Sandakan Wildlife Safari – Sepilok / Sukau Bilit / Oxbow / Cave / City

Sandakan Wildlife Safari – Sepilok / Sukau Bilit / Oxbow / Cave / City

 

Tour Information
Tour CodeABSK-WA1505
DescriptionSANDAKAN WILDLIFE SAFARI - SEPILOK / SUKAU BILIT / OXBOW / CAVE / CITY
Region Sandakan
Duration3 Days 2 Nights
Minimum 1 Pax
AvailabilityEveryday
Overview

The best bits of Sandakan jam packed into one fantastic itinerary. Wildlife wonders along the Kinabatangan river, intricate cave system of Gomantong Caves, monkey business in Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and a tour of the historic Sandakan City!

Overview of the location

Second largest city in Sabah and born along the north-eastern seaboard of Sabah, Sandakan is the gate-way for eco-adventures as it offers unrivaled beauty in all its natural glory. Though it lacks the cosmopolitan pulse of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan throbs with plenty of wild wonders.

Blessed with a naturally endowed hinterland, the Kinabatangan flows from its headwaters in southwest Sabah to the Sulu Sea east of Sandakan. The river flows through a remarkably varied terrain within Sandakan that includes limestone caves, dry-land dipterocarp forest, riverine forest, freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and saltwater mangrove swamp which makes for a long list of things to see and do on your Borneo holiday.

 

About Bilit Rainforest Lodge

Situated on the river bank of Lower Kinabatangan River, approximately 2 hours drive from Sandakan Town, the lodge is built on stilts from local hardwood materials and are beautifully designed to blend into nature giving a unique local native ambience in the midst of the tropical rainforest. A boardwalk connects the jetty, restaurant and all the chalets. It offers comfort and peaceful relaxation as well as a base for exploration of the incredible diversity of plant, mammal and bird life at the Kinabatangan region.

Birdlife is especially rich here including eight species of hornbills, kingfishers, egrets, darters, owls, kites, eagles, broadbills, doves, storm storks, herons, hawks, ospreys, falcon, pheasants, parakeets, bee eaters, woodpeckers, pittas, bulbuls, forktails, babblers, warblers, flycatchers, orioles, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, among others.

A chance to get close with the wildlife of Borneo here including the endemic Borneon pygmy elephant, endemic proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaques, orang utans, Sumatran rhinos, estuarine crocodiles, wild boars, sun bears and many others.

Lodge Facilities

  • 12 semi-detached and 12 detached chalets.
  • All rooms come with two queen size beds while 6 detached chalets come with a king sized bed.
  • All rooms equipped with air-conditioning, private attached bathroom with hot and cold shower facilities, towels and toiletries.
  • The restaurant comes with a bar by the riverside provides an ideal setting for dining and relaxation.
  • Internet facilities and WIFI facilities are available at the restaurant.
  • The lodge provides a family lounge, gift shop, an enclosed garden and river jetty.
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Services
  • Amenities 

Daily Activities

  • Guided jungle trekking
  • Jetty fishing
  • River cruises along the Kinabatangan River. River tours are conducted by boats powered by electric motors and four stoke outboard engines.
  • Lodge programs

 

How to make a booking?
    1. Fill in the Booking Enquiry Form and click the Submit button.
    2. You will receive our availability confirmation by email.
    3. We will send our sales quotation, once we received your confirmation to book.
    4. Please inform us your pickup address and mobile number.
    5. To secure your booking, please pay FULL PAYMENT either by credit or debit card via PayPal or cash transfer or cash deposit – learn more

 

Price for All Market

Promotional Tour Rates:
(No hidden or extra costs unless otherwise stated)

Travel Period: 01 January 2016 till 31 December 2016. Please enquire for 2017 pricing.

