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Kinabatangan - Danum Valley Budget Adventure - Dormitory Option

Pick up from Sandakan

Tour Code: SDK-18 Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Get the most out of your budget travelling experience with this 5 days / 4 nights of wild nature exploration tour around the lush untamed primary forest of Malaysia.


  • Explore the Spectacular Riverbank of Kinabatangan River, Malaysia’s 2nd Longest River and get the most Value out of your Budget Travelling Experience
  • Brave the Jungle on a boat Cruise as you keep an eye out for Hornbills, Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys Swinging Around and Hanging by the Trees
  • Experience the rich Biodiversity of Danum Valley as you trek Along Different Trails of the Valley Surrounding
  • Enjoy the Beautiful Sunrise and Sunset from the Picturesque Mountaintop of the Valley or the cool Surrounding of the Field Centre

Tour Description:

Who says that travelling has to be expensive and luxurious? Beat the trend and go on your very own adventurous budget travel as you explore the many hidden and wondrous natural attractions in Malaysia. To name a few, you will be visiting the Kinabatangan River (Malaysia’s 2nd longest river), the Gomantong Caves (Lower Kinabatangan’s largest limestone outcrop) and Sepilok’s sunbear and orangutan sanctuary among many others. Along the way, be mesmerised by the beautiful view and the lushness of the green forest that makes the east coast a place worth visiting. Even better, a budget tour means that you do not have to spend too much in the first place too! So let’s challenge the idea of luxury in travelling and do what really counts - exploring the unknown! 

Day 1

For guests who are flying in on the same day, we do recommend either the Air Asia AK6492 or the Malaysia Airlines MH2042 flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan airport. There are also alternative pickup points in Sandakan and Sepilok if you prefer. Upon picking you up at 8 A.M., you will head straight to the orangutan sanctuary where you get to see young orangutans playing around in the nursery. Lost yourself in time as you realise it is 10 A.M. and it is feeding time for these beautiful primates. With orangutans checked off the list, you will proceed to the sunbear sanctuary to see the world’s very own smallest bear. The cuteness of these furry bears will leave you wanting to cuddle them up.

Soon after, it will be lunchtime at a local restaurant. With a stuffed tummy, make your way to the Kinabatangan River at around 1 P.M. Upon arrival, check yourself in as you refresh with some drinks and an orientation session to the lodge. Then go on your first cruise along the bank of the river in search of wildlife and birds. Once the evening sets in, go back to your lodge for dinner. With a full tummy, you have the option to go for a walk around nocturnal animals or to simply retire for the day.

Day 2

You will board the boat first thing in the dawn for some pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and orangutans before coming back for some breakfast. Then, go for a trek along the river banks for another wildlife hunt before you sit down for lunch. Feel the calmness of the forest simply seeping into the serenity of the forest as you look out for wild animals peeking through and roaming freely around you. After lunch, you will join the cruise for even more wildlife exploring opportunities until evening sets in and dinner is served in a buffet. With buffet done, you will have another chance to walk the night and search for some nocturnal animals that you might come across. 

Day 3

If the boat cruise is still too little for you, today is the last chance you have to get up early in the morning and jump into the boat as you search around for the rich wildlife of the surroundings. Alternatively, you can also opt for a more relaxing day with a well-deserved lie in before breakfast. At around 8:30 A.M., get yourself ready as you will be heading toward Danum Valley. Along the way, you will also stop to see the swiftlet nests in the Gomantong Caves. After checking in, you will have your delicious lunch followed by an orientation session to the field session. During this time, you will get to know more about the rich biodiversity of Danum Valley and how it comes to be known as it is today. We know the journey to the valley can be draining so you will have your time after the orientation to simply relax and take a quick siesta before continuing with the programme. Afterwards, you will go for your mid-afternoon walk where you might just catch a glimpse of the hornbills and orangutans roaming around the path surroundings. Return to your centre before sundown and enjoy your delicious dinner. Then, you can opt for your inclusive night walk or arrange for an optional 4x4 night drive with your friendly guide.

