Birding In Borneo

16 Days of Birding Extravaganza! Borneo is home to 688 resident and migratory species of birds, 59 of them endemic to Borneo.

Overview

16 Days of Birding Extravaganza! Borneo is home to 688 resident and migratory species of birds, 59 of them endemic to Borneo. We pride ourselves in being the Birding Specialist of Borneo with our own in-house specialist Bird Guides. Come with us as we take you through the best of Borneo in search of Borneo's birds including to Kinabalu Park, Poring, Sepilok, Sukau, Tabin and Danum Valley, staying in top-notch locations along the way such as Borneo Rainforest Lodge and Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

*Borneo Rainforest Lodge will be closed to undergo essential repair and maintenance work from 1 - 20 December 2024.

Duration

16 Days 15 Nights

Tour Code

BB9C

Physical Rating

Medium

Min. To Book

2

Tour Highlights

  • Our Birding journey will start at Kinabalu Park home to more than 300 species of birds.
  • Explore Sepilok Nature Reserve
  • Travel to SRL by speedboat.
  • 02 late afternoon river cruises and 01 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo's birdlife
  • Bird watching in Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • Exploring Kinabatangan River
  • Explore Danum Valley Conservation Area
    Optional Tours:

  • Night Cruise: Enjoy a night safari river cruise through Kinabatangan River to spot nocturnal wildlife.
  • Rasig Wildlife Trek: After breakfast in Sukau Rainforest Lodge, explore the elephant migration path on a 2-hour hike.
Itinerary

Day 1: Kota Kinabalu - Tambunan - Kundasang

Our adventure begins as we pick you up from Kota Kinabalu Airport or the hotel you’re staying in Kota Kinabalu town, and then we will depart to the Tambunan area for your first birding journey in Borneo. Later in the afternoon we will make our way to the foothills of the majestic Mt. Kinabalu. It will take a 1-hour drive from Tambunan to Kundasang. Upon arrival, we will proceed with check-in and stay the night in the Kundasang area.

Lunch and Dinner

Kundasang area

Day 2: Kinabalu Park

Gear up early in the morning as we will spend a full day of exciting bird watching around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinabalu Park which are home to unique species of birds in Borneo. Experienced guides will bring you to explore the various trails and avoid the crowds. After a fun long day of birding, we will head back to the hotel to rest.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kundasang area

Day 3: Kinabalu Park

Another full day to spend around Kinabalu Park for your birding adventure. Experienced guides will bring you to explore different trails in hoping for more species of birds sightings and avoid the crowds. Spend another night at the Kundasang area after full exciting day of birding.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kundasang area

Day 4: Kinabalu Park

Last day and last chance to explore the birds and wildlife at the Kinabalu Park! Spend your final night here at Kundasang before moving on to our next location tomorrow.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kundasang area

Day 5: Poring - Sepilok

Rise and shine as we begin our journey early to Poring for bird watching in that area. Then we will start our drive to Sepilok that will approximately take 4 hours to the east coast. After settling in at Sepilok, there will be a night walk in the evening at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in hoping to witness nocturnal wildlife.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sepilok Nature Resort

Day 6: Rainforest Discovery Centre

A new day to enjoy a full day with bird watching in the Rainforest Discovery Centre as our experienced guide will help you along the way. Relax and be at ease as we will spend the night at Sepilok Nature Resort.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sepilok Nature Resort

Day 7: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

An early bird watching in the morning. Then, we will have our lunch before transferring to Sandakan jetty for 2.5 hours boat journey to the multi-award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah’s longest river, the Kinabatangan river which is coined as the Amazon of Malaysia. Along this river journey, you will have the opportunity to have your first view of birds and wildlife there. After settling in at the lodge, there will be an afternoon cruise for your first bird-watching adventure at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. After dinner, proceed for a night river cruise to get up close and observe sleeping birds nesting on the lower branches for a great photo opportunity.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 8: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

A new day at Sukau Rainforest lodge and there’s so much to explore! Gear up for morning and afternoon river cruises for your bird-watching adventure. Take this chance to witness the Borneo Big 5, the Proboscis Monkey, the Pygmy Elephant, Orang Utan, Crocodiles and the stunning Rhinoceros Hornbill. After dinner, proceed for another night cruise to witness the wildlife in the dark.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 9: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Get ready for another morning river cruise for bird watching. Later, we will proceed with a late afternoon river cruise in hoping to witness various species of birds or wildlife that Borneo could offer. Grab this chance to explore more as this is your last day at Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 10: Sukau - Lahad Datu - Tabin

After breakfast, proceed 2.5 hours overland to Lahad Datu before traveling another 1.5 hours drive on a gravel road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve another haven for bird watching enthusiasts which boasts approximately 220 species of birds.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tabin Wildlife Resort

Day 11: Tabin

Spend an exciting full-day bird watching at Tabin which is home to more than 100 species of birds. Tabin Wildlife Resort surrounded by the lush jungle which is great to spot for birds.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tabin Wildlife Resort

Day 12: Tabin - Lahad Datu - Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Check out early and proceed 1.5 hours drive back to Lahad Datu where we'll stopover for registration. Then continue to drive 83km to Borneo Rainforest Lodge which is surrounded by pristine virgin rainforests. Continue your bird-watching escapade. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded in Danum Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 13: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Gear up and be ready for a full day of birding adventure at the area of Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Be prepared as you will be in awe of the abundance of wildlife in this area. After a fun day with the wildlife kick back and relax in Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 14: Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Last chance to enjoy your full day of bird watching in the area in Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Final night to explore the facilities in Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Day 15: Borneo Rainforest Lodge - Lahad Datu - Kota Kinabalu

Free at leisure until check-out. Be ready to depart back to Lahad Datu. Take the late afternoon flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Kota Kinabalu area

Day 16: Departure

It’s time to say goodbye and be ready for your transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast and Lunch

Inclusions

Tours and transfers
Pick-up and drop-off from Kota Kinabalu Airport or hotels in Kota Kinabalu.
Private river cruise in Sukau
English speaking guide and entrance fees
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 15 dinners.
Accommodation
  • Kundasang area (4 nights)
  • Sepilok Nature Resort (2 nights)
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge (3 nights)
  • Tabin Wildlife Resort (2 nights)
  • Borneo Rainforest Lodge (3 nights)
  • Kota Kinabalu area (1 night)

Exclusions

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
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Things to Bring

  • Swim wear
  • Towels
  • Sun block lotion
  • Personal toiletries
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Torchlight
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Leech socks
  • Walking shoes
  • Raincoat

Additional Notes

  • Bring Your Own Bottle
    Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a single-use plastic free environment! So, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us. Our vans and coaches are prepared with water containers so that you can refill your bottle anytime throughout the tour.
  • Double or Twin Bed
    Double or twin bed cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check in.

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