Kinabatangan River Tour | 3 Days, 2 Nights | from SANDAKAN/SEPILOK, MALAYSIA

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  • 🛏️ Accommodation: Included. Dorm-style with shared bathrooms or private en-suite rooms.
  • 🍜 Food: Included. Buffet style. Vegetarian-vegan options.
  • 🦧 Activities: Chance to spot rare wildlife during 4 river cruises (1x morning, 1x night, 2x afternoon) and 2 jungle walks ( 1x morning, 1x night).
  • 🚌 Transport: Included. Land transport from designated pick-up points and boat cruises as specified. 
  • 🛻 Pick-up: Available from Sandakan (airport and town) and Sepilok.

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Overview: 

Embark on a thrilling 3-day, 2-night adventure along the Kinabatangan River and immerse yourself in Borneo’s incredible biodiversity! This tour offers exciting river cruises, fascinating jungle walks, and delicious local Bornean cuisine, all while staying in comfortable accommodation. Explore one of Asia’s premier wildlife destinations which offers the chance to spot orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, and much more! Experienced nature guides will help you discover elusive creatures, but remember that wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary adventure—book now for an unforgettable experience!


Itinerary:

Day 1

  • 12:30 AM-1:40 PM: Pick-up from pre-arranged pick-up points (Sandakan/Airport or Sepilok)
  • Arrive at Sukau Greenview Bed & Breakfast, check-in and briefing
  • 4:00 PM: Afternoon cruise on the Kinabatangan River (2 hours)
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner at the riverside restaurant
  • 7:30 PM: Night cruise for nocturnal wildlife (1-1.5 hours)

Day 2

  • 5:30 AM: Wake-up call
  • 6:00 AM: Morning cruise with wildlife sightings (1.5-2 hours)
  • 7:40 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM: Jungle walk to explore flora and fauna (2 hours)
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch at the restaurant
  • 4:00 PM: Afternoon cruise with sunset views (2 hours)
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner
  • 7:30 PM: Night walk near the premises (1-1.5 hours)
  • Pack belongings for the next day

Day 3

  • 6:00 AM: Optional morning cruise (additional RM60.00 per person)
  • 7:40 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM: Check out and transfer to Sandakan/Airport/Sepilok or the main town of Kinabatangan for your onward journey

Accommodation :

You will stay at Sukau Greenview B&B, located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. 

  • Hostel (Shared accommodation) – The most budget-friendly accommodation option is the hostel, situated in the main building, facing the restaurant. It can accommodate six people with bunk beds and single beds. It has an attached shared toilet and shower room, air conditioning, and a fan. – Ideal for solo budget backpackers!
  • Cabins (Private accommodation) – The cabins are semi-detached chalets, each with three rooms, an en suite bathroom, and air conditioning. There is one double room and one twin room. – Perfect for couples or friends on a budget craving privacy!
  • Deluxe & Superior Rooms (Private accommodation) – The deluxe and superior rooms are located in a two-story house with a total of five private rooms. The deluxe rooms, both on the first floor, are double rooms. The superior rooms, located on the ground floor, include one double room, and one twin room. These rooms are more spacious than the cabins and come with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. – Best for comfort and space!

Food:

Meals are included according to the itinerary and are generally served buffet style in the on-site restaurant. Some dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, can be accommodated and will be served at your table. If you have specific dietary needs, please check in advance to ensure they can be catered for.


Guide:

Experienced English-speaking guides will help you spot wildlife and get the most out of your visit to the Kinabatangan River! 


What’s Included:

Includes:

  • Pre-arranged land transfer Sandakan to lodge
  • 2x nights accommodation at Sukau Greenview B&B
  • 4 river cruises
  • 1 morning walk
  • 1 night walk
  • Meals (as stated)
  • Use of rubber boots/wellies
  • Nature guide

Does Not Include:

  • Tourism tax (RM10 per room, per night will be collected upon check-in)
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Binoculars (optional) 
  • Rain jackets/ponchos
  • Leech socks (optional)

FAQs

  • I am flying into Sandakan. What time should I aim to arrive? 

Take a morning flight into Sandakan. Pick-up from the airport usually commences at 12:50. 

  • What should I pack for the trip?

Rain jacket, suncream, hat, insect repellent (DEET recommended), torch, cash, long-sleeved clothing, hiking boots, leech socks, and binoculars. 

  • Can I bring children?

Children aged 3-11 years are welcome in a group with a minimum of 2 adults. Rates for children are 50% of adult rates and children under 3 years are free when sharing a bed. Please inform us of any children when making your booking.

  • What is the best time of year to do this trip?

To increase your chance of seeing wildlife, it is recommended to do this trip during the dry season which falls from March to October. 

  • Are binoculars provided?

Binoculars are not provided but you are welcome to bring your own. While you don’t need binoculars, they will help you see the animals your guide points out. 

  • Can I get a transfer to a different destination than I was picked up from? 

As well as Sandakan/Airport and Sepilok, travellers can be dropped off at the main town of Kinabatangan for onward travel connections to Semporna, Lahad Datu or Kota Kinabalu. 

  • Are there any other charges I need to know about?

Tourism Tax RM10.00 per room per night will be collected upon check in.


Liability and Travel Insurance

  • We strongly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip to Malaysian Borneo. 
  • In the event of heavy rain, the safety of guests is prioritized. Therefore, the organiser reserves the right to cancel the boat cruise or jungle walk. Any cancelled activities will be rescheduled to a morning cruise on day 3.
  • The organiser has the sole discretion to cancel or shorten the duration of any tour due to force majeure, hostilities, accidents, or other circumstances beyond their control.

Refund Policy

  • To book, pay a deposit online through South East Asia Backpacker. This deposit is fully refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before the activity starts.
  • The rest of the payment is made directly to the operator according to their instructions.
  • Important: This refund policy applies only to the deposit made on this website. Any later payments made to the operator are subject to their own refund policy.
  • Check our customer terms and conditions for more details.

Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region!

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 72 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

If you have any questions about our business or any of the tours that we provide, feel free to contact me on Whatsapp.

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