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13 Days / 12 Nights
Availability : Year-round
Coron Busuanga
Tour Details

Discover the best of Sabah, Borneo and Palawan in this amazing multi-country tour.

With this tour you will explore Kinabatangan River and Kinabalu Park in Sabah and El Nido and Coron in Palawan Island.


  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Discover the incredible biodiversity of Sabah rainforest – cruising the Kinabatangan River and spotting rare and unique flora and fauna.
  • See one of richest and most diverse assemblages of plants in the world in Kinabalu Park
  • Enjoy the incredible landscapes and the gorgeous beaches of Palawan’s star attraction: the stunning El Nido's Bacuit Bay Archipelago.
  • Venture to Coron Island and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Kayangan Lake, which is the cleanest lake in the Philippines.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Borneo - Sandakan
Day 2 - 4
Kinabatangan River
Day 5
Kinabalu Park and Poring
Day 6
Fly to Puerto Princesa Palawan
Day 7
Underground River
Day 8 - 9
El Nido Island Hopping
Day 10
El Nido - Coron
Day 11 - 12
Coron Island Hopping
Day 13
Depart Coron

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the night listed in the travel itinerary
  • All internal transport by land/by sea
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and ferry tickets
  • Meals as per travel itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • Tourism Tax in Malaysia (RM 10 per room/night)

Day 1 Arrive in Sandakan - Sepilok

Upon arrival in Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Sepilok area.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight at the Sepilok Nature Resort.

Day 2Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

This morning visits the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Walk ten minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest. Return to the reception center, to view the displays and exhibits at the Information Centre.

After Sepilok, Proceed to Sukau and take a short boat ride to the lodge. After a brief orientation, you will be given free time to freshen up before lunch.

Late afternoon, embark on a scenic 2-hour river safari on the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife. If you are lucky you can spot orangutans, elephants, proboscis monkeys and crocodiles. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at the Borneo Nature Lodge.


Day 3Kinabatangan River

Wake up early morning by the call of gibbon and the sound of hornbills.

Embark on 1.5-hour safari river cruise to Kelenanap Oxbow Lake. If weather permits, takea short jungle walk and experience the wilderness of Borneo before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the surrounding areas or relax at the lodge.

Late afternoon embark on another 2-hour safari river cruise along the Kinabatangan River or Menanggul River.

Overnight at the Borneo Nature Lodge.


Day 4Gomantong Caves - Poring Hot Spring

Transfer to Kinabalu Park (about 5 hour drive). Enroute visit Gomantong Forest Reserve, home to many species of wildlife including orangutans.
Walk 10 minutes through rainforest on a wooden boardwalk to the entrance of Gomantong Caves. The cave are famed for its their edible bird’s nests, a delicacy in Asian cuisine.
Explore the cave along an elevated wooden platform. Learn about the ecosystem and see resident creatures such as swiftlets and bats.

Overnight at the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges (Jungle Lodge or River Lodge)


Day 5Poring Hot Spring - Kinabalu Park

Visit Poring Hot Spring. At this natural hot spring, there are Japanese baths where visitors can soak themselves and let the invigorating sulphurous water stimulate the body.

Visitors can also try the Canopy Walkway, where suspension bridges are suspended at the top of the tropical jungle.
Experience the height of 41 metres above the ground and length of 157 metres. A 20 minutes hike is needed to reach the Canopy Walkway.

If you’re lucky, you may also get the chance to see a Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower; in bloom. (Entrance fee/ticket to enter the private farm is not included and will be paid in the farm if there is a Rafflesia in bloom).
Proceed for another 1 hour drive to Kinabalu Park. Walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden. If the day is clear, you may even spot a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu.

After the tour transfer to Kota Kinabalu.

Overnight in Kota Kinabalu at the Horizon Hotel or equivalent.


Day 6Kota Kinabalu Borneo - Fly to Puerto Princesa Palawan

Today transfer to Kota Kinabalu airport to board the flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan via Manila.

On arrival in Puerto Princesa, you will be driven for about 2 hours to Sabang.

Overnight at the Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa.


Day 7Underground River - El Nido

Today visit the Underground River. Proceed the registration area at the wharf and wait for your assigned boat.

When it’s your turn take a short boat ride to entrance beach of the Underground River National Park.
Then hop on a park-operated canoe equipped with a search light, and wind your way down the Underground River.
During the 1.5 kilometer cruise you will see stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

Return to wharf for lunch at local restaurant, then travel for about 5 hours to El Nido.

Overnight at the Casa Kalaw Resort or equivalent.


Day 8El Nido Island Hopping (Tour A)

Discover El Nido’s most beautiful natural landmarks on this popular full-day boat trip. Visit multiple islands and beaches including the stunning Miniloc Island’s Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island and 7 Commandos Beach.
Picnic lunch in Shimizu Island.

Snorkel among tropical fish, soak up the sun on the beach, or explore the lagoon by kayak. Head back to El Nido town around mid-afternoon and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Casa Kalaw Resort or equivalent.


Day 9El Nido Island Hopping Ttour C)

Sail to some of the most scenic islands with secluded beach of Bacuit Bay such as Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island, and Helicopter Island.

Once on the islands, spend your time snorkeling among colorful tropical fish and relaxing on clean sandy beaches.
Picnic lunch in Tapiutan Island.

Overnight at the Casa Kalaw Resort or equivalent.


Day 10Ferry to Coron - Coron Sightseeing

Sail to Coron with Montenegro or Phimal Fast Ferry (4hrs).

Arrive in Coron port and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon visit the top attractions such as Public market, Town Plaza, St. Agustin Church, Lualhati Park, Harbour Center and the Cashew Harvest Factory.
Walk to the top of the Mount Tapyas. which overlooks the scenic Coron Bay. Descend from the mountain and head to the Maquinit Hot Springs for a relaxing warm dip.

Overnight at the Two Seasons Bayside Hotel or equivalent.


Day 11Coron Island

Venture to Coron Island in a motorized bangka boat for a full day.
The first stop will be Kayangan Lake where you can swim in the dazzling crystal clear waters, then head to the scenic Twin Lagoons that are surrounded by towering limestone formations.

Snorkel the fabled Coral Garden, home to one of one the best snorkeling and most pristine reefs in Coron.
After the snorkeling, proceed to CYC Beach and Beach 91 for lunch and relaxing time.

Back on board, and proceed to Skeleton Wreck, a Japanese ship that rests at a depth of 5m ranging to 22m at the deepest.

Overnight at the Two Seasons Bayside Hotel or equivalent.


Day 12Coron Island Hopping

Set sail off the coast of Coron and after 1.5hr boat ride arrive at Malcapuya Island. Enjoy the beautiful beach with powdery white sands and the turquoise waters.

Board the boat and head to Banana Island. After lunch, swim and snorkel in the turquoise water until you board the boat to another island.

Venture lastly to Bulog Dos Island and walk upon clear aquamarine ocean waters on the long winding sandbar.

Overnight at the Two Seasons Bayside Hotel or equivalent.


Day 13Depart Coron

After check-out, transfer to Busuanga Aiport in time to catach your outbound flight.