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12 Day Borneo Wildlife Explorer

  • Tour Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Sukau
  • See Orangutans & Proboscis Monkeys
Includes Return International Flights

Witness awe-inspiring sunrises and jaw-dropping sunsets, explore historic sites and traditional villages, relax on tropical beaches, and admire the diverse scenery while travelling through Borneo's ancient landscape.

Take a walk on the wild side of Borneo with an unforgettable 12 day journey to Sabah, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu. Witness adorable orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, see endangered sun bears at the Sun Bear Conservation Centre, and explore the extraordinary Gomantong Caves. Take in the sights of Kota, visits to Poring Hot Springs, Kundasang War Memorial, Sabah Tea Plantation and more. Enjoy return flights and 10 nights accommodation, including a one-night stopover in vibrant Singapore, plus 27 meals, English-speaking guides, and A/C transport.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for your first stop Singapore! Fly with Singapore Airlines. On arrival be transferred to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

Furama River Front, Singapore Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Singapore Airport for an onward flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival be met and transferred to the hotel for check in. This evening meet the tour group at the hotel and proceed to your welcome seafood dinner with cultural show.

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before meeting the group at 9:00am for a transfer to Marina Jetty to board the boat to Sapi Island. Spend the morning exploring the island at leisure before transferring to Manukan island for a BBQ lunch. After lunch enjoy some time to swim and snorkel. This afternoon transfer back to the mainland around 3:30pm and spend the rest of the day free at leisure.

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel meet at the hotel lobby at 9:00am and proceed transfer to Mari Mari Cultural Village. The village is located about 25 minutes away from the city. The journey will take in long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and overarched by wild blue skies. In the village, the colours of cultural diversity are not an issue but rather a pride, where visitors can savour the soul of Sabah. Upon arrival at the entrance of the village, be ushered to the warmth of different homes of the ethnicities of Sabah. Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer a truly genuine experience. Not only does this village portray these tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional house, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village. Acquaint yourself with each tribe as they allow you into their house and simple yet intricate lives. While traversing the village, find demonstration huts along the main houses in which daily activities of old times come into life. For example, the making of blowpipe, starting a fire (from bamboo tree – learn the steps of making fire without the help of a lighter), tattoo-making (and its symbolisms) and etc. An unforgettable encounter of the Sabahan homeland. Lunch will be at Mari Mari Cultural Village. This afternoon enjoy a scenic tour of Kota Kinabalu city. See many places of interests in the city centre such as the Wisma Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building), University Malaysia Sabah, Sabah State and City Mosque and the Sabah Museum for the historical and cultural aspects of the Indigenous people. This evening you will enjoy a visit to the night markets and dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Have an early 7:00am breakfast before meeting the tour group at the lobby and bidding farewell to Kota Kinabalu to begin the journey across the north of Borneo Island. Today’s itinerary begins with a visit to Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. The feature of the park is Mount Kinabalu. An impressive 4,095 metres, it is the second highest mountain in SE Asia. Visit the Exhibit Centre, take a relaxing rainforest walk and in the Mt Garden, view a selection from the 1,200 species of orchids found in the Park. At the Kundasang War Memorial, pay tribute to the Australian and British servicemen killed in the infamous Sandakan Death March of World War II. After lunch, check into the hotel. At around 2:30pm board the bus to proceed to Poring Hot Springs, take time to de-stress and soak away the aches and pains in the spring fed hot mineral water pools at Poring Hot Springs. The more adventurous can tackle the challenge of the Canopy Walk. The series of platforms suspended 41 metres above the forest floor, amidst the lush canopy of the “king of the forest” Menggaris trees, provide an exhilarating experience. Transfer back to the hotel for the night in time for dinner.

Sabah Tea Garden Cottages, Kinabalu Park Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Collect a lunch box and proceed to Sabah Tea Plantation. Visit the tea factory and the Quaily Hill Memorial ground. Afterwards proceed to the Fish SPA at Kg Luanti before the 4-hour drive to Sandakan passing through the amazing countryside and villages. On arrival to Sandakan, visit the Sandakan War Memorial, the World War II tragic tale of the Sandakan Death March is told at the site of the POW camp, from where the marches began. Proceed to the hotel in Sandakan for the night and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon free at leisure, before transferring to an English Tea House for Dinner.

Sabah Hotel, Sandakan Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, meet the tour group for a trip to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Learn about the magnificent work the Centre staff are doing to help orphaned baby Orangutan's be rehabilitated and prepared for release back to their natural habitats in the wild jungles of Borneo. Be sure to keep a camera close at hand, in readiness for the first close contact with an Orangutan. Observe the Orangutan families and other primates at the feeding platform, then stroll along the board walks to soak up the sights and sounds of the beautiful rainforest environment. Afterwards, take a 5-minute walk to see the remarkable Sun Bears at the Bornean Sun Bear Sanctuary. Enjoy lunch at Lindung Restaurant - the charming English Tea House, high above the city overlooking the Sandakan harbour, before an afternoon tour of Sandakan, visiting the Chinese Temple, St Michael’s Church, Agnes Keith house and a water village. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and dinner the hotel.

