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Sabah: The Land Below The Wind - 5 days

Experience the haven of wildlife that is Sabah with this 5-day package.

Try your luck at spotting Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utans, Sumatran Rhinos, Rhinoceros Hornbills or countless other wildlife in one of the island's largest protect wildlife reserves. Visit the sea turtles on their very own island conservation. Swim with tropical fishes in the blue waters of the South China Sea at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Day 1:    Arrive in Kota Kinabalu
 
 

Known as 'The Land Below The Wind' by seafarers due to its location below the typhoon belt, Sabah is a treasure for nature lovers everywhere.

Your first day is free at your leisure to explore Sabah's capital of Kota Kinabalu (or, more affectionately known as 'KK').

Stroll along Gaya Street - with its chinese coffeeshops and weekend markets, this is the Chinatown of Kota Kinabalu. Explore the many colourful temples and mosques. Visit one of KK's museums or war memorials.

Day 2:    Kota Kinabalu
 
 

A visit to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is just a short 20-minute ride over the South China Sea from Kota Kinabalu.

A true paradise of white beaches and a stunning underwater world. Go snorkeling or diving. Bask in the sun on the sandy beaches. Check out the many water sports on offer.

At noon, savour a packed lunch on the beach, returning to Kota Kinabalu in the early evening. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)

Day 3:    Kota Kinabalu to Turtle Island
 
 

After your flight lands in Sandakan, you will head to Sabah Park Jetty to catch your boat to Selingan Island. Or, better known as Turtle Island.

Selingan Turtle Island lies approximately 40-kilometres north of Sandakan, in the Sulu Sea. It is part of the Turtle Islands Marine Park and is the main nesting area for Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. The Marine Park's primary objective is the conservation of these gentle creatures. Selingan Island is the only island in the marine park equipped to cater to visitors, however, the facilities and amenities are basic.

If you're lucky, you might be able to catch a turtle coming onto the sandy shores to lay her eggs. Witness the collecting of eggs from the nesting site, planting them in the hatchery and watch baby turtles scrambling to the open sea upon release on the beach. (B, L, D)

Day 4:    Turtle Island to Bilit
 
 

Your journey takes you back to Sandakan where you will visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

At the Centre, watch a video documentary on the rehabilitation of orphaned Orang Utans and how they are re-trained to return and survive in the wild jungles of Borneo. After the show, take a boardwalk through lowland rainforest to the feeding platform to observe the semi-wild Orang Utans that come to feeding platforms to supplement their daily nutrition.

Afterwards, continue overland to the village of Bilit, situated along the wildlife-rich banks of the Kinabatangan River.

After check-in, meet your guide for a briefing. Take an afternoon river safari cruise to look for some local wildlife. The surrounding forest is teeming with life, from wild Orang Utans to crocodiles.

In the evening, a scrumptious local dinner will be served. Rest early tonight, because tomorrow starts early. (B, L, D)

Day 5:    Depart Bilit
 
 

Enjoy an early start to the day by waking up to the sounds of the Borneo Gibbon and hornbills as dawn breaks.

Your wildlife cruise today starts at 0630-hours where you will hop aboard and cruise along the nearby rivers and lakes in search of wildlife and birds as they start their day with a visit to the Kinabatangan River banks. Keep a wary eye out for wild Proboscis monkeys, Orang Utans, Borneo Gibbons, Long-tailed Macaques, Pig-tailed Macaques, crocodiles, hornbills and the elusive Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Return for breakfast.

Afterwards, catch your flight from Sandakan to your onwards destination. Alternatively, you may also combine your trip with another of our packages... perhaps a trip to a beautiful tropical island? (B)

Tour includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  • Return ferries to Selingan Turtle Island.
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

Note: Selingan Turtle Island amenities and facilities are very basic
Note: Animals are wild or semi-wild and sightings are not guaranteed

Sabah: The Land Below The Wind Route Map

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

syed-you local travel expertWelcome! My name is Syed Shahrizal, since I was young I have been exposed to the lifestyle of always moving around, following my family from one place to another. Passionate about travel is the main reason for falling in love with the tourism industry.  I like to meet new people, enjoying new places in the company of my friends and family enjoying all the delicious food that we can find in Malaysia.

Want to explore my beautiful country? And want to make new friends?  I'm really looking forward to give you the travel adventure you are looking for!

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Sabah: The Land Below The Wind - 5 days

Experience the haven of wildlife that is Sabah with this 5-day package.