Day 4

Wake up early in the morning for some nature walk near Danum Valley Field Centre. Or, you can arrange for your own 4x4 drive to Bukit Atur for the amazing sunrise view atop the hill. Be sure to pre-arrange and tell your guide about your desire so that he/she may arrange it for you. Then return to the centre for some breakfast and go for a trail around the area if you wish before cooling yourself from the afternoon heat as you wait for lunch. Then wash off the day’s heat with a dip into the Ulu Segama river before going on yet another trek with your guide. Return just in time to see the beautiful sunset, have your dinner and go for an inclusive night walk with your guide or an optional 4x4 night drive. 

Day 5

The morning always brings the surrounding alive so be sure to wake up early and catch some of the morning symphonies of the wildlife. After breakfast, you will have your time to finish packing and wait for the checkout time at 11 A.M. At 1:30 P.M., you will arrive at Lahad Datu for you to return home or to go for another travel.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Payments made for this tour are non-refundable upon cancellation

Pick-Up Time:

  • 7:30 am - 8:00 am

What's Included:

  • Transfer from Sandakan/Sepilok (end or start) – Kinabatangan – Lahad Datu – Danum Valley – Lahad Datu
  • Meals: 4 X Breakfasts, 3 X Lunches , 4 X Dinners (no Breakfast or Lunch on Day 1, and no lunch or dinner or day 5)
  • X4 river cruises at Kinabatangan
  • Nature Guide at both locations
  • Free flow coffee, tea and water
  • Entrance fees

What's Not Included:

  • Tourism tax: RM10 per private room per night (payable in cash at check-in)
  • Flights/transfers other than stated
  • Drinks
  • Meals other than stated
  • Optional 4×4 activities at Danum Valley such as night safari and sunrise trip at Bukit Atur (these can be shared up to 8pax for a total price of RM160 per 4×4)
  • Camera fees
  • Transfers to Sandakan for start from Lahad Datu
  • Other Items Not Mentioned

Additional Information:

  • Minimum 2 pax for tour to be confirmed. Please check with Adventoro Concierge (Call / Whatsapp +6010 468 8011) to inquire about the availability of this tour
  • Accommodation is subject to availability. In case of partial availability for a certain room type, we will inform you at the time of booking and provide relevant pricing. Private rooms at Kinabatangan have AC & private bathrooms, private rooms at Danum Valley Field Centre are Resthouse category with private bathrooms
  • Additional cost for any add-on:
  • Private Room at Kinabatangan: RM 200/pax
  • Resthouse at Danum Valley: RM 150/pax
  • Trekking in Danum Valley requires a moderate level of fitness and you should be prepared for hot & humid weather conditions
  • Please also bring your:
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Long sleeve shirts & long pants
  • Raincoat
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Comfortable trekking shoes
  • Torchlight
  • Water bottle
  • Personal toiletries
  • Leech socks
  • Please consult your physician for up to date advice on vaccinations & antimalarials and any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to join the trip
  • Accommodation may vary according to availability, photos provided are examples of the types of accommodation used.
  • Air-conditioning is available at the Kinabatangan river lodge, Danum Valley Field Centre has no AC
  • Charging points are available at all lodges and are 3 pin UK style plugs. Danum Valley Field Centre has limited electricity hours from 7.30 am to 11:00 pm, other areas usually have 24-hour electricity but power cuts do happen
  • Phone & 3G signal is good around Sandakan & Sepilok but can be limited in the Kinabatangan River & Danum Valley
  • The trip starts in Sandakan/Sepilok and ends in Lahad Datu, onward travel can be arranged
  • The trip can start with Danum Valley and end with Kinabatangan
  • Note on Camera Use at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre: For any camera with a zoom lens from 100 to 400mm, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use is chargeable at RM10.00 per unit. For any camera (fixed-lens – 400mm and above ) or any film-making equipment are chargeable at RM1,000.00 per unit.
  • Tour itinerary and prices are subject to change without prior notice
  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeing tours
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during the stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own

Pick-Up Location(s)

Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up location(s) that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.

List of Location(s):

    Pick up is also available for other location(s) under the vicinity of Sandakan. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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