Opulent Journeys

Nature Lovers Tour of Borneo

24 September - 08 October 2017

From (AUD)

$3,450

15 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview
Borneo, the ‘Land below the wind’ has steamy jungles, exotic wildlife and extraordinary landscapes.
This tour exposes you to a rich biodiversity from a wide range of plant communities. Delight in the fire flies amongst the mangroves, the insects in the peat forest, pitcher plants in the heath forest and massive liana vines and epiphytes amidst the rainforest. The amazing cave systems of Mulu highlight exquisite beauty whilst protecting another ecosystem of fauna. Night walks amongst the tropical rainforest reveal a huge array of unique insects. Experience the UNESCO listed world heritage area of Mount Kinabalu. 
Borneo’s tropical rainforests are estimated as being 130million years old and considered the richest terrestrial eco system in the world. Learn unique cultural stories of the once head hunting indigenes and their forest interconnectedness when guided by the locals who cherish the forests for its spiritual value. 
Experience oriental cuisine, local fruits and debate the issues of the unusual durian fruit. The coexisting cultures of Chinese, Malay and Muslim make for a very colourful and exciting experience when staying in the towns.  
We will settle into a variety of accommodation from exquisite in Mulu National Park, to rustic in Bako National Park. Although not a trekking trip, a reasonable level of fitness is required to witness the varity of eco systems. Tropical temperatures can be challenging and it is necessary to maintain hydration.

 

Dates & Prices

Tour Price 

                               

Per person, twin share* $3,450
Single room supplement       $745
Airfare with Singapore Airlines approx.  $1,100

*Land Only tour starts in Kuching and finishes in Kota Knabalu

About your tour leader - Mary-Lou Lewis
Mary-Lou has an interest in design, natural ecosystems and its complex interconnected relationships. She likes to slow down to observe nature at its best, amazing things happen before our eyes, often going unnoticed.
Trained in recreation and horticulture, Mary-Lou has over 30 years working experience in the natural environment. She commenced her career operating an off road cycling tour business with her husband Greg, exploring bushland of Sydney and Blue Mountains. Realising the urban impacts on bushland she moved to bush regeneration with NSW National Trust, learning the relationships of plants and animals. Most recently she spent twelve years with a Sydney local council as a program manager delivering environmental protection projects and sharing her knowledge through community education programs. She has travelled to observe natural wonders to Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Lady Elliott Island on the Great Barrier Reef and more recently to Borneo.
 
 
Inclusions
Inclusions:
  • Internal flights within Borneo
  • 11 nights’ accommodation at 4 star hotels/resorts with breakfast daily
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Bako National Park Hostel* 
  • Private group transfers and touring with English speaking local guides  
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary 
Not included:
  • International flights to and from Borneo
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterages & gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

*Bako National Park Hostel: the accommodation in Bako National Park has ceiling fan only and no air-conditioning. The shower rooms do have hot water and it is on sharing basis.  

 

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Itinerary

Arrive in Kuching, Sarawak, check in to Hilton Kuching.

Visit the famous Kuching Museum, ride sampans to cross the Sarawak River. Pass the white rajah’s residence, see the orchid garden on the other side of the Kuching Waterfront. Make an offering at a Chinese Buddhist temple. Visit the night market. Sample the famous offerings of satay, kolo mee and other Kuching favourites. After dinner stroll beneath wide trees along the romantic big lazy riverfront. Colonial buildings with the old shops of the bazaar enrich the experience. Overnight at Hilton Kuching.

(Meals: B)

Bus to Kampong Bako. Take a long boat to Bako National Park arriving through the mangroves. Immediately encounter unusual plants, tropical littoral abundance. See wildlife such as naughty macaques and proboscis monkeys, wild pigs, an incredible variety of birds and insects. Spot light for shy jungle creatures at night. Overnight at Bako National Park Hostel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Walk the Lintang trail where practically all vegetation types at Bako can be seen. Forest types range from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There are several side trails to follow inside the park depending on level of fitness and interest. All the trails have a great variety of vegetation, from mighty 80-metre dipterocarp trees such as Shorea species to dense mangrove forest. Unusual carnivorous pitcher plants and interesting symbiotic relationships are found on the Lintang trail. The park’s coastline is dotted with small bays, coves and beaches. Overnight at Bako National Park Hostel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Hike the boardwalks through wetlands, swim in secluded jungle pools and on beaches of the South China Sea. Watch proboscis monkeys feeding on jungle fruits. Look for the Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Red-crowned Barbet, Woodpeckers, Broadbills, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Babblers, and owls. Overnight at Bako National Park Hostel.
(Meals: B, L, D)

Proceed back to Kuching. En-route, we will visit to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to catch the feeding time of the orang utans. Along the way, we will pass by the ethno-botanical gardens, with their unique collection of rain-forest plants. Arrive in Kuching and check in Hilton Kuching for overnight.

(Meals: B, L)

Morning flight to Mulu National Park. This World Heritage-listed area allows canopy walks and treks that reveal exotic creatures, spectacular caves and stunning limestone karst formations. There is Deer Cave, which can fit five cathedrals the size of London’s Saint Pauls. The massive caves here are home to millions of bats and cave swiftlets that swarm out into the jungle in great clouds every evening at dusk! It is an extraordinary sight. Overnight and dinner at Mulu Marriott Resort.
(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast, we depart by longboat to explore Wind Cave with a stopover at the Penan Longhouse. Later we proceed to explore Clearwater Cave, the longest cave in Southeast Asia. Overnight and dinner at Mulu Marriott Resort.

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast in the resort, we proceed to Mulu Canopy Skywalk. The Skywalk is the longest tree canopy walk in the world. Relax at the jungle café. Overnight and dinner at Mulu Marriott Resort.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Free at leisure until our flight to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (the Land Below the Wind). In the evening, we explore the Phillipino night Market. Overnight at Grandis Hotel Kota Kinabalu.
(Meals: B, L)

Today is free for you to explore Kota Kinabalu at your own pace. Overnight at Grandis Hotel Kota Kinabalu.

(Meals: B)

Traverse along Sabah's Crocker Range to Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site nominated by UNESCO. Enjoy the walks around the park headquarters. Climb through several ecological zones to experience plant communities ranging from tropical rainforest to the sub-alpine. Overnight and dinner at Kinabalu Pine Resort.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Trek through the rainforest and witness life in the treetops as you walk along the Canopy Walkway Venture along Jungle Trails to visit waterfall. Lunch at Poring Springs. There are steaming hot pools providing a relaxing place to unwind after trekking the slopes of Mount Kinabalu. Overnight and dinner at Kinabalu Pine Resort.
(Meals: B, L, D)
Visit the Kundasang War Memorial where the Sandakan Death March ended. The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens. Also visit the Kundasng vegetables markets before returning back to Kota Kinabalu. Overnight at Grandis Hotel Kota Kinabalu.
(Meals: B, L)

Our tour ends after breakfast.

(Meals: B)

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