Comfort Borneo Family Holiday
Take the kids on a magical journey to explore the natural wonders of tropical Borneo. Be enchanted by the ancient legends and traditions of Sabah, enjoy a relaxing soak in Poring Hot Springs, make local friends on a village homestay, experience a night in the wild on a jungle camp, get up close to gentle orangutans, explore an incredible underwater world in Pulau Tiga National Park. Round up the family and jump on board this excellent family holiday into the heart of Borneo.
Your trip starts with an overnight flight into Malaysia arriving early in the afternoon.
Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm. Use your free time beforehand to explore intriguing Kota Kinabalu, a city born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea.
Horizon Hotel or similar - swimming pool
Leaving Kota Kinabalu behind, head for the hills and the unspoilt wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Kinabalu National Park. Stop off en route at a local home in Dusun Village. The Dusun people are wonderfully warm and friendly people, and here you'll sample the local foods with a home cooked lunch. Later, soak up the mountain scenery with a leg-stretching stroll through Kinabalu National Park. There are many walking trails from which you can birdwatch, and remember to keep an eye out for the odd snake or little leech. There's plenty to see and do here. Late in the afternoon, travel by private bus to Sabah Tea Plantation (approximately 30 minutes). Tonight you will stay amongst the grounds of a lush tea garden.
Sabah Tea Gardens - Longhouse - Breakfast included
Kinabatangan Jungle Camp/Homestay
After breakfast take part in a tour of the tea factory. From here, head to Kinabatangan River in a private mini van (approximately 5 hours). Arrive at your jungle lodge, located beside the river, which is ideal for taking in the lush surrounds. The Kinabatangan River is a protected forest reserve, containing some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. In the afternoon, board a river cruise, hopefully spotting some of the more exotic local creatures. Wild elephants seldom reveal themselves, but crocodiles, macaques, wild orangutan, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kingfishers are more easily seen. After this short adventure, return to the lodge to enjoy dinner.
Homestay - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hopefully you will be woken by the the call of a Bornean gibbon, or perhaps a hornbill, surely the 2 best alarm calls possible. Enjoy a morning cruise down the river, searching for more birds and wildlife. Keep an eye out for Proboscis Monkey, Borneo Gibbon, Long Tail Macaques and Pig Tail Macaques – Can yo work out the differences ? If not, you can ask your leader about the difference. In the evening you get your last chance to take as many photos as you can on a final river cruise. Spend one more night in your lovely accommodation right in the heart of the jungle.
Myne Resort - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
This morning take a private transfer to the Sepliok Orangutan Sanctuary (approximately 1 hour). The centre was set up to help re-introduce these wonderful creatures back into the wild after a life of domestication or having been orphaned. From the viewing platform, you can watch and photograph these charming creatures as they swing into view and eat the supplementary diet of bananas and milk that is laid out for them twice a day.
4 points Sandakan - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included
Today we get to look at more monkeys as we explore Sepilok once again.
Human contact must be kept to a minimum and it's essential that you follow the instructions of the park, as directed by your leader. Also included is a new nursery where you can view young orangutans as they learn how to climb on a specially constructed jungle gym. The viewing area is behind one-way glass so as to not disturb the animals. To see more of Borneo’s creatures there’s the option to visit the newly opened Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center. Here rescued Sun Bears that have spent many years mistreated and locked away in cages are cared for, with hopes of rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild. You will also visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, where you can watch up close the amazing bachelor proboscis lazing and feeding – an experience that can only be found in Borneo.
4 points Sandakan - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included
Transfer to Sandakan Airport today for a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Keep in mind that the luggage allowance for this flight is only 15 kg, and any excess baggage charges will incur a further charge. A short boat ride (around 20 minutes) takes us to Manukan Island, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. This is one of the larger islands found in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park. The first of two days on this island will be free for us to explore the island at our leisure – perhaps swimming or local activities. The 1.5-kilometre beach is lovely to stroll along at low tide and makes a great , if long football pitch.Note: Accommodation at Manukan is on a twin share basis. Some chalets have one twin share room with ensuite bathroom while others have 2 bedroom chalets with a lounge room. These chalets have 1 bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and the other bedroom’s bathroom is located off the lounge room. Due to the limited chalets on Manukan Island we are not always able to provide exactly the same room for each passenger, but we always try to allocate rooms as fairly as possible and we choose to stay on this Island for it's unique and beautiful environment. Please see important notes section below for further information.
Manukan Island Resort - swimming pool, Breakfast included
Enjoy a snorkelling trip today, where an array of coral and brightly coloured marine life reveals itself, conditions depending. After snorkelling, the afternoon is ours to enjoy. Soak up the turquoise vistas for another few hours or stroll or swim about in this gorgeous corner of the world.
Manukan Island Resort - swimming pool, Breakfast and lunch included
Head back to Kota Kinabalu today by boat and minivan. This will take around 40 minutes. We will then travel by private bus to visit the intriguing Mari Mari Cultural Village, nestled deep in the countryside. Here we will see how indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live. The trip there should take less than an hour. This is a rare opportunity to see what the culture and lifestyle was like here in a bygone era. Witness first hand how the tribes would cook their meals, ignite flame with bamboo, and use a blowpipe to hunt. It's a fun, interactive and educational experience. Return to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu later on. Perhaps head out for a final meal with your group to celebrate your Borneo adventure.
Horizon hotel or similar - swimming pool - Breakfast included
The trip finishes today after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time. For those who have booked a flight inclusive package you will be transported back to the airport for your flight home.
Visit Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to witness these big-nosed creatures up to their usual monkey business before traveling to Sepilok, home of the orangutan rehabilitation project to see Borneo’s ‘wild men’ up close.
Enjoy an entire day of beachside bliss at an idyllic island getaway.
Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
Spend a night camping in the Jungle where you will head out in a longboat or creep out on foot to try and spot Borneo’s most famous wildlife from macaques, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles & perhaps even wild orangutans.
Kinabalu National Park
Get a taste of mountain life heading into Kinabalu NP, home to Borneo’s highest peak, Mt Kinabalu. Hit walking trails, explore waterfalls and enjoy a relaxing soak in thermal pools at Poring Hot Springs.
Our Borneo Family Adventure trip is just one of our many Asia Family tours. To find out more visit our Asia holidays page.
Transport - In country flight, private charter vehicle, boat, local bus
Accommodation - Hotel (4nts), Jungle lodge (2nts), Beach resort (2nts), Guesthouse (1nt)
Meals - 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners