• Overview

    In the East Malaysian state of Sabah, on the great island of Borneo, lies one of Malaysia's finest remaining wilderness areas, the mystical Maliau Basin. Bounded by a formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675m asl, the almost circular Basin encompasses reaching over 390 km2 of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem.

    Things To Do

    In addition to being an ideal place for research and environmental education, Maliau Basin Conservation Area is perfect for adventure jungle trekking, bird watching, nature photography, night drives to spot nocturnal wildlife, waterfall swimming and recreation and simply experiencing the thrill of being in a truly unspoilt wilderness.

    Camps & Accomodation

    Besides the chalet, resthouse and hostel accommodation facilities at Maliau Basin Studies Centre, Maliau offers a range of satellite camps linked by well-maintained trails. Belian Camp Belian Camp is about 25km drive from the Security Gate and within walking distance of Maliau Basin Studies Centre.

  • Half day Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Tour

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive approximately forty mins to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. After registration, follow a guided boardwalk that will lead you

    Half day Sandakan Nature
    City Tour

    The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp.

    Half day Rainforest Discovery Centre Tour

    Rainforest Discovery Centre is situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you



    Half day Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Tour

    The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers another perfect proboscis monkeys observation spot for any tourist who wants to have a closer look

    Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Fishing Village Tour

    Take a speedboat from Sandakan for about 15 minutes and reach Tanjung Aru Island. There, we are able to see stilt houses while we cruise along river.

    Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Sandakan Nature City Tour

    Sepilok Orang Utan/Sandakan Nature City Tour. Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs,



    Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Tour

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest,

    Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Village Walk Tour

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest,

    Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre Tour

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest,



    Full day Rainforest Discovery Centre/Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive approximately forty minutes to Raiforest Discovery Centre, situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

    Full day Rainforest Discovery Centre/Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Fishing Village

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive approximately forty minutes to Raiforest Discovery Centre, situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

    Full day Sandakan Nature City/Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Fishing Village

    The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp.



    Day Tour Kinabatangan
    River

    Pick up from hotel in Sandakan, transfer to SJR for lunch. After lunch, drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys,

    Day Tour Gomantong Cave & Kinabatangan River

    Pick up from hotel in Sandakan, drive overland (2 ½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah

    Day Tour Gomantong Cave/Bats watching

    Pick up from hotel in Sandakan, drive overland (2 ½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah



    1 Day, 1 Night Selingan Turtle Island Tour

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, grab your mask,

    Day Trip Selingan Turtle Island With Lunch

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, grab your mask,

    1 Day, 1 Night Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah



    2 Day, 1 Night

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah

    2 Day, 2 Night

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah

    2 Day, 1 Night

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre,



    2 Day, 1 Night

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest,

    3 Day, 2 Night

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre,

    3 Day, 2 Night

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, grab your mask,



    2 Days, 1 Night

    2-day tour to Danum Valley Field Centre, starting from Lahad Datu. Places on itinerary includes Infapro Project Area and Bukit Atur. Pick-up at Lahad Datu Airport

    3 Days, 2 Nights

    3-day tour to Danum Valley Field Centre, starting from Lahad Datu. Places on itinerary includes Infapro Project Area, Tembaling Waterfall and Bukit Atur.

    BRL 4 Days, 3 Nights

    4-day tour to Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL), starting from Lahad Datu. Places on itinerary includes Coffin Cliff, Fairy Falls, Serpent Falls and Danum River.



    4 Day, 3 Night

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre,

    3 Day, 2 Night

    Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort. Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above.

    3 Day, 2 Night

    Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort. Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above.



    4 Day, 3 Night

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up. Take a 5 mins.

    5 Day, 4 Night

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up.

    5 Day, 4 Night

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Then, take a 5 mins.



    3 Days, 2 Nights

    3-day tour to Maliau Basin Conservation Area, starting from Kota Kinabalu. Places on itenary includes MBSC, Agathis Camp, Nephentes Camp.

    5 Days, 4 Nights

    5-day tour to Maliau Basin Conservation Area, starting from Kota Kinabalu. Places on itenary includes MBSC, Agathis Camp, Nephentes Camp, Maliau Waterfall, Ginseng Camp.



  • Maliau Basin Conservation Area

    Maliau Basin conversation Area is one of Malaysia's finest remaining wilderness areas. Bounded by formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675 metres above sea level, the almost circular Basin encompasses 390 km of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem, never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored and document. Remarkably, the whole Basin is a single huge water catchment, drained by one river only, the Maliau river, which flows out through a gorge in the southeast of the Basin, joining the kuamut River, and eventually the kinabatangan River, Sabah's longest and most important waterway.

    Given that the area is in the wet tropics, and its special geology that is extremely conducive for selective weathering, crucial for waterfall have been discovered throughout the Basin, one of which is the magnificent 7-tier Maliau Falls. Located in the northern part of Maliau Basin is lake Linumunsut, through to be Sabah's only non ox-bow freshwater lake. Here, one can find fossilized marine gastropods from 16-17 million years ago when the lake area was once a coastal zone.

    In 1981, together with Danum Valley, Maliau Basin was made a conservation Area within the yayasan sabah's long term forest Management Plan, to remain unlogged for conservation, education, research and recreation. While Danum Valley flourished into a world-renowned tropical research centre, Maliau Basin has remained in the shadows as Sabah's Lost World'

    Management

    In 1997, Sabah state Legislative Assembly designated Maliau Basin Conservation Area as a Class 1 (protection) forest Reserve and extended it to its present size of 588.4 km by incorporating forested land to the esdt and north of the Basin. The management committee, which was gazette pertaining to this is the forest (maliau Basin conservation Area) Rules, 1998. The same Gazette legally established the role of yayasan sabah as the manager of the area.

    Yayasan Sabah, sabah Forestry Department and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Universiti Malaysia Sabah Sabah wildlife Department, Sabah parks, sabah Museum, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), the state department of environmental protection, the district offices of Tongod, Nabawan and Keningau as well as the Tawau Municipal Council, among others are members of the Management Committee.

    The area was further gazetted as a cultural (conservation) Heritage Site on 19 May 1999 under the cultural heritage (conservation) enactment 1998, thereby strengthening its protection status. Buffer zones surrounding the whole conservation area also add to its protection.

    Collaboration

    In 1999, a 4-year project was initiated between Yayasan Sabah and DANIDA (Danish International Development Assistance), resulting in the preparation of a Strategic anagement Plan for Maliau Basin Conservation Area, and the establishment of Maliau Basin Studies Centre at the southeast edge of the Basin for research, conservation, education and eco-tourism purposes. Generous sponsorship has come from Swedish company IKEA who funded a vehicle, satellite camps, trail and bridge construction, observation towers and the Maliau "Sky Bridge" while Sabah Shell Petroleum Limited sponsored the construction of Shell Maliau Basin Reception and Information Building.

  • Activities

    In addition to being an ideal place for research and environmental education, Maliau Basin Conservation Area is perfect for adventure jungle trekking, bird watching, nature photography, night drives to spot nocturnal wildlife, waterfall swimming and recreation and simply experiencing the thrill of being in a truly unspoilt wilderness.

    With over 70km of marked trails, only about one third of Maliau is open to visitors and less than half the Basin has been explored by researchers so far. Maliau Basin Conservation Area is a remote location safety procedures must be followed. These include having insurance which covers emergency helicopter evacuation for those trekking into the forest, being accompanied by Maliau rangers while on the trails and rental of VHF radios. Hunting is absolutely forbidden, and rules concerning the conservation of the area such as no collection of specimens without written permission, must also be strictly adhered to.

    Waterfalls & Lakes

    Maliau Basin contains many outstanding natural features, including probably the greatest number of waterfalls anywhere in Malaysia. The most famed of these is the spectacular 7-tiered Maliau Falls on the Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28m.Maliau is also the home of the fabled Lake Linumunsut, Sabah's only non-oxbow lake, situated below the outer banks of the northern escarpment.

    Flora

    Maliau Basin contains an unusual assemblage of forest types, comprising mainly of lower montane forest dominated by majestic Agathis tress, rare montane heath forest and lowland and hill dipterocarp forest. These lowland forests are rich in dipterocarps, legumes (kooonpassia, parkia), and fruit tress (wild species of rambutan, terap, starfruit, mangosteen, durian, belunu and bambangan (one species, mangifera bullata, is a first record for Borneo), and as a consequence the wildlife is both rich and diverse. Aquilaria malaccensis, the source of the sweet-smelling 'gaharu' or aloewood that has been used as incense since anciet times, is also recorded from the Basin. Inside the Basin itself along the alluvial flats and lower slopes of the central valleys, about 11% is covered in lowland dipterocarp forest, which grades gradually into hill dipterocarp forest on the slopes and ridges. The giant parasitic flower, Rafflesia tengku-adlinii, was found in this forest in 1998, only the second record for this species.

    Fauna

    Maliau Basin conservation Area, including the buffer zones, has an impressive mammal list. More than 80 mammals out of Borneo's total of 221 have so far been recorded from the entire area, including the first sabah record for the Least Horseshoe Bat, and possibly of the Black-eared Pygmy Squirrel, as well as a sighting of the almost extint golden-red Bay Cat, which is restricted to the island of Borneo. Clouded Leopard, as well as the Bornean Pygmy Elephant and Borneo's willd ox,the Banteng.

