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Highlights of Borneo & Gaya Island

Explore the incredible wildlife, lush tropical rainforests, beautiful beaches and a rich cultural heritage with hotel stays, transfers throughout & flight
13 NIGHT(S) FROM £2499PP

Holiday Details

The footprints of your next getaway

  • Return flights from London.
  • Internal flights between the cities.
  • 3-nights stay at the 4-star Hilton Kuching | Guest Room.
  • 2-nights stay at the 5-star Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa | Standard Room.
  • 1-night stay at the 5-star Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu | Standard Room.
  • 1-night stay at the 3-star Sabah Tea Garden Cottage | Standard Room.
  • 1-night stay at the 3-star Sepilok Nature Resort | Standard Room.
  • 2-nights stay at the 3-star Sukau Rainforest Lodge | Standard Room.
  • 3-nights stay at the 5-star Gaya Island Resort | Bayu Villa.
  • Tourism Tax MYR10.00 per room/night for all hotel categories.
  • Transfers throughout the tour.
  • Sarawak River Cruise.
  • Full Day Bako National Park Experience.
  • Mulu National Park Tour.
  • Batu Bungan - Penan Settlement Tour.
  • Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave Tour.
  • Journey into Sabah’s lush.
  • Kinabalu National Park Tour.
  • River cruise from Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake.
  • Inclusive of hand and hold luggage allowance.
  • Low deposit available with flexible payments plan.
  • Call us for single occupancy charges.
  • Valid to travel on selected dates in 2022 & 2023.
  • Call us for 2024 prices and regional airport surcharges.
  • Supplementary charges may apply for alternative flights.
  • Booking amendments are offered if your holiday is cancelled due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
  • Subject to availability; please book early to secure your preferred dates.
  • Prices and taxes are correct at the time of publishing and subject to change without prior notice.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected.
Hilton Kuching
  
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2193 Reviews

We’re in central Kuching, next to the Sarawak River. Jalan Main Bazaar and Kuching Waterfront are one kilometer away and we’re less than five minutes from Tua Pek Kong Temple. Kuching International Airport is a 10 km drive, and we’re 30 minutes from Bako National Park. Enjoy our outdoor pool, sun terrace, and fitness center.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa
  
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683 Reviews

Located in the lush rainforest of Borneo, adjacent to Gunung Mulu National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site, the 5-star Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa features stunning views and well-appointed rooms resting on raised wooden walkways. Every room features luxury bedding and a private balcony with picturesque views. Enjoy a delicious dining experience at our restaurant, serving local and international cuisines, or relax by our river bar with a cocktail. For health conscious and wellness enthusiasts, opt for AYUS Wellness retreat program to rediscover and rejuvenate mental wellness; a life-enhancing and transformative retreat experience in tranquil surroundings of the rainforest. Take pleasure in exploring the rainforest and caves of Borneo, or cool off in our outdoor pool and treat yourself to a spa treatment at Mandara Spa. Additional hotel amenities include a spacious ballroom with natural light, complimentary airport shuttle, on-site laundry and room service. Rediscover yourself at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
  
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4392 Reviews

A gentle breeze caresses your face as you wake to the sound of waves lapping the beach. The balcony opens up to an inspiring vista of sparkling coral islands and swaying palm trees. This is the beginning of your vacation in our award-winning hotel in Kota Kinabalu. Located just 10 minutes away from the city, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, is a luxurious, tranquil retreat that provides the setting for an amazing tropical getaway. Sophistication surrounds you in a lavishly decorated suite inspired by Borneo's rich cultural heritage.

Sabah Tea Resort Cottage
  
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202 Reviews

Set in the tranquil district of Ranau and overlooking picturesque mountains, Sabah Tea Garden is the perfect for those seeking a short getaway. It offers comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The property is just a 20-minute drive to the popular Poring Hot Spring and a 25-minute drive to Ranau Town – which offers a variety entertainment options. The famous Mount Kinabalu is a 45-minute drive away and Kota Kinabalu International Airport is a 2-hour drive away. Air-conditioned cottages are equipped with a sofa seating area, a TV with satellite channels, an electric kettle and a fan. Private bathrooms include hot/cold shower facilities. Sabah Tea House offers beautiful views and serves an array of Asian and Western cuisines, while Aramai Café serves refreshments and hot beverages.

