Experience the beauty of Borneo and stay at the newly refurbished Sabah Hotel and award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Witness wildlife like never before, as you cruise through the beautiful Kinabatangan River to see many of Borneo's rare and endangered species including the Bornean pygmy elephant, orang utan and proboscis monkey.
This tour includes a stay in our Superior rooms and travel to SRL by speedboat. For an upgrade to our new Villa rooms, please see the Rates tab.
Day 1 : Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest Lodge
You'll be greeted upon your arrival at Sandakan Airport by our friendly Guide and Captains. Get acquainted before we make our way to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you'll learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and see firsthand the conservation efforts. 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 then we continue to the newly completed enclosed nursery area for young orang utans. If the Orang Utans are feeling particularly friendly, you may even get the chance to get up close to the Orang Utan so be sure to hang onto your belongings. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world's smallest bear.
After lunch, we head to the Sandakan jetty where we'll embark on a Borneo Eco Tours speedboat for a 2½ hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Don't worry as the ride is not choppy and it won't be just boat ride as there will be opportunities along the way to view wildlife and birds, and if you're lucky, even the shy Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Cool down with a refreshing drink and cold towel upon arrival while our friendly manager helps you check-in. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari.
Every boat is equipped with eco friendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries) in search of wildlife and birds. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. If you don't see a Proboscis monkey on your first river cruise, ask for a FREE Night Cruise on us! Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Be sure to try on our in-house Sarongs (local wear) which is cooling and helps keep away any mozzies. Dinner is followed by a slide show and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
: Lunch and Dinner
Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre:
For any camera with zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use are chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens - 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit.
Our Night Cruise comes Highly Recommended by just about all our guests (available with a small fee of RM65 per person)
Please make sure that you travel light to Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Please bring along sun block lotion, swimwear, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.
Day 2 : Sukau Rainforest Lodge
An early morning call at 0530hrs to catch the rainforest waking up is in store. If conditions are just right, you might even wake to a surreal heavenly experience shrouded in mists. After a light breakfast, we embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning on our way to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake. Return to a full breakfast awaiting you, taking the time to just immerse yourself in the surroundings.
After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist after which you'll have some time to relax. If you're itching for more activity, we have many optional activities on offer like a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, our soon to be completed Dip Pool and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activity everyday so be sure to ask us. After afternoon tea, we head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Candlelight dinner and overnight at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Feel free to explore the boardwalk at the back of our lodge at your own leisure. Who knows you may get lucky and spot an Orang Utan!
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Day 3 : Gomantong Cave
We take an early morning river cruise along the Menanggol River by silent electric motor in search of wildlife, waking to the cacophony of the rainforest before returning for a full breakfast. We have time to relax or enjoy one of our optional activities. After lunch, we make a 27 km overland journey to the Gomantong Cave. The cave is surrounded by primary rainforest, rich in fruiting wild figs which makes it an ideal place to spot orang utans in the wild. We'll spend our time exploring the cave and its surroundings until sunset, when you'll be overwhelmed by the exodus of over two million bats heading out for the night, swiftlets coming in to nest as well as raptors (eagles) swooping in and preying on the bats. Return to Sukau Rainforest Lodge for overnight stay.
: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4 : Sandakan - Transfer Out
After breakfast, return to Sandakan by boat. Enjoy a quick lunch before we proceed to the airport for the 1430hrs flight to Kota Kinabalu. For those who are taking the evening flight, we'll have time to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has an impressive information center. Take a birds eye-view of the centre from the canopy walkway and tower before exploring the botanical gardens, home to various species of flora including orchids and agricultural plants. For those interested, we then proceed to the Sandakan Memorial Park which is a memorial built to remember lost POWs during World War 2. Return to the Sandakan airport for your evening flight.
: Breakfast and Lunch
|Rooms||Rates per person||Single Supplement|
|Superior||RM 2775||RM 600|
|Villa||RM 3345||RM 1050|
RM200 off when you travel between Nov - Feb: Off season at SRL is a chance to experience the authenticity of this eco-lodge with less of a crowd between 01 Nov 2018 to 28 Feb 2019 (excluding blackout dates : 15 Dec 2018 - 15 Jan 2019). Book now!
High season surcharge: MYR 240 (July & August)
Upgrade to villa: All our 20 new villas are now up and ready for guests. If you have booked a superior room in advance but want to upgrade to a villa, you can! Just pay the price difference and you’re all set!
The following discounts apply to tours that include Sukau Rainforest Lodge ONLY:
- Children age 3 and below – Free
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with ONE adult – 25% discount
- Children ages 4 to 12 may share a room with TWO adult – 50% discount
Please note that children aged 13 and above pay full price.
Contact our tour consultant at for further information.
Giving Back: Every international adult guest who stays at SRL contributes MYR20 for Conservation Contribution (CC).Read More
Rates are valid from 01 April 2018 till 31 March 2019.
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees and English speaking guide.
Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) – Sandakan(SDK) – Kota Kinabalu(BKI)), camera fee and items not mentioned.
Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.
RM 2775/ person
- Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge, National Geographic Unique Lodges
- Bornean Pygmy Elephants
- Hornbill Boardwalk, Sukau
- Menangol river cruise
- Gomantong Cave
- Rainforest Discovery Centre
- Sandakan Memorial Park