    The most abundant large mammal in the conservation Area (outside the Basin itself) is probably the sambar dear, of which five to ten are nearly always spotted along the access road during night drives. An important finding of mammal surveys in maliau was a significant population of small wild cats. These are the rare Flat-headed and Marbled Cats,and the commoner Leopard Cat. The much larger Clouded Leopard appears to be present both inside and outside the Basin. These have also been records of the almost legendary golden-red Bay Cat. The sun Bear has been recorded both inside and outside the Basin. The Borneon Gibbon, whose distinctive calls resound through the forest canopy at dawn, and the Red Leaf Monkey, is commonest primate both inside and outside the Basin.

  • Satellite Camp Accommodation

    Besides the chalet, resthouse and hostel accommodation facilities at Maliau Basin Studies Centre, Maliau offers a range of satellite camps linked by well-maintained trails. Belian Camp Belian Camp is about 25km drive from the Security Gate and within walking distance of Maliau Basin Studies Centre. It comprises a camping ground with space for 20 double tents, a large kitchen, toilets cum showers, and an attractive pavilion. Located in logged lowland dipterocarp forest near the banks of Maliau River, Belian Camp is close to an educational nature trail and an impressive canopy walkway, also known as Maliau "Sky Bridge".

    Nephenthes Camp (Also known as Camel Trophy Camp)

    Nephenthes Camp / Camel Trophy Camp is a two-storey building complete with bunk beds, showers and solar electricity, which can accommodate up to 15 visitors. Constructed by the participants of Camel Trophy in 1993, it was the first permanent camp within the Basin and is located strategically at the meeting point of lower montane forest and the rare and unusual montane heath forest on Maliau's southern plateau. A 33m high observation platform near the top of a large Agathis borneensis tree provides an opportunity to observe birds at close range and allows breathtaking views of the surrounding forest canopy and the beautiful Takob Akob and Giluk Falls are within 2 hours walk.

    Ginseng Camp

    Constructed in 2005 near to the impressive 27m high Ginseng Falls and about 5-6 hours walk from Agathis Camp, this substantial camp can accommodate up to 20 visitors, and has hammock-style beds and toilets cum showers.

    Lobah Camp

    Located near the top of a hill with a 230 degrees panoramic view of the Basin's rim, Lobah Camp is approximately 2km from the well-known Maliau Falls, and serves as a much-needed stopping point for visitors from Ginseng and Camel Trophy Camps, before arriving at the Falls.

    Seraya Camp

    Four to six hours walk from Belian Camp, Seraya Camp is located on what is expected to be the most important trail in MBCA in the future, as most visitors to Maliau Falls will spend the night here. Trails around Seraya Camp also pass a rare Rafflesia tengku-adinii site. Other satellite camps in remote locations such as Rafflesia, Strike Ridge and Eucalyptus Camps are accessible to visitors only by helicopter.

    VVIP Chalet

    Resthouse

    Hostel

  • 3 Days 2 Nights Maliau Basin

    DAY 01 Kota Kinabalu - Maliau Basin Convservation Area (B, L & D)

    0700hrs Pickup from hotel and travel for about 2hrs drive to Keningau Town through Crocker Range; enjoy the scenic mountainous countryside view.
    0900hrs Expected to arrive at Keningau town, visit local coffee shop for a drinks and collect your packed lunch for consumption along the journey.
    0930hrs Continue journey to Maliau Basin, part of the road are gravel and bumpy.
    1300hrs Expected to arrive at Maliau Basin Information Gallery, take a 20mins rest and get the overall information and understanding of Maliau Basin - Sabah's Lost World.
    1400hrs Proceed to Maliau Basin Studies Center (MBSC) for Registration and Check-in.
    1530hrs Visit Maliau "SkyBriedge" and explore the Nature Trail.
    1730hrs Return to Lodge and Leisure Time.
    1930hrs Dinner at MBSC.
    2000hrs Video Presentation which give you a brief introduction to Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
    2030hrs Night Drive in search of nocturnal wildlife.
    2130hrs Return to Lodge and get a good night rest.
    0000hrs Light off.

    Day 2 MBSC - Agathis Camp - Nephenthes Camp (B, L & D)

    0700hrs After breakfast proceed for a 30mins drive to Agathis Camp for the trekking to begin.
    0830hrs Briefing by the ranger before the 7km trekking start. The trek from Agathis to Nephenthes Camp (Also known as Camel Trophy Camp) is about a 5-6 hours trek over the rim of the basin, the first 2 hours uphill trek is the challenging part of this adventure journey. Simple packed lunch along the trails.
    1330hrs Expected to arrive at Nephenthes Camp. Basic facility to be provided at the camp.
    1400hrs Leisure / If you are fit enough for another trekking, continue to the Takop Akop waterfall which is about 2.5km away from the camp or the Giluk waterfall which is closer journey. You can also visit the both if the time is permissible.
    1900hrs Dinner / Rest.

    Day 3 Nephenthes - Agathis Camp - Kota Kinabalu (B, L & D)

    0700hrs Breakfast. Visit the 33m high Observation Tower, enjoy the majestic view and birding from the tower.
    0830hrs Pack up your stuff and collect the packed lunch for the return journey to Agathis camp.
    1300hrs Expected to arrive at Agathis Camp. Clean up and relax.
    1430hrs Depart Agathis Camp for a 3 hours drive to Keningau Town.
    1800hrs Expected to arrive at Keningau Town for a dinner at the local restaurant.
    1930hrs Continue journey for Kota Kinabalu
    2130hrs Expected to arrive at Kota Kinabalu and proceed check in to your respective hotel.

  • 5 Days 4 Nights Maliau Basin

    Day 1 Kota Kinabalu - Maliau Basin Convservation Area(B, L & D)

    0700hrs Pickup from hotel and travel for about 2hrs drive to Keningau Town through Crocker Range; enjoy the scenic mountainous countryside view.
    0900hrs Expected to arrive at Keningau town, visit local coffee shop for a drinks and collect your packed lunch for consumption along the journey.
    0930hrs Continue journey to Maliau Basin, part of the road are gravel and bumpy.
    1300hrs Expected to arrive at Maliau Basin Information Gallery, take a 20mins rest and get the overall information and understanding of Maliau Basin - Sabah's Lost World.
    1400hrs Proceed to Maliau Basin Studies Center (MBSC) for Registration and Check-in.
    1530hrs Visit Maliau "SkyBriedge" and explore the Nature Trail.
    1730hrs Return to Lodge and Leisure Time.
    1930hrs Dinner at MBSC.
    2000hrs Video Presentation which give you a brief introduction to Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
    2030hrs Night Drive in search of nocturnal wildlife.
    2130hrs Return to Lodge and get a good night rest.
    0000hrs Light off.

    Day 2 MBSC - Agathis Camp - Nephenthes Camp (B, L & D)

    0700hrs After breakfast proceed for a 30mins drive to Agathis Camp for the trekking to begin.
    0830hrs Briefing by the ranger before the 7km trekking start. The trek from Agathis to Nephenthes Camp (Also known as Camel Trophy Camp) is about a 5-6 hours trek over the rim of the basin, the first 2 hours uphill trek is the challenging part of this adventure journey. Simple packed lunch along the trails.
    1330hrs Expected to arrive at Nephenthes Camp. Basic facility to be provided at the camp.
    1400hrs Leisure / If you are fit enough for another trekking, continue to the Takop Akop waterfall which is about 2.5km away from the camp or the Giluk waterfall which is closer journey. You can also visit the both if the time is permissible.
    1900hrs Dinner / Rest.

    Day 3 Nephenthes - Maliau Waterfall - Ginseng Camp (B, L & D)

    0700hrs Breakfast. Visit the 33m high Observation Tower, enjoy the majestic view and birding from the tower.
    0830hrs Pack up your stuff and collect the packed lunch for the 6km journey to Junction between Maliau Waterfall and Ginseng Camp.
    1200hrs Expected to arrive at Junction. Stop for lunch and rest.
    1300hrs Proceed for a 4.5km downhill trek to Maliau Waterfall. Along the trails you will pass by Lobah Camp which give you an awesome panoramic view of Maliau Basin rim.
    1500hrs Expected to arrive at Maliau Waterfall. Maliau waterfall is a spectacular seven-tiered waterfall cascading over and over into Maliau River, the highest fall of which is a magnificent 28m fall.
    1600hrs Depart Maliau fall and return to Ginseng Camp via the same trails. It takes about 5km to Ginseng Camp from Maliau waterfall.
    1830hrs Expected to arrive at Ginseng Camp. Take a good rest, shower and freshen up.
    1930hrs Dinner and Leisure.

    Day 4 Ginseng - Agathis - MBSC (B, L & D)

    0700hrs Breakfast.
    0800hrs Pack your stuff and boxed lunch and start for a 9km trekking journey to Agathis Camp.
    1200hrs Expected to arrive at Junction. Stop for lunch and rest.
    1400hrs Expected to arrive at Agathis Camp. Wait for the transport to transfer you back to Studies Centre. After arrival, check in to the rest house and leisure.
    1900hrs Dinner. (Optional night trails)

    Day 5 MBSC - Kota Kinabalu (B & L)

    0700hrs Breakfast.
    0800hrs Depart centre and stopover at the 4-storey Observation Tower for a final picture of the Maliau Rim.
    1200hrs Expected to arrive Keningau Town. Stop for a local lunch before continue journey to Kota Kinabalu.
    1600hrs Expected to arrive at Kota Kinabalu.

  • Half day Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre Tour

    (Approximately 3 – 3.5 hours)


    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive approximately forty mins to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. After registration, follow a guided boardwalk that will lead you to the Feeding Platform, a chance for you to explore the lowland rainforest trees. Witness the feeding of orang utans, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orang Utan (25mins) at the Nature Education Centre, pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall. Depart Sepilok Centre for Sandakan and transfer back to respective hotels.

