Honeymoon in Borneo

“An unforgettable balance of romance, wildlife and adventure, every aspect of this tailor made honeymoon is organised for you, so you can relax and explore Borneo together. ”

Highlights

Sandakan | Sepilok Nature Reserve | Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary | Kinabatangan River Cruise | Abai Village | Danum Valley | Kadazanduun ancient burial site | Kota Kinabalu | Gaya Island |

Description of Honeymoon in Borneo

This unforgettable Borneo Honeymoon offers you a tempting mix of boutique resorts, rustic lodges, adventure, wildlife and relaxation. You will see Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants (if you're lucky) and wildlife galore. This is the perfect experience for those wanting an extra-special honeymoon away from the crowds to make memories to last a lifetime.

As a tailor-made travel specialist we can offer you a complete hand-made approach to your plans and wishes for this special holiday. We offer everything from 3* city options to 5* properties plus boutique and eco island stays. Please ask should you wish for this itinerary to be further tailored to your needs and explore the alternative options available.

During your honeymoon, you will visit the renowned Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. This leading conservation centre houses orphaned Orangutans and helps to return them to the wild. You will also visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre close by.

Set out on a river cruise to explore the heart of Borneo’s rainforest. Enjoy meandering along the river spotting wildlife, disembark to trek into the jungle and enjoy overnight stays while the sounds of the jungle resonate around you.

At the end of your incredible jungle journey, retire to the sanctuary of an idyllic island to savour luxurious accommodation by the beach, romantic meals for two and some well-deserved rest, relaxation and romance. Room types have been upgraded where possible to give you added luxury and we can tailor this honeymoon to your exact requirements and budget.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Sandakan via Kuala Lumpur. We'd be happy to give you a quote for flights or suggest a stopover in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur en-route to Borneo.
Day 2:Arrive Borneo - you will be met by our wonderful ground agents who will transfer you to your luxurious lodge on the edge of the jungle where you can relax for the afternoon. (D)
Day 3:Day at your leisure to explore Sepilok. We’ll include a complimentary tour of the facilities in the morning! Sepilok Sanctuary covers 4,000 hectares and is one of only four Orangutan sanctuaries in the world. Start with watching the feeding session at the Orangutan Sanctuary. You can also visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre which houses over 30 Sun Bears while the Rainforest Discovery Centre has a 147m canopy walkway , offering an unrivalled experience to traverse the treetops 28m above the forest floor. (B,L,D)
Day 4:Transfer to Abai to your riverside lodge. Surrounded by lush greenery, this is the wildlife epicentre of Borneo and best place to find wild orangutan. After a relaxing lunch, take a cruise downriver on the hunt for Proboscis Monkeys and the Hornbill as well as Pygmy Elephants and Orangutans. (B, L, D)
Day 5:Enjoy being woken by the sounds of wildlife all around you. Return to the river for a trip to the nearby oxbow lake, before visiting a local village and enjoying an optional lunch prepafred by the locals. In the aftrernoon continue downriver in search of wildlife to your next lodge. In the early evening, head out in search of Proboscis Monkeys and other wildlife and watch as the glittering fireflies come out as darkness falls. (B, L, D)
Day 6:Transfer further upriver to Sukau and enjoy another day of wildlife observation. (B, L, D)
Day 7:Transfer overland to the Danum Valley. Danum is one of the few places in Borneo where you can stay in luxury within a primary rainforest, at the amaing Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Search for the Clouded Leopard, an Orangutan or Proboscis Monkey. After lunch, enjoy a trek through in one of the world's oldest remaining rainforests and enjoying a thrilling suspension walkway through the treetops. In the evening, a night time jeep tour takes you out spotting nocturnal animals. (B, L, D)
Day 8:A full day to explore Danum Valley starting with a nature walk, a trek to a stunning viewpoint for a bird-eye view over the rainforest and Danum Valley, and a trip to a bubbling spring for a refreshing dip. After dinner, join a night walk around the lodge to spot wildlife. (B, L, D)
Day 9:Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu and on to your luxurious beach escape, the perfect way to end your honeymoon in Borneo. Surrounded by pristine beaches, you can relax, swim, snorkel and indulge in delicious food and spa experiences. Learn about the conservation efforts of this eco-resort and assist with coral planting (optional) (B)
Day 10-12:Enjoy complete relaxation at your island resort. (B)
Day 13:Day at leisure until check out for your boat transfer back to Kota Kinabalu and onto the airport for your return flight back to the UK (B)

