After a stopover at the Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur, spend a night at Sepilok Nature Resort in Borneo where you can see Orangutans in all their glory. Experience their feeding time at the rehabilitation centre, which supports these endangered "wild men of Borneo" - a must do experience for any animal lover.
Swimming with baby sharks is next on the agenda during a 3-night stay at Lankayan Island, a remote, Robinson Crusoe-like island with incredible scenery both above and under the water, the snorkelling here is amazing. Declared part of an immense marine protected project, the seas surrounding the island provide fantastic diving and snorkelling all just a few minutes away by boat. As Lankayan is situated within the sea turtle corridor, the island is a nesting place for the Green and Hawksbill Turtle providing the chance to see baby turtles being released into the sea.
Proboscis monkeys, hornbills and pygmy elephants await you on the Kinabatangan River where you’ll spend the next two nights. You’ll have your own wildlife guide so you won’t miss a thing. Although rustic, the lodge offers some amazing opportunities to witness rare species in the wild. Take a boat down through the mangroves and keep a look out for Proboscis monkeys swinging from the trees, rare Hornbills and even Pygmy elephants and wild Orang Utans.
After your adventures deep in the jungle, you have 5 nights of lazy luxury to enjoy at Amankila on Bali’s tranquil east coast, with fabulous views of the Lombok straits. Perched on a cliff above the lapping waves and coconut groves, almost anything you want can be arranged: think private dining on the beach and a bed beneath the stars.
When to travel
Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing. In Indonesia, May through to October brings the best weather, with warm sunny days and tropical temperatures.
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Location and directions
Malaysia and Indonesia
Sepilok Nature Resort is located just 5-minutes walk to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, Borneo. Lankayan Island is a jewel-like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, off the North coast of Sabah. Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is set on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, not far from Kampung Abai. Amankila is dotted around the verdant cliffs of Indrakila with views overlook the Lombok Strait, near Manggis in the Karangasem Regency of eastern Bali, Indonesia.
How to get there
17-hour international flight (stop over in Kuala Lumpur) to Sandakan Airport.