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications.




  • Half day Sandakan Nature City Tour

    (Approximately 3 – 3.5 hours)


    Highlights: Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, St. Michael’s Church, Central Market, Agnes Keith Museum & English Tea House.

    The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp. The park commemorates the sacrifice and suffering endured by both Australian and British soldiers who were held by the Japanese as Prisoners of War between 1942 and 1945. The Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay and the Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah and Agnes was the author of the three famous books called Land Below The Wind, Three Came Home and White Man Returns. Stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account).




  • Half day Rainforest Discovery Centre Tour (RDC)

    (Approximately 3 – 3.5 hours)


    Rainforest Discovery Centre is situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you a lot of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk (147 metres long) in Sandakan. The 28 metres above ground walkway allows you to walk among the rainforest giants such as the mengaris trees. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by this place as it has one of the rarest birds in Sabah, The Borneon Bristlehead and another 250 species of other birds like the Hornbills, Broadbills, Pittas and Kingfishers.




  • Half day Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Tour

    (Approximately 3 – 3.5 hours)


    The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers another perfect proboscis monkeys observation spot for any tourist who wants to have a closer look at these very unique primate. The sanctuary is located at the centre of the mangrove forest along the coastal land near Samawang Village at Labuk Bay, Sandakan. If you love taking close up pictures of the Proboscis Monkey, this is the best place. Currently there are 3 family groups and 1 bachelor group in the sanctuary. A chance to see Silver Leaf Monkey, Pig tailed Macaque, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Otter, White-bellied Woodpecker and Kingfishers too.




  • Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Fishing Village Tour (Dinner)

    Take a speedboat from Sandakan for about 15 minutes and reach Tanjung Aru Island. There, we are able to see stilt houses while we cruise along river. We will have a chance to walk around the village and have a simple tea break in one of the villagers’ house as part of a eco tourism plan for the area. During the cruise, a chance to spot wild animals like Proboscis Monkeys, Otters and Kingfishers. Wait for sunset while enjoying the peaceful surrounding during the cruise. When it starts to get dark at around 7.00pm, we will take a slow cruise and witness the fireflies lighting up the trees around us. After that, transfer for a local seafood restaurant to enjoy a seafood dinner which Sandakan is famous for. After dinner, transfer back to respective hotels.




  • Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Sandakan Nature City Tour (Lunch)

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orang Utan (25mins) at the Nature Education Centre, pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall. Lunch enroute at Sabah Hotel. Afternoon, Sandakan City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp. The park commemorates the sacrifice and suffering endured by both Australian and British soldiers who were held by the Japanese as Prisoners of War between 1942 and 1945. The Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay and the Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah and Agnes was the author of the three famous books called Land Below The Wind, Three Came Home and White Man Returns. Stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account). After tour, transfer back to Sandakan airport.




  • Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Tour (Lunch)

    (Approximately 9 hours)


    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orang Utan (25mins) at the Nature Education Centre, pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall. Lunch enroute. After lunch, transfer to The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary that offers another perfect proboscis monkeys observation spot for any tourist who wants to have a closer look at these very unique primate. The sanctuary is located at the centre of the mangrove forest along the coastal land near Samawang Village at Labuk Bay, Sandakan. If you love taking close up pictures of the Proboscis Monkey, this is the best place. Currently there are 3 family groups and 1 bachelor group in the sanctuary. A chance to see Silver Leaf Monkey, Pig tailed Macaque, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Otter, White-bellied Woodpecker and Kingfishers too.




  • Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Village Walk Tour (Lunch/Dinner)

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orang Utan (25mins) at the Nature Education Centre, pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall. Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, visit Sepilok for the second feeding and then proceed to Sandakan Town.

    Late afternoon, take a speedboat from Sandakan for about 15 minutes and reach Tanjung Aru Island. There, we are able to see stilt houses while we cruise along river. We will have a chance to walk around the village and have a simple tea break in one of the villagers’ house as part of a eco tourism plan for the area. During the cruise, a chance to spot wild animals like Proboscis Monkeys, Otters and Kingfishers. Wait for sunset while enjoying the peaceful surrounding during the cruise. When it starts to get dark at around 7.00pm, we will take a slow cruise and witness the fireflies lighting up the trees around us. After that, transfer for a local seafood restaurant to enjoy a seafood dinner which Sandakan is famous for. After dinner, transfer back to respective hotels.




  • Full day Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre Tour (Lunch)

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. 1000hrs, witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orang Utan (25mins) at the Nature Education Centre, pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall. Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, visit Sepilok for the second feeding and then proceed to Rainforest Discovery Centre.

    Rainforest Discovery Centre is situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you a lot of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk (147 metres long) in Sandakan. The 28 metres above ground walkway allows you to walk among the rainforest giants such as the mengaris trees. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by this place as it has one of the rarest birds in Sabah, The Borneon Bristlehead and another 250 species of other birds like the Hornbills, Broadbills, Pittas and Kingfishers.

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications.




  • Full day Rainforest Discovery Centre/Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Tour (Lunch)

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive approximately forty minutes to Raiforest Discovery Centre, situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre & the Plant Discovery Garden will bring you a lot of information about the nature in the area. A chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk (147 metres long) in Sandakan. The 28 metres above ground walkway allows you to walk among the rainforest giants such as the mengaris trees. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by this place as it has one of the rarest birds in Sabah, The Borneon Bristlehead and another 250 species of other birds like the Hornbills, Broadbills, Pittas & Kingfishers.

    After lunch, transfer to The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary that offers another perfect proboscis monkeys observation spot for any tourist who wants to have a closer look at these very unique primate. The sanctuary is located at the centre of the mangrove forest along the coastal land near Samawang Village at Labuk Bay, Sandakan. If you love taking close up pictures of the Proboscis Monkey, this is the best place. Currently there are 3 family groups and one bachelor group in the sanctuary. A chance to see Silver Leaf Monkey, Pig tailed Macaque, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Otter, White-bellied Woodpecker and Kingfishers too. After tour, transfer back to respective hotels.

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications.




  • Full day Rainforest Discovery Centre/Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Fishing Village (L/D)

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive approximately forty minutes to Raiforest Discovery Centre, situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre & the Plant Discovery Garden will bring you a lot of information about the nature in the area. A chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk (147 metres long) in Sandakan. The 28 metres above ground walkway allows you to walk among the rainforest giants such as the mengaris trees. Birdwatchers will be fascinated by this place as it has one of the rarest birds in Sabah,

    The Borneon Bristlehead and another 250 species of other birds like the Hornbills, Broadbills, Pittas & Kingfishers.

    Late afternoon, take a speedboat from Sandakan for about 15 minutes and reach Tanjung Aru Island. There, we are able to see stilt houses while we cruise along river. We will have a chance to walk around the village and have a simple tea break in one of the villagers’ house as part of a eco tourism plan for the area. During the cruise, a chance to spot wild animals like Proboscis Monkeys, Otters and Kingfishers. Wait for sunset while enjoying the peaceful surrounding during the cruise. When it starts to get dark at around 7.00pm, we will take a slow cruise and witness the fireflies lighting up the trees around us. After that, transfer for a local seafood restaurant to enjoy a seafood dinner which Sandakan is famous for. After dinner, transfer back to respective hotels.

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications.




  • Full day Sandakan Nature City/Fire Flies/Mangrove Cruise/Fishing Village (Dinner)

    Highlights: Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, St. Michael’s Church, Central Market, Agnes Keith Museum & English Tea House.

    The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp. The park commemorates the sacrifice and suffering endured by both Australian and British soldiers who were held by the Japanese as Prisoners of War between 1942 and 1945. The Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay and the Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah and Agnes was the author of the three famous books called Land Below The Wind, Three Came Home and White Man Returns. Stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account).

    Late afternoon, take a speedboat from Sandakan for about 15 minutes and reach Tanjung Aru Island. There, we are able to see stilt houses while we cruise along river. We will have a chance to walk around the village and have a simple tea break in one of the villagers’ house as part of a eco tourism plan for the area. During the cruise, a chance to spot wild animals like Proboscis Monkeys, Otters and Kingfishers. Wait for sunset while enjoying the peaceful surrounding during the cruise. When it starts to get dark at around 7.00pm, we will take a slow cruise and witness the fireflies lighting up the trees around us. After that, transfer for a local seafood restaurant to enjoy a seafood dinner which Sandakan is famous for. After dinner, transfer back to respective hotels.

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications.




  • Day Tour Kinabatangan River (Lunch)

    Pick up from hotel in Sandakan, transfer to SJR for lunch. After lunch, drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many many more wildlife. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff followed by an afternoon tea with some local bites After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise (4.00pm) along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff followed by an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide, take a boat cruise (4.00pm) to view proboscis monkeys, birds & other wildlife at Kinabatangan River, the longest river in Sabah (560km). After the boat cruise, return to Sandakan and transfer back to respective hotels (arrival time at about 8.30+pm).




  • Day Tour Gomantong Cave & Kinabatangan River (Lunch)

    Pick up from hotel in Sandakan, drive overland (2 ½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, by the Kinabatangan River. Lunch included at Bilit. 1530hrs, have an afternoon tea with some local bites After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise (4.00pm) along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. After the boat cruise, return to Sandakan and transfer back to respective hotels (arrival time at about 8.30+pm).




