Tabin Wildlife Encounter

Tabin Wildlife Encounter

From RM 855.00

Tour CodeABSK-WA002
Region Tabin
Duration2 Days 1 Night
Minimum 1 Pax

Journey Map


About Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Resort, the exclusive rainforest resort located within Tabin Wildlife Reserve, is the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia with a total land area of 123,000 heactare. If you are a traveller drawn to the beauty of exotic Borneo Island, then Tabin Wildlife Reserve, winner of the “Most promising tourist attraction” award, is one of the places you should not miss.

Tabin Wildlife Resort complements visitors stay at the wildlife reserve by providing facilities including charming timber lodges built and blended within the natural surroundings, and a comprehensive range of nature-based activities.



By Air

MasWings ( operates daily flights connecting Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu. Flight duration is about 1 hour. From Lahad Datu, a 1:15 hour drive, part of it on gravel road, will take you to Tabin.

By Road

Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu (7 hours)

Sandakan to Lahad Datu (4 hours). This is an increasingly more popular way to visit Tabin whereby visitors take a flight to Sandakan where they visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and perhaps the Selingan Turtle Island, then onward to Sukau in Kinabatangan for at least one night’s stay and then by road from Sukau to Tabin Wildlife Resort. This journey enables one to see some of the top eco-nature destinations in Borneo.

Tawau to Lahad Datu (4 hours). Divers find Tabin a good destination to visit after their diving trip to Sipadan and Mabul islands, allowing them to break the non-flying-after diving rule and visiting Tabin for one or two nights’ stay. Journey from Semporna from Tabin is 3:15 hours.



Check-in time: 1200hrs
Check-out time: 1200hrs

Late check-out till 1300hrs is on request basis and subject to availability. Otherwise a day-use rate of 50% of day-visit rate will be imposed to a maximum stay until 1800hrs.

River Lodges

  • 10 units of authentic Borneo timber bungalows with standard floor area (17.5 ft X 17.5 ft)
  • Each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom, hot water shower, private balcony overlooking Lipad river and ceiling fan
  • Can accommodate up to 3 pax per lodge
  • Linked by an inter-connecting timber board walk to the Sunbird Café.

Hill Lodges

  • 10 units of authentic Borneo timber bungalows with floor area ( 17.5 ft X 17.5 ft, 22 ft X 22 ft)
  • Each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom & hot water shower, private balcony overlooking hillside forest or Lipad river, and ceiling fan
  • Can accommodate up to 3 pax per lodge
  • Linked by an inter-connecting timber board walk to the Sunbird Café.


Leisure Centre

  • A souvenir & craft counter selling leech socks, insect repellent, basic necessities, and souvenir and craft items
  • Reading corner and reference books
  • Rainforest herbal foot soak
  • Games and activities


  • Drinking water provided in-room, Mineral water available for purchase


  • Power supply from generator

Medical/Emergency Support

  • Nearest hospital is at Kg Silabukan, 1/2 hour drive away, District hospital in Lahad Datu, Private Doctors in Lahad Datu



Sunbird Cafe

  • Accommodate up to 80 guests
  • Local and western cuisine
  • Does not serve pork
  • Set meals and a la carte
  • Free flow of tea and coffee
  • A range of wine, beer, drinks & snacks available for sale
  • Open daily throughout the year, 7 am to 10 pm



Created in the year 1984, Tabin has been declared a Wildlife Reserve primarily on account of the large number of animals inhabiting its forests, some of which are highly endangered. The three largest mammals of Sabah, namely Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau are all found within the reserve; nine species of primate are present, as well as three species of cats all of which are on the protected wildlife list. Of bird species, 42 families representing 220 species have been recorded. One of the highlights of Tabin being the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, attracting frequent visits by wildlife for their mineral intake and present an ideal platform for wildlife observation and bird-watching.

The Wildlife Department of Sabah is the custodian of the animals in the reserve while the Forestry Department of Sabah is responsible for the tress in Tabin. The reserve is covered mainly with lowland dipterocarp forest.

