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12 Day Borneo Discovery

  • Experience the wildlife & wonder of Borneo
  • See orangutans, sun bears & proboscis monkeys
Includes Return International Flights

Calling all nature lovers! Borneo, a land of stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife and welcoming locals, plus more than a few surprises, is yours to discover on this 12 day bucket list journey.

Embrace your spirit of adventure with two nights in the glittering metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, and then slow things down as you uncover the best of Kota Kinabalu, Sukau, Sandakan and beyond. See orangutans feeding in the forest at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre; learn about the unique-looking probiscis monkey at the Labuk Bay Sanctuary; go snorkelling at serene Manukan Island; enjoy three cruises along the Kinabatangan River, keeping watch for pygmy elephants and orangutans as you go; enjoy a guided walk within the beautiful Kota Kinabalu National Park; see the world’s smallest bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre; marvel at the power of nature at Gomantong Cave and much more!

This once-in-a-lifetime tour includes return flights, 10 nights hotel and lodge accommodation, English-speaking tour guides and more. If you’ve ever wanted to tick Borneo off your bucket list, then this is an opportunity you simply do not want to miss!

ITINERARY

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Today, depart from either Auckland, *Christchurch or *Wellington for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Fly with award winning Malaysian Airlines. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next two nights.

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.

Overnight: Swiss Garden Hotel or similar, Kuala Lumpur 
Meals included: In-Flight

Today is free to spend exploring this vibrant city at leisure.

Overnight: Swiss Garden Hotel or similar, Kuala Lumpur 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Sandakan, Borneo. Upon arrival, be met by a tour representative and proceed to lunch at a local restaurant before being transferred to the hotel. Mid-afternoon you will be collected from the hotel to explore the various landmarks of Sandakan such as the Central Market, with the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products. Afterwards, drive through Sim-Sim Water Village before visiting the Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple, which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay. This evening, enjoy a local dinner before returning to the hotel.

Overnight: Sabah Hotel or similar, Sandakan 
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. On arrival, proceed to the outdoor nursery to witness the amazing conservation work being done. The nursery is where young orangutans learn to socialise and play with each other, all under the close supervision of their human carers. Afterwards, head to the feeding platform for the morning feeding and then watch a video presentation to understand further the objective/purpose of the centre. Next you will visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, which is home to rescued Sun Bears, the world’s smallest bear. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, drive to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary (approx. 30mins) and witness the feeding of these endemic animals in their natural habitat. On a lucky day, one might also see the silver leaf monkey or a Bornean Hornbill. Drive back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon free at leisure. In the evening meet in the hotel lobby and proceed for dinner at The English Tea House before returning to the hotel. This is approximately a 30km day.

Overnight: Sabah Hotel or similar, Sandakan 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast you will visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and explore one of Sabah’s finest examples of remaining tropical forest by experiencing the guided canopy walkway famed for bird watching or birding photography. After the guided canopy walk, proceed to the Botanical Gardens - home to at least several hundred both endemic and introduced plants - and conclude your visit at the exhibit centre. Mid-morning depart for Sukau at Kinabatangan (approx. 2.5 hours) and arrive in time for lunch and then check into the hotel. 

Enjoy afternoon tea before a river cruise in search of Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques and other fascinating wildlife that gather along the Kinabatangan River - the longest river in Sabah. Return in time to freshen up for dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar, Sukau 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Wake up early this morning for a sunrise cruise to search for more wildlife. Cruise for approximately one hour with the option of a short jungle walk at Ox Bow Lake before heading back to the lodge for breakfast.

After breakfast, depart Sukau for Gomantong Cave. Explore one of the largest limestone and bird's nest caves in all of Sabah. After visiting the cave, transfer back to the lodge to freshen up for lunch. Enjoy free time before meeting at the lodge restaurant for afternoon tea and embarking on the late afternoon river cruise to search for more wildlife, or alternatively relax and enjoy leisure time at the lodge.

Overnight: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar, Sukau 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast, check out of the lodge and depart for Sabah Tea Garden Plantation (approx. 4 hrs) arriving in time for lunch at Sabah Tea Garden. Then, after lunch, indulge in some free time at your leisure before enjoying a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luanti. Enjoy dinner at Sabah Tea Garden Plantation.

Overnight: Sabah Tea Garden Cottages or similar, Ranau 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, after breakfast, tour the Kundasang War Memorial Park. The park is made up of four beautiful gardens: the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool, which represent the different nationalities involved in the Borneo campaign during World War 2. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Kinabalu National Park for a guided walk in the Botanical Garden in search of native plants and wild orchids. 

