8D/7N Birding In Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sukau and Tabin

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8 Days 7 Nights
Max People : 20

High season surcharge July and Aug: RM350 pp per night

Day 1: Sepilok

Arrive at Sandakan airport by flight, meet and transfer to Sepilok. Spend the rest of the evening resting and relaxing. Overnight in the Sepilok area. [Dinner]

Day 2: Rainforest Discovery Centre

We’ll spend a full day birdwatching at Rainforest Discovery Centre. Night walk. Overnight in the Sepilok area. [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]

Day 3: Sepilok – Sukau

Birdwatching in the morning.

After lunch, transfer to Sandakan jetty for 2½ hours boat journey to the multi awards winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge along Sabah’s longest river, Kinabatangan with the opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Join an afternoon river cruise for bird watching using a boat with a hybrid system of outboard and electric motor (depending on river current). Enjoy a scrumptious dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by a naturalist guide. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]

Remark: Scheduled Boat Transfer from Sandakan SYC Jetty – Sukau: 1330HRS

Note: Any departure EARLIER OR LATER THAN 1330HRS will strictly by overland basis with a surcharge.


Every boat for the river cruises are equipped with outboard engines and electric motor. With its clean and quiet operation, the electric motor will be turned on to maneuver the boat only during wildlife viewing (if location and river current permits). This way, you’ll be able to truly enjoy the wildlife experience without disturbing the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings.

Day 4: Sukau

Morning and afternoon river cruise for bird watching using a boat with hybrid system of outboard and electric motor (depending on river current). 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. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.  [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]

Day 5: Sukau

Another day with morning river cruise for bird watching. In the late afternoon, proceed another cruise for birdwatching. Stay overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge. [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]

Day 6: Sukau – Tabin

After breakfast, proceed 2.5 hours overland to Lahad Datu. Drive from Lahad Datu town to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on gravel road for about one and a half hour. Check into

the lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, nestled within the rainforest. The lodge comes complete with private veranda, air conditioner, ceiling fan and hot water shower in the forest. Explore the vicinity of the resort and be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of bird life. The open-sided Sunbird Café & Hunter’s place is surrounded by greenery and flowering plants which attract a number of brightly coloured birds. Be entertained by the melodious

calls of birds nearby. A bird hide facing the flowing Lipad River is available.

In the afternoon, trek along the Tomanggong Road where you will most likely be able to spot one or more of Borneo’s eight species of hornbill such as the Black, White-crowned, Rhinoceros, Wreathed, Oriental Pied, Bushy Crested, Helmeted and Wrinkled Hornbill either flying in groups across the sky or in pairs perching on

bare branches. After dinner, enjoy a CD/Slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellation above you and make a wish or two. [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]

Day 7: Tabin

After an early breakfast, depart for the active Lipad mud volcano. The soccer field-sized Lipad Mud Volcano serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife. After trekking through the rainforest for 20 minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano which is frequented by wildlife and birds. A nearby fig-tree is a busy feasting place for hornbills and other birds and primates during the fruiting season. Across from the observation

tower, bare branches of towering trees are favourite perching place for Green Imperial Pigeons and Doves. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be responsible for a fine complexion.

In the afternoon, try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a natural blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks. In the evening, join the dusk drive to look out for more nocturnal bird coming out to look for food during this time

of the day. After dinner, go for a night walk to discover more nocturnal bird species in the nearby trails in search of sleeping birds.  [Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner]

Day 8: Tabin – Lahad Datu airport

After an early breakfast, you will depart for birding along the road leading to the core area stop over and climb up the birds watching tower continue along the way guide will show and explained to you the Orang Utan Release Center. The fully regenerated secondary forest with its relatively lower canopy and good natural light provides a delightful birding experience. The incredible rich forests also offer good mammal watching opportunities. Lunch and then depart from Tabin Wildlife Resort. [Breakfast/Lunch]

Pls booked suggested flight LDU-BKI MH3019 ETD1630

Lodge/Bed preferences:

  • Twin Bed (River chalets)
  • Double bed (Hill chalets)

Bed Arrangement:

  • 1 adults (1 room) – Twin bed / Double bed
  • 2 adults (1 room) – Twin bed / Double bed
  • 3 adults (1 room) – Twin bed + 1 pull out bed / Double bed + 1 pull out bed
  • 2 adults 1 child (1 room) – Twin bed + 1 pull out bed / Double bed + 1 pull out bed
  • 2 adults 2 children (1 room) – Twin bed + 2 pull out bed / Double bed + 2 pull out bed

*Child (5 – 12 years old) / 0 – 4 years old no charge

Twin Bed (River chalets)

Double bed (Hill chalets)

Important Notes & Useful Information

Please bring along change of clothes, binoculars, drinking water bottle, insect repellent, leech socks, raincoat, sun hat, comfortable trekking shoes, torchlight, personal toiletries and camera.

Includes: Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, entrance fees, and English-speaking guide, Join in basis.

Excludes: Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu (BKI) – Sandakan (SDK) & Lahad Datu (LDU) – Kota Kinabalu (BKI), beverages, camera fee, Travelling Insurance, tourism tax and items not mentioned.

Note: In accordance to the Malaysian Tourism Tax Act 2017, with effect from 1st Sep 2017, all foreign tourists/Non Malaysians will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room per night in any registered tourist accommodation premises and this is collected directly by the hotels/resorts/lodges upon check in. The Tourism Tax (TTx) is mandatory under Malaysian Law. Tourism Tax is not included in all tour packages.

Customers are encouraged to purchase their own travel insurance before travelling to Borneo. We recommend you to select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. Doing so can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.


Activities are subject to weather condition/departure time, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situation.

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