Sukau-Tabin Wildlife Experience

Featuring a combination of Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary for the more budget-conscious. Explore the Borneo rainforest by river in Sukau and on foot in Tabin.

Best time for this itinerary: July and August

Touring Style - Shared transfers and excursions. private basis available at a supplement.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, full-board, wildlife excursions and transfers. Starts from:
GBP 1191 per person sharing a twin room,

International and domestic airfares are extra.

  • Observe Orangutans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
  • Learn and get a glimpse of Sun Bears at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • 02 afternoon river cruises and 01 early morning river cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birdlife
  • 02 Nights at Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Sukau-Tabin Wildlife Experience at a glance
  • Day 1: Sandakan - Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary - Sukau Rainforest
  • Day 3: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Day 3: Sukau to Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • Day 4: Day 3: Tabin Wildlife Reserve and departure
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Day 1: Sandakan - Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary - Sukau Rainforest

Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, head to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. There, you'll be treated to an enlightening video show about the conservation efforts done at the centre. Enjoy a ten-minute walk in the midst of the rainforest and witness the feeding of orangutans at the feeding platform and observe them at the outdoor nursery. After, head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre next door after to learn more about the smallest bears in the world.

After lunch, embark on a 2 and a half hour journey by speedboat up the Kinabatangan River to Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Enjoy a river cruise in search of Borneo's wildlife and birds. Return to the lodge to savour a candlelight dinner on the pier, followed by slide presentation and interpretation by a naturalist guide. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

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Day 2: Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Take a morning river cruise up the Kinabatangan River to Kelenanap oxbow lake to view more birds and wildlife. After breakfast, join in the nature walk along the lodge's Hornbill Boardwalk with the in-house naturalist. After lunch, it will be free at leisure. In the afternoon, proceed for another river cruise for more wildlife. Overnight at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

Feel free to explore the boardwalk at the back of the lodge at your own leisure. Who knows you may get lucky and spot an Orang Utan!

Experience profound relaxation and comfort at Halia Spa, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, as we provide an 'escape from the ordinary' by offering you a blend of both traditional and modern Spa treatments.

Our Night Cruise comes Highly Recommended to all our guests (available with a small fee)

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Day 3: Sukau to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast, proceed 2.5 hours overland to Lahad Datu before journeying another 1.5 hours on a gravel road to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy lunch upon arrival before visiting the Lipad mud volcano later in the afternoon. Trek to the elevated bare area of the mud volcano, known to be frequented by wildlife and birds. After dinner, watch an enlightening presentation on Tabin's natural wonders, followed by a night safari to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.

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Day 4: Tabin Wildlife reserve

Take an early morning bird walk to discover some of Tabin's rich collection of nearly 300 bird species. After breakfast, visit the bird watching tower and trek through the lush green jungle to Lipad's Waterfall and take a dip in its refreshing pool. Explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax. Return to base in the afternoon. In the evening, take a drive at dusk to find wildlife and birds within the reserve. After dinner, look out for nocturnal wildlife along the trail nearby.

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Day 5: Departure from Tabin Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast, it will be free and easy until check out. Transfer to Lahad Datu Airport for late afternoon flight to Kota Kinabalu.


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