Borneo tour, Great Apes and Beach escapes

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Departure information

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Borneo tour, Great Apes and Beach escapes


We use local partners who share the same values as us when it comes to wildlife. The guides they use around the Kinabatangan River know the area very well, and show respect and care when taking clients around on the trips. They take part in Orangutan research and nest surveys in Sarawak with the Sarawak Forestry Cooperation and Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia.

Our local partners have won a number of sustainability tourism awards.

We steer towards small scale hotels, that have character and heritage rather than large modern chains as we like to support local businesses and heritage.

Our local partners also support local community projects in Sarawak and have a 27 year sustainable tourism and community partnership with 4 Iban communities.

In our Know Before You Go which is sent to clients before travelling, we encourage them to take care with water usage as usable water is a rare commodity in Borneo.

Our environmental policy begins in our Brighton office we are very passionate with recycling, and have a strict recycling, no waster policy. We encourage our clients to take care when travelling, and send a responsible travel infographic with information on how to do this. Our local partners also have a recycling system in their office.


As both of our main specialists have travelled to Borneo and know the best local places to eat out and visit. We like to support local businesses and restaurants hence only arranging breakfast in hotels where the client has opportunitiies to eat at local restaurants nearby.

We support a local charity called Reef Guardian which supports the marine park off the coast of Sandakan. Clients have an opportunity to donate 5 to the charity when booking, and they can then adopt a turtle when staying on Lankayan Island.

Our local partners comply with all relevant laws that protect the rights of their employees. All staff have employees contracts and understand the terms and conditions of their employment.

During the clients visit to the National Park, the clients have an opportunity to buy local handicrafts created by the local community at market stalls on the side of the road.

All guides are trained to assist clients in travelling with respect and we also inform client before they travel about appropriate etiquette in Borneo.

Reviews of Borneo tour, Great Apes and Beach escapes

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were too many memorable moments to pick just one. Watching the wild Orang Utans high in the trees, walking along the gangway following a juvenile Orang Utan in the Sepilok santuary, the orchids, Lankayan, watching the turtles and releasing the hatchlings, swimming with reef sharks and more.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

On the return trip we had a half day stopover at the lodges at Sandakan. A short taxi fare gives you a few more hours at the Orang Utan santuary, well worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Read the operator's response here:

Hi Tony,

Thank you so much for your review for your recent trip to Borneo.

It sounds like you had some fantastic wildlife experiences, and I know the guides we work with in Borneo work extra hard to spot the animals too! Also, it's lovely that you were able to assist with our local charity project we support on Lankayan Island as it's doing a wonderful job with the conservation and protection of marine life and turtles.

Thanks for the good tip on the return to Sandakan, it's great to use up the free time that generally occurs on the last day and I am pleased that you were able
to spend a bit more time at the Orangutan sanctuary before the flight home as well.

Thanks again for your glowing review Tony, I am pleased you both had a wonderful time and we hope to hear from you again soon!

Best wishes,


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