Kota Kinabalu, Dinawan Island, Kinabalu National Park, Sandakan, Selingan Turtle Island

$1799—10-day Borneo w/river safari & Turtle Island, save 45%

Leisa Hayhoe
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See the coral reefs of Dinawan Island, meet Borneo's orangutans, cruise the Kinabatangan River

Why We Love This Deal

This incredible 9-night guided tour itinerary from Inspiring Vacations takes you through the lush landscapes of Malaysia’s beautiful Borneo and gets you up close to its famous wildlife. 

You’ll explore the stunning coral reefs and pristine beaches of Dinawan Island, walk 41 metres above the rainforest floor at the Poring Treetop Canopy Walk and journey through the Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first world heritage site. You’ll see green turtles laying their eggs on the famous Seligan Turtle Island, visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and meet with rescued bears at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. You’ll also take part in three incredible river safaris along the Kinabatangan River, one of the greatest places in Southeast Asia to see wildlife.

This is not just the best deal in the market, at $1799 per person, we found that this offer saves up to 45% vs. similar itineraries from other companies. That's impressive savings of up to $1496 per person. This includes the exclusive $500 off members get on select dates. You can also take the hassle out of holiday planning and book international airfares through Inspiring Vacations for $1199 per person. 

What’s included

  • Accommodation:
    • 6 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels
    • 2 nights in a rainforest lodge
    • 1 night in a chalet on Selingan Turtle Island
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 3 dinners
    • A Kiulu cooking class in Kota Kinabalu, using produce you have sourced from local suppliers
    • High-tea experience on Dinawan Island
  • Transfers:
    • Domestic economy class flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
    • Return boat transfers to Dinawan Island
    • Return boat transfers to Selingan Turtle Island
    • Group departure transfer to Sandakan Airport (SDK)
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • Entry fees into Kinabalu National Park, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Selingan Turtle Island permit fee and in-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary


The featured $1799 per person fare is valid for four departures—30 April; 5 & 18 June; and 2 July 2025. There are 17 other departure dates from 2 October 2024 to 12 November 2025 that are also discounted and save up to $200. 

Book by 21 June 2024.

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Travelzoo tip: You'll travel with just 15 other travellers on this small group tour, but if you want to enjoy this itinerary as a private tour, we also secured exclusive dates and rates just for Travelzoo members, so you save up to $500 per person on over 60 departures from 6 September 2024 to 31 October 2025. 

Holiday snapshot

Kota Kinabalu - Dinawan Ialnd - Kota Kinabalu - Kinabalu National Park - Kota Kinabalu - Sandakan - Selingan Turtle Island - Sandakan - Kinabatangan - Sandakan

About the itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Malaysia. When you arrive in Kota Kinabalu, make your way to your hotel. Arrival transfers can be pre-booked at an additional charge.

Day 2: After breakfast this morning, you'll take a 30-minute boat trip to the secluded beaches and clear waters of Art Dinawan Island. Your boat will take you directly to the coral reefs, where an experienced snorkelling guide will direct you. Alternatively, you can choose to take a kayak for a paddle. You'll return to Kota Kinabalu by boat; the evening is yours to spend as you please.

Day 3: This morning, you'll drive to the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. Your first stop will be Poring Hot Springs, a popular local destination. Here, you will find a canopy walk offering magnificent views, a butterfly garden and an orchid garden. You'll continue to Kinabalu National Park, where you will meet a guide who will take you along the trails of Malaysia's first world heritage site. This mountain is one of the world's most important biological sites and is home to over 800 species of orchids, 600 species of ferns and 326 species of birds. 

Day 4: You'll head out to the countryside today to meet the local community of the picturesque village of Kiulu, where you'll learn about their customs and way of life. You'll also visit a local market to buy ingredients to take to your cooking class! You'll be guided by a local chef who will teach you how to prepare traditional Sabahan dishes. After you enjoy this delicious lunch, you can dip into the cooling river water before returning to Kota Kinabalu.

Day 5: Today, you'll head to the airport to meet your flight to Sandakan. On arrival, you'll be transferred to the local jetty to meet your boat transfer to Selingan Island, which is famous for its turtle hatchery. In the evening, you'll see green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight, and you'll see the researchers release protected hatchlings and guide them toward the water. You will spend the night on the island.

Day 6: This morning, enjoy a one-hour boat trip back to the mainland, where, upon arrival, you'll commence your tour of Sandakan. You'll visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, and St. Michael's Church, and you'll learn about colonial days at the Agnes Keith Museum.

Day 7: Come face to face today with Malaysia's incredible orangutans at The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which was initially set up to help reintroduce these animals back into the wild after a life of domestication or having been orphaned. You'll then continue to The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center.

Day 8: You'll discover the massive Gomantong Cave today. This is one of the largest cave systems in Sabah and a popular tourist attraction. It is famous for its unique ecosystem, home to incredible wildlife, including bats, kingfishers and wild orangutans. From here, you'll be transferred to your rainforest lodge for the next two nights. You will embark on your first river safari this afternoon along the Kinabatangan River.

Day 9: You'll be fully immersed in Borneo's natural wonders today, and you'll enjoy early morning and evening river safaris. Wildlife along the river includes the Bornean gibbon, Borneo pygmy elephant, orangutan, and proboscis monkey, along with myriad species of birds that will keep you glued to your binoculars.

Day 10: Today marks the end of your tour. You will be transferred to Sandakan Airpot to catch your flight home.

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When You Can Go

18 September 2024 – 12 November 2025


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$1799—10-day Borneo w/river safari & Turtle Island, save 45%


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