8 Days 7 Nights Birding ~ East Coast of Sabah , Borneo

You don't have to go far to be immersed in the numerous birdlife of Borneo. Journey with us bird watching around Sandakan and afield to Sepilok Nature Reserve, the Kinabatangan River and the Tabin Wildlife reserve where there are more than 316 different birds, 20 of them endemic to Borneo. Stay at the award winning ecolodge Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Tour Description

Destination

Borneo ~ Sabah ~ Sandakan ~ Sepilok ~ Kinabatangan River ~ Tabin Wildlife Reserve ~ Wildlife & Birdwatching

Minimum no. of Persons
2

Place of Departure
Sandakan city or Sandakan airport

Trip Availability
Daily

Tour Code
BETBB9b

Tour Duration

8 Days 7 Nights

Accommodation

Sepilok Nature Resort

  • air- conditioned twin bed chalets with lake or jungle view verandahs , private bathrooms with hot water
  • surrounding garden - which would take half a day to explore - offers an array of tropical plants and grasses and a collection of more than one hundred and fifty different Asian orchid species

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

  • Non-smoking rooms,En-suite bathroom,Wake up call service, Twin size beds, Hairdryer (upon request), Iron and Ironing Board (upon request), Housekeeping service, Solar heated hot shower, Towels
  • Melapi Restaurant, Hornbill Boardwalk ,Gecko Lounge, Free flow coffee & tea, Free afternoon tea break, Gecko Lounge, Wine list, Bar
  • Information Gallery (Ape Gallery), Presentation (Orangutan talk & about us), Sundeck, Safe deposit box, Free WIFI, Night Safari Gazebo, Gomantong Hall (Meeting hall), Smoking & non-smoking area, Mini library, Free guided tour
  • Batik Painting, Halia Spa, Board Games, Dart, Dip pool, Nature Trail


Tabin Resort

  • 20 units of jungle lodges (10 units River Lodges, 10 units Hill Lodges)
  • River Lodges ~ 10 units of authentic Borneo timber bungalows with standard floor area . Each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom, hot water shower, private balcony overlooking Lipad river and ceiling fan
  • Hill Lodges ~ 10 units of authentic Borneo timber bungalows with floor area. Each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom & hot water shower, private balcony overlooking hillside forest or Lipad river, and ceiling fan


Flight In

MH 2042 OR AK6492

Recommended Personal Gear

Please bring along sun block lotion, swimwear, personal toiletries, torch light, insect repellent, drinking water bottle, walking shoes, binoculars, camera, hat & raincoat.

Borneo is blessed with a vast array of bird habitats and the best time to visit our feathery friends is from March to October!

8 Days 7 Nights Birding Rates ~ valid until 31st March 2017

(Rates based on per person basis)

Twin Sharing basis Rates based on per person (RM)
Minimum 2 persons RM 7,998 per person
Single Supplement Rates based on single traveller (RM)
Single Traveller add RM 2,106
High season surcharge :
MYR 240 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July & August)

Rate above includes 6% GST (Goods & Services Tax)

Package is Inclusive of:
Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, private river cruise in Sukau, entrance fees and English speaking guide.

Package is Exclusive of:
Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu (BKI) - Sandakan (SDK) & Lahad Datu (LDU) - Kota Kinabalu (BKI), camera fee and items not mentioned.

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

Note: Due to poor connection, it is not possible for credit card transactions at the Tabin Wildlife Resort. All payments to be made in cash term. Charging of credit card is only possible at the resort's office in Lahad Datu

CANCELLATION TERMS

It may take some time to make all the necessary arrangements for a tour package, as our tour consultants must reserve each service individually with our suppliers and personalise your itinerary accordingly.

Due to the limited number of accommodation during the peak travel periods and festivals, we recommend that you book our tours 6 months to a year in advance.

If you are requiring very specific dates for your holiday, we highly recommend that you book 12 months in advance.

31 days and above from date of travel: 10% forfeiture of the cancelled component.

30 days and below from date of travel: 50% forfeiture of the cancelled component

14 days and below from date of travel: 100% forfeiture of the cancelled component

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, you can postpone your trip to a later date. The remaining amount of your total package cost AFTER DEDUCTING the Cancellation Fees will be held under our 12-Months Flexi Travel Program.

