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Kinabalu Villas, Gaya Island Resort
Sabah Hotel, Sandakan
Selingan Island
Canopy Walk, Sepilok
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo
River Cruise, Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Sunrise, Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Swimming pool, Gaya Island Resort

Borneo Highlights & Gaya Island

10 day Holiday Idea – from £1579

With flights from £2475

Experience the best of Borneo. Combine a fascinating eight day wildlife tour with a three night stay at one of the island’s most sought after resorts.

Highlights
  • Visit Sepilok to see Borneo’s most famous residents, the orangutan
  • Watch turtle waddle ashore to lay their eggs on Selingan Island
  • Discover unique wildlife on a rainforest river cruise
  • Relax at the hot springs of Kinabalu National Park
  • Indulge yourself at the stylish, five star Gaya Island Resort

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Sabah Hotel, Sandakan

Day 1 – Sandakan

Welcome to Borneo! Feel the excitement build as your flight lands at Sandakan Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

    Sabah Hotel, Sandakan

Sabah Hotel, Sandakan
Selingan Island

Day 2 – Selingan Island

After breakfast, board a boat for the short cruise to Selingan Island. Once you have checked…

After breakfast, board a boat for the short cruise to Selingan Island. Once you have checked in, there is time to swim and snorkel or simply soak up the sun. In the evening you’ll be called to witness the fascinating spectacle of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. If they are ready, you may also be lucky enough to see some little ones released for their first journey into the sea.

    Turtle Island Resthouse

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Selingan Island
Canopy Walk, Sepilok

Day 3 – Sepilok

It’s time to bid farewell to the island and its turtles and head back to Sandakan…

It’s time to bid farewell to the island and its turtles and head back to Sandakan after breakfast. On arrival, take a city tour showing you the water village, central market and Buddhist temple. After lunch transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort where you will spend the evening.

    Sepilok Nature Resort or similar

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Canopy Walk, Sepilok
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo

Day 4 – Sepilok region

After breakfast travel to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where you will take a boardwalk tour through…

After breakfast travel to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where you will take a boardwalk tour through the forest to witness orphaned primates feeding. Continue through traditional, timeless countryside to your lodge for a late afternoon river cruise in search of wildlife.

    Sakau Rainforest Lodge or similar

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo
River Cruise, Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 5 – Sukau

Wake up early to the calls of nature this morning! Enjoy a cruise on the Kinabatangan…

Wake up early to the calls of nature this morning! Enjoy a cruise on the Kinabatangan River to view birds and primates on their early morning adventures. Weather permitting, you can also take a jungle walk before breakfast. The afternoon is free until an evening wildlife cruise where you may be lucky and see the famous proboscis monkey swinging from the trees.

    Sakau Rainforest Lodge or similar

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
River Cruise, Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

Day 6 – Mount Kinabalu Area

After breakfast, head off towards the Mount Kinabalu area, where you’ll spend the night at the…

After breakfast, head off towards the Mount Kinabalu area, where you’ll spend the night at the Sabah Tea Garden.  En-route stop at Kg Luanti for Fish Massaging and learn about the tagal fish conservation.

After lunch, check in to your room and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may tray a traditional blowpipe or batik painting at Sapaon Recreational Area, or relax before dinner at Tea House.

    Sabah Tea Cottage

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Sunrise, Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

Day 7 – Kota Kinabalu

Wake up early today for a walk to see the sun rise over Mount Kinabalu and…

Wake up early today for a walk to see the sun rise over Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding tea plantations. After a tea factory tour, continue on to Poring Hot Springs where you can take a dip in the hot sulphur springs, before a canopy walk 100-200 feet above the forest floor.

Continue to Kinabalu Park for a guided nature trek along one of the many trails, offering a fascinating insight into the fauna and flora of Borneo, before heading to the city of Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.

    Horizon Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Sunrise, Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Swimming pool, Gaya Island Resort

Day 8 to 10 – Gaya Island

After breakfast and free time, take a city tour of Kota Kinabalu before heading to Gaya…

After breakfast and free time, take a city tour of Kota Kinabalu before heading to Gaya Island by boat for a three night stay at Gaya Island Resort – a luxurious 5 star resort set on one of the islands within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a protected area off the coast of Borneo. 