CategoriesPrice Per Person
Adult Traveller
I have a Group of 2 & Above
MYR 1,460
Single Supplement
I am travelling with 2 Paying guests( Adults)
MYR 460
Adult Traveller
I am a Single Traveller
MYR 2,915
Child Traveller
3 - 11 years old (Inclusive)
I am accompanying and sharing room with 2 paying adults(Without bed)
MYR 730
Child Traveller
3 - 11 years old (Inclusive)
I am accompanying and sharing room with 1 paying adults(With bed)
MYR 1,095

Note

  • Rate Per Person.
  • All rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR) and are inclusive of 6% Goods & Service Tax (GST).
  • For big group discounts of 10 pax & above, please email us directly.
  • This package is inclusive of COMPLIMENTARY 01 Night River Cruise per person (subject to weather conditions)

Child Policy

 

  • Infant Below 3 Years Old : FOC
  • Child 3 – 11 Years Old (Without Bed) : Pay 50% Of Adult Rates When Sharing Room With 2 Paying Adult
  • Child 3 – 11 Years Old (With Bed) : Pay 75% Of Adult Rates When Sharing Room With 1 Paying Adult

 

Itinerary
Day 1
Sandakan/ Gomantong Cave/ Kinabatangan River Cruise

Rise and Shine, your pick up awaits from Sandakan airport or Hotel Lobby for a 2 hour journey to Gomantong Caves. It will be a scenic drive through rustic countryside vistas and Palm Oil Plantation.

Gear up! A guided tour along the plank walk will unveil the intricate chamber system of Gomantong Cave, located within the Gomantong Forest Reserve. It is the largest bird’s nest cave in Sabah, home to millions of bats and swiflets.

Next up, continue on an approximately 30 minute drive to one of the world’s richest ecosystems on the Lower Kinabatangan River, Sukau. Arrive at Kampung Bilit, hop on a boat and cruise down the river heading to Bilit Rainforest Lodge where lunch will be served. After settling in, the real adventure starts. A river cruise awaits you, where you can spot endemic Proboscis Monkeys, wild Orang Utans, leaf monkeys, gibbons and macaque, even sometimes if you are lucky, the rare Borneo Pygmy Elephant.

At 1900hrs, dinner at the lodge restaurant. After dinner, you can go for a complimentary night safari cruise where you can spot nocturnal animals, crocodiles and birds.

Overnight at Bilit Rainforest Lodge.
Day 2
Morning Cruise to Oxbow Lake or Jungle Trek

Wake up to the call of Gibbons and Hornbills at 6am. Relish in an early morning cruise on the Ox-bow Lake for some bird-watching and tranquil moments amidst the lush wilderness. You will return back to your forest lodge in the late morning for lunch and leisure time on your own. More wildlife spotting in the evening at the Sukau Kinabatangan River Bank.

Overnight at Bilit Rainforest Lodge.
Day 3
Choice of Option A, B or C

OPTION A: SEPILOK ORANG UTAN
After breakfast at the Lodge, fuzzy Orang Utans await at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
A half journey ushers you into the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where rehabilitating Orang Utans roam free in a natural habitat. A short video screening at the Nature Education Centre will then enlighten you on what goes on within the reserve.
Proceed to the boardwalk amidst a lush lowland rainforest leading you to a viewing point of the feeding platform. It will be an easy 10minite track, well worth it as soon as you see the Orang Utans show up to grab some food.
After lunch, transfer to the Sandakan Airport. Or your hotel. Tour ends at 1300hours.
~ END OF TOUR ~

OPTION B: SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
After breakfast, check out and proceed for Sandakan City Tour (2.5hrs journey).
The first stop offers panoramic views of Sandakan Bay. The Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Sandakan coast.
After taking in the sights, enter the delectable depths of Sandakan Central Market, fresh seafood galore and the best of Sabah agriculture produce.
Next up the Sim Sim Water Village. Houses painted with the most vibrant colors are built on stilts just above the water’s surface, home to a tiny local population which main income derives from fishing.
After tour, transfer to Sandakan airport or your respective hotel. Tour ends at around 1300hrs.
~ END OF TOUR ~