Under this program, you have the options to (1) CARRY FORWARD or (2) TRANSFER the remaining amount to a third party within a 12-Months grace period from the original date of travel. Any additional costs after deducting the credit will be subject to payment. Any unused balance after 12 months will expire.

BOOKING PERIODS FOR CERTAIN TRIPS

It may take some time to make all the necessary arrangements for a tour package, as our tour consultants must reserve each service individually with our suppliers and personalise your itinerary accordingly.

Due to the limited number of accommodation during the peak travel periods and festivals, we recommend that you book our tours 6 months to a year in advance.

If you are requiring very specific dates for your holiday, we highly recommend that you book 12 months in advance.

All of our tours are conducted daily including weekends and public holidays unless stated otherwise. All tours must be pre-booked in advance to secure preferred travel dates and accommodation.

Itinerary

DAY 1 : SEPILOK

Arrive at Sandakan airport and be transferred to Sepilok Nature Resort. Spend the rest of the evening resting and relaxing. Overnight in Sepilok Nature Resort. (Dinner)

DAY 2 : RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE

We'll spend a full day birdwatching in Rainforest Discovery Centre. Overnight at Sepilok Nature Resort. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Sepilok (Rainforest Discovery Centre) is home to: Bornean Bristlehead, Diard's Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Hooded Pitta, Black-and-Crimson Pitta, Scarlet Minivet, Red-bearded Bee-Eater, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, White-bellied Munia, Indian Cuckoo, White Fronted Falconet , Oriental dwarf Kingfishers, Scarlet Rumped Trogon, Red-Naped Trogon, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Great Slaty-woodpecker, White bellied-woodpecker, Velvet Fronted-Nuthatch, various bee-eaters, bulbuls, flowerpeckers, sunbird, drongos, hornbills, among others.

DAY 3 : SEPILOK - SUKAU

Birdwatching around Sepilok in the morning. At noon, we depart to Sukau on a 2.5 hr boat journey on Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan. Brief stops along the way when there are bird and wildlife sightings. Lower Kinabatangan is home to 210 species of birds. Check into the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Join an afternoon cruise for bird watching. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Sukau is home to: Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, White Bellied Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Wallaces Hawk Eagle, White Chested Babbler, Brown Barbet, Blue Eared Kingfishers, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Black-eared Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Pied Fantail, Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Oriental Darter, Jerdon's Baza, Buffy Fish Owl, Brahminy Kite, White-fronted Falconet, Great Egret, Bornean Bristlehead, Black-and-Yellow Broadbills, Bat Hawk, Oriental Bay Owl, Brown Wood Owl, Great Billed Heron , Blue Headed Pitta, Blue Winged Pitta, Hooded Pitta, Black Headed Pittas, Crested Fireback, Storm's Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Scarlet Rumped Trogon, Red-Naped Trogon, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White Crowned Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Bushy Crested Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Great Slaty-woodpecker, White Bellied-woodpecker, and many others.

Please make sure that you travel light to Sukau Rainforest Lodge

DAY 4 - 5 : SUKAU

Morning and afternoon river cruise for bird watching. Visit Gomantong Caves on one of the evenings to watch the exodus of bats and bathawks. We would highly recommend our optional night cruise one of these nights as it offers an opportunity to get up close with sleeping birds nesting on the lower branches of trees and opportunity for great photographs. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 6 : SUKAU - TABIN

Proceed to Lahad Datu for lunch and then onwards to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, another haven for bird watching enthusiasts which boasts approximately 220 species of birds. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Tabin is home to: Blue Eared Kingfisher, Stork billed Kingfisher, Pied Fantail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Storm's Stork, Bornean Bristlehead, Blue-headed Pitta, Blue-banded Pitta, Dusky Munia, Black-throated Wren-babbler, Bornean Wren-babbler, Bulwer's Pheasant, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Long-billed Spiderhunter, Grey-breasted Spiderhunter, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Purple-throated Sunbird, Plain Sunbird, Black-naped Monarch, Olive-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Ashy Tailorbird, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-backed Kingfisher, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White Crowned Hornbill, White-Fronted Falconet, Crested Fireback, raptors and various others.

DAY 7 : TABIN

Full day bird watching in Tabin. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 8 : TABIN - LAHAD DATU AIRPORT

After breakfast, transfer to Lahad Datu airport for departure flight. (Breakfast)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO UPGRADE?

Upgrade from Tabin Wildlife Lodge to Borneo Rainforest Lodge (Danum Valley) for only RM485.00 per person more.


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