The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
14 nights of adventure with a river cruise, night safari and meeting orang-utans
A truly superb tour of Kuala Lumpur and Borneo
Explore jungles, meet baby orang-utans, discover incredible wildlife, cruise along rivers and sleep in the heart of the Malaysian jungle – an adventure like no other.
Borneo is the perfect destination to experience flora, fauna, topography and tribes people of astonishing diversity. The dense tropical rainforest and mountain ranges of Sarawak are teeming with wildlife including orang-utans, which can be seen at the Sepilok Nature Reserve. Although sightings are never guaranteed (the primates are semi-wild) they have been rescued from captivity and most usually return to feeding stations at various times of the day.
Begin your adventure with a few days in Kuala Lumpur. Explore the city’s key highlights as well as some of its lesser known charms on a Heritage City Tour. Sample some local food along the way and get to grips with the city’s monorail.
Fly to the island of Borneo and on to Sepilok Nature Resort, set in the heart of the jungle rainforest, serrated by jagged peaks and carved by ancient rivers with sheer valleys protecting prolific wildlife and tribal peoples.
Enjoy a night walk at Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary to spot wildlife, including Orang-utans making their nests for the night. The forest comes alive at night with a cacophony of extraordinary sounds. Transfer to Turtle Island (Selingan) where you may spot turtles laying their eggs.
Cruise the Kanabatangan River to your jungle lodge, set on the banks of the river and surrounded by thick rainforest, perfect for wildlife-spotting. Transfer to Danum Valley: pristine rainforest that is home to an enormous variety of species including Orang-utans and pygmy elephants.
Spend the remainder of this tour relaxing on Bunga Raya Island: this luxurious and laid-back property is hidden away on an island and has spectacular scenery. Villas are hand-crafted by local tradesmen and private balconies offer jaw-dropping views of the beach below. Try scuba diving, visit the Marine Ecology Research Centre, explore or just relax before transferring back to Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Heritage City Tour
See orang-utans in the wild at Sepilok
Stay on Turtle Island (Selingan) and look for turtles
Cruise Kinabatangan River
Night Safari in Danum Valley
Relax on beach at Bunga Raya
Itinerary in brief
Kuala Lumpur x 3 nights
Sepilok Nature Resort x 1 night
Selingan Island x 1 night
Kinabatangan River Lodge x 2 nights
Borneo Rainforest Lodge x 2 nights
Bunga Raya Resort x 5 nights
Return economy flights from London
Accommodation for 14 nights in standard rooms
Day 1 – Depart UK
Depart UK and fly to Kuala Lumpur international airport.
Day 2 – Arrive Kuala Lumpur and day at leisure
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, transfer to your hotel then explore the city at your own pace.
Day 3 – At leisure in Kuala Lumpur
Relax and settle into the city. Continue to explore or relax at your hotel.
Day 4 – Kuala Lumpur Heritage City Tour
Explore the city with a private guide. Experience the city’s key highlights as well as some of the lesser known charms. Try some local food along the way and get to grips with the city’s monorail.
Day 5 – Transfer to Sandakan, Borneo
Leave Kuala Lumpur, fly to the island of Borneo then transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort. Enjoy a night walk at Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary with a guide and a park ranger to spot the local wildlife.
Day 6 – Transfer to Selingan Island (Turtle Island)
Take a boat ride to Selingan Island, known as Turtle Island. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, enjoying the beach or snorkelling. After dinner, gather on the beach to watch turtle hatchlings making their dash to the waves.
Day 7 – Transfer to Kinabatangan River Lodge
Board a boat to transfer you up the Kinabatangan River. This scenic journey gives you the perfect wildlife-spotting opportunities and you may well see orang-utans swinging through the trees.
Day 8 – Kinabatangan River
Early morning river cruise to ox bow lakes to observe wildlife and experience the early morning ambience of the river. Return for breakfast then spend your morning at leisure. After lunch take another river cruise.
Day 9 – Transfer to Danum Valley
Transfer to Danum Valley, a conservation area where you may spot pygmy elephants and a variety of other wildlife. This drive takes you through forest and timber concession areas to the Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy a canopy walk on walkways suspended 26m from the ground and hanging in the middle of the rainforest, giving you an incredible feeling of being immersed. Take a night safari drive in an open top 4×4 to spot nocturnal animals.
Day 10 – Rainforest Lodge
Spend the morning exploring the forest, visiting local burial coffins and trekking to a waterfall for a refreshing dip. In the afternoon you could try ‘tubing’ down the Danum River or simply keep exploring. Enjoy a guided night walk to see more nocturnal animals.
Day 11 – Transfer to Bunga Raya Resort
Drive back through the forest to Lahad Datu, fly to Kota Kinabalu then take a speedboat to Gaya Island for Bunga Raya Resort. Spend five nights here enjoying the luxurious surroundings, stunning scenery and underwater delights.
Days 12-15 – Bunga Raya Resort
At leisure in the resort.
Day 16 – Fly home
Leave the resort, transfer to Kota Kinabalu by speedboat then fly back to the UK via Kuala Lumpur.