  • Day Tour Gomantong Cave/Bats watching (Dinner)

    Pick up from hotel in Sandakan, drive overland (2 ½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After visiting the cave, wait at the cave entrance to witness the feeding of the Bat Hawk on millions of bats that merge out from the cave in search for food. After that, transfer back to Sandakan and dinner will be served in a local restaurant. After dinner, transfer back to respective hotels (arrival time at about 9.30+pm).

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera and personal medications.




  • 1D/1N Selingan Turtle Island Tour (Fullboard)

    DAY 01 - Sandakan/Turtle Island (L/D)

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life. Or, you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach. Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the turtle park and turtles. After dinner, standby at the Cafeteria. Wait for Park Ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the sea. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet.


    Day 02 - Turtle Island/Sandakan (B)

    0600hrs wake up early in the morning
    0630hrs Have your breakfast at 0630hrs
    0700hrs Depart Selingan Island and return to mainland
    0800hrs

    Estimated arrival time at the jetty, Transfer back to respective hotels or continue your next excursions to Sepilok Orang Utan Centre or Kinabatangan River.

    Note : Photographing of turtles only with camera of unaided flash.
    Snorkelling gears are available to hire (Please refer to the Island).
    What to bring (recommendations):

    Cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, swimwear, torch light, a pair of sandals, comfortable cotton T-shirt with short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications.



  • Day Trip Selingan Turtle Island With Lunch (Upon Request Only)

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life or you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach. By 1530 hrs, depart island and return to mainland. Transfer back to respective hotels.




  • 1D/1N Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River & Morning Cruise Tour (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River (L/D)

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many many more wildlife. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff. Lunch included at Bilit.

    1530hrs Have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise
    1600hrs Along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

    Day 02 - Kinabatangan River/Sandakan (B)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast
    0830hrs Depart Bilit for Sandakan
    1130hrs Arrive Sepilok Jungle Resort or, transfer back to respective hotels


  • 2D/1N Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise & Ox-Bow Lakes (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River (L/D)

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many many more wildlife. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff. Lunch included at Bilit

    1530hrs have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide
    1600hrs take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

    Day 02 - Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Sandakan (B/L)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast

    Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife. Simple picnic lunch at the lake is included (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up and transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort or respective hotels.

    1600hrs Estimated arrival time


  • 2D/2N Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise & Ox-Bow Lakes (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River (L/D)

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many many more wildlife. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff. Lunch included at Bilit.

    1530hrs have an afternoon tea with some local bites.
    1600hrs After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

    Day 02 - Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast.
    0800hrs

    Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife. Simple picnic lunch at the lake is included (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up. Late afternoon, get ready for another afternoon river cruise to a different part of the river to see more wildlife. Dinner and stay second night at Bilit Adventure Lodge

    Day 03 - Kinabatangan River/Sandakan (B)

    0830hrs After breakfast, depart Bilit for Sandakan
    1130hrs Arrive Sepilok Jungle Resort or, transfer back to respective hotels
    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes or trekking boots, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 2D/1N Sepilok Orang Utan/Kinabatangan River/Gomantong Cave/Sandakan City (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre/Kinabatangan River (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programmes (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall. Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, we drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many more wildlife.

    1500hrs Arrive at Bilit, check into your accommodation
    1530hrs Have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide
    1600hrs Take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

    Day 02 - Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise/Gomantong Cave/Sandakan Nature City/Airport (B/L)

    0600hrs Wake up to the calls of gibbons & birds and start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast
    0830hrs

    Depart Bilit for Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone & bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, return to Sandakan for lunch. Afternoon, depart for Sandakan Nature City Tour. The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay & Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah. Final stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account). After tour, transfer to Sandakan airport/hotel

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 2D/1N Sepilok Orang Utan/Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey/Sandakan City Tour & Sepilok Jungle Resort (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan/Labuk Bay/Sepilok Jungle Resort (L/D)

    Pick up from your hotel in Sandakan, drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

    1000hrs Witness the morning feeding of orang utans in the forest, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orang Utan (25mins) at the Nature Education Centre, pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall
    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute. After lunch, transfer to The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary that offers another perfect proboscis monkeys observation spot for any tourist who wants to have a closer look at these very unique primate. The sanctuary is located at the centre of the mangrove forest along the coastal land near Samawang Village at Labuk Bay, Sandakan. If you love taking close up pictures of the Proboscis Monkey, this is the best place. Currently there are 3 family groups and 1 bachelor group in the sanctuary. A chance to see Silver Leaf Monkey, Pig tailed Macaque, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Otter, White-bellied Woodpecker and Kingfishers too. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 02 - Sandakan Nature City/Airport (B/L)

    0600hrs

    After breakfast, depart for Sandakan Nature City Tour. The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the site of the original Sandakan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp. The park commemorates the sacrifice and suffering endured by both Australian and British soldiers who were held by the Japanese as Prisoners of War between 1942 and 1945. The Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay and the Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah and Agnes was the author of the three famous books called Land Below The Wind, Three Came Home and White Man Returns. Stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City

    1230hrs Lunch enroute. After lunch, transfer back to respective hotel or onwards flight

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 3D/2N Sepilok Orang Utan/Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise & Ox-Bow Lakes & Gomantong Cave/Sandakan City (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre/Kinabatangan River (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programmes (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, we drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many more wildlife

    1500hrs Arrive at Bilit, check into your accommodation
    1530hrs

    Have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide

    1600hrs

    Take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 02 - Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs

    After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife

    1230hrs Simple picnic lunch at the lake is included (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up. Late afternoon, get ready for another afternoon river cruise to a different part of the river to see more wildlife. Dinner and stay second night at Bilit Adventure Lodge

    Day 03 - Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise/Gomantong Cave/Sandakan Nature City/Airport (B/L)

    0600hrs Breakfast
    0830hrs depart Bilit for Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone & bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home
    1230hrs

    After cave, return to Sandakan for lunch. Afternoon, depart for Sandakan Nature City Tour. The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay & Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church where you can see a century old building where Christianity is preached. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Harry was the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah. Final stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account). After tour, transfer to Sandakan airport/hotel


    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes or trekking boots, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 3D/2N WONDERS OF NATURE - Turtle Island/Sepilok Orang Utan/Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise & Gomantong Cave/Sandakan Nature City (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Turtle Island (L/D)

    Pick up from hotel and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour. After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life. Or, you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach. Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the turtle park and turtles. After dinner, standby at the Cafeteria. Wait for Park Ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the sea. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet


    Day 02 - Turtle Island/Sepilok Orang Utan/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning
    0630hrs Have Your Breakfast
    0700hrs

    Depart Selingan Island and return to mainland. Proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programmes (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, we drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River
    1500hrs Arrive at Bilit, check into your accommodation
    1530hrs Have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide
    1600hrs Take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge

    Day 03 - Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise/Gomantong Cave/Sandakan Nature City/Airport (B/L)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs

    After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. By 0830 hrs, depart Bilit for Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone & bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home.

    1230hrs

    After cave, return to Sandakan for lunch. Afternoon, depart for Sandakan Nature City Tour. The City Tour includes a visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay & Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church. Drive to the Central Market where you can see the local produce and fresh seafood being sold. Visit to the Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Final stop at the nearby English Tea House where you may have another spectacular view of Sandakan Nature City. Here, you may have your own choices of refreshment (own account). After tour, transfer to Sandakan airport/hotel


    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), a pair of sandals (island), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 4D/3N Sepilok Orang Utan/Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise & Ox-Bow Lakes & Gomantong Cave/Sepilok Jungle Resort/Sandakan (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Turtle Island (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programmes (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. After lunch, we drive overland to Bilit, kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many more wildlife

    1500hrs Arrive at Bilit, check into your accommodation
    1530hrs have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide
    1600hrs

    take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 02 - Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs

    After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife

    1230hrs

    Simple picnic lunch at the lake is included (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up. Late afternoon, get ready for another afternoon river cruise to a different part of the river to see more wildlife. Dinner and stay second night at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 03 - Kinabatangan River/Morning Cruise/Gomantong Cave/Sepilok Jungle Resort (B/L/D)

    0630hrs Breakfast
    0830hrs

    Depart Bilit for Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone & bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, return to Sandakan. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort. Check-in SJR

    1230hrs Lunch. Afternoon, free time. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR

    Day 04 - Sandakan Airport (B)

    0630hrs Breakfast. Free time until departure transfer to Sandakan airport

    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes or trekking boots, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 3D/2N The Turtle Tour (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up. Take a 5 mins. leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programme (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. Afternoon, second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 02 - Sepilok Jungle Resort/Turtle Island (B/L/D)

    0630hrs Breakfast
    0815hrs

    Depart SJR, transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour

    1230hrs

    After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life. Or, you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach. Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the turtle park and turtles. After dinner, standby at the Cafeteria. Wait for Park Ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the sea. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet


    Day 03 - Turtle Island/Sandakan (B)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning
    0630hrs Breakfast
    0700hrs Depart Selingan Island and return to mainland
    0800hrs

    Estimated arrival time at the jetty. Transfer back to respective hotels or continue your next excursions to Sepilok Orang Utan Centre or Kinabatangan River


    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, swim wear, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), a pair of sandals, torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 3D/2N The Primates Tour (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up. Take a 5 mins. leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programme (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. Afternoon, second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. After Sepilok, continue a visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you lots of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk in Sandakan. Standing on 28m above the forest floor is truly amazing. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 02 - SJR/Gomantong Cave & Kinabatangan River/Sepilok Jungle Resort (B/L/D)

