Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Classic Borneo (12 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Kota Kinabalu To Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Dinner

Begin your adventure in Kota Kinabulu, formerly Jesselton, on the picturesque island of Borneo. After arriving in Borneo, relax and watch baby orangutans being fed at the area’s only rehabilitation center on hotel grounds at your luxury beach-side hotel Shangri-La Rasa Ria. Rest up before your hike early the next morning!

Day 2
Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day starts bright and early at 6:30 am, when you’re transferred to the base of Mount Kinabalu, the 20th-highest peak in the world. The trek passes through thick forests, where you’ll view over 1,200 species of plants and flowers. The trek is not intense and allows plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery. Spend the night at the Pendant Hut’s private room.

Day 3
Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up before the sun rises to reach the summit for an incredible view you’ll never forget! Reach the summit by 6:00 am and watch the first rays of light creep over the horizon. Descend the mountain by the Via Ferreta, or iron road. After monkeying around on a monkey bridge, you’ll leave Kinabalu National Park and return to the Shangri-La Rasa Ria.

Day 4
Kinabatangan River, Malaysia
Bilit Rainforest Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to the historical city of Sandakan. Here, you will cruise along the Kinabatangan River to reach your lodging - a deluxe chalet at the Bilit Lodge. The abode is tucked in among calm lakes, limestone caves and mangrove swamps.  Enjoy traditional cuisine at a local restaurant and keep your eyes peeled for eccentric-nosed proboscis monkeys!

Day 5
Kinabatangan River, Malaysia
Bilit Rainforest Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake at dawn for a postcard-perfect cruise down Oxbow Lake. Marvel at the local bird species unique to the area. Later today, take a river safari on the longest river in Sabah - the Kinabatangan. You may even have the opportunity to feed a wild orangutan! This evening, enjoy a night game cruise and search for nocturnal species.

Day 6
Danum Valley , Malaysia
Borneo Rainforest Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave the Kinabatangan River region and travel to the vibrantly-green Danum Valley Conservation Area in Lahad Datu. The 169-mile jungle offers a rare opportunity to observe hundreds of exotic species in their natural environment. Check into your rustic-yet-pristine bungalow, the Borneo Rainforest Lodge and enjoy the hum of the jungle as you sleep in comfort.

Day 7
Danum Valley , Malaysia
Borneo Rainforest Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A park Ranger will guide you through your second day in Lahad Datu. Hike to the Kadazandusun burial site, or Coffin Cliff. The site was previously used by the Tidong tribe. Catch an unchallenged view from the top of the reserve. After your active morning, make the climb down to the Jacuzzi Pool – a natural lake with a waterfall. After your return to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, explore the elevated canopy and wonder the forest has to offer. You also have the option of water tubing on the Danum River. That night, take a tour in an open-air Jeep to spot those special animals that only prowl at night.

Day 8
Mabul Water Bungalow Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the picture-perfect scenery as you travel through Lahad Datu and Semporna to Mabul Island in Sipadan. Here, you can indulge in a luxurious spa treatment at the Ka’ Andaman Spa at your floating dive resort, the Mabul Water Bungalows. The bungalows rest entirely on stilts over the turquoise water. Not only does this provide an incredible view overlooking Sipadan Island, but this is also a prime spot for diving.

Day 9
Mabul Water Bungalow Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the aquatic world as you spend the day diving around Sipadan Island. Boasting the most legendary diving in all of Asia and possibly the world, you won’t be disappointed. Be awed by the impressive coral reefs and overwhelming variety of marine life. You may even spot a Hawksbill turtle swimming alongside you.

Day 10
Mabul Water Bungalow Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the marine life further and the freedom to choose where you dive today as Mabul island offers endless options to spot incredible underwater life. Spend the afternoon diving around the nearby island Kapalai. Try muck diving, and you may find some unusual specimens living in this murky habitat.

Day 11
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get in a few final hours of snorkeling and reveling in the amazing marine life before beginning the journey back to Kota Kinabalu. Once at your centrally-located exclusive accommodation - the Shangri-La Aru Resort, with ocean and Mount Kinabalu views, it’s dining paradise time. Choose from any style of high quality cuisine your heart or stomach desires – from beach barbecue, Italian or gourmet traditional Malay food.

Day 12
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During the final hours of your vacation, go on a private one-hour helicopter ride to revel in a bird’s eye view of Mt. Kinabalu. Make sure to photograph those incredible views of the sprawling Crocker Range, where one of the oldest rainforest exists. Post-helicopter ride, you have the option to explore the waterfront boardwalk, observatory platform, the city mosque, the Marlin Statue and the Atkinson Clock tower before heading to the local markets for an authentic Malay lunch.  Absorb the city’s culture by visiting one of the three main artisanal markets and stocking up on local goods and souvenirs before your evening departure.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Plush white beaches, vibrant coral reefs, heavily-forested jungles, staggering peaks and lush rainforests await you when you leave the beaten path and travel to Malaysia, and the island of Borneo. Borneo has a unique indigenous culture, as do the remote parts of Sarawak and Sabah, which have yet to become tourist Meccas. Dive into foreign cultures and revel in authentic traditions with this luxury 12-day Borneo itinerary.



Dive the world’s top diving spot – the picturesque turquoise waters and bustling marine life surrounding Mabul Island


Hike the 20th highest peak in the world, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo Island


Observe exotic wildlife species in tropical rainforests


Cruise along the lengthy river Kinabatangan, spotting rare species of wildlife in uncharted Sandakan

About Us

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  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting

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By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
Travel Advisor:  Jason Swaye


By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

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By: Morty

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias