Borneo

ORANGUTANS, REEFS, ISLANDS & RAINFORESTS

11 – 25 MAY 2018  •  15 DAYS  •  16 GUESTS

Journey through one of the most biologically rich and diverse regions of the world. Holding some of South East Asia’s most intact tropical ecosystems and unparalleled diversity of wildlife. Northern Borneo is a treasure-trove of exotic and rare animal and plant species, boasting enchanting scenery both above and below the water’s surface.

Walk Borneo’s forest floors and treetop canopies, explore colossal caves filled with the chatter of millions of bats and cruise in search for riverside wildlife. Jump in for a snorkel or a dive on pristine tropical reefs, stay in tropical island resorts and comfortable lodges nestled deep in national park forest reserves. Borneo’s varied environments and contrasting eco-systems provide habitat to a host of some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable animals, including the Orangutan, Bornean pygmy elephant, Proboscis monkey, 400 or more species of birds and well over 1000 species of orchids. The major Indo-Pacific Ocean currents crossing Sabah’s coastline make it one of the most biodiverse and richest marine environments in the world. Imagine being surrounded by hammerhead sharks and a swirling tornado of barracudas and jacks. Cavort with turtles and search for weird and wonderful macro critters on a muck dive.

The Danum Valley conservation area protects some of the last remaining pristine lowland rainforest on Borneo and is a hotspot for many species of primates, including the Bornean Orangutan, Gibbon, Macaque, Loris, Tarsier and Red-leaf monkey. Other mammals that are regularly seen include Sambar deer, Red barking deer, Giant flying Squirrels and many bird species. An extensive network of trails allows a good chance of seeing some fantastic mammals of the area on day and night walks. A major attraction to this reserve is the wonderful canopy walkway which allows unique access to the little-known canopy world of Borneo's rainforest.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world above and below the water.
  • Observe Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys and Pygmy elephants in their natural habitat.
  • Cruise the Kinabatangan river at dusk and dawn in search of wildlife.

  • Dive and snorkel some of Asia’s most pristine dive sites rich with marine life and colorful reefs.

  • ike through primary rainforest and on tree-top canopy bridges in Sepilok and Danum Valley.

  • Marvel at the colossal Gomantong caves and all its millions of inhabitants.

  • Stay in jungle lodges and tropical island resorts.


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Pre Extension - Layang Layang Island

05 - 11 MAY 2018  ●  6 DAYS  ●  16 GUESTS

On the Pre-Extension to Layang Layang Island experience some of the most magnificent marine life. Hailed as one of the worlds top dive sites, we have timed this Pre-Extension to coincide with the annual gathering of Hammerhead sharks (only late Apr/early May). The diving and snorkeling along the crystal clear big drop offs and walls is spectacular and home to an eclectic mix of sea life including sharks, rays, jacks, Barracudas as well as tiny critters like pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish. The vibrant coral reefs coupled with the beauty of this secluded island paradise makes this the perfect start to this exciting Borneo adventure.

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Post Extension - Mabul & Sipadan Island

24 - 29 MAY 2018  ●  5 DAYS    16 GUESTS

Stay in wonderful overwater bungalows and enjoy the most enchanting views of the sea on the Post Extension to Mabul and Sipadan Islands (most suitable for Scuba divers). Mabul Island is famous for its ‘muck diving’ with a wide variety of exotic macro critters and crustaceans waiting to be discovered. Nearby Sipadan island marine reserve is home to a rich diversity of marine life and is known as one of the top dive destinations in the world. Giant schools of barracuda in tornado-like formations, huge schools of big-eye jacks, bumphead parrotfish and green turtles are common sights.


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Seamless... in a word, our trip has been absolutely seamless! Congratulations on your superb product. Thanks to all these years of experience, travel and your constant, insatiable enthusiasm! Loved the diversity of our expedition and the diving was perfect. Ending the trip on a private yacht was the best idea of all. Please keep us on your A-list! With much appreciation for such a splendid holiday.
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ITINERARY OVERVIEW

PRE-EXTENSION LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND

Day 01 | May 05  Arrive into Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Day 02 | May 06  Morning flight to Layang Layang / check out dive 

Day 03-06 | May 07-10  4 full days of diving and snorkelling Layang Layang

Day 07 | May 11  Fly to Kota Kinabalu and on to Sandakan / Sepilok

 

BORNEO - ORANGUTANS, REEFS, ISLANDS & RAINFORESTS

Day 01 | May 11  Depart Home / En Route to Sandakan via Kota Kinabalu

Day 02 | May 12  Sepilok / Proboscis Monkey Centre

Day 03 | May 13  Sun bear and Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre / Nature Walk / Night walk

Day 04-07 | May 14-17  4 days of diving and snorkelling Lankayan Island

Day 08 | May 18  Abai Village-Kinabatangan River / River wildlife cruises / Nature walks

Day 09-10 | May 19-20  Sukau-Kinabatangan / River cruises and walks / Gomantong Caves

Day 11-13 | May 21-23  Danum Valley nature walks and safaris

Day 14 | May 24  Fly home via Lahad Datu or join the Mabul Sipadan Island Post-extension

Day 15 | May 25  Arrive home

 

POST EXTENSION MABUL & SIPADAN ISLANDS

Day 01 | May 24  Danum Valley to Mabul Island

Day 02-05 | May 25-28  4 days of diving and snorkelling Mabul and Sipadan islands

Day 06 | May 29  Fly home via Tawau and Kota Kinabalu

Day 07| May 30  Arrive home


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BROCHURE

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COST & INFO

BORNEO – ORANGUTANS, REEFS, ISLANDS & RAINFORESTS

11 – 25 MAY 2018 | 15 DAYS | 16 GUESTS 

Double Occupancy: USD $12,890 per person 

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $4,240 per person 

 

PRE-EXTENSION – LAYANG LAYANG ISLAND

05-11 MAY 2017 | 6 DAYS | 16 GUESTS 

Double Occupancy: USD $3,990 per person 

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $1280 per person 

 

POST-EXTENSION – MABUL & SIPADAN ISLANDS

24-29 MAY 2018 | 5 DAYS | 16 GUESTS 

Double Occupancy: USD $3,450 per person 

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $1070 per person 

                                                       

INCLUDED

All accommodations in twin/double share rooms as outlined in the itinerary with en-suite bathrooms. All group meals; Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions; Soft drinks, drinking water, tea and regular filter coffee during lunch/dinners; Drinking water while on tours and in rooms; All group transfers and baggage handling; All tours and excursions , diving and snorkelling as outlined in the itinerary; Exclusive private boat and bus charters; Comfortable private bus and 4x4 jeep transfers during road trips; Exclusive services of english speaking professional local naturalist guides and 2 Wild Earth Expedition Leaders; Photographic workshops and complimentary Slideshow; All gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, resort- dive and wait staff; Government, Service and Room taxes; All permits, Marine park & Entrance fees; Dive tanks (air) and weights; donations to local conservation projects. The Layang Layang Pre-Extension roundtrip charter flights from Kota Kinabalu to Layang Layang, plus a one way flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan to join the main trip are included in economy class, valued at $600. 

 

NOT INCLUDED

All International and domestic flights (unless specified above). Any airport arrival and departure taxes; Passport and visa fees; Immunisation costs; Additional hotel nights, early hotel check-in, meals and tips outside the group travel itinerary; Mandatory Travel insurance (including medical, medical evacuation and accident including scuba diving & snorkelling); Personal items, such as laundry, any alcoholic beverages or bar charges (unless specified above), WiFi, phone calls and excess baggage charges; Rental of scuba diving or snorkelling equipment and/or other equipment where needed; Nitrox air-fills where available. 

 

PLEASE NOTE

**Any sudden increase in price due to a steep hike in fuel cost, a change in government tax policy, currency fluctuations, or for any reason beyond our control, will be reflected in the final payment due 4 months prior to the expedition. All costs have been calculated in Malaysian Ringgit. 

••A minimum of 10 guests are required for our group to get exclusive private boat charters throughout the expedition. If the number of guests drops below 10, we may have other guests join the boats and Wild Earth Expeditions may run the expedition with just one leader. Please remember that we have hired the best operators and local naturalist guides at all trip locations. 

**Dive Permits for Sipadan Island on the Post Extension are very limited due to this being a protected and controlled conservation area. Whilst we have secured at least one day scuba diving at Sipadan island, this is not available for snorkelers at this time and cannot be guaranteed (we are trying our hardest to get special permission). We are hoping to get 2 full days of scuba diving at Sipadan, but they will only confirm that on site. 

 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

We only have 2 single spaces available and single occupancy rates apply. If you are wanting to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you and double occupancy rates apply. If we cannot pair you with a roommate, the single supplement surcharge applies. Please note that the high single supplement surcharge is because a single occupant needs to cover the costs for both cabin spaces on both yachts.


WILD EARTH LEADERS

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Thomas Baechtold

CEO / Founder, Expedition Leader & Dive Instructor

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Geraldine 'JD' Massyn

Trip Designer & Expedition Leader

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PHOTO CREDIT © Thomas & Natalia Baechtold, Layang Layang Island Resort, Mabul Water Bungalows, SI Tours, Adobe Stock