    0630hrs Breakfast
    0915hrs

    Depart SJR and drive overland (2hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, by the Kinabatangan River

    1230hrs Lunch included at Bilit
    1530hrs Have an afternoon tea with some local bites After a short briefing by the nature guide
    1600hrs

    Take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. After the boat cruise, return to Sandakan and transfer back to SJR. Dinner & stay second night at SJR


    Day 03 - Sandakan – Onwards Journey (B)

    0600hrs

    Wake up to the calls of the jungle and birds. After breakfast, we will transfer to airport for your onward journey. End of tours. Or, choose to extension stay at the Resort


    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, swim wear, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 4D/3N The Jungle Tour (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up. Take a 5 mins. leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programme (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. Afternoon, second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. After Sepilok, continue a visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you lots of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk in Sandakan. Standing on 28m above the forest floor is truly amazing. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 02 - Sepilok Jungle Resort/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    Pick up from hotel and drive overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, Kinabatangan River, home to the 10 species of primates namely Proboscis monkeys, langurs, macaques, orang utan, slow loris, western tarsier, 8 species of hornbills such as Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill (50kg, 120cm), kingfishers, bubuls, trogons, flycatchers, sunbirds, broadbills, herons, mangrove snakes, vipers, estuarine crocodile, asian elephants and many many more wildlife. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff

    1230hrs Lunch included at Bilit
    1530hrs Have an afternoon tea with some local bites. After a short briefing by the nature guide
    1600hrs

    Take an afternoon cruise (4.00pm) along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest river at 560km) where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 03 - Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Sepilok Jungle Resort (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs

    After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife

    1230hrs

    Simple picnic lunch at the lake is included (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up and transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 04 - Sandakan – Onwards Journey (B)

    0600hrs

    Breakfast. Free at own leisure until departure transfer to Sandakan airport for your onwards flight


    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, swim wear, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • 5D/4N The Absolute Wildlife Tour (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Unpack yourself, freshen up. Take a 5 mins. leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’ or ‘Man of the Jungle’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programme (25 mins) and visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. Afternoon, second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. After Sepilok, continue a visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre and the Plant Discovery Centre will bring you lots of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk in Sandakan. Standing on 28m above the forest floor is truly amazing. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 02 - Sepilok Jungle Resort/Turtle Island (B/L/D)

    0630 Breakfast
    0815hrs Depart SJR and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour
    1230hrs

    After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life. Or, you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach. Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the turtle park and turtles

    1800hrs

    After dinner, standby at the Cafeteria. Wait for Park Ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the sea. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet


    Day 03 - Turtle Island/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning
    0630hrs Breakfast
    0700hrs

    depart island and return to mainland. Proceed by driving overland (2½ hrs) to reach Gomantong Cave to explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After cave, drive onwards to Bilit, Kinabatangan River. Upon arrival, a warm welcome by the staff

    1230hrs Lunch included at Bilit
    1530hrs , have an afternoon tea with some local bites
    1600hrs

    After a short briefing by the nature guide, take an afternoon cruise (4.00pm) along the Kinabatangan River, where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner & overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 04 - Kinabatangan River/Ox-Bow Lakes/Sepilok Jungle Resort (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning to start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs

    After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm and relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife

    1230hrs

    Simple picnic lunch at the lake is included (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to Bilit Lodge to freshen up and transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 05 - Sandakan – Onwards Journey (B)

    0630hrs

    Breakfast. Free at own leisure until departure transfer to Sandakan airport for your onwards flight


    What to bring (recommendations):

    Raincoat (wet season Nov-Feb), cap/hat, swim wear, insect repellent, sun cream, good walking shoes, socks, (leech socks are available for sale), torch light, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pant, binocular, camera, personal toiletries and medications



  • The Ultimate Sandakan Tour (Fullboard)

    Day 01 - Sandakan/Sepilok Orang Utan/Rainforest Discovery Centre/Sepilok Jungle Resort (L/D)

    Meet on upon arrival at SDK airport or pick up at respective hotels as listed on above. Transfer to Sepilok Jungle Resort (SJR). Then, take a 5 mins. leisure walk to the nearby Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, watching one of the nature’s most endangered animal species, the ‘Orang Utan’, in local language swing from branches to branches towards to the feeding station in the forest. Watch the scheduled video show programme (25mins), visit to the Exhibition Hall

    1230hrs

    Lunch enroute at SJR. Afternoon, second visit to the sanctuary for the afternoon feeding. After Sepilok, continue a visit to Rainforest Discovery Centre situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The Exhibition Centre & Plant Discovery Centre will bring you lots of information about the nature in the area. After that, a chance to walk on a suspension bridge and ending it with the only Canopy Walk in Sandakan. Dinner & stay overnight at SJR


    Day 02 - Sepilok Jungle Resort/Turtle Island (B/L/D)

    0630hrs Breakfast
    0800hrs Depart SJR and transfer to CQ Jetty for Selingan Turtle Island. This journey by motorised boat will take about 1 hour
    1230

    After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and head to the beach where you can find lots of juvenile marine life. Or, you can choose to relax or sun bathing by the beach. Before dinner, treat yourself to a slide show featuring information of the turtle park and turtles

    1800

    After dinner, standby at the Cafeteria. Wait for Park Ranger’s signal before proceed in a small group to the egg-laying site to witness the mother turtle laying eggs, transferring of eggs to the hatchery and releasing of hatchlings to the sea. Stay overnight at Selingan Island Chalet


    Note : Photographing of turtles only with camera of unaided flash.
    Snorkelling gears are available to hire (Please refer to the Island).

    Day 03 - Turtle Island/Sandakan Nature City/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up early in the morning
    0630hrs Breakfast
    0700hrs

    Depart island and return to mainland. Continue with Sandakan Nature City Tour. Visit to Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, located on a steep hill top where you can have a magnificent view overlooking Sandakan Bay & Sandakan Town Centre. Then, continue to one of the oldest church in Sabah, St. Michael’s Church. Drive to the Central Market, Agnes Keith Museum to learn about the life in the colonial days on Agnes & Harry Keith. Stop at the nearby English Tea House. Lunch is included

    1230hrs After lunch, drive overland to Bilit, Kinabatangan River (2½hrs)
    1600hrs

    Take an afternoon cruise along the Kinabatangan River, where you can observe wildlife on the boat itself. Dinner and overnight stay at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 04 - Kinabatangan River/Ox Bow Lake/Gomantong Cave/Kinabatangan River (B/L/D)

    0600hrs Wake up to the calls of gibbons & birds and start the day with an early river cruise
    0700hrs

    After the 1 hours boat cruise, proceed back to Bilit Lodge for breakfast. Late morning, depart for a guided jungle walk through the riverine forest to Danau Bilit (Ox-Bow Lakes) for wildlife sighting, an opportunity to meet the ‘bloodsuckers’ in the jungle – leeches! Stay calm & relax and treat your ears to the many fascinating sights and sounds of the jungle wildlife

    1230hrs

    Simple picnic lunch at the lake (subject to weather condition). After lunch, trek back to the lodge to freshen up. Late afternoon, drive to Gomantong Cave(25mins). Explore the largest limestone and bird nests cave in Sabah where millions of swiftlets make the cave their home. After visiting the cave, wait at the cave entrance to witness the feeding of the bathawk on millions of bats that merge out from the cave in search for food. After that, transfer back to Bilit Lodge. Dinner and stay second night at Bilit Adventure Lodge


    Day 05 - Kinabatangan River/Sandakan (B)

    0630hrs Breakfast
    0830hrs

    After breakfast,depart Bilit by 0830hrs and return to Sandakan. Transfer to Sandakan airport/hotel




  • 4WD challenge to boost tourism

    New Straits Times, Monday 21 May, 2012

    KOTA KINABALU: In a bid to promote friendship and tourism, more than 150 four-wheel-drive (4WD) buffs completed a 1,100km expedition that covered Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei recently.

    The inaugural Pan Borneo 4WD challenge, with the theme "Heritage to Heritage", was flagged off by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun at Mount Kinabalu National Park on April 29 and ended at Mulu National Park in Miri, Sarawak, on May 4.

    Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association president Edward Lingkapo said yesterday 60 vehicles took part in the six-day expedition. "About 35 per cent of the route were off-road.

    "We also stopped at tourist spots along the way to promote them," he said of their journey, which covered Kuala Penyu, Lawas, Temburong in Brunei, Limbang, Miri and Mulu.

    "The purpose of the expedition was to open doors for 4WD enthusiasts in Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Peninsular Malaysia to get to know each other better." He said the response was overwhelming.

    Lingkapo also revealed that the next Pan Borneo 4WD challenge would be more challenging as the association planned to stretch the off-road route to 50 per cent.

    He added that the association would also play host to the Borneo Safari, one of the oldest 4WD competition in the country, in the final week of October.

  • 3 factors why investors love Sabah

    New Straits Times, Monday, May 24, 2012

    KOTA KINABALU: SABAH'S political stability, sound policies and focused economic directions are three key factors that have caught the attention of the country's business community. Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia president Tan Sri William Cheng Heng Jem said this here yesterday after leading a delegation for a meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

    "Rapid economic development has taken place in Sabah. It looks different and the economic landscape is different," Cheng said, adding that the three factors were prerequisites investors looked for in a country or state.

    "Sabah is rich in natural resources, such as timber, minerals, oil and gas. However, what is important is it takes the right leadership to take the state to greater heights." Cheng said tourism and agriculture, including aquaculture, were doing well in the state and had the potential to grow. "I am also told that Sabah has strong environmental conservation laws. "This is also good in terms of ecotourism."

