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Borneo Wildlife & Island Paradise Honeymoon Safari

Spend your honeymoon exploring the fascinating destination of Borneo. Begin with venturing into the rainforests and along the river in search of proboscis monkeys, orangutans and pygmy elephants, before ending your journey relaxing on the white-sand beaches of Pulau Tiga.

Duration 14 days
Price From $8,365
When May - Oct
Destination Borneo

Safari Overview

A spectacular two-week journey through wildlife-rich Borneo including Sepilok, where you can see orangutans as they are re-habituated after deforestation or poaching, and the Kinabatangan River, a haven for wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, mouse deer, wild boar and buffalo. You will then move on to the Danum Valley, a pristine example of Borneo's primary rainforest, where you can explore via the canopy walkway and viewpoint. Finally, head off to the paradise island of Pulau Tiga for some relaxation and water activities, from diving and snorkelling to relaxing on the powder-white sands.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Experience the feeding of orangutans up close at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Explore the forests where orangutans live in the wild, as well as gibbons, proboscis monkeys and leaf monkeys, swinging through the trees of their natural habitat.
  • Go on river safaris along the wildlife oasis of the Kinabatangan River.
  • Stay deep in primal rainforest at Danum Valley, some of the oldest jungle in the world and home to 10 species of primate, as well as pygmy elephants, sun bears, clouded leopards and an incredible array of tropical birds and reptiles.
  • Explore forest trails, view the jungle from a towering canopy walkway and go on guided night walks to spot nocturnal creatures.
  • Watch the sun rise from the forest canopy for your private canopy breakfast in the Danum Valley.
  • Visit the Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about the great work being done to preserve these endangered species.
  • Swim among the coral gardens and relax on stunning beaches on the private island of Pulau Tiga.

the perfect wildlife and beach combination safari, ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, your home for the next two nights. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your own leisure.

Overnight: Shangri La Rasa Ria

Day 2

Kudat Rungus

After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel for a 3-hour drive through scenic countryside to Kudat. You will be passing through rural areas full of paddy fields, villages and plantations. Along the way, make a short stop at roadside stalls for snacks and handicrafts if you wish. Continue your journey to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, also known as the “Tip of Borneo”, where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea flowing from the east. From here, proceed to Bavanggazo Village to visit a traditional Rungus longhouse. Built entirely from local materials, the longhouse is the home of the entire Rungus community, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Kadazandusun people. During your visit you will have the chance to observe their unique beadworks, lifestyle and costumes, as well as enjoying lunch with the locals ‘Rungus-style’. After lunch, you will be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu, stopping at a village along the way that is well known for its local artisans and gong-making traditions. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Overnight: Shangri La Rasa Ria B, L, D

Day 3

Kota Kinabalu – Sepilok

You have the morning to relax before being transferred to the airport for your short flight to the city of Sandakan, close to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. On arrival you will be met and taken to your beautiful lakeside accommodation, surrounded by tropical jungle. At dusk, head out to the canopy walkway at the nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre to watch the red giant flying squirrels emerge from their nests, before returning to your lodge for dinner.

Overnight: Sepilok Nature Resort B, L, D

Day 4

Sepilok, Sun Bears & Labuk Bay

After breakfast you will visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in time for their morning feed. This sanctuary rehabilitates previously captive or orphaned orangutans (through deforestation, poaching, etc.) to their natural surroundings, ready for release when they are capable of supporting themselves in the wild. You then have a tour of the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn all about the project to save these adorable bears, whose population is rapidly diminishing. After lunch you will head to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in time for the afternoon feedings. Proboscis monkeys, found only in coastal swamps close to rivers in certain areas of Borneo, are lucky to have survived after the area near the mangrove swamps was nearly lost to palm oil plantations. Plans for oil were dropped, and now around 60 monkeys regularly come here to feed. Famed for their large nose, which acts as a resonator for their loud honking noises, these pot-bellied primates really are a sight to behold.

Overnight: Sepilok Nature Resort B, L, D

Day 5

Sepilok – Lower Kinabatangan River

After checking out from your accommodation, you will head back to the Orangutan Sanctuary to visit the nursery platform, where you can watch the young and juvenile orangutans at play. You will also catch the morning feeding of the older apes at the main viewing platform. This afternoon, you will travel to the Sim Sim Jetty in Sandakan to make your shared boat transfer across the bay and into the mouth of the Kinabatangan River. Along the 80-minute transfer, you will witness small local communities at the river's edge, as well as a variety of wildlife. In the evening, join a sunset river cruise to see the fireflies light up the foliage like a Christmas tree; this area has the highest concentration of fireflies in Malaysia!

