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Day 1 [D] Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport [kk] and transfer to Rasa Ria hotel (a 5 star beach front resort hotel by the south china sea; miles of sandy beach, vast landscaped grounds, pools, deck chairs pool side and under coconut trees, golf course, pool side bar, international cuisine coffee house, Indian and western restaurants on site)

Rest and relaxation after the long flight from Heathrow.

overnight at Resort hotel

Day 2 [B D] free at leisure

After breakfast, enjoy the rest of the day by the pools, deck chairs, walk the beach and check out the in-house activities. [presently they have a few orang utans in the forest sanctuary near the rasa ria].

[optional activities include golf, horse riding, massage on the beach, sea sports, cycling]

[optional Sunday market]

[optional; diving lessons PADI certified course]

Overnight at resort hotel

Day 3 [B D] free at leisure

[optional activities include golf, horse riding, massage on the beach, sea sports, cycling]

[optional; diving lessons – PADI certified course]

Overnight at Resort hotel

Day 4 [B D] free at leisure

[optional activities include golf, horse riding, massage on the beach, sea sports, cycling]

[optional; diving lessons – PADI certified course]

Day 5 [B L D] To sandakan/selingan island

After an early breakfast, transfer to KK airport for domestic flight to Sandakan [about 1 hr]. Arrive Sandakan, transfer to jetty for 45 minutes boat ride by speedboat to Selingan Island (40km). Check into chalet.

Free at leisure to explore island, swim and snorkel; walk the beach.

After dinner, wait for signal from the Park Ranger before we proceed in small groups to watch Green Turtle lay eggs on the beach, transplanting of eggs to hatchery and release of baby turtles to the sea. Tourists are welcome to assist. This island is a park conservation area since 1977 and turtles have been nesting here every night throughout the year.

Overnight at Selingan Island in chalets

Photographing turtles are strictly prohibited between 6pm – 6am.

Day 6 [B L D] Transfer to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. Trek ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden plankwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 10.00am. Continue to Sandakan jetty for an estimated 2 hours boat journey to Sukau Rainforest along North Borneo’s longest river, the Kinabatangan, with opportunity to view birds and wildlifes in virgin mangrove, wetlands and rainforest habitats. river cruise in search of some of the 10 primate species including Proboscis monkeys as they settle down on treetops along the banks of Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at Sukau

sukau

Day 7 [B L D] Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to view more birds and wildlife. Proceed to the Kelenanap ox-bow lake for a short jungle walk (if weather permits). Experience the wilderness of Borneo.

Overnight at Sukau to danum valley

Day 8 [B L D] Proceed 27 km overland to Gomantong Caves. Trek 20 minutes through the rainforest to the cave entrance. Your guide will brief you on the cave faunas including bats, swiftlets and crabs among others and their contribution to maintaining a balanced ecology and significance to the local economy. When in season, witness the collecting of birds' nests by the local people using bamboo ladders and poles.

Proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu for lunch. Drive 83km through selectively logged forest, cocoa and soft-wood plantations before arriving at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge beside Danum River on the edge of 438 sq. km of undisturbed lowland rainforest. The Lodge is home to the full range of north borneo's lowland fauna, including the rare Sumatran Rhinoceros, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, and Orang Utans. So far some 275 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Explore nature trail and nearby river. In the evening a slide show and if weather permits one can go spotlighting to view some of the nocturnal animals.

 

VIPs and royalties have been here.

Experience the jungle trekking with English speaking guides, canopy level bridge, birds eg hornbills, animals eg wild pigs.] Ride the river with a rubber tube.

Overnight at Danum valley

danum valley virgin jungle resort

Day 9 [B L D] Early morning birdwalk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to waterfall and dip in refreshing rock pools. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, jungle walk through trails leading to canopy walkway.

Night safari – subject to weather

Overnight at Danum valley


Day 10[B L D] transfer to semporna

After lunch check out and transfer by car from danum valley to seaside town – semporna

Overnight at hotel in semporna

Day 11 {BLD] to mabul

transfer by boat ride to little mabul island. rest relax and enjoy diving, snorkeling at mabul and at nearby sipadan [shuttle trips included] a world class diving spot; Enjoy a vast array of marine life and colourful corals. Walk the beach.