Sabah Hotel, Sandakan Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast this morning “up at sparrows” and off to the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Marvel at the beauty of the Sepilok Rainforest at dawn and immerse yourself in the tree tops, with the 250 bird species and other wildlife, on the canopy walk platform. Keep a look out you may even spot an Orangutan swinging through the trees! Plant lovers will be thrilled by the diversity of native orchids, slipper orchids, pitcher-plants and tropical plants, such as the Venus flytrap, on display in the Centre’s plant discovery garden. Afterwards drive two and a half hours through rustic countryside studded with villages to Sukau on the Kinabatangan River, an area that’s home to 10 species of primates, 8 species of hornbills and a wide variety of other animals and birds. Take a short boat transfer to your lodge for orientation and check-in. Late afternoon river cruise to see the proboscis monkeys and other wildlife along the river bank. This evening, cruise back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Borneo Nature Lodge OR Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi, Sukau Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Wake up to the calls of tropical birds and wildlife. Take a sunrise cruise at 6:00am up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox Bow Lake for bird watching. Return to the lodge for breakfast then explore the large limestone Gomantong Cave, famous for its bird’s nests. Walk about fifteen minutes on the boardwalk to the opening of Semut Hitam cavern and explore the cave system. Drive back to the lodge to freshen up for lunch. Time at leisure. This afternoon meet at the lodge for the afternoon tea before embarking for the afternoon cruise on Kinabatangan River to see more of the flora and fauna of the rainforest. This evening cruise back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Borneo Nature Lodge OR Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi, Sukau Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast transfer to Sandakan Airport for an internal flight to Kota Kinabalu. On arrival transfer to the hotel for check in. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at Kudos Restaurant.

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sukau and more
  • See Orangutans, Hornbills and Proboscis monkeys
  • Experience a traditional Bornean cultural show
  • Discover Sapi and Manukan Islands on tour
  • Enjoy a Mari Mari Cultural Village experience
  • Visit the Sabah Museum on a scenic tour of Kota Kinabalu
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Kinabalu National Park
  • Visit Kundasang War Memorial and Mt Kinabalu
  • See orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of Sandakan
  • Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Gomantong Caves
  • Experience three Kinabatangan River wildlife cruises
  • Bird watch from Kelenanap Oxbow Lake
  • Soak in the Poring Hot Springs
  • Visit the serene Sabah Tea Plantation
  • Experience a traditional Fish Feeding Spa
  • Pay tribute at the Sandakan War Memorial
  • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 1 x internal flight: Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu
  • Enjoy a 1 night stopover in vibrant Singapore
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Singapore
  • 9 nights accommodation in Borneo
  • Enjoy 27 meals including a welcome seafood dinner
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C coaches
  • All airport transfers

Important info

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BOOKING INFORMATION

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation via email. This email will direct you to an Online Passenger Booking Form. You must return your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated)

OFFER ESSENTIALS

Travel Offer is valid for travel on selected dates until 11th June 2018
Travel Offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $350 applies

Departure Dates
2017
July: *3 (SOLD OUT)
July: 31 (SOLD OUT)
August: 7, 14, 21 (SOLD OUT)
September: 4
September: 11 (SOLD OUT)
October: 16
November: 13, 20
December: 4 (SOLD OUT)

2018
January: 15 (SOLD OUT)
February: 26
March: 5, 12
April: 30
May: 7, 21
June: 4, 11

Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $300 per person/voucher

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth

FLIGHTS

Airline(s) Used
Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines (internal flights only) plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)

Arrive Early in Singapore
$300 per person/voucher subject to availability

Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stay Behind in Kota Kinabalu
$300 per person/voucher subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: not available
- Business Class (International sectors only): buy now for $3999 per person
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded)
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used
3/4 Star (self-rated)
- Singapore: Furama River Front
- Kota Kinabalu: Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu (3 star)
- Kinabalu Park: Sabah Tea Garden Cottages
- Sukau: Borneo Nature Lodge OR Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi
- Sandakan: Sabah Hotel
*Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Upgrade Option
- Upgrade your stay in Kota Kinabalu to the 4 star Hotel Grandis for an extra $200 per person, or $400 per solo traveller. This city centre hotel offers all the amenities of a 4 star hotel including a swimming pool, which is not available on the standard package.

Extra Nights
- Singapore (Pre Tour): $300 per room including breakfast
- Kota Kinabalu (Post Tour): $100 per room including breakfast
Please note: Extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind

Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability)

Child Policy
- No child discounts apply; a full priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. A full priced voucher must be purchased. Subject to availability

Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability)

Adjoining Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 9, maximum group size 24 per coach

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Recommended Things To Bring
Raincoat, hat/cap, insect repellent, sun lotion, towel, torch light or head light, use good walking shoes, wear comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pants, camera, personal toiletries & medications

TOUR GUIDE vs TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 

Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 

Tour Leader
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all TripADeal travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for Borneo is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Camera fees at Sepilok/Labuk Bay/Canopy walk
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
*** Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.

VISAS

A tourist visa for Borneo is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport, for stays up to 30 days.
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required

INSURANCE

TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance 

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or Travel Voucher reissue
1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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