Surrounded on four sides by mangroves, coral reefs, sandy beaches and jungle, this stylish, tropical retreat that oozes luxury and exclusivity.

Embark on a fishing excursion, try your hand at snorkelling or indulge yourself with a well-deserved spa treatment (or two) before enjoying dinner at one of the resort’s five restaurants.

    Gaya Island resort

Swimming pool, Gaya Island Resort

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Sandakan

Welcome to Borneo! Feel the excitement build as your flight lands at Sandakan Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

    Sabah Hotel, Sandakan

Sabah Hotel, Sandakan

Day 2

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Selingan Island

After breakfast, board a boat for the short cruise to Selingan Island. Once you have checked in, there is time to swim and snorkel or simply soak up the sun. In the evening you’ll be called to witness the fascinating spectacle of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. If they are ready, you may also be lucky enough to see some little ones released for their first journey into the sea.

    Turtle Island Resthouse

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Selingan Island

Day 3

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Sepilok

It’s time to bid farewell to the island and its turtles and head back to Sandakan after breakfast. On arrival, take a city tour showing you the water village, central market and Buddhist temple. After lunch transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort where you will spend the evening.

    Sepilok Nature Resort or similar

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Canopy Walk, Sepilok

Day 4

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Sepilok region

After breakfast travel to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where you will take a boardwalk tour through the forest to witness orphaned primates feeding. Continue through traditional, timeless countryside to your lodge for a late afternoon river cruise in search of wildlife.

    Sakau Rainforest Lodge or similar

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo

Day 5

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Sukau

Wake up early to the calls of nature this morning! Enjoy a cruise on the Kinabatangan River to view birds and primates on their early morning adventures. Weather permitting, you can also take a jungle walk before breakfast. The afternoon is free until an evening wildlife cruise where you may be lucky and see the famous proboscis monkey swinging from the trees.

    Sakau Rainforest Lodge or similar

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
River Cruise, Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 6

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Mount Kinabalu Area

After breakfast, head off towards the Mount Kinabalu area, where you’ll spend the night at the Sabah Tea Garden.  En-route stop at Kg Luanti for Fish Massaging and learn about the tagal fish conservation.

After lunch, check in to your room and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may tray a traditional blowpipe or batik painting at Sapaon Recreational Area, or relax before dinner at Tea House.

    Sabah Tea Cottage

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

Day 7

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Kota Kinabalu

Wake up early today for a walk to see the sun rise over Mount Kinabalu and the surrounding tea plantations. After a tea factory tour, continue on to Poring Hot Springs where you can take a dip in the hot sulphur springs, before a canopy walk 100-200 feet above the forest floor.

Continue to Kinabalu Park for a guided nature trek along one of the many trails, offering a fascinating insight into the fauna and flora of Borneo, before heading to the city of Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.

    Horizon Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Sunrise, Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

Day 8 to 10

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Gaya Island

After breakfast and free time, take a city tour of Kota Kinabalu before heading to Gaya Island by boat for a three night stay at Gaya Island Resort – a luxurious 5 star resort set on one of the islands within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a protected area off the coast of Borneo. 

Surrounded on four sides by mangroves, coral reefs, sandy beaches and jungle, this stylish, tropical retreat that oozes luxury and exclusivity.

Embark on a fishing excursion, try your hand at snorkelling or indulge yourself with a well-deserved spa treatment (or two) before enjoying dinner at one of the resort’s five restaurants.

    Gaya Island resort

Swimming pool, Gaya Island Resort

Your Holiday Includes

9 nights’ accommodation
Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 6 dinners during guided tour
Activities and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
Arrival/departure transfers
Private tour guide/vehicle during guided tour

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in Sandakan, Sakau or Gaya Island

Next Steps

Please get in touch with our Asia Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Borneo Highlights & Gaya Island

10 day Holiday Idea – from £1579

With flights from £2475

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Flights, hotels and tours are subject to availability and seasonal variations may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations for details.

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