Since the availability of accommodation provided by Tabin Wildlife Resort in 2004, Tabin Wildlife Reserve has gained popularity to be one of the best places in Sabah to observe the rich bio-diversity of nature and to part-take in nature-base activities. Amongst the popular things-to-do in Tabin are jungle-trekking, night safari, night walk, wildlife-spotting, bird-watching and rainforest education.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is located in the eastern part of Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. The reserve comprises a rectangular area of approximately 122,539 hectare in the centre of the Dent Peninsula, north-east of Lahad Datu town, south of the lower reaches of the Segama River and north of the Silabukan Forest Reserve.

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. To secure your booking, please pay either by credit or debit card via PayPal or cash transfer or cash deposit – learn more

Package Price – Year 2017


  1. Package Rate Per Person.
  2. 2D1N Tabin Wildlife Encounter Tour Package not available from 01 – 31 Aug 2015.
  3. All rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR).
  4. All prices quoted are Inclusive of 6% Goverment Service Tax (GST)

Child Policy

  1. No charge for child 4 years old and below, sharing room with parent.
  2. Children age 5-11 enjoy a 50% discount on extra pax rate provided child stay in twin-share room with 2 paying adults using existing bed.
  3. Full adult rate applies for child if extra bed is utilized.


  1. Depart Lahad Datu to Tabin: 08:00hrs & 12:00hrs
  2. Depart Tabin to Lahad Datu: 13:30hrs


  1. Surcharge for unscheduled transfer at MYR 100 per person per way, min 2 persons.
  2. For big group discounts of 10 pax & above, please email us directly.


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

CategoriesPrice Per Person
Tabin Wildlife Resort(Twin Share)
Room+ Tour + Meals + Airport Transfers
Minimum 2 to go
RM 1,710
Single Supplement
I am travelling with 2 Paying guests( Adults)
RM 855
Child Traveller (Without Bed)
5 - 11 years old (Inclusive)
I am travelling with 2 Paying guests( Adults)
Free of Charge for Infants 4 years old & below!
RM 855
Child Traveller (With Bed)
5 - 11 years old (Inclusive)
I am travelling with 2 Paying guests( Adults)
Free of Charge for Infants 4 years old & below!
RM 1,710

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Lahad Datu/ Tabin Wildlife Reserve/ Lipad Mud Volcano Trekking

You will be picked up in the east coast town of Lahad Datu and transferred by road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve (1:30 hrs). Check into an attractive timber lodge at Tabin Wildlife Resort, which comes complete with private balcony, ceiling fan and hot water shower, a welcome luxury in the forest. Nestled within the rainforest beside the Lipad River, this lovely setting is home to a surprising variety of birds, insects and small mammals, even right beside the buildings of the resort. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments.

In the afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano which provides 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. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano and its surrounding thick forest, where birds are commonly sighted.After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s natural wonders, followed by a trip to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds. Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellations above you and make a wish or two.

Overnight at Tabin Wildlife Resort.
Lipad Waterfall/ Lahad Datu

You may opt to join the early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin’s rich collection of almost 300 bird species. After breakfast, trek through the lush green rainforest known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a natural and refreshing shower under the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax.

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

Meals : 01 Breakfast, 02 Lunches, 01 Dinner

Includes : Meals as Stated, Scheduled return transfer Lahad Datu/Tabin/Lahad Datu (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Guide, Entry Permit & Taxes to Conservation Area, 01 Night Accommodation

Accommodation : 01 Night Tabin Wildlife Resort (Run-of-house)

Excludes : Domestic Airfares (BKI>LDU>BKI), Personal Expenses, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Personal Travel Insurance, Any Items Not Mentioned

Recommended Attire

  • Easy & Relaxed with comfortable walking shoes.

Things You Should Bring

  • Insect repellent
  • Long sleeve shirts & long pants
  • Raincoat
  • Sun hat
  • Swim wear
  • Comfortable trekking shoes
  • Torch light
  • Water bottle
  • Personal toiletries
  • Leech socks are available for sale at the resort’s shop.

Things You Should Know

  • Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.
  • 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 Lahad Datu.
  • Recommended flights from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu: Malaysia Airlines MH3010 (ETD 0625hrs / ETA 0720hrs)
  • Recommended flights from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines MH3023 (ETD 1740hrs / ETA 1835hrs)

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Tabin Wildlife Encounter

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