[hire charges for diving and snorkeling equipment not included]

Overnight at Mabul island in chalets on the beach.

Day 12 [BLD] mabul

enjoy snorkeling , diving; sun and beach

Overnight at Mabul

Day 13 [BL] After lunch, transfer from Mabul to Semporna and onward to Tawau airport for domestic flight to KK. Transfer from KK airport to check into 5 star seafront resort by early evening.

Overnight at resort hotel

Day 14 [B] free at leisure

[optional day trip away; after breakfast, transfer to Mount

Kinabalu Park, a world heritage site, trekking, hot springs,

canopy bridge walk and return to resort late afternoon ]

Overnight at resort hotel

Day 14 [B] free at leisure

[Optional; water rafting along a river, a day return activity from early morning and returning to resort by late afternoon]

[optional city tour, museum, bird park, cultural park, shopping]

Overnight at resort hotel

Day 15 [B] check out after breakfast

BON VOYAGE

Summary of nights and main activities

  • 4 nights [B D] seafront resort
  • 1 night [BLD] selingan island
  • 2 nights [BLD]sukau
  • 2 nights [BLD] danum valley
  • 1 night [BLD] semporna
  • 2 nights [BLD]mabul island
  • 2 nights [B] kk resort

14 nights

From £900 PER PERSON

The following itinerary will not bring you within view of manta rays. If you are very keen on seeing abundance of sea life, let us know so that we can suggest an island for 2 night stay. Have you heard of Sipadan Island?The most famous dive spot in the world discovered and kept secret by  Jaques Cousteu for two years , a mushroom island with a 2000 ft drop and an abundace of marine life , voted best dive spot in the world for 4 years in succession .Let us know if you are interested to know more. We can arrange for you to stay at a nearby facility with easy day access to Sipadan island for a fantastic snorkelling experience where you will be sure to see giant turtles and lots of other marine life.

Day 1 : Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport and transfer to Rasa Ria hotel (a 5 star beach front resort with miles of sandy beach, pools. Golf course, international, Indian and western restaurants) At night, enjoy a romantic candle light dinner. [Specially arranged for you]

Day 2 : Enjoy the rest of the day by the poolside. Walk the beach, enjoy the sunset view; Enjoy the in-house activities including the Orang Utan sanctuary. Overnight in Rasa Ria. (optional activities include horse riding, massage on the beach, sea sports, table tennis, lawn tennis [B]

Day 3 : Rasa Ria. [B]

Day 4 : Rasa Ria. [B]

Day 5 : Fly to Sandakan and proceed to the jetty for onward journey to the Selingan Island. Overnight at Selingan island to try and catch viewing of a turtle laying eggs. [B,L,D]

Day 6 : Back to mainland for Orang Utan experience at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and Sandakan City tour. Check in to Borneo Hotel. [B,L]

Day 7 : Depart for Kota Kinabalu. At night, romantic candle light dinner with your love one and visit the entertainment outlets. Overnight in resort hotel with sea front. International, Chinese and Italian restaurants, pool side bar) [B, plus a specially arranged dinner just for you]

Day 8 : Enjoy your whole day by the pool in resort hotel . [B]

Day 9 : Full day at resort hotel. [B]

Day 10 : Island trip and snorkeling. BBQ lunch on an island some 10 minutes by speed boat from the city. Return to resort hotel by late afternoon. (If you prefer to spend a night or more in one of the chalets on a nearby island, let us know.) On Manukan island you can walk the beach at sunset and sunrise almost all to yourselves; feed the fishes at the jetty [B,L]

Day 11 : at resort hotel [B] (optional nights at a disco and/or a pub, optional dining at a Japanese, Chinese or Indian restaurant. Or have a dinner at a restaurant by the beach after enjoying a sunset you will always remember. Transport can be arranged for you).

Day 12 : at resort hotel [B]

Day 13 : at resort hotel [B]

Day 14 : Von Voyage. [B]

Inclusive:

  • all land transfers
  • boat transfers
  • breakfast (B) lunch (L) and dinner (D) as indicated
  • entrance fee to the park
  • domestic flights (MAS)
  • room
  • English speaking guide while on tour
  • government taxes

14 Nights at 5 STAR RESORT HOTEL INCLUDING AIRPORT TRANSFERS AND BREAKFASTS TWIN ROOM .


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