Sepilok Nature Resort
  
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992 Reviews

Situated amidst abundant greenery, Sepilok Nature Resort is a haven for nature lovers. It has a restaurant, and offers complimentary WiFi access in its public areas. A 24-hour front desk is available. Fitted with wooden furnishings, each room is equipped with air conditioning, a TV and a balcony with views of the natural surroundings. The en suite bathroom offers shower facilities.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  
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1074 Reviews

The award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo’s most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo’s magnificient wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophony of its inhabitants. Sukau Rainforest Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability. We promis to give you and your family an experience you’ll always remember and one you’ll never regret.

Gaya Island Resort
  
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1985 Reviews

Set within a marine park, Gaya Island Resort is located in an area where human activities have already been restricted, but the resort has always aspired to embrace a proactive role in embarking on conservation programmes to preserve the beauty of its natural environment, better protect the local wildlife and raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices. With the help of a passionate and dedicated team, the resort has several eco-friendly initiatives in place that range from conservation through education to rescue programmes.

  • Other departure airports are available at an extra supplementary cost.
  • Room/ meal upgrades are available at an extra supplementary cost.
  • Extend your stay in each city for an extra supplementary cost.
  • Add more tours and excursions for an extra supplementary cost.

Tour Itinerary

The story of your holiday!

  • Flight from UK to Kuching, Sarawak

    You will take your flight from UK to Kuching, Upon arrival at Kuching Airport, meet and greet your representative and transfer to your hotel for check in. Rest of day at leisure.

  • Kuching

    Breakfast at hotel. This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a morning Sarawak River Cruise (Sharing basis, Duration: 2 hrs, 0900-1100 hrs) The very best way to see and enjoy historic Kuching is from the Sarawak River, the main artery around which the city has grown. Our Sarawak River Cruises (by pontoon boat) give you a view of the city and its surroundings that is impossible to experience from dry land. From the comfort of our purpose-built pontoon boats, you will enjoy unobstructed views of every aspect of traditional life on the river. This cruise takes you past a host of fascinating sights to get a close-up view of traditional life on and around the river. The boat glides past colorful Malay Villages, the elegant city Mosque, the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Kuching Waterfront. Along the way you will see brightly-painted tambangs ferrying passengers, villagers going about their everyday activities, and fishing boats and wooden cargo vessels plying the river. Return to hotel and afternoon at leisure.At 1500 hours, meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a gastronomical tour of Kuching - Kuching Food Trail by Walking (Duration: 4 hrs, 1500-1900 hrs). The food trip tour highlights some of the local dishes that Kuchingites enjoy all day long. Start your street food adventure with a Sarawak Laksa and ice-cold drinks. Across the food court, a humble hawker stall sells the traditional “lek tau suang”, a porridge like dessert which is good for reducing body heat. Walk down the lane towards a small café offering aromatic Sarawak’s gourmet coffee that are blended from fresh coffee beans. Continue towards the Waterfront where you will board a sampan also known as “Penambang” to cross the Sarawak River. This northern part of the city is made-up mostly of Malay kampongs (villages) and unique to their identity, the renowned Sarawak Layer Cake or Kek Lapis can be easily found here, fresh from the oven! Continue your food adventure by visiting to a local coffee shop that are made-up of multiple hawker stalls, each stall offering their own specialty dishes such as kolo mee, tomato kueh tiaw (stir-fried noodle with port & vegetables in a special tomato soup, an original Kuching’s dish) & cha kueh.Take a 10- minute drive to the next stop to sample “kueh chap”, a tasty broth with generous filling of pork meat and organs that is always a favourite among Kuchingites (non-halal). Return to the city centre for the final stop with a sweet dessert, the “gula apong ice cream”. Enjoy the fresh cold ice cream with palm sugar to wrap-up this food journey.

  • Kuching

    Breakfast at hotel and then your driver guide will be meeting you at the lobby for a full Day Bako National Park Experience (Duration: 7 hrs, 0830-1600 hrs) This small peninsular, 1.5 hours from Kuching by car and longboat, is home to seven distinct rainforest ecosystems, giving it a remarkable diversity of animal and plant life. Bako’s most famous residents are the bizarre proboscis monkeys, and it is also home to silvered langurs (leaf monkeys), long-tailed macaque monkeys, wild boar, flying squirrels and monitor lizards as well as hundreds of different bird species. Fascinating plant life includes mangroves, strangling figs, carnivorous pitcher plants and symbiotic ant plants. Unique geological features mark the coastline, whilst well-marked trails lead to rugged jungle-covered hilltops and secluded beaches. Enjoy a packed lunch at Bako National Park.

