Kinabatangan River and Lankayan Island

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7 Days / 6 Nights
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A perfect blend of a wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River with a relaxed and back-to-nature stay in Lankayan Island.

On this tour you will venture to Kinabatangan River. It’s the longest river in the state of Sabah, Malaysia and one of the richest ecosystem in the world home to orangutans, elephants, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and a huge variety of Birds.

After the safari on the river, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Lankayan Island – a tiny private island hidden in an untouched corner of the Sulu Sea.


  • Get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Immerse yourself in Borneo’s rainforest and explore the fascinating Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. It's largest forest covered floodplain in Borneo and has the largest concentration of wildlife in Southeast Asia.
  • Experience serenity on this tiny island situated in the turquoise blue waters of the Sulu Sea. Lankayan is the perfect island escape for romance, adventure and relaxation.
  • Dive into Sulu Sea 's sparkling waters and explore the dive sites around Lankayan Island.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Sandakan - Sepilok - Kinabatangan River
Day 2
Kinabatangan River
Day 3
Kinabatangan River - Sepilok
Day 4 - 7
Lankayan Island

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the nights listed in the itinerary
  • All internal transport as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours / activities where specified
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Diving package at Lankayan (available at surcharge)
  • Tourism Tax (RM 10 per room/night)

Day 1 Arrive in Sandakan - Sepilok Orangutan - Kinabatangan River

Meet at Sandakan airport or hotel and transfer Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre for up-close orangutan encounter.
Walk 10 minutes through the rainforest on wooden boardwalk to witness the feeding of orangutans from the platform in the forest.
Continue to the outdoor nursery where the juvenile and baby orangutans are taught the skills they need to survive in the forest.
Proceed to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where the world’s smallest bears are kept and rehabilitated.

After Sepilok venture on a 2-day wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River. First, you will be taken to Sim Sim jetty to board the boat to Abai Jungle Lodge. Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise, journeying up the river. Upon arrival check into your lodge on the riverbank and then enjoy lunch.

Late afternoon head out on a safari cruise on the Kinabatangan River. At dusk, you may have the chance to see proboscis monkey and other wildlife than the area is famed for.
Before dinner you will experience a night cruise to witness the glittering fireflies on the mangrove trees.

Overnight at the Abai Jungle Lodge


Day 2Kinabatangan River

Wake up early and embark on a river cruise to the Pitas Lake in search of wildlife species that are significantly active during pre-dawn or early morning hours.
The rest of the morning is at your leisure to explore the rainforest on a boardwalk located behind the lodge or visit the village of the native “orang sungai” people and take part in a tree planting project.
After lunch head further up the river to Sukau. Switching lodges gives you a great chance to see more wildlife.
Upon arrival at the lodge head out on another safari cruise on the Menanggul River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge


Day 3Kinabatangan River - Sepilok

After breakfast, head back to Sandakan by boat with the opportunity to spot more proboscis monkeys, birds, and crocodiles.

Overnight at the Sepilok Nature Resort


Day 4Lankayan Island

Transfer to the Sandakan Post Office Jetty to board the boat to Lankayan Island. On arrival check in to your room, the rest of the day is free for your leisure.

Overnight at the Lankayan Island Resort


Day 5 - 6Lankayan Island

Day at leisure. You can relax by the beach, snorkeling or diving.

Overnight at the Lankayan Island Resort


Day 7Depart Sandakan

Transfer to Sandakan by speedboat, continue to the airport to connect with your flight.


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Solo Traveller

Combining a wildlife safari on the Kinabatangan River with a few nights on Lankayan Island is a classic safari and beach holiday combination, perfect for divers and snorkellers alike.
For a real treat, you could upgrade to Lankayan’s Water Chalet which features individual chalets built elegantly on stilts above the water.

March 6, 2020