Lastly, drive through the Crocker Range with amazing scenic views and along the way stop at Nabalu Village market to browse for local handicrafts, souvenirs and snacks. Check into the respective hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning after breakfast, transfer to Marina Jetty to catch a ferry to Manukan Island. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling on this tropical island as well as lunch. After lunch, depart the island and return to the hotel to refresh before proceeding to visit Tanjung Aru water village where the houses are built on stilts over the water. From the walkway, visitors can have a good view of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort. There are around 3,000 villagers staying in some 240 dwellings on stilts.

The tour will move onto Penampang, the hub of the Kadazandusun community. The main city of this area Donggongon is named from a kadazan word, tundo'ongon which means a 'shelter' or a 'resting area', referring to its historical role as a stop-over for people from the middle of the country who journeyed down the coast to trade goods at what is called a Tamu meaning ‘market’. After visiting the market proceed to ‘J Borneo Native Village’ for dinner and a cultural show. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is free to explore the town of Kota Kinabalu at leisure.

Overnight: Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning check out of the hotel and, at the appropriate time, be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand (via Kuala Lumpur).


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Enjoy 2 nights in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur at leisure
  • Discover the best of Sandakan, Sukau, Ranau, Kota Kinabalu and more
  • Go shopping in Sandakan's bustling Central Markets
  • Witness the amazing views from Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple
  • Learn about orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Witness a morning orangutan feeding in the forest
  • See the world's smallest bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Witness proboscis monkeys at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Tour the fascinating Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Enjoy three river cruises along the Kinabatangan River
  • Search for Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques and other fascinating wildlife
  • Cruise to beautiful Ox Bow Lake
  • Marvel at the spectacular limestone Gomantong Cave
  • Experience a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luanti
  • Visit the Kundasang War Memorial Park
  • Enjoy a guided walk in Kinabalu National Park
  • Search for exotic flora and fauna native to Borneo
  • Enjoy the scenic views on a drive through Crocker Range
  • Shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at Nabalu Village markets
  • Go snorkelling at beautiful Manukan Island
  • Visit Tanjung Aru Water Village and Penampang Local Markets, plus attend a cultural show
  • Witness the local way of life on a guided village walk
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure in Kota Kinabalu
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL/*CHC/*WLG
  • 1-way internal flight (economy class) from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo
  • Fly with award winning Malaysian Airlines
  • 10 nights quality hotel and lodge accommodation
  • Enjoy 25 meals, including a dinner in a Colonial-style teahouse
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 5th November 2019.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $520 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2019)
August: 8, 27, 29
September: 3, 12
October: 15, 24, 29
November: 5, 12, 26
 
Departure Cities
Auckland, *Christchurch or *Wellington
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Christchurch or *Wellington: $200 per person.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Malaysian Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class: Buy now for $4299 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated):

- Kuala Lumpur: Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences or similar

- Sandakan: Sabah Hotel or similar

- Kota Kinabalu: Dreamtel Hotel or similar

 

2-3 Star Adventure Lodge/Jungle Resort (self-rated):

- Ranau: Sabah Tea Garden Cottages or similar

- Sukau: Borneo Nature Lodge or similar

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 4 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x Single beds or 1 x Queen/King bed (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.



Minimum group size 16, maximum group size 26 per vehicle.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for Borneo is not required if travelling on a New Zealand passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Malaysian Tourism Tax: 10 RM (approx. $4 NZD) per room per night collected on tour.
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



Malaysian Tourism Tax:
The Malaysian Customs Department ("RMCD") is imposing a Tourism Tax on non-Malaysian guests at the sum of RM10 (approx. $4 NZD) per room per night (approx. $33 NZD total) with effect from 1st September 2017. This Tourism Tax will apply no matter if the booking was made before or after the announcement. The Tourism Tax is not applicable on Malaysian citizens (MyKAD holders) & Malaysian Permanent Residents (MyPR card holders). Kindly please take note that the Tourism Tax will be collected directly from the tourist(s) locally upon check out from the resort/hotel/lodge/chalet.
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Kota Kinabalu:
As part of the Sabah area, Kota Kinabalu features a typical equatorial climate with constant temperatures. Kota Kinabalu's average temperature ranges from 26°C to 28°C. April and May are the hottest months, while January is the coolest one. The average annual rainfall is around 2,400mm and varies markedly throughout the year.
 
Kuala Lumpur:
March is the hottest month in Kuala Lumpur with an average temperature of 28°C and the coldest is January at 27°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 8 in September. The wettest month is November with an average of 290mm of rain.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
25 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.

OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is optional and at the customer’s discretion while on tour.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa for Borneo is not required if travelling on a New Zealand passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.
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