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Adventure Borneo

Best time to travel
Feb-Sep
Ideal Length
14 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Singapore and home from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • All private transfers, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • 14 nights’ hand-picked accommodation in Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Selingan Island, Kinabatangan River and Gaya Island.
  • Enjoy once in a lifetime experiences on Selingan Island where you will partake in a turtle conservation programme.
  • Experience exciting food tours through Singapore, climb Mount Kinabalu and visit the Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear Sanctuary.
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Introduction

Adventure through Southeast Asia in this exciting suggested itinerary. Begin in the colourful and lively Singapore. Explore the bustling streets and sample the incredible street food. Then, discover the remarkable landscape of Borneo; from its tropical rainforests to towering mountains. Visit remote islands, animal sanctuaries and climb mountains over the course of 14 nights. Perfect for adventurers, this trip will open your mind, fill your camera roll, and wear out your walking shoes as you traverse this fascinating part of the world.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Singapore.
Your driver will meet you on arrival and privately transferred to a stylish hotel in the heart of the city where you’ll spend three nights. Spend time taking in the sights and sounds of this facinating city.
Enjoy a privately guided Michelin street food tour of the city.
With your knowledgeable guide, you will explore the hidden alleys to some of Singapore’s Michelin Star ‘restaurants’. You will not only enjoy the best bites but hear fascinating stories about the food and the proud people behind them.
Singapore Food
It’s time to fly to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
On arrival, you will be privately transferred to an idyllic retreat where you’ll rest and relax overnight.
Kota Kinabalu
It’s time to climb Borneo’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu.
It’s time to climb Borneo’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. The climb will last three days, and you will spend two nights in base camp accommodation on the mountain. Stay overnight at a base camp of 3,272m before the start of your summit trek in time for a breathtaking sunrise over Sabah. Spend a pre-night in a comfortable Lodge in Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site declared in 2000.
Mount Kinabalu
Hiking to Laban Rata.
This hike will take approx. 5 to 6 hours. The best approach to this climb is to take it slow and steady, then rest to engage with the stunning scenery that surrounds you and changes as you move closer to the overnight resthouse of Laban Rata, at 3270m.
Mount Kinabalu
Descend the mountain.
lowly descend the mountain, perhaps taking a ginger tea at Laban Rata to celebrate your achievement. Meet your guide and driver and return to Kota Kinabalu, where you’ll spend one night resting.
Mount Kinabalu
Next, depart for Sandakan Airport.
On arrival, you will be privately transferred to the jetty and take a boat to Selingan Island, where you’ll spend one night in a handpicked resort.
Selingan Island
Learn all about the conservation programme that takes place here.
Home to Green and Hawksbilled turtles, Selingan Island is world famous for its turtle conservation programme. See how they lay their eggs in the sand and watch as the baby turtles are released into the wild.
Turtle Indonesia
Privately transfer to The Kinabatangan River.
The Kinabatangan River has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Borneo. Witness the comical proboscis monkeys patrol the treetops along the banks of the Kinabatangan River and look out for pygmy elephants making their way to the water to drink and bathe. Spend two nights in a unique rainforest lodge.
proboscis monkey Malaysia
Make a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear Sanctuary.
Visit the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Here you will have a chance to see successfully rehabilitated orangutans coming to feeding platforms. The Sun Bear Sanctuary is next door to Sepilok, and its aims are the same; to rescue and rehabilitate. Sail in a riverboat up the Kinabatangan River and spot many other wildlife species along the way.
Sun Bear
Your adventure comes to an end with some time relaxing on Gaya Island.
Privately transfer back to Sandakan Airport and fly to Kota Kinabalu. Just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, take a boat ride to stunning Gaya Island and spend three nights in a luxury villa in this wonderfully peaceful area. Lie on the golden sandy beach or enjoy walks with the naturalist and kayaking through mangrove forests - the perfect end to your trip.
Gaya Island
Transfer by boat back to Kota Kinabalu for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

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Accommodation

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The-Warehouse-Hotel-Singapore

The Warehouse Hotel

The Warehouse Hotel is a chic hotel sitting on the glamorous waterfront of Robertson Quay. Taking inspiration from the district’s industrial history, interiors feature black beams, dangling light fixtures and copper embellishments. Sleek design continues to the rooftop, with a stylish glass-walled infinity pool with Singapore views.

Shangri La Tanjung Aru

Shangri La Tanjung Aru

Located just outside of Kota Kinabalu centre, the Shangri La Tanjung Aru hotel is the perfect base for your stay. This property has its own beach and is a popular spot for offshore snorkelling. The Shangri La boasts many top-class facilities to keep guests entertained. A lagoon-style swimming pool, tennis courts, jogging track, pitch and putt course and a watersports centre are just some of the activities on offer. Surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the property is an idyllic retreat.

Selingan Island Resort

Selingan Island Resort

Home to Green and Hawksbilled turtles, Selingan Island is world famous for its turtle conservation programme. Although both species are endangered, the island provides a safe place for them to lay their eggs and return to the sea. Guests can witness the turtles laying their eggs, learn how they are protected and see the mothers tagged. A highlight of any trip is witnessing the baby turtles being returned to the sea. There are many other activities on offer at the resort, such as snorkelling and scuba diving along the coast.

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort

Just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island Resort is located on the beautiful island of Pulau Gaya and reached by the hotel’s own speedboat in just 10 minutes. Offering a taste of traditional Sabahan architecture blended seamlessly with contemporary luxury design, relax in your spacious villa and soak up the tropical jungle scenery that surrounds you. There is plenty of wildlife on Pulau Gaya, so make sure you visit the nature centre and take a walk with the resident naturalist, if you are lucky you may see wild proboscis monkeys. Meanwhile under the water you will be greeted with a variety of tropical fish at the coral reef just to the side of the arrival jetty, complimentary snorkelling equipment can be hired from the water sports desk on the beach.

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