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An epicentre of evolution

Destination Overview

What an experience this is…

You and your students will get to visit the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, an epicentre of evolution.

The island is home to some of the worlds most incredible wildlife that is mind-blowing in its variety, strangeness and beauty.

The mountain areas of Sabah and Sarawak provide some of the best trekking in Asia. You’ll get to meet the endangered orangutans, the unique proboscis monkey, the Borneo rhino and even the pygmy elephant in their natural habitat.

This one still takes my breath away and will provide a unique and unforgettable school expedition.

Quick Facts


Grade – moderate

Altitude – 0m – 4,095m

Visa – No visa required but minimum 6 months on passport on arrival to Borneo


Capital – No Capital

Official Language – The Malay language (Bahasa Malaysia)

Population – 19.8 million

Climate – A hot, wet climate. Between October and March is the monsoon season, May to September is the dry season.

Religion – Islam and Christianity

Currency – Malaysian Ringgit

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Location + Itinerary

Adventure doesn’t get more exciting than Borneo. With luscious rainforests, endangered wildlife and diverse culture – this destination is perfect for adventure and nature lovers.

Straddling the equator and dominated by luxuriant rainforests, Borneo is the world’s third-biggest island. Its territory is apportioned unevenly between the countries of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The two Malaysian states Sabah and Sarawak, lie in the north of Borneo, surrounding the rich Islamic Sultanate of Brunei, while the Indonesian state of Kalimantan occupies most of central and southern Borneo.

The island boasts remote jungle beauty, tropical adventure, tribal cultures and is home to half of all known plant and animal species in the world. This wildlife wonderland has orangutans, the Sumatran rhino, the Bornean pygmy elephant and thousands of unique flowering species. A colourful paradise combining relaxation and adventure with its idyllic beaches, scenic mountains and rich culture.

The island of Borneo was almost completely covered with dense rainforest until logging began a few dec- ades ago. As with most rainforests, the land under- neath is not very good for agriculture, usually yielding good crops for only a few years.

This ecoregion is among the richest in the world for oral diversity, exhibiting many mountain plant species, including species of orchids and rhododendrons not found anywhere else.

Day 1 - Depart U.K and Welcome to Kota Kinabalu! This bustling waterfront city is surrounded by nature with off-shore coral islands, forest covered hills, scenic rivers and of course, Mt. Kinabalu, the highest peak in South East Asia.
Day 2 - Free at own leisure to join optional tours (Mari Mari culture Village /Snorkelling/City tour), buy your supplies for the next few days or just relax.
Day 3 - Visit to Dinawan Island - Just 20 minutes from Kota Kinabalu is a tiny gem of an island with secluded beaches and clear waters to snorkel or explore on a kayak. You will learn more about the Marine Ecosystem on the island with a programme which will give you the insight into the importance of the coral to marine biodiversity.
Day 4 - Travel to KK Wetland Centre. Take part in handcrafting and wise use of mangrove activity. After lunch in a local restaurant you’ll head to Tuaran to join Tembara sunset kayak. Then it’s time to set up camp and enjoy some dinner.
Days 5-7 - Cultural Trek Kiulu. Hike to Talantang village. Visit to the stingless bee and learn the habit of stringless bee, how to harvest them and taste it. Hike to Ratau Village. Join a traditional cooking class and learn how to prepare rice wraps in the leaves (Linopot), prepare raw fish pickles (Hinava), slow cook freshwater fish in bamboo. After the cooking class, fish netting activities with the locals before we enjoy dinner with a traditional dance performance & Dalai making session.
Day 8 - Pekan Nabalu. Explore the small town. This town is famous for their souvenirs, local snacks and magnificent view of Mt.Kinabalu. Stay in the middle of a pineapple farm – Dallas Pekan Nabalu Farmstay. Learn how the communities make their animal trap, cook the ground peanut using sand and if time permit, orientation walk to visit the local school (after school hrs).
Day 9 - Poring Hot Springs. Your guide will take you on the canopy walk traversing the treetops in search of birdlife. Afterwards we then proceed to Sabah Tea Plantation and stay right on the tea plantation in a purpose built Rungus Longhouse.
Day 10 - We will be woken early for a sunrise walk through the tea plantation for a day of harvesting, withering, steaming and hand rolling tea leaves, with some being packed away for you to take home!
Days 11-15 - Transfer to KOPEL - a local ecological organization focused on providing environmental education and sustainable livelihoods for villagers without harming the forests. They are developing a wildlife and ecotourism centre owned by the villagers themselves. This is where the project work will take place, removing the Salvinia weed from the oxbow lake. Your help in removing this weed and keeping it at bay is very much appreciated by KOPEL and will be very helpful in preserving the biodiversity of the lake.
Day 16 - Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. This is a wonderful centre taking care of rescued Sun Bears that have spent many years mistreated and locked away in cages. Next is Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre followed by the Rainforest Discovery Centre where we’ll take to the treetops on a canopy walk and guided trails.
Day 17 - Sandakan Yacht Club. Upon arrival, you can relax and enjoy the sun on the sun deck or take a leisurely walk along the beach. You will then have the chance to visit the turtle hatchery. If there are hatchlings available, you may have the opportunity to participate in releasing baby turtles after dinner.
Day 18 - Check out from the island and transfer to the mainland. Upon arrival, we will proceed for a short city tour. As Sabah’s pre-war capital, Sandakan is rich in historical landmarks and monuments that include the Sandakan Memorial Park, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, St. Michael’s and All Angels church, and Agnes Keith Museum.
Day 19 - Free at own leisure today. Walk around the city or just enjoy the hotel’s facilities.
Day 20 - Departure back to the U.K.

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