4D3N - Exploring the Kinabatangan - Sepilok, Sukau, Ox-Bow, Gomantong & Sandakan

Tour code: WB-BNL013

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Take a cruise down the Kinabatangan river (Sabah's longest river) in search of the endemic Proboscis Monkey and host of other wildlife including the famous Orangutan, estuarine crocodile, the elusive Borneo Pygmy Elephant and a spectacular assembly of birdlife.

Pay a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured orangutans are brought to be rehabilitated then returned to the wild. Take a tour of Gomantong Cave famed for its edible bird's nests and the many other attractions in Sandakan including the Central Market where one can find an amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural producst, Sim-Sim Water Village whose houses are built on the river and the hilltop Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay.

Travel Advisory

Flight Arrangements
Please note that this schedule may be subject to change based on your flight arrangements. If you have not made any flight arrangements please contact our friendly reservations team. However if you have already booked your flights please advise us of your flight details including the date and time of departure and your flight number.To help you with your booking we have provided a list of possible flight options below that may fit your itinerary:

  • Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan - Malaysia Airlines (flight MH2042) (ETD: 7:00)
  • Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu - Malaysia Airlines (flight MH3094) (ETD: 18:10)

Turtle Island Restrictions

Please note the following guidelines and restrictions applicable during your stay on Selingan Turtle Island:

  • The use of flash photography or flashlights when viewing the turtles may cause the animals undue stress and is strcitly prohibited.
  • The use of video recording devices is not allowed.
  • Visitors are forbidden from going around the island on their own between 6:00 pm - 6:00 am.

  • Day #1 - Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre & Borneo Nature Lodge

    Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport take a half hour drive to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and witness the feeding of the orangutans from a forest platform. The visit also includes a 25 minute documentary about these adorable primates and the sanctuary.

    Take a 2 and a half hour drive through the rustic countryside and a short boat ride to Borneo Nature Lodge. There will be a short orientation briefing on arrival at the lodge. After lunch kick-back and relax before embarking up-river by boat at 4:00 pm in search of wildlife.

     Lunch and dinner

  • Day #2 - Birdwatching & Jungle Treking at Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake

    Take an early morning cruise up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching and to search out other wildlife. Weather permitting, take a short jungle walk and experience the wilderness of Borneo first-hand before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After a hearty breakfast feel free to explore the surrounding areas or the nearby village. Later in the afternoon cruise along the river to see many species of flora and fauna of the rainforest.

    6:00 Cruise up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelanap Ox-Bow Lake
    16:00 Late afternoon river cruise along the Kinabatangan.

     Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Day #3 - Gomantong Cave

    Depart early the next morning for Gomantong Cave which is famous for its edible birds nest and take a leisurely walking tour to explore the Simud Hitam cave system. After that its back to the lodge for lunch.

    The rest of the day is at your leisure - we suggest taking another afternoon cruise to see if you can spot other wildlife along the banks of the Kinabatangan.


    Sandakan city tour.

     Breakfast and lunch

  • Day #4 - Sandakan City Tour

    After breakfast and check-out take a short boat ride back to Lapit jetty and continue overland to Sandakan. En-route stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

    Start your tour of Sandakan city at about 2:00 pm and explore the various landmarks of Sandakan which may include the Central MarketSim-Sim Water Village and puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple.

    After that its straight back to the airport to catch you evening return flight to Kota Kinabalu.

     Breakfast and lunch

 Included in the tour
  • Accommodation

    3 x nights stay at Borneo Nature Lodge

  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    Includes all overland and boat transfers.

 NOT included in the tour
  • Airfare, taxes and insurance

    Airfare must be arranged separately either on your own or through one of our friendly service staff.

  • Camera and video fees
 What to bring along with you ...
  • Clothing and gear

    We recommend wearing short pants and t-shirts to keep cool. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. We highly recommend that you use water-proof / resistant backpacks or bags to help keep your belongings dry. This is even more so if you are carrying electronic equipment and cameras.

  • Insect repellent
  • Personal amenities

    Sun block, hat, sunglasses, flash light and binoculars.

 Other important things you should know!
  • Optional City Attractions

    Agnes Keith's House entrance fees are not included and visits to the Sandakan War Memorial is only upon request.

  • Optional Tours

    Night Cruises, Night Walks and Tree Planting activities can be arranged on your own at Borneo Nature Lodge. Activities are dependent on weather conditions. Night activities generally start at 8:00 pm.

  • Tour Details

    4 days 3 nights

  • Departure Schedule

    8:00 (Sandakan)