• Duration 10 days
  • Difficulty 3/5
  • Group Size 10

Borneo: Rainforest and Reef Wilderness Adventure

22 September – 1 October, 2020

Borneo, the world’s third largest island, is politically divided among three countries, Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), Brunei and Indonesia (Kalimantan). An unforgettable adventure to explore the outstanding terrestrial and ocean wilderness of Malaysian Borneo including Sepilok, Kinabatangan, Danum Valley, Sipadan Island, Mataking Island, and Semporna Islands.

The map is a visual representation of the locations included in this trip. Click over the image to zoom into the map. For more information, please refer to the itinerary for this expedition.

Trip Details

General Information

USD $7,800.00 Per person sharing

Single Supplement: USD $1150.00

Arrival: Sandakan Sabah Malaysia

Departure: Tawau

Arrival Time: 22nd September 2020


  • Accommodations for 10 nights.
  • All meals.
  • National park fees.
  • Water, tea, coffee.
  • Local English-speaking driver/guide.
  • One Oceanic Society trip leader.


  • International airfare to and from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
  • Items of personal nature including laundry, bar, personal shopping and internet.
  • Travel/medical/evacuation insurance.
  • Visa fees.
  • Tips for local guides and lodge staff.


ADay 1, September 22nd: Sandakan to Sepilok

Upon arrival in Sandakan, we will transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort and check-in to our rooms. In the evening, your guide will give you a trip briefing before our welcome dinner. After dinner, we will head out for an optional night walk in the forest to search for nocturnal wildlife. Our lodging tonight is at Sepilok Nature Resort.

BDay 2, September 23rd: Sepilok to Kinabatangan

We will take a private tour of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre before it opens to the public. Our group will then continue on to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where captive orangutans are reintroduced into the wild. After lunch, we’ll depart on a 1.5 hour boat trip up the Lower Kinabatangan River, and pass by pristine mangrove forests as we search for wildlife. Our group will arrive at the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort in the afternoon, and head out for an afternoon river cruise in search of proboscis monkeys, orangutans, langurs, birds, and other wildlife. Everyone will return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, there will be an optional night walk. Our lodging tonight is at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.

CDay 3, September 24th: Kinabatangan

We will take an early morning cruise up the river and stop at a local village for breakfast, as we visit their forest restoration site. In the afternoon, our group will head out for another boat trip for more wildlife viewing. In the evening, there will be an optional night cruise or walk. Our lodging tonight is at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort.

DDay 4, September 25th: Kinabatangan to Danum Valley

Today, we will have an early departure for a 1.5 hour ride up the river. We will then transfer to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, which is situated along productive tracks for wildlife viewing. After lunch, we will go on guided walks on a nature trail (400 m boardwalk circuit) and a canopy walkway. In the evening, we will have dinner at the lodge. If weather permits, we can go for a night drive / walk to spot wild animals. Our lodging tonight is at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

DDays 5 – 6, September 26th – 27th: Danum Valley

We will hike in a pristine jungle setting and look for abundant wildlife. On one of the mornings, we will visit the Danum Valley Field Centre, one of the first research centers in Borneo. Here, we will spend time learning about their active research projects. Our mornings, afternoons, and evenings will be spent maximizing our opportunities to spot the rare fauna of this region. Our lodging on these nights is at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

EDay 7, September 28th: Danum Valley to Mataking Island

After a final morning exploring the forest, we will depart for Semporna and take a boat ride out to Mataking Island on the edge of the Sulu Sea. In the afternoon, our group will head out to go snorkeling in the pristine reefs surrounding Mataking Island. Our lodging tonight is at Mataking Island Reef Dive Resort.

FDay 8, September 29th: Sipadan

After breakfast, we will depart by boat for Sipadan. Sipadan is known as one of the greatest snorkel/ dive sites in the world, famous for large pelagic fish, sharks, and sea turtles. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located in the Coral Triangle, the center of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. We will spend the day snorkeling the beautiful reefs here, and have lunch on an isolated island. In the late afternoon, we will return to Mataking. Our lodging tonight is at Mataking Island Reef Dive Resort.

GDay 9, September 30th: Tun Sakaran (Semporna Islands) Marine Park

After breakfast, we will depart for the island of Bohey Dulang, a beautiful volcanic island in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. We will take a short hike up to see a stunning view of the surrounding islands and reefs (approximately, 1 mile round trip). From here, we will continue to the island of Kalapuan, where we will explore a Bajau Laut village, and visit a school to learn about the nomadic sea faring culture. The Bajau Laut still live a very traditional life, where their entire lives are connected to the sea. On the way back, we will stop at Timba Timba island to snorkel its pristine shallow reefs before returning to Mataking for lunch. While at Mataking, there may a chance to release baby sea turtles from a hatchery, and watch them start their long journeys out to sea. Our group will then enjoy a relaxing evening on the island. Our lodging tonight is at Mataking Island Reef Dive Resort.

HDay 10, October 1st: Tawau – Fly Home

We will have the option to spend our last morning relaxing on the island, or snorkeling on the house reef. We will then depart for Tawau to catch our international flights back home.

Expedition Leader

Discover the world with experienced travelers

Pete Oxford


Pete Oxford is a naturalist and conservation photographer. He has been leading trips, repeatedly, to every continent since 1987. He is very familiar with tropical rainforests having lived and worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a naturalist guide for three years. He has produced four books on the Amazon. Pete has visited Indonesia and Malaysia repeatedly over the years venturing widely throughout the region. He continues to lead trips to some of the world’s most pristine wildlife and cultural destinations as a full time, professional conservation photographer/tour leader. He is the winner of several prestigious awards and his images have appeared in major magazines including National Geographic, Time, Outdoor Photography and Smithsonian.

Photo Gallery

Some of the amazing scenery, wildlife and cultures you will discover during this unforgettable experience

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