Overnight: Abai Jungle Lodge B, L, D

Day 6

Kinabatangan River

Wake up to the calls of nature and take an early-morning river trip to Pitas Lake to observe wildlife. After breakfast, you have the opportunity to learn about Abai Jungle Lodge's successful tree-planting project, which was set up to assist the local community. Following this, you are invited to join a tour of the village before joining the locals for lunch. In the afternoon, take your shared boat up the river to Sukau Village in search of primates, especially wild orangutans, birds and pygmy elephants. Late afternoon, enjoy a cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan which forms a narrow jungle corridor rich in wildlife.

Overnight: Sukau Rainforest Lodge B, L, D

Day 7

Kinabatangan River

Rise early and head out on a shared morning river safari to discover a variety of flora and fauna along the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Species to be found include orangutans, proboscis monkeys, tree snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards, macaques and much more. Herds of wild elephant may also be seen passing along the banks of the river. Return back to the lodge for lunch and some relaxation time before heading out in the late afternoon to the Gomantong Caves in the 3,924-hectare Gomantong Forest Reserve, where orangutans, mouse deer, wild boar and buffalo can sometimes be spotted. Up to a million bats of 64 differing species are thought to live in the caves. Observe the swiftlets take their last flights before nesting for the night, and the bats fly out of the cave at sunset to head off into the night to forage.

Overnight: Sukau Rainforest Lodge B, L, D

Day 8

Kinabatangan River – Danum Valley

An early check out this morning as you are transferred south to Lahad Datu, then on to the renowned Danum Valley. On arrival at your rainforest lodge you will have time to sit back, relax and enjoy your new surroundings. Danum Valley is one of the best remaining examples of how Borneo's forests used to be, with a thick tropical canopy and a variety of wildlife. In the afternoon, join one of the fascinating treks that include ascending a canopy walkway for a close-up view of the rainforest. You may like to join the evening slideshow presentation, an informative insight into the local wildlife. Following dinner, there is a night drive in an open-top vehicle in search of nocturnal creatures.

Overnight: Borneo Rainforest Lodge B, L, D

Days 9-10

Danum Valley

Set up to protect the area from logging, Danum encompasses 43 square kilometres of pristine rainforest and is home to a variety of endemic wildlife, including orangutans, flying squirrels, clouded leopards, elephants, gibbons and many bird species. With a towering canopy walkway and a beautiful viewpoint which looks out over the jungle canopy and the dramatic mountains, this conservation area is definitely a must if you're in Borneo. Spend your days with one of the naturalist guides exploring the many nature trails and waterfalls, take a dip in the natural Jacuzzi pool or float down the Danum River on tubes. In the evening, dine at the lodge before embarking on an exciting night drive in search of nocturnal animals. On one of your days here, rise early for a 1-hour drive to reach the top of the Danum Valley. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast atop a tower in the canopy with a 360-degree view of the valley as the sun rises.

Overnight: Borneo Rainforest Lodge B, L, D

Day 11

Danum Valley – Lahad Datu – Pulau Tiga

After your dalliance in the jungle, it is now time to retreat to paradise for some well-deserved relaxation surrounded by nature, on the beautiful Pulau Tiga. After lunch, transfer to Lahad Datu for your short flight to Kota Kinabalu, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to Kuala Penyu, from where you will take a short boat ride to Pulau Tiga. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to immerse yourself in this island paradise!

Overnight: Borneo Eagle Resort B, L, D

Days 12-13

Pulau Tiga

Enjoy your time at Borneo Eagle Resort by taking part in the myriad activities here, designed to help you reconnect with the natural world. Explore miles of forested trails and ancient ecosystems, practice making local handicrafts or try your hand at cooking. There are also activities such as yoga or guided meditation and a PADI Dive Centre. Of course, you can also relax at the pool, make use of the spa or just float above the coral gardens with your mask and snorkel!

Overnight: Borneo Eagle Resort B, D

Day 14

Pulau Tiga – Depart Kota Kinabalu

Today you will be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu by boat and private car, where you will catch your onward flight home.

Trip Details

This Safari

This is a tailor-made honeymoon safari and can be edited or restructured to suit you and your partner's needs, your time of travel, personal interests and budget. We have chosen the accommodation based on being in the right place at the right time to maximise your wildlife opportunities, as well as being excellent for couples to have their alone time. The safari finishes on the beautiful Pulau Tiga, a tropical island paradise that caters well for couples. This safari can just be for romantic couples and is not tied to honeymooners!

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A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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