7-Day Sabah Nature & Culture

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Tour type

Tour Level: High Level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 7 Days

tour highlights

  • Tour Kota Kinabalu to find the Blue Mosque & Sabah Museum
  • Cruise in a long boat to mangroves & see amazing firefly illuminations
  • Swim in the clear waters in the north of Borneo
  • Meet the locals
  • Walk the 40m high canopy walkway in Poring

tour details

After exploring Kota Kinabalu on your own, this tour will take you to a Chinese Buddhist temple, Blue Mosque & Sabah Museum. A long boat cruise into the mangroves reveals an amzing light show as fireflies congregate on the tree canopies. Next, head north via local markets, rice fields & fruit orchards to swim in clear waters before proceeding to a local Rungus longhouse to see traditional dances. Explore the area on treks and meet the locals. You’ll visit a gong-making village & view their bee keeping technique. Join a jungle trail in Poring, venturing into the canopy walkway – 40m in the air. Take a dip in sulphur baths & discover Mountain Garden’s plants – unique to Kinabalu. You’ll later take a boat to a coral island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park to swim, snorkel or relax on the beach.

Meet your guide upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu airport and transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own.

Meals included:None
Depart your hotel for an introductory tour of the City of Kota Kinabalu. Visit a Chinese Buddhist temple, the Blue mosque and the Sabah Museum. Enjoy a local Malaysian lunch today.
After lunch, we drive south to the town of Beaufort and then on to Kota Klias. We will take long boats on a river cruise into the Mangroves. Look out for the Proboscis monkeys that are only found here in Borneo, Macaque Monkeys and birds. As the sun sets, the glittering array of small Christmas lights appears as the fireflies congregate on the tree canopies (may be difficult to see if full moon or raining). Enjoy a typical Malaysian dinner before returning to the city and your hotel.
(Remarks: River cruise by boat is always on shared basis / join in.)

Meals included:Breakfast
Today we leave the hotel with our overnight bags. Drive North to the Tip of Borneo. Stop to visit local markets along the way. Enjoy the rural scenes of native villages, rice fields, rubber estates and fruit orchards. Just before the town of Kudat, we will drive to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. This is the very top of Borneo Island and you get a great view of the meeting of the South China Sea & the Sulu Sea from here. Enjoy some time swimming in the crystal clear waters. Then head to a traditional long house for the night. We will be staying in a traditional Rungus longhouse and it will be rather basic (bedding and mosquito nets provided). Enjoy traditional dances and food for dinner.

Meals included:Breakfast
Spend some time exploring the surrounding area of the village, do some trekking and observe the life style of the local people. Observe their methods of making traditional handicraft. Visit another village where Gong making is a specialty and observe their bee keeping technique. Lunch on the way back. Visit a local pottery to see pots being made and decorated with traditional motifs. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the city.

Meals included:Breakfast
Drive through the Crocker range to the Southern end of the Kinabalu Park. At Poring, join a jungle trail, venturing into the canopy walkway which is a series of bridges built 40m above the ground. This provides the visitor with a bird eyes view of the rainforest canopy. If time permits, take a dip in the therapeutic sulphur baths. After which, adjourn for lunch and proceed to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Visit the Mountain Garden with its collection of orchids and plants that are unique to Kinabalu. Depart the park and return to the city and your hotel.

Meals included:Breakfast
Transfer to the jetty. Take a 20-minute boat ride to one of the coral islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. Enjoy a simple box lunch and return to the mainland in the early afternoon (basic shower facilities are available on the islands).
(Remarks: Boat transfers are always on shared basis / join in.)

Meals included:Breakfast
(Packed) Lunch
Free at leisure until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals included:Breakfast


  • 5 night hotel accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • 1 night accommodation at the longhouse (non-air-condition) with shared common bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, PL = Packed Lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking guides in air-conditioned vehicles
  • All park entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)


  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals


  • Hotels can be changed without prior notice, but substitute will be within the offered category.
  • Tours will be offered as stated in the program, but some may be done on different days than stated in the program. For example, if our program states a city tour on Day 1,
    it may be postponed to Day 3 instead, without any prior notice given.
  • All boat transfers and tour activities in the park are on Seat-in-coach basis.
Tour code: BKIDK7DSNP

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