Try your luck at spotting Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utans, Sumatran Rhinos, Rhinoceros Hornbills or countless other wildlife in one of the island's largest protect wildlife reserves. Visit the sea turtles on their very own island conservation. Swim with tropical fishes in the blue waters of the South China Sea at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Day 1:    Arrive in Kota Kinabalu
 
 

Known as 'The Land Below The Wind' by seafarers due to its location below the typhoon belt, Sabah is a treasure for nature lovers everywhere.

Your first day is free at your leisure to explore Sabah's capital of Kota Kinabalu (or, more affectionately known as 'KK').

Stroll along Gaya Street - with its chinese coffeeshops and weekend markets, this is the Chinatown of Kota Kinabalu. Explore the many colourful temples and mosques. Visit one of KK's museums or war memorials.

Day 2:    Kota Kinabalu
 
 

A visit to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is just a short 20-minute ride over the South China Sea from Kota Kinabalu.

A true paradise of white beaches and a stunning underwater world. Go snorkeling or diving. Bask in the sun on the sandy beaches. Check out the many water sports on offer.

At noon, savour a packed lunch on the beach, returning to Kota Kinabalu in the early evening. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)

Day 3:    Kota Kinabalu to Turtle Island
 
 

After your flight lands in Sandakan, you will head to Sabah Park Jetty to catch your boat to Selingan Island. Or, better known as Turtle Island.

Selingan Turtle Island lies approximately 40-kilometres north of Sandakan, in the Sulu Sea. It is part of the Turtle Islands Marine Park and is the main nesting area for Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. The Marine Park's primary objective is the conservation of these gentle creatures. Selingan Island is the only island in the marine park equipped to cater to visitors, however, the facilities and amenities are basic.

If you're lucky, you might be able to catch a turtle coming onto the sandy shores to lay her eggs. Witness the collecting of eggs from the nesting site, planting them in the hatchery and watch baby turtles scrambling to the open sea upon release on the beach. (B, L, D)

Day 4:    Turtle Island to Bilit
 
 

Your journey takes you back to Sandakan where you will visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

At the Centre, watch a video documentary on the rehabilitation of orphaned Orang Utans and how they are re-trained to return and survive in the wild jungles of Borneo. After the show, take a boardwalk through lowland rainforest to the feeding platform to observe the semi-wild Orang Utans that come to feeding platforms to supplement their daily nutrition.

Afterwards, continue overland to the village of Bilit, situated along the wildlife-rich banks of the Kinabatangan River.

After check-in, meet your guide for a briefing. Take an afternoon river safari cruise to look for some local wildlife. The surrounding forest is teeming with life, from wild Orang Utans to crocodiles.

In the evening, a scrumptious local dinner will be served. Rest early tonight, because tomorrow starts early. (B, L, D)

Day 5:    Depart Bilit
 
 

Enjoy an early start to the day by waking up to the sounds of the Borneo Gibbon and hornbills as dawn breaks.

Your wildlife cruise today starts at 0630-hours where you will hop aboard and cruise along the nearby rivers and lakes in search of wildlife and birds as they start their day with a visit to the Kinabatangan River banks. Keep a wary eye out for wild Proboscis monkeys, Orang Utans, Borneo Gibbons, Long-tailed Macaques, Pig-tailed Macaques, crocodiles, hornbills and the elusive Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Return for breakfast.

Afterwards, catch your flight from Sandakan to your onwards destination. Alternatively, you may also combine your trip with another of our packages... perhaps a trip to a beautiful tropical island? (B)

Tour includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by air-conditioned car with local driver
  • Local driver during land transportation and transfers (local language speaking only)
  • Return ferries to Selingan Turtle Island.
  • English speaking guide incl his salary & expenses 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

Note: Selingan Turtle Island amenities and facilities are very basic
Note: Animals are wild or semi-wild and sightings are not guaranteed

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

syed-you local travel expertWelcome! My name is Syed Shahrizal, since I was young I have been exposed to the lifestyle of always moving around, following my family from one place to another. Passionate about travel is the main reason for falling in love with the tourism industry.  I like to meet new people, enjoying new places in the company of my friends and family enjoying all the delicious food that we can find in Malaysia.

Want to explore my beautiful country? And want to make new friends?  I'm really looking forward to give you the travel adventure you are looking for!

Contact >>
Kinabatangan River Safari - Boat

Highlights

  • Visit to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
  • Overnight at Selingan Turtle Island to join their turtle programme.
  • Visit Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Go on a wildlife river cruise along the Kinabatangan River.

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