    Meanwhile, Musa said investors were interested in Malaysia because of the conducive atmosphere, good government policies and stable politics under the able leadership of Prime Minister Dauk Seri Najib Razak. He said the environmental laws on conservation had a long-term positive impact on the overall development of the state.

    "Protecting the forests, phasing out logging and focusing on reforestation means that future generations can once again have tropical rainforests, which had been logged, in 30 to 40 years' time." Similarly, he said a clean and unpolluted environment helped to draw investors to Sabah.

    Citing a United States-based multinational company, Darden Incorporated, he said the food giant had committed about US$2 billion (RM6.3 billion) to develop lobster farming off the coast of Semporna because the water was not polluted.

    "They also told me that another important reason why they chose to invest here was because of the prevailing economic and political stability in Malaysia."

  • Pioneering travel industry figureheads discuss the future of business travel

    International Travel Daily News, Friday, May 18, 2012

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced the speakers for the ‘Luminaries of Travel CEO’ panel to be held on July 24th, during GBTA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Trip Davis, President and Senior Associate Dean for external relations of the Darden School Foundation will moderate the panel with leaders of major travel suppliers including Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide, Luis Maroto, President and CEO of Amadeus, and Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. The panel is made possible by BMO Financial Group.

    These luminaries will tackle crucial questions about the future of business travel including the changing supplier landscape and the new generation of business travelers. They will engage in an insightful dialogue about technological advances, industry consolidation and growing demands for sustainability shaping the industry.

    “These panelists have a real inside view into the supply side of the travel industry. Their insights will be invaluable for the travel managers, meetings professionals and procurement leaders tasked with managing the important relationships affecting their travel programs,” said Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO of GBTA. “This is one of the marquee panels at GBTA Convention and we’re excited to hear from them.”

    Trip Davis is the President and Senior Associate Dean for external relations of the Darden School Foundation. As an award winning entrepreneur and executive in travel technology and data services, Trip is a visionary and driving force in the travel industry. He built two successful technology services firms which have been enablers of online travel, now the largest ecommerce category. He is the co-founder and Chairman of TRX, a global leader in travel technology and data services. TRX processes travel transaction data from over 400 sources in 50 countries he led the company from a start-up to $110 million in revenue and IPO in 2005.

    Barney Harford serves as CEO of Orbitz Worldwide and director on the Orbitz Worldwide board of directors. As one of the world’s leading online travel companies, Orbitz Worldwide operates brands in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific that generate over US$11 billion in travel bookings each year. Barney previously served in a variety of roles at Expedia, Inc. and led the company’s entry into China, Japan and Australia. He also serves as a board member of LiquidPlanner, an on-demand project management service that is transforming the way organizations manage complex projects; and Orange Hotel Group, a high-design budget hotel chain based in China.

    Luis Maroto serves as the President & CEO of Amadeus. Previously, Luis was Deputy CEO of Amadeus, with responsibility for overall company strategy as well as line management of the finance, internal audit, legal and human resources functions. He has also been instrumental in Amadeus’ return to the stock market with the company’s successful IPO in April 2010. Luis holds a law degree from the Complutense University, Madrid, an MBA from the IESE Business School and further postgraduate qualifications from Harvard Business School and Stanford.

    Arne M. Sorenson is the President and CEO of Marriott International, Inc., a leading global lodging company with nearly 3,700 lodging properties in 72 countries and territories. In his previous role as Marriott’s President and COO, Mr. Sorenson was responsible for the performance and growth of all of Marriott’s worldwide brands and businesses. Mr. Sorenson is chairman of Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council launching Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil.

  • RM37.1m for Sarawak tourism projects

    New Straits Times, Monday, May 23, 2012

    KUCHING: Under the 1st Rolling Plan (2011-2012) of the 10th Malaysia Plan, the federal government through the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia has allocated RM37.1 million for the implementation of 50 approved tourism projects in Sarawak.

    Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said to date, 14 projects had been completed, 14 other projects had been awarded to contractors and 22 projects were still at the stage of procurement process (inviting tender and quotation) and most of the 50 projects were expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

    "My Ministry is also coordinating and reviewing tourism project proposals which are to be considered under the 3rd rolling plan of the 10th Malaysia Plan worth RM153 million," he said in his winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting, here today.

    He said among the projects were Bakam Point-Miri, Bekenu Riverfront-Miri, Miri Tourism Corridor, Heritage Trail Kuching, Botanical Garden-Petra Jaya, Sarawak Museum, Digital Billboards-Kuching and Maritime Museum.

    Johari said his ministry was looking forward to the completion of the jetty at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) to provide unique transportation experience for tourists to BCCK via the river taxi.

    "This initiative gives BCCK the competitive edge amongst other worldwide convention competitors. This project is expected to be completed by the end of this year," he said. Talking on the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE), Johari said there was growing awareness, particularly amongst developing nations, that business events such as association conferences were an essential ingredient in the economic strategy of a destination.

    He said in order to move up the value chain of the Tourism Industry, my Ministry fully recognised the important contribution of the MICE sector to the economy. This was why the Ministry continued to support the development of convention bids, and the positioning of Sarawak as a business destination.

    "Last year, Sarawak hosted 51 Conventions, Incentive and Corporate Meetings with 14,254 delegates and with a direct delegate expenditure of RM27.21 million," he said. Johari said the total number of bids won last year was 54 with estimated delegates at 24,875 with potential direct delegate expenditure of RM58.30 million up to 2016.

  • Tourism Malaysia hold roadshows in Australia

    New Straits Times, Monday, May 14, 2012

    MELBOURNE: Tourism Malaysia held successful roadshows here and Geelong this week, promoting Malaysia as "an affordable luxury destination". About 145 travel agents and tour operators attended the Tourism Malaysia presentation and dinner at a restaurant here. There was overwhelming response to the roadshow and many had to be turned away disappointed.

    Tourism Malaysia Australia, led by its hard-working director Shahrin Mokhtar, captivated the audience with a colourful and fascinating promotion of Malaysia and its uniqueness. Malaysia Airlines, which supported the roadshow, was represented by its area manager here, Terence Swampillai.

    Earlier in the day, about 40 Australian tourism agents and supporters took part in a golf event at the prestigious Woolands Golf Club, about 15km from here.

    Many prizes were presented for outstanding efforts with the Malaysian consul general here, Dr Mohd Rameez Yahaya, presenting the main prize -- MAS tickets to Malaysia. Rameez also took part in the event.

    Shahrin said there were about 30 people at the Geelong roadshow. "Geelong is a small provincial city, so it was a good turnout," he said. The roadshow will roll into the Tasmanian cities of Launceston on Monday and Hobart on Tuesday. It then swings to Brisbane on May 22 and to Sydney the following day.

  • Tourism Ministry To Focus On Social Media

    The Star Online, Thursday, May 10, 2012

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Ministry will place increased emphasis on social media to promote Malaysia's tourist attractions. This move was an important step as the traditional methods of advertising and promoting the country's tourist sites were no longer effective, said minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen. She said the ministry would review its tourism promotional strategies by increasing its focus on social media to promote tourism activities. “Australia is spending A$150mil (RM465mil) for three years.

    People who come to Malaysia must leave with sweet memories of hospitality, safety and good shopping experience. - Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen “The Philippines spends US$7.2mil (RM22mil) and Thailand is spending 40% of its tourism budget on social media. “In comparison, Malaysia has only spent RM1.8mil on six Facebook campaigns over a year,” she said after opening the inaugural Malaysia International Tourism Bloggers Conference and Awards here yesterday.

    She said a survey in Britain by Travelsat, an international survey group that monitors tourists' experience, showed that 40% of people would travel based on recommendations from friends and relatives. “People who come to Malaysia must leave with sweet memories of hospitality, safety and a good shopping experience. Bloggers can play a vital role in highlighting Malaysia's tourist attractions,” she added. The conference featured experiences from 18 travel bloggers.

    Travel writer Shane Dallas of Australia, who blogs at The Travel Camel, said travel bloggers should write responsibly and be respectful of their host countries and hosts. “There is no need to rant about things that do not go well during your travels. Sometimes, things do not go as planned and there is no need to spoil your trip and someone else's experience,” said Dallas, who has visited 72 countries.

    Malaysian travel writer David Hogan Jr said a travel blogger should always look at things from a positive angle. “Relate your travel experiences and information and produce something that people would want to read.

    “If there is anything unsatisfactory, inform the hotel or tour operator so that they can make the necessary changes. If they do not, you can write a review at Trip Advisor (a travel information website),” said David, who blogs at blog.malaysia-asia.my.

  • Trade fair scheme launched to acknowledge tourism related business premises

    Daily Express, Friday, January 13, 2012 - By Neil Chan

    KOTA KINABALU: City Hall on Thursday launched its 'Fair Trade Tourism Select- An Accredited Outlet' scheme to acknowledge tourism related business premises which implement elements of responsibility and fairness in their business.

    "This means that business premises selected in the scheme have been judged by City Hall to meet all of the terms to enable them to be accredited as responsible businesses," said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun who officiated at the launching.

    "We in the Ministry are pleased with this programme as it will add value to this services and products offered to tourists."

    He said what will happen is that each shop that is accredited will receive a certificate which is then displayed outside the business premises.

    "What this would do is reassure tourists and customers that they will be getting a good service and a fair price as the accreditation is a guarantee that the premises will not charge them an unreasonable price."