  • Kuching / Mulu

    Today you will take a morning transfer to Kuching Airport for flight to Mulu. Upon arrival Mulu Airport, meet and greet by our friendly representative and transfer to Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa for check-in. Afternoon, meet at resort lobby and transfer to Mulu National Park headquarters. Upon Registration and proceed on plank walk for 3km to reach Deer Cave & Lang Cave. After exploring the caves, proceed to observe bats flying out of caves entrance at late evening (only confine to fine weather). Return journey on the same plank walk back to park headquarters and transfer back to resort. Dinner & overnight at resort. Recommended personal gear for Mulu: Torchlight, insect repellent, raincoat, swim wear, own drinking bottle and first aid kit.

  • Mulu

    Breakfast at resort and transfer by longboat proceed to Batu Bungan - Penan Settlement, to observe the tribe lifestyle and to select handicrafts on display for sale at Penan Settlement. Continue journey by longboat to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. Picnic lunch at Clearwater summer huts and later on you can enjoy swimming at Clearwater spring. After lunch, return transfer by longboat to resort. Overnight at the resort.

  • Mulu , Sarawak / Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

    Have a leisurely breakfast and free at own leisure until transfer to Mulu Airport for flight departure. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, meet and greet by your representative and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

  • Kota Kinabalu / Kundasang

    Breakfast at hotel. Depart hotel in the morning for your journey into Sabah’s lush, passing by scenic landscapes and lush paddy fields laced with rustic local villages. Arrive at Tamparuli Town and take a walk on the famous “Jambatan Tamparuli” suspension bridge, and to soak up the small-town charm. Continue your journey through the winding mountain roads along the Crocker range for 1 hour before reaching the Nabalu Handicraft market. Nabalu is a rustic point perched on the hillside, where the local natives gather to sell local produce, fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs. Arrive at Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu is certainly a sight to behold from Kinabalu National Park. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for a guided walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden, to learn more about the park’s biological treasure trove. Kinabalu Park itself boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. Lunch at a local restaurant. Later, continue on a 1-hour drive to Sabah Tea Resort. Enjoy a welcome tea after arrival where you will spend the night in a charming cottage set amidst the tea estate. Explore the tea estate at your own leisure, with the majestic mountain as your backdrop.

  • Kundasang / Sepilok

    Wake-up to a misty morning ushering in views of sun-draped Mount Kinabalu. After breakfast, transfer to Sabah Tea for a guided walk through the plantation and factory, see how tea leaves are cultivated, harvested and processed (Note: Tea Factory is closed on Sundays & Public Holidays). Depart the cottage for a 3.5-hour drive to arrive Sepilok in the early afternoon, with lunch enroute. Arrive at your Sepilok resort for check-in and rest of day at leisure. Dinner at the resort.

  • Sepilok / Sukau

    Check out from your resort and transfer to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. We proceed to watch a video show about the plight of the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks to witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs, and then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear. After Lunch, depart for an estimated 2 hours overland journey (for Superior) to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Take an afternoon river cruise in search of wildlife and birds on a boat with hybrid system of outboard and electric motor (depending on river current). Enjoy candle light dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by slide presentation and interpretation by naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Note: • Recommended personal gear: Insect repellent, torchlight, raincoat (umbrella not recommended), hat, binoculars and sun screen (sweat proof), good walking shoe, camera, drinking water bottle, personal toiletries. • For comfort & convenience, it is recommended to travel light by preparing an overnight bag. Complimentary storage is provided for any extra luggage for guests departing & returning to Sandakan only.

  • Sukau

    Take a 0600hrs morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, proceed for an educational tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist. After lunch, join our in-house Orang Utan Talk activity. In the afternoon, we proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

  • Sukau / Kota Kinabalu

    After breakfast, return to Sandakan. Depending on the departure time - For those taking the evening flight, you will have a chance to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). The Centre is the gateway to getting to know the uniqueness and importance of Borneo’s rainforests. Take a bird view of the centre from the canopy walk and hanging bridge, explore the botanical garden, home to various species of flora. Proceed to Sandakan Memorial Park for a short visit before taking the flight. Note: Any flight departing earlier than 1330 hours will require an unscheduled private transfer with surcharge imposed. Such arrangement depends on your onwards destination. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to Jesselton jetty to take a boat ride to your resort -to Gaya Island Resort. Check-in at hotel and rest of day at leisure.

  • Kota Kinabalu

    Breakfast at hotel. Full day at leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities.

  • Kota Kinabalu (Departure)

    Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure till your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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