the Summit of Mt. Kinabalu (4095m) for another 2.75km trek. The trek will take around 2 -3 hours in time for the spectacular sunrise over the Mountain (The whole of South East Asia at your below feet.!!). Start your descend to back to Laban Rata, take your breakfast (Laban Rata Resthouse from 0730hrs - 1030hrs) before your long final descend back to Timpohon Gate and take any Koktas bus back to Park HQ. Afternoon Tea Break (Balsam / Renanthera Restaurant from 1230hrs - 1630hrs). Then transfer you back to Kota kinabalu after getting your certificates at Park HQ.
Overnight: Gaya Centre Hotel - Kota Kinabalu

Day 13 Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan / Kinabatangan River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Meet upon arrival in Sandakan Airport for the first flight from Kota Kinabalu and transfer to Sandakan Jetty. Upon arrive, transfer for 30 minutes to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center. Proceed to the free roaming area feeding platform by 1000hrs feeding of Orang Utan. At this center, observe man’s closest relative the Orang Utan being rehabilitated to become wild in their natural habitat and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. By 1100hrs, depart Sepilok to Bilit for a 2 hours drive,  take a short boat ride from the village jetty to the lodge, check in and in the afternoon take the river cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife.
Overnight: Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Day 14 Kinabatangan River (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wake up by the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Early morning light breakfast before taking an early morning river cruise to to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river ambience of the longest river of Sabah or jungle walk to the Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching / wildlife sighting. Return lodge for breakfast. Free at own leisure or trek at the trails available at the lodge. After lunch, late afternoon, another river cruise to search for more wildlife.
Overnight: Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Day 15 Kinabatangan River - Lankayan Island (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer back to Sandakan for SYC Jetty for boat departure to Lankayan at 1000hrs (Fixed Time). Boat journey will take about 1 hour & 45 minutes. Arrived Lankayan, check in at 1200hrs. Lunch. Diver will have one orientation dive in the afternoon.
Overnight: Lankayan Island Resort.

Day 16 Lankayan Island - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Diver will have 3 boat dives daily. Unlimited jetty dive + night dive for Advanced Level Diver only.
Non Diver will be free at leisure for the whole stay.
Other activities available : Swimming, Snorkeling & Ocean Kayaking
Overnight: Lankayan Island

Day 17 Lankayan Island - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Diver will have 3 boat dives daily. Unlimited jetty dive + night dive for Advanced Level Diver only.
Non Diver will be free at leisure for the whole stay.
Other activities available : Swimming, Snorkeling & Ocean Kayaking
Overnight: Lankayan Island

Day 18 Lankayan Island - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Diver will have 3 boat dives daily. Unlimited jetty dive + night dive for Advanced Level Diver only.
Non Diver will be free at leisure for the whole stay.
Other activities available : Swimming, Snorkeling & Ocean Kayaking
Overnight: Lankayan Island

Day 19 (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, check out (0630hrs) from Lankayan at 0700hrs (Fixed Time). Upon arrival at the jetty & proceed to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for One Guided Orang Utan Morning 1000hrs feeding Tour. Drop off Sepilok Nature Resort for lunch. After lunch, free at leisure until your tranfer to Sandakan Airport for flight back. END OF SERVICE. (Please note our diving policy for divers only: Strictly no dive before 24 hours flying)

Note: Pregnant Women, Child below 3 years old & Elderly Guest 80years above - not encourage to stay at Lankayan Island
 
Meals
47 Meals (18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 11 Dinners, 1 Pack Lunch, 1 Supper & 1 Tea Break)
 
Includes
Summary of Tour Fare (19 Days) INCLUDES:-
Accommodation:- Twin Share
- 4 nights stay at Merdeka Palace Hotel -
- 2 nights stay at Nanga Sumpa Longhouse -
- 2 nights stay at Royal Mulu Resort -
- 2 nights stay at Gaya Centre Hotel -
- 1 night stay at Kinabalu Park - Chalet
- 1 night stay at Laban Rata Area - Dormitory
- 2 nights stay at Bilit Rainforest Resort -
- 4 nights stay at Lankayan Island Resort -
Transfer:
- All Airport transfer & land transfer as per tour itinerary
- Boat transfer as per itinerary
Meals: - (S = Supper, B=Breakfast, P/L = Pack Lunch, L=Lunch, H/T = High Tea, D=Dinner)
As stated in the itinerary -

Others: - for Divers only
Weight, Weight Belt & Tanks
Night Dive for Advance Diver with night dive certified or with night dive experience in front of Dive Center
 
Excludes
Personal Expenses, Domestic Flight & Anything not mention in the itinerary

OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE - for Non Diver
- Snorkelling / Swimming
- Ocean Kayak - RM30 per hour
 
EQUIPMENT RENTAL AT THE RESORT - Per Day
BCD  - RM30.00, Regulator/Gauges/Octopus RM30.00, Mask & Snorkel RM15.00, Fin RM10.00, Wet Suit RM25.00, Booties RM10.00, Torch with batt  RM20.00 per /Dive
 
Things you should bring

 
Things you should know
Compulsory:     
Valid
diving certification – divers will be required to show proof of diver
training from an internationally recognized Diver Training Agency (PADI,
BSAC, CMAS, SSI etc) upon arrival at the resort or they will not be
allowed to dive without taking a scuba
course.


Note:
Pregnant Women, Child below 3 years old & Elderly Guest 80years above - not encourage to stay at Lankayan Island
 
Mt. Kinabalu
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