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Malaysian Borneo Itinerary

Posted by Sundancekid4 on 4/7/2014 at 01:10

Hi there,

I am planning on doing about 2 weeks in malaysian Borneo. I am doing a 4 day/3 night sipadan dive package and was wondering what to do with the rest of my time. I think I have ruled out the Danum valley because it is too expensive. I would love something with a good jungle trek and overnight camp in the jungle if anyone knows of anything like that. Also, I am thinking about doing either Tabin wildlife reserve or the Kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary can anyone recommend which one is better?

I'm thinking my itinerary will look something like this:
1) Do my 4 day/ 3night Sipadan dive with scuba junkies
2) stay an extra day to relax and enjoy
3) Travel from Semporna to either Tabin wildlife reserve or kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary?
4) spend 2 -3 day at one of these places
5) Continue to Sandakan and do the Rainforest discovery center, Orangutan Rehabilatation centre and sun bear conservation centre (4 days) thinking of doing uncle tan's tour
6) fly to KK (also is there anything fun to do in KK that I could do?)
7) fly out of borneo

Please comment and let me know if this sounds good or if there are better things that I could be doing with my time.

#1 Sundancekid4 has been a member since 27/6/2014. Posts: 6

Posted by Esusino on 4/7/2014 at 09:13

We were there on 2013, you should fly in Tawau and head to Semporna to dive Sipadan. I would adivse staying on an island and not in semporna, we stayed at scuba junkies in Mabul which was good. BOOK your dives in sipadan ASAP or you will not able to go

After that go to kinabatangan for 2 days, i would skip the orangutan stuff as you might be able to spot them at kinabatangan. It s too much touristic for me!

For jungle trek we went to Mulu national park which was just awesome, check out the biggest caves in the world :) they are very well organized and you can easily stay 5 days there

Let me know if you need further info

#2 Esusino has been a member since 25/6/2013. Posts: 19

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Posted by Sundancekid4 on 4/7/2014 at 20:52

Hi Andrea, thanks for the response. You are suggesting 2 days at the kinabatangan wildlife sanctuary?
Was staying in the mulu national park expensive? It definitely looks amazing but, is it affordable? During your 5 days there did you happen to do the pinnacle jungle trek? I am hearing mixed reviews and wondering if you could comment on that.

#3 Sundancekid4 has been a member since 27/6/2014. Posts: 6

Posted by Esusino on 6/7/2014 at 01:58


i'm suggeting a 2 nights stay on the river banks to get out in the mornings/evening to spot wildlife (we spotted 2 huge crocodiles, orangutans, monkeys, wild pigs but we missed the elephants).

Mulu was not expensive considering his location, activities was also fair priced in my opinion. We went on the pinnacle trek :)
It works like this:

Day 1:
- 2 hours on the river with a small boat to get close to the base camp (be ready to push the boat as the river may be low depending on the season)
- stop at some caves during the way up
- when you reach your final destination with the boat you have to trek 8,5KM into the jungle to reach the base camp (approx 1,5H on a well marked path)
- you have to bring your own food in order to be able to cook :)
- close to the camp there is a nice river where you can bath (we also took our shower there)

Day 2:
- 5 am wake up
- 6am start trekking
- the trek is a 1,5h/2h climb to the pinnacles, I would rate it as medium difficulty (consider that we do a lot of trekking in the swiss alps). On the last part you climb some nice stairs (vertical), just do not look back :)
- the difficult part is getting down because you need to be very careful not to fall, it took us approx 3,5H going really slow

Day 3:
- get back to main camp on the same route as day 1

We enjoyed it a lot, it was not so difficult as stated on the internet. The view worth the effort on my opinion. We also enjoyed a lot the boat/trek stuff to get there and the sense of loneliness of the camp in the jungle


#4 Esusino has been a member since 25/6/2013. Posts: 19

Posted by Sundancekid4 on 6/7/2014 at 12:39

The river cruise sounds great. Did you do a homestay and find your own boat rides in the morning/evening? or did you book a tour that took you out in the morning/evenings? I would prefer to do a homestay if it is easy to find rides to take us out in the mornings/evenings.
Good to hear the prices at mulu are reasonable. It looks like a good spot, however the pinnacle might be a little much for us from the sounds of getting back down those ladders, but we will make that call when we get there.

Thanks again,


#5 Sundancekid4 has been a member since 27/6/2014. Posts: 6

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