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Departure information

This trip is tailor made and can depart anytime to suit you
Tailor made tour:
We offer a complete tailor made service allowing you to decide when you go, where to stay and what to do, to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by our travel experts. We would be happy to telephone you to discuss your requirements and options. Our staff have intimate knowledge of this destination, so do please include your telephone number when you complete the enquiry form.
Our top tip:
Take quick dry layers for trekking at Danum Valley.
Trip type:
Tailor made according to your preferences and budget.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate - you can do as little or as much as you like.
Accomm:
8 nights luxury hotel, 6 nights comfotable jungle lodge.
Meals:
13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, transfers, listed excursions and guides, some meals.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We work with the Orangutan Appeal UK, the only not-for-profit charity that works directly with the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sandakan. Clients have the option to sponsor an orphaned Orangutan named Canyon who was being kept illegally as a pet and was taken in by the sanctuary when she was 2 years old. She is now 5 years old and progressing well. The money goes directly to the Sanctuary in Sepilok to continue their excellent work. Clients receive an ‘adoption certificate’ and regular email updates on the progress of Canyon and of course if you’re lucky you may see her when you visit the Centre.

Our local ground operator/s own and operate a number of eco-lodges which are included in this itinerary. Accommodation has been locally built and is run and operated by local people. The main purpose of these trips is to interact and contribute to local communities and projects and understand the need to minimize any negative impact on the local environment. Our ground agents only employ local guides to accompany our clients. All food in the lodges is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this tour, you will visit the famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orang-utans. The site is 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orang-utans are living free in the reserve. The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orang-utans as well as dozens of other wildlife species. Some of the other animals which end up being treated at the centre include sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and the occasional injured elephants.

During the tour you also have the opportunity to visit The Borneo Sun Bear Centre, a conservation centre with the aim to raise awareness and encourage research on the world’s smallest bear. Found throughout mainland Asia, Sumatra in Indonesia and Borneo, the exact number of Sun bears in the wild is unknown, making it even more pressing to reduce pressure on a species that is classified as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List and at risk of becoming endangered unless circumstances threatening their survival improve. The BSBCC, the first and only facility of its kind in the world, is a non-governmental organisation set up in 2008 through collaboration of the Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Wildlife Department and LEAP.

You will also visit Selingan Island which is an important turtle hatchery for the green and hawksbill turtles. The turtle conservation program in Sabah is the oldest in the world and with the most detailed statistics and research. The Island is funded by the Sabah State Government, is closely monitored and visitor numbers are strictly limited. Those that are staying on the Island are not allowed on the beach without the resident Park Ranger between sunset and sunrise to avoid disturbance to any potential nesting turtles. Permanent park staff monitor the turtles, protect the hatcheries and tag the turtles for research purposes. By staying here and enjoying such a fantastic experience it allows visitors to learn the importance of this turtle preservation program.

From Selingan Island you will transfer across to the lovely Abai Jungle Lodge. This Lodge operates a tree planting and lunch programme with the local Abai villagers as part of your time there. This programme has been introduced by the Lodge as a way to directly contribute money to the local village community, plus it helps guests learn a little about the way this traditional community lives. The Lodge owners pay a small fee to plant a tree in the village with the proceeds going to the villager whose land it is planted on – the choice of villager plot rotates around the village to keep it as fair as possible.

As a wedding gift to the honeymoon couple, we offer to sponsor an orphaned orang-utan called Bella from the Sepilok Orang Utan Centre in Sandakan in their name for 1 year. Honeymooners will receive a certificate, photos and update.

Climate

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Reviewed on 26 Oct 2014 by

Fantastic - best holiday we have ever been on! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2012 by

Trekking in the Danum Valley was a definite highlight - from sitting on our sundeck listening to the hornbill calls to walking the canopy walkway in the dawn mist before breakfast and climbing to the highest viewpoint before returning for a fabulous buffet lunch. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable part was Abai Jungle lodge - so remote and romantic, plus tons of wildlife. It felt like the first time you visited a zoo. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2012 by

The whole holiday was amazing! We knew it would be really good, but it exceeded our hopes entirely! Seeing the magnificent wildlife in their natural environment was no doubt the highlight of our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2012 by

The highlight was returning from Danum Valley to see a male Orangutan next to the road eating fruit on a tree, relaxed in our presence and was a truly memorable sighting. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2012 by

The four days spent on the Borneo adventure tour. We saw some amazing wildlife thanks to our fantastic guide, George, who was very knowledgeable and made sure we saw as much as possible...It was fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2011 by

So many memorable parts, but perhaps the large adult male Orangutan climbing on to the viewing platform at Sepilok, sending people in all directions as the officials tried to clear the path for him. Read full review

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