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Kota Kinabalu

  • Route:
  • London
  • Sandakan
  • Sukau
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • London
3 NIGHTS from £229pp

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  • Peace and tranquillity for 3 nights
  • Explore the Gomantong Caves
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Kota Kinabalu

At the conclusion of your 9 day Bornean adventure, unwind for 3 nights on the exotic beaches of Sabah's capital city, Kota Kinabalu. Nestled between the spectacular Crocker range and the inviting waters of the South China Sea, the bustling metropolis and tranquil resorts which surround the city offer visitors a warm climate with a wealth of activities to suite your pace.

We have handpicked two hotels that are situated outside of the busting city and take advantage of the picturesque natural surroundings, the luxurious 5 star Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort set upon the stunning Pantai Dalit Beach and, the tropical 3 1/2 star getaway of the Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa.

Day 1: UK to Sandakan

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Sandakan Airport.

    Day 2: Sandakan

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sandakan to explore at leisure. Overlooking the majestic Sulu Sea, this bustling coastal town enjoys a wealth of seafood specialities to sample including delicious fish mee noodles. Explore the town's fascinating wartime history at the serene Memorial Park - a moving tribute to prisoners of war - and discover the house of author Agnes Keith, now a quaint museum displaying remnants of the Japanese occupation, followed by high tea at the neighbouring English Tea House.

      Day 3: Sandakan

      This morning meet Borneo's most famous residents at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where these endangered creatures are rescued and returned to the ancient lowland forest. Wander wooden walkways to observe these cerebral primates glide between trees and feast on pungent durian fruits. Visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre to meet the world's smallest bears, before reaching the Rainforest Discovery Centre; exhibiting native flora and fauna, its highlight is undoubtedly a spectacular 80ft canopy walkway allowing a unique perspective of Borneo's diverse avian inhabitants.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 4: Sandakan to Sukau

      Begin today exploring the limestone Gomantong Caves, the fascinating domain of over a million wrinkle-lipped bats suspended from the 130ft limestone ceiling. Sharing this unique shelter are the swiftlets who dart overhead to construct the key ingredient for bird's nest soup, a valuable delicacy within China. Travel to your lodge in the remote village of Sukau before a relaxing late afternoon motorboat cruise to witness the drooped nose proboscis monkeys, leaping from great heights into the Menanggul River with an amusing belly flop.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 5: Sukau

      Awake to the atmospheric melody of the surrounding jungle for a motorboat journey along Malaysia's second longest river and centrepiece for Bornean wildlife, the Kinabatangan. Spot prehistoric monitor lizards, wandering pygmy elephants and leopard-like civet cats before reaching the tranquil Kelenanap river bend to spot Rhinoceros Hornbill, extraordinary birds famed for their peculiar beaks. Explore the jungle by foot in search of enchanting wildlife under the watch of macaque colonies. Spend the afternoon at leisure within the sleepy village of Sukau before heading back out onto the river for another chance to observe Borneo's biodiversity.

      • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

      Day 6: Sukau to Kota Kinabalu

      Travel back to Sandakan and visit the spectacular Puu Jih Shih Temple, a Buddhist place of worship with a striking Oriental design. Situated within the town's mountainous surroundings, it boasts stunning panoramic views of Sandakan bay; illuminated by an explosion of red and gold, the temple's magnificent collection of opulent Buddha statues are surrounded by towering pillars and ornate Chinese dragons. After lunch fly to Kota Kinabalu, a bustling city whose Chinese, Kadazan and Malaysian influences are displayed through its architecture and tasted in its night markets.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 7: Kota Kinabalu

      Journey to Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia's highest mountain. Enjoy a guided nature trek to spot Borneo's dynamic bio-diversity including tiny mouse-deer, playful gibbon troops and the unusual Nepenthes rajah, a carnivorous plant that attracts birds and small mammals into its deadly urn shaped trap. Continue to the nearby Poring Hot Springs to relax in the warm baths before traversing a 134ft Menggaris tree canopy walkway, which provides a breathtaking view across one of the oldest rainforests in the world.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 8: Kota Kinabalu

      This morning, discover the home of five tribes at the Mari Mari Cultural Village to gain a fascinating insight into Borneo's indigenous people. Witness the sculpting of blowpipes, learn traditional bamboo cooking, sample the curiously shaped Jala 'net' cake and encounter the Murut people who were the last tribe to renounce headhunting. Following lunch explore Kota Kinabalu at leisure; study the captivating exhibits of Sabah Museum, wander aromatic night markets to enjoy delicious street eats or head to the grand Imago Mall for a unique South East Asian shopping experience. Travel back to Kota Kinabalu for your final evening in Borneo.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 9: Kota Kinabalu to the UK

      Transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

      • Breakfast

      Kota Kinabalu - Extension Starts

      Day 10: Kota Kinabalu

      Transfer to your chosen beach hotel on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu.

      • Breakfast

      Day 11 - 12: Kota Kinabalu

      Relax at leisure at your chosen beach hotel.

      • Breakfast

      Day 13: Kota Kinabalu

      Transfer to Kota Kinabalu International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

      • Breakfast
      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast, lunch and dinner where stated on the itinerary will be taken at the hotel or in local restaurants. All dietary requirements and dislikes should be made known to our reservations staff at the time of booking.

      Included in the Price

      • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
      • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
      • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
      • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
      • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

      Important Information


      A visa is not required for your trip to Borneo. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


      You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

      Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
      Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

      For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      Your flight to Sandakan Airport is with Malaysia Airlines (MH), departing from London Heathrow, Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 7kg. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. Please note that all flight times are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

      Group Size

      There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Tour Guide

      This is a fully escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Borneo is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM). We recommend that you exchange you currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency. Tipping is at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
      Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort
      04 Jul 201815 Jul 2018£389pp£1979pp£2368ppSOLD OUT
      12 Sep 201823 Sep 2018£409pp£1799pp£2208ppBook
      10 Oct 201821 Oct 2018£409pp£1599pp£2008ppBook
      14 Nov 201825 Nov 2018£409pp£1779pp£2188ppBook
      06 Feb 201917 Feb 2019£419pp£1899pp£2318ppBook
      27 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£419pp£1899pp£2318ppBook
      13 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£419pp£1899pp£2318ppBook
      03 Apr 201914 Apr 2019£419pp£1949pp£2368ppBook
      01 May 201912 May 2019£419pp£1949pp£2368ppBook
      22 May 201902 Jun 2019£419pp£1899pp£2318ppBook
      12 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£419pp£1879pp£2298ppBook
      03 Jul 201914 Jul 2019£419pp£1999pp£2418ppBook
      11 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£419pp£1799pp£2218ppBook
      09 Oct 201920 Oct 2019£419pp£1629pp£2048ppBook
      13 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£419pp£1799pp£2218ppBook
      