There's few places in the world where you can have such unique experiences in such a short amount of time. Sabah's Borneo is easily reached by international flights to Kota Kinabalu or "KK," which makes it the ideal destination for wildlife lovers and thrill-seekers alike.
Here is our sample itinerary to make the most of your time in Borneo.
- Fly into KK and spend a day getting acclimated to the heat and time change (if any). If you haven't yet arranged for permits to Sipadan and Mt. Kinabalu, you can make a last ditch effort to secure permission here. Allow extra time for this.
- Take a bus to Sukau and allow two days for several boat cruises on Sungai Kinabatangan. If you're lucky, you might spot orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, rare birds, crocodiles, and lots of other wildlife.
- If you're itchy for more orangutans, take a minivan to Sepilok and attend the afternoon feeding, which offers fewer crowds and more animals.
- Ready to dive? Take a bus to Semporna, from where you'll depart to the world-class dive site of Sipadan. Our four day stay at Seaventures Dive Rig is among the highlights of our 7 month trip.
- Prepare for a change in altitude and temperature as you head to Mt. Kinabalu. If you're attempting the one day climb, arrive one day ahead of time to secure your permits. If you're doing the two day climb, you should have your permit arranged before you arrive.
- Spend the day after the climb soaking in the hot springs before heading back to KK for your international flight.
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