    Msidi said this after the launching of the scheme at Kadaiku, a handicraft and souvenir retail outlet in Sinsuran and managed by Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd which was the first accredited tourism related business outlet under the Fair Trade Tourism Select Programme.

    According to him the reason they were targeting tourism related business with this accreditation programme was because they are the frontliners to the rest of the world.

    "They reflect what Sabah is all about to foreign visitors. If we are reasonable and treat them well and we don't 'slaughter' them with high prices then obviously they will keep coming back again and again to Sabah to buy things."

    He said the whole idea is to set a precedent where a business can still make money by charging a fair amount to all the patrons.

    "This has been practiced in Hong Kong and it's doing well for the Tourism industry in Hong Kong.

    Masidi also suggested that once a premise is approved under the scheme and passes a year operations without any issues then its accreditation be renewed on a two year basis.

    Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir added that the shops under the programme will be monitored by City Hall to ensure they abide by the conditions of the accreditation.

    City Hall Advisory Board member and Tourism, Culture and International Communications Committee Chairwoman Datuk Nancy Ho who said the presentation of the accreditation was the first of its kind in the State hoped the business would serve as a good role model as a flagship store for the State.

    "At this point by the end of 2012, we hope that there will be 50 stores(in the programme) dealing in tourism related products," she said.

    According to Ho, the application forms are available for download for the interested businesses at City Hall's and the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Environment websites.

    Also present at the event was Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Michael Emban, Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin and City Hall Deputy Director cum Programme Organising Chairman Bahari Hassan.

  • Aussies get a taste of Penampang culture

    Daily Express, January 28 2012 - By Lorena Binisol

    For the past four years since its setting up, Penampang Homestay have played host to many tourism-related activities with the assistance of Tourism Malaysia particularly Sabah Tourism.

    This year was special as it entertained its first Australians who came not only to sample the homestay but to do research on Sabah's cultures and traditions.

    This is something that we can be very proud as Sabahans," said Evelyn Masudal, coordinator of the Penampang Village Homestay.

    They comprised educators including a professor and lecturers from Flinders University in Perth and teachers of primary and secondary schools all over Australia," said Evelyn.

    There were 15 post graduate adults who have undergone their Masters in Flinders University Perth majoring in Asia Studies and are now doing their field trip cum research and they chose Sabah as one of their practical grounds.

    They were brought in by Tourism Malaysia, Sabah branch and accommodation was arranged by Dynamic Tours and Travels.

    They wanted to deepen their knowledge about the variety of cultures and traditions of Malaysia particularly in Sabah.

    All of them were very impressed with the friendliness of the communities in Penampang area.

    They said experiencing homestay is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to know the real Malaysian people and their cultures.

    "The best way to get to know us is by staying with us here," affirmed Evelyn.

    "I am very overwhelmed with the hospitality with the people here and how they welcome me in their home.

    "Though it is a short time with my host family, we managed to do family things together like having breakfast and sharing stories among the family.

    "It is very educational for both sides as I have picked up a lot of information which I can relate to my research on this particular study I am into now, as well as they (host family) would get information about my country Australia," said Shelly Waldon, a primary school teacher in Melbourne, Victoria who is now completing her research on the cultures and the traditions of the Asia, particularly in Sabah.

    This was her 2nd visit to Malaysia but first time to Sabah.

    "Learning the cultures of Asia has always been one of my greatest passions. It is so important to highlight this subject to our young children so that when they grow up, they would understand more of other people's cultures and be acceptable of others' way of life," added Shelley, who specializes in Science and Environmental Education.

    "For example, I notice there are varieties of traditional costumes you are wearing.

    "I am curious to note whether these represent each of the ethnics identity or are they just another fashion," said Shelley who noted the different designs of the 'gaung moludu' worn by the homestay operators during the gathering.

    And it was later explained by Sylvester Disimon, one of the homestay operators to the curious guests on the different types of 'gaung moludu'.

    "Despite the availability of high tech, we have been ignoring cultural aspects, which I think is very much important.

    "Just look at the migrants coming to my country, it is no longer the European like in the early centuries.

    But it is now more of the Asians who migrate to Australia," Shelley added.

    Shelley further explained that, it is very important for the younger generation to acknowledge the existence of other people's cultures and learn to respect them.

    This way, she said indirectly we are contributing to the world peace and harmony among one another.

    The group leader, Professor Douglas Trevaskies was impressed with the significant cultural heritage which is still very much alive and being preserved well.

    "Monsopiad Cultural Village is one of the interesting places I have visited.

    It gave us a kind of different perspective in discovering the cultural values of your ancestry.

    "It is so important not to lose these values for the benefit of your next generation, so that they will continue preserving it as long as they live," Douglas affirmed.

    "I wish to see and visit more of similar places like Monsopiad in the future, which is good for the visitors like us, especially my 'students', who are currently doing their thesis on Asia Cultures," said Prof. Douglas.

    Clare Selir, 52, a primary school teacher from Mentone Girls College, Melbourne was amazed with the beauty and different cultures of each ethnic group in Sabah. "I must stay here for the whole year in order for me to learn your cultures.

    "There are so many of them and everything is so alive and colourful.

    Just look at your daily living, though we are in the 21st century, you are still preserving some of your ancestral value, like grating coconut using that wooden thing," said Clare who referred to the 'kingkinan' for grating coconut flesh.

    "We cannot ignore the ancestral heritage like what you have now, they are valuable articles, and each of them represents a thousand meaning if you look at it distinctively.

    "What I observe and learn from this visit would be my topics in my class when I get back to my school in Melbourne," said Clare who is now carrying out her indigenous studies for her project.

    "What I observe and learn from this visit would be my topics in my class when I get back to my school in Melbourne," said Clare who is now carrying out her indigenous studies for her project.

    Claire was also passionate about gender equalities, which is one of the subjects she was doing research on.

    "Even your drinks amazed me, like what we had, a glass of 'Teh C' which I never tasted before.

    It was smooth and pleasing to my taste bud. Food alone can take up a lot of my time in studying them, very interesting indeed," added Claire who was fascinated with the different kinds of drinks and food she discovered during her experience staying with the locals.

    Lynn Jennison, from Oakleigh Melbourne who teaches in Dingley Village Primary School in Melbourne had this to share, "My primary school children are so curious about almost everything, they wanted to know what are silk, orangutan, traditional dances, etc all about.

    Therefore, I took plenty of pictures of whatever I can get here, and these would be series of topics I am going to teach them when I get back to work. I have abundant of ideas now after seeing your various cultures.

    Orangutan is another interesting topic for the children too.

    They talk about it every time we touch on jungle animals," Lynn quipped.

    "What we are doing now is all about creating awareness to our children.

    We take cultures as the channel to inculcate in their minds that we can live in harmony despite the existence of so many cultures from different races of people surrounding us," said Lynn.

    Rodney Issel, another teacher from Melbourne excitedly tasted the 'butod' (sago worm) saying, "This worm is nothing new to me.

    Back in my hometown it is called 'grub' which is similar to your 'butod'.

    "The taste can be unpleasant though," said Rodney. He added that though it was a short stay with the family here, the journey was quite informative and there was so much to learn from especially in the cultures aspect.

    "I am always curious about anything-from food, design, tools, anything that has ancestral values.

    It was simply amazing learning your cultures," said Rodney.

    One of the homestay operators from Kg. Putaton, Penampang, Mary Sodong shared that she was pleased with the visits from tourists all over the world.

    So far she has received groups from Holland, Denmark, Japan.

    "I enjoy welcoming tourists from overseas. I am always proud to share with them our cultures such as rubber tapping, paddy planting and butod (sago worm) searching.

    "In return they also share with me their cultures. I feel that I am rich with the knowledge given by these visitors," Mary said. She added that the younger ones would call her 'Mummy' and was very proud it.

    "Lisa Winding and Paula Lindey both from Melbourne stayed with me for 2 nights recently.

    "They were pleased with the simple accommodation I provided for them. Since they are on a study tour doing research on culture, I gave them a lot of information pertaining to our traditions, and hope it will help them in completing their project," said Mary proudly.

    Another operator from Kg. Hubah, Penampang, Boniface Jingulam and Hilda Bisol who hosted Prof. Douglas Trevaskies and wife Julie said that, they are proud to present the simple accommodation and local delicacies to the visitors.

    "I think my guests are pleased with our simplicity.

    They just enjoy whatever is being served to them. It was indeed an educational trip for both sides, for me and my family and especially my guests who are very appreciative," said Hilda.

    According to tour guide, John Prudente, this group of visitors were in the VIP category as they, not only visit Sabah for leisure, but most importantly, they are doing their research on the heritage and cultures.

    "As the outsiders look at our cultures as very significant, all the more, we as Malaysians ought to preserve our legacy.

    "We never know, our cultures might end up at the World Museums someday and be in the history book of the international schools all over the world," claimed John.

  • Durian - the 'King' of fruits

    Daily Express, January 28 2012 - By Anthea Phillipps

    DRIVING down to Beaufort the other day, we suddenly realized that after an unusually wet year without almost any fruit, the durian season was finally here and piles of this most famous (or infamous!) of fruits were appearing at the roadside stalls.

    So popular is the durian that it is often called the "King" of fruits but though it is now grown all over South-east Asia, its original home is thought to be Borneo, the only area where truly wild trees have been found, though these are rare, and the durians being sold, whether along the roadside or in the markets, are cultivars, the result of decades of selective breeding.

    The name 'durian' comes from the Malay word 'duri' for thorn, referring to the sharp spiky fruits; and the scientific Durio also derives from this source.