OPTION C: (OPTION A + OPTION B) => SEPILOK ORANG UTAN & SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
(Additional charge of MYR 50/- per person)
After breakfast & Check-out at the Lodge, fuzzy Orang Utans await at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
A half journey ushers you into the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where rehabilitating Orang Utans roam free in a natural habitat. A short video screening at the Nature Education Centre will then enlighten you on what goes on within the reserve.
Proceed to the boardwalk amidst a lush lowland rainforest leading you to a viewing point of the feeding platform. It will be an easy 10minite track, well worth it as soon as you see the Orang Utans show up to grab some food.
After lunch, continue on for your Sandakan City Tour.

The first stop offers panoramic views of Sandakan Bay. The Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple is situated on a hilltop overlooking the Sandakan coast.

After taking in the sights, enter the delectable depths of Sandakan Central Market, fresh seafood galore and the best of Sabah agriculture produce.

Next up the Sim Sim Water Village. Houses painted with the most vibrant colors are built on stilts just above the water’s surface, home to a tiny local population which main income derives from fishing.

Transfer to Sandakan airport or your respective hotel. Tour ends at 1600hrs.
~ END OF TOUR ~

 

Tour Inclusions

Domestic Airfares (BKI>SDK>BKI), Camera and Video Fees, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Personal Travel Insurance, Any Items Not Mentioned

Meals : 02 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 02 Dinners

Includes : Meals as Stated, Entrance Fee, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Guide, 02 Nights Accommodation, 03 River Cruises

Accommodation : 02 Nights Bilit Rainforest Lodge (Standard Chalet) or Similar

Excludes : Domestic Airfares (BKI>SDK>BKI), Camera and Video Fees, Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Any Items Not Mentioned

Optionals
Upgrade to Deluxe Chalets – Honeymoon or VIP Premier 
Additional of MYR 150 per pax per night.

Optional Add-On Tours : (SIC basis, min. of 2 persons)
– Night Cruise @ MYR 120 per pax
– Jungle Trek @ MYR 60 per pax
– Night Walk @ MYR 80 per pax
(ADVANCE BOOKING IS REQUIRED)

Private River Cruise Service :
– Additional of MYR 150 per boat per river cruise for private cruises

Cruising Time:
– Evening Cruise will start at 1600hrs, any early or late departure will be considered as PRIVATE CRUISE. Private River Cruise surcharge of MYR 150 will be imposed.

 

Recommended Attire
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Cooling T shirt
  • Long/Short Pants
  • Easy & Relaxed

 

Things you should bring
  • Good walking shoes
  • Light raincoat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Sun hat
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Leech socks

 

Things you should know
  • Departure time varies from different hotels, please reconfirm with our staffs.
  • If you are arriving at Sandakan Airport on the day of your tour, our friendly guide will greet and pick you up from the airport with a placard bearing your good name.
  • We does not guarantee wildlife sightings.
  • We reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • We reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.

 

Important things to note
  • Please ensure you are holding air ticket to Sandakan.
  • Recommended flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan: AirAsia 
    Daily AK6492 BKI/SDK ETD 7:05/ ETA07:50( Valid from 29 March 2015- 24 October 2015)
  • Daily AK 6492 BKI/SDK ETD 7:00/ ETD07:45( Valid from 25 October 2015- 26 March 2016)
  • Recommended flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan: Malaysia Airlines 
    Daily MH2042 BKI/SDK ETD7:10/ETA7:50
  • Recommended flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu: AirAsia 
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday AK6499 SDK/BKI ETD19:50/ETA20:35 (Valid from 26 October 2014 to 27 March 2015)
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday AK6499 SDK/BKI ETD19:55/ETA20:40 (Valid from 25 October 2015 to 26 March 2016)
  • Recommended flights from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines 
    Daily Malaysia Airlines MH3094 (ETD 1900hrs / ETA 1950hrs)
  • The above flight timings are suggestions and subject to changes. Please always check with the airline schedules for the correct flight timings that are most suited to your needs.

 

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