From lush primary rainforest and misty mountains to pristine coral reefs and mangrove forests at the edge of the sea, Borneo is a land of incredible biodiversity. On this fascinating expedition, we’ll journey through extraordinary ecosystems that shelter more than 1,200 species of orchids and 400 species of birds, and search for unique wildlife including orangutans, pygmy elephants, and cloud leopards. Daily activities bring us deep into limestone caves, high in the treetop canopies, and along the Kinabatangan River. We’ll also enjoy visits with conservation experts to learn about their work with orangutans and meet some of Borneo’s fascinating indigenous people. At journey’s end, we cap off our adventure with world-class snorkeling right from our beachfront chalets.
The progression of the trip and range of experiences were excellent. The wildlife viewing was outstanding and snorkeling at Mataking area was special.
— Sandy C., Seattle, WA
Kota Kinabalu / Sepilok Forest Reserve
From Kota Kinabalu, we head to Sepilok Forest Reserve, habitat of the endangered orangutan. We’ll visit with the experts who are reintroducing injured and orphaned orangutans back into the wild, and then set out at sunset for a canopy boardwalk high in the trees. Our lodge is nestled deep in the forest reserve, granting us fantastic access to this amazing bounty of wildlife.
Kinabatangan Wetlands / Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Journeying upriver on the 350-mile-long Kinabatangan River, we’ll keep an eye out for pygmy elephants, silver leaf langurs, and other tree-dwelling rainforest animals during river cruises at dawn and dusk. Our explorations in Tabin Wildlife Reserve find us on fascinating forest walks, with a stop at the limestone Gomantong caves and one of Tabin’s “mud volcanoes,” where a vast array of species can be spotted.
Danum Valley Conservation Area / Mataking Island
In the Danum Valley, we’ll enjoy forest canopy walks and guided night hikes amid bioluminescent fungi. Resident species include the Sumatran rhino, endemic spectacled flowerpecker, and Borneo’s beloved mouse deer. The snorkeling is out of this world on Mataking Island, and we’ll have the opportunity to explore the teeming reefs, pristine islands, and the Bajau Laut sea gypsies of Tun Sakaran Marine Park, with their rainbow-colored boats. Fly to Kota Kinabalu for a final overnight, and depart on Day 13.