    The well-known cultivated species is Durio zibithinus, the word 'zibithinus', coming from the Italian 'zibetto' for civet, referring to the strong odour. In fact the smell is so pervasive that it is a forbidden item of luggage on aircraft, in taxis and buses and is banned from hotels throughout the region. Nevertheless the Durian has been a favoured fruit since ancient times.

    Burkill, in his "Dictionary of the Economic Products of the Malay Peninsula", (1966), states that the Burmese kings used runners to bring them durians, but early western explorers differed widely in their perception of the fruit.

    Over 400 years ago, the Dutch traveller, Jan Huygen van Linschoten, while in the employ of the Archbishop of Goa, (then a Portuguese colony), in India, gave one of the first accounts of the durian.

    Writing in 1596 in his "Itinerario", he said, "�.there is no fruit in the world to be compared with it�.in taste and goodness it excelleth all kinds of fruits�".

    It was to be another 250 years before the explorer Alfred Russell Wallace, famously wrote in his �Malay Archipelago", in 1869, "In Borneo I found a ripe fruit on the ground and eating it out of doors, I at once became a confirmed Durian eater�

    This pulp is the eatable part and its consistence and flavour are indescribable. A rich butter-like custard highly flavoured with almonds � intermingled with wafts of flavour that call to mind cream cheese, onion sauce, brown sherry and other incongruities. Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness in the pulp which nothing else possesses - but which adds to the delicacy.

    It is neither acid nor sweet, nor juicy, yet one feels the want of none of these qualities for it is perfect as it is. It produces no nausea or other bad effect and the more you eat of it the less you feel inclined to stop.

    In fact, to eat durians is a new sensation, worth a voyage to the East to experience." The durian is a small to large tree, with leaves covered in very distinctive silver or golden scales on the underside.

    The large, white flowers are borne along the branches - the round spiky fruits that follow, are so heavy only the branches can support their weight.

    In the evening the air in a flowering durian orchard is heavily laden with the scent of honey that attracts bats to pollinate the flowers.

    The flowers contain large amounts of watery nectar, a delicious drink which the bats lap up, becoming covered in pollen in the process.

    In the morning as soon as it is light, whatever nectar is left is eagerly sought after by bees, especially the giant honey bees, Apis dorsata, which will even explore flowers already fallen on the ground.

    Squirrels, too, have been seen nibbling the nutritious flowers.

    The heavy, thorny fruits generally fall to the ground before splitting open longitudinally to reveal the large shiny brown seeds embedded in the cream-coloured pulpy arils.

    The durian is best eaten at a wayside open-air stall or when bought from a roadside vendor.

    The Chinese say it is 'heaty' and should never be taken with alcoholic spirits. It is, however, a highly nutritious fruit containing large amounts of Vitamin A, B and C as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and sodium; also goodly amounts of protein - almost a complete meal in itself.

    Drinking salt-water from the rind is said to remove both the smell and the 'heaty' effect after eating, and in Sabah, children being given their first taste of durian will often be given water from the rind with a pinch of salt afterwards, to reduce the heatiness and its side effects such as dizziness.

    In Kuching in 1989 it was reported by municipal council officials that during the peak of the durian season, 10,000 durians were consumed daily, causing a thorny problem for the refuse collectors!

    The petals from the flowers are delicious when fried and the seeds can also be boiled or roasted, while the pulp is often made into jams, cakes and even ice-cream. Traditional delicacies such as 'lempuk', a Malay cake and 'dodol durian', a sticky confection of coconut juice, sugar, flour, eggs and durian pulp are still relished.

    The ground-up rind, rich in sulfur, is said to ease heartburn while fresh rind is used to discourage bedbugs and the fruit has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac.

    But this well-known durian is not the only one in Sabah - watch out for Part II next week on the Borneo's less well-known wild durians.

  • Sabah as the bird sees it

    Daily Express, Saturday, February 25 2012, By Chris Maskilone

    SABAH including the majestic Mount Kinabalu was featured from a perspective that has never been documented before in a special one-hour documentary - Shoot for the Sky - premiering on the Biography Channel yesterday (Saturday).

    Making this possible were two award winning photographers - Cede Prudente and Jonathan Wong - whose journey to capture the beauty of Sabah from a paramotor (parachute + motor) were captured in the documentary.

    Besides Mount Kinabalu, the other locations they have chosen included the mangroves on Sandakan coastline, Semporna Islands, the reefs and home of the sea gypsies and Mount Kinabalu for the documentary, which is a joint-collaboration between National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (FINAS) and GS Productions Sdn Bhd. It was produced by AETN All Asia Networks.

    The story began a couple of years back when the director and founder of GS Productions Sdn Bhd, Julian Shori was looking for an effective way of capturing aerial photography. Among the issues normally associated with aerial photography is vibration and high cost involved apart from being very complicated, he told the Daily Express.

    "So I told Chris Humphrey (Executive Producer, AETN All Asia Network) why don't we tell a story about taking aerial pictures," he said, adding that he knew a photographer from Sandakan who also wanted to take pictures from air.

    Humphrey told him to check with Cede who then told him that he was interested but that he does not know how to fly, said Shori.

    "They (Cede and Jonathan) told us that they actually want to do this coffee table book comprising pictures of Sabah taken from the air but there are several issues, including the fact that using a helicopter is very expensive," he said.

    Shori said taking pictures of Mount Kinabalu using helicopter was also not allowed.

    "So we made preparations É part of the whole journey (in the documentary) was learning how to fly the paramotor," he said, adding that Cede and Jonathan learned to fly the device in Klang in the peninsula.

    According to him, there were "a lot of accidents" and all of them were captured on film.

    But, unlike using other contraptions, he said flying the paramotor was actually quite safe because "if the motor fails then you have the parachute to come down smoothly" although the risk factor has always been the weather.

    After preparing the two main talents to fly, Shori said they did not face much difficulty in securing approval from the relevant authorities such as the Department of Civil Aviation. In fact, the State Government had given them tremendous support particularly when shooting in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park as well as in Sabah Parks.

    Shori said the locations were all chosen by Cede and Jonathan "and we were there only to capture their journey."

    The production crew used 11 cameras to record the duo's experience.

    "You'll see an organic show meaning it is not staged É they have done their best to capture everything from all angles but they cannot predict they can only guide them," said Humphrey.

    Producer Valerie Lew, who is also a founding member of GS Productions, said they had wanted to cover the Kinabatangan River but it could not be done due to some constraints. For one, the Kinbatangan is full of crocodiles and it would be risky if they ended up in the river.

    "I love the islands (in the East Coast of Sabah) É it is so untouched.

    It is one of the diving spots in the world. It is really something that Sabah can really promote," she said when asked of her favourite location for the documentary.

    "For me all three locations had their own speciality and beauty.

    Frankly, Sabah is mind boggling it very beautiful not only its nature but even its people and seafood," said Shori.

    Humphrey who had climbed Kinabalu before said it has always been beautiful to see the sea from above. "It is nice to be reminded of Sabah's beauty," he said, adding that uniqueness of Cede and Jonathan's journey was that they are taking people to look at these locations from a different perspective, which very few people have the privilege.

    "This programme gives you an alternative view of the beauty of Sabah," said Humphrey. For the main talents, Cede, 47 and Jonathan, 27 there were many "mishaps, bad landings, bad take offs "you name it" which are normal in paramotoring and it is the risk that they just have to take during their adventure.

    "One fine morning near Sepilok Forest, we were waiting for good wind to enable us to take off but the desired wind almost never happened so we have to endure on longer runs and many attempts. "After a few failed attempts you get exhausted and running with the 30kg paramotor engine stuck on your back is bound to cause mishap," said Cede.

    "But once you are airborne É it's a great feeling and you look forward to achieve the images you have imprinted on your imagination.

    Then all becomes reality," he said.

    Sharing Cede's sentiment, Jonathan said doing the programme was worth every second of blood, sweat and tears.

    Cede, who had been taking aerial pictures on a helicopter before said taking pictures from the air has its pros and cons. However, using a paramotor, he was able to pilot his way to the intended subjects and at the same time choose the altitude to obtain the desired images.

    Jonathan, who is a landscape photographer said he had always wondered "what would a bird's perspective be like."

    "Being on a paramotor is totally different, the possibilities are endless, and how you compose and expose your creativity levels differs from being in a controlled situation such as in a helicopter," he said, adding that paramotor is also silent giving an advantage to "sneak up" on subjects.

    On why they wanted to do this, Cede said: "From these images we wish to showcase the spectacular view of some places in Sabah and a must to visit. Visitors can always access these locations via the respective government agencies or through tour operators."

    "It's to share the beauty of Mother nature from a different perspective.

    Being up there and conveying my images into an artistic representation of what beauty really is and why we should be conserving our planet is the main goal," added Jonathan.

  • Contacts

    Kota Kinabalu (Head Office)
    Block E, Unit No. 28, 3rd Floor, KK Times Square, 88100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
    Tel :6088 486 168
    Fax :6088 486 708/718
    Email : inno@sabahholidays.com

    Sandakan Operation
    Ground Floor, Yayasan Sabah Group, Jalan Cheng Min/Jalan Mekaran, Sandakan, Sabah, 90715, Malaysia.
    Tel :6089 225 718
    Fax:6088 228 001

    Tour Counters
    1. Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort - +6088 318 208 / +6088 318 208
    2. Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort - +6088 788 313 / +6088 793 313
    3. Novotel - +6088 448 987 / +6088 448 987

    Emergency Contacts
    Mohd Sharuddin Mohd Wali +6016 832 1219
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