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  • Manukan Island

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  • Stunning landscapes

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  • Malaysian cuisine

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  • Orangutans

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  • Ox Box River

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  • A Proboscis Monkey

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  • Mt. Kinabalu

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11 Day Unbeatable Borneo 2021

  • Take a walk on the wide side of life in 2021
  • See Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys & More
Includes Return International Flights

A tropical paradise of vibrant cities and serene national parks, unique wildlife and intriguing culture; Borneo is a holiday destination worth dreaming about. With return flights, hotels, lodges, guides and more, this unbeatable 11 day package has everything needed to make that dream a reality in 2021.

Begin with free time among the exotic streets of Kota Kinabalu, and then take a boat ride to the serene island of Manukan, where you’ll spend a day swimming and snorkelling in its tropical waters. Delve into Borneo’s rich indigenous cultures at the Mari Mari Village, shop for local handicrafts in Nabulu Village, and visit the Kundasang War II Memorial. Experience up to three cruise expeditions along the Kinabatangan River, where you may be lucky to spot orangutans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants in the wild. Witness a morning orangutan feeding in the forest at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, learn about the world’s smallest bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary - and more!

This amazing wildlife tour also includes return international flights, nine nights in hotel and lodge accommodation, 23 meals including a dinner at an English-style teahouse, and airport transfers.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Auckland for Kota Kinabalu, Borneo! Fly with Malaysian Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability). Upon arrival be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Please note: - Due to flight scheduling and availability, most customers will arrive at midnight. (technically day 2).

Overnight: Shangri-La Downtown Hotel, Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: In-Flight

Today is yours to enjoy free at leisure. Perhaps explore the local markets or relax at the hotel.

Overnight: Shangri-La Downtown Hotel, Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu

Today after breakfast transfer to Jesselton Point Jetty to catch a boat to Manukan Island. Enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling around the tropical island, as well as a buffet lunch. At approximately 4:00pm return to the mainland and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Shangri-La Downtown Hotel, Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today depart after breakfast to the Mari-Mari Cultural Village. The village is located about 25 minutes away from the city. The journey will explore tropical jungles and local villages. After arriving at Mari-Mari take in the colours of cultural diversity, where you can savour the soul of Sabah. Enjoy a tour of the local ethnic communities' traditional homes, with culinary, craft and dance demonstrations.

Each home was built by descendants of the tribes they represent and offer a truly genuine experience. Not only does this village portray these tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional house, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village. Acquaint yourself with each tribe as they welcome you into their house and simple yet intricate lives. While traversing the village, find demonstration huts along the main houses in which daily activities of old times come to life. There is plenty to do for everyone; the making of a blowpipe, starting a fire with just a bamboo tree, tattoo-making and more. Experience an unforgettable encounter of the Sabahan homeland. Lunch will be at Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before visiting the night markets where dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Shangri-La Downtown Hotel, Dreamtel Hotel or similar, Kota Kinabalu
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning after breakfast, drive through the scenic Crocker Range to the Kinabalu National Park. On the way stop at Nabalu Village market to browse for local handicrafts, souvenirs and snacks. Continue onwards to Kinabalu National Park for a guided walk in the Botanical Garden in search of native plants and wild orchids.

Afterwards, continue to 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. Afterwards travel onwards to Ranau and check into the hotel.

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

After breakfast, enjoy a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luanti before transferring to the Sukau Jetty for your boat ride to Borneo Nature lodge. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival before lunch. Later, relax on a late afternoon river cruise in search of Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques and other fascinating wildlife that gather along the Kinabatangan River - the longest river in Sabah. On return to the lodge dinner will be served.

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

Wake up early this morning for a sunrise Ox Bow cruise to search for more wildlife. Cruise for approximately one hour before enjoying a jungle walk into the rainforest. Then head back to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, visit Gomantong Cave, famed for its edible birds nests. Exploring further, arrive at the opening of Simud Hitam cavern and enter the cave system from the boardwalk. At midday, you will return to the lodge for lunch and have the opportunity for a second river cruise in search of more wildlife. Alternatively, you can relax and enjoy leisure time at the lodge.

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

After breakfast, depart to Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Centre. Upon arrival proceed to the outdoor nursery to witness the amazing conservation work being done for orangutans. The nursery is where young orangutans are taught valuable life skills under the close supervision of their human carers. Then head to the feeding platform to witness the semi-wild orangutans who are at the final stage of the rehabilitation process before they will return into the wild. Next visit the audio visual room where you will enjoy a short video presentation to further understand the objective of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

Afterwards proceed to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, home to the world's smallest bear. Enjoy lunch back at the hotel before enjoying a city tour to explore the various landmarks of Sandakan. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the English Tea House.

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

After breakfast, depart to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary. Witness the morning feeding of the proboscis monkey and afterwards continue onwards to the Rainforest Discovery Centre to enjoy a guided walk of the botanical gardens and the canopy walkway. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

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

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for the return flight back to New Zealand.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Sukau and more
  • Visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Witness a morning orangutan feeding in the forest
  • Go snorkelling at beautiful Manukan Island in Sabah
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure in exotic Kota Kinabalu
  • Explore Kota Kinabalu National Park on a guided walk
  • Delve into Borneo’s past at Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Marvel at the spectacular limestone Gomantong Cave
  • Enjoy the scenic views on a drive through Crocker Range
  • Shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at Nabalu Village markets
  • Search for exotic flora and fauna native to Borneo
  • Visit the historic Kundasang War Memorial Park
  • Experience a fish spa (foot massage) at Kampung Luanti
  • See the world's smallest bear at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Enjoy up to 3 cruises along the Kinabatangan River
  • Search for Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques and more
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Sandakan
  • Visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkeys Sanctuary
  • Tour the fascinating Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL
  • 9 nights quality hotel and lodge accommodation
  • Enjoy 23 meals incl. a dinner in an English-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 1st of December 2021.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $500 applies.
  
Departure Dates (2021)
March: 10, 24
April: *21
May: 5, 19
June: 2, 16
July: *21, 28
August: 4, 18
September: 8, 15
October: *13, 27
November: 3, 17
December: 1
  
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $250 per person.
  
Departure Cities
Auckland



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Malaysia Airlines and airline 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
Not available.
  
Stay Behind
Not available.
  
Stopover Packages
Not available.
  
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): *Starting from $3599 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- 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


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Kota Kinabalu: Shangri-La Downtown Hotel, Dreamtel Hotel or similar

- Sandakan: Sabah Hotel or similar

 

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

- Ranau: Sabah Tea Garden Cottages, Perkasa Hotel or similar, Ranau

- 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 (subject to availability).
  
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 8 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
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
  
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is a strict requirement if travelling on a New Zealand Passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- 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.


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.
 
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:
23 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 customers discretion.
 
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
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 90 day tourist visa will be granted upon arrival into Borneo, Malaysia 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 as 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. 
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.