Animal lovers and ocean enthusiasts get ready: this five-day trip is bursting with both sea and wildlife. Make your way through the five distinct habitats of the Kinabatangan River to a chalet on the beach, keeping an eye out for proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, and Pygmy elephants along the way.

Highlights

  • Search for pygmy elephants and other wildlife on river cruises
  • Take a night walk in the jungle to watch for nocturnal wildlife
  • Lounge on the paper-white beaches of Lankayan Island
  • Go diving for a close encounter with whale sharks

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Kinabatangan Floodplains Borneo Nature Lodge
Day 2 Kinabatangan Floodplains Borneo Nature Lodge
Day 3 Lankayan Island Lankayan Island
Day 4 Lankayan Island Lankayan Island
Day 5 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: The Kinabatangan floodplains

Borneo Nature Lodge

Welcome to Malaysia! Start your first day with a scenic four-hour drive to the village of Sukau, where a boat awaits to transfer you to the remote Borneo Nature Lodge. Check in, get settled, and enjoy a traditional lunch before boarding a riverboat for a wildlife cruise. Return to the lodge just before sunset, enjoy a leisurely dinner, then - if you're still feeling adventurous - head out once more for a night walk or cruise in search of nocturnal wildlife.

Day 2: The Kinabatangan floodplains

Young elephants spotted on a Kinabatangan safari

Wake early to the calls of birds, insects, and animals and join your group for an early morning cruise up the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Oxbow Lake. Disembark here for a short jungle walk. The area is home to 10 species of primates, so keep an eye (and ear) out for monkeys. If you're lucky, you may also spot elephants, rhinos, and Malay sun bears. After your morning cruise, return to the lodge for breakfast and spend some time exploring the lodge itself and surrounding area before boarding another cruise in the afternoon. A third cruise is available by night or you can choose to take a nighttime jungle walk.

Day 3: Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island

After breakfast, it's time to head to Borneo's famous beaches. Make your way to the Pulau Sipadan Resort Jetty and board a boat for tranquil Lankayan Island. Here, you'll have a picturesque private chalet and the whole rest of the day is yours to explore the endless white-sand beaches, snorkel in the blue-green waters, or simply relax.

Day 4: Lankayan Island

Sunset from Lankayan Island

After breakfast at the resort, spend your day taking in everything Lankayan Island has to offer - from sandy beaches to world-class diving. Stroll around the island (it only takes half an hour), stretch out on a beach chair, or for another wildlife encounter, book a dive with whale sharks.

Day 5: Depart

Orangutans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center

After an early breakfast, wave goodbye to the paper-white sands of Lankayan and make your way back to the Pulau Sipadan Resort Jetty and then to the airport. En route, stop at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center for a guided tour. 

Map

Map of Wildlife and Sea in Malaysia - 5 Days
Map of Wildlife and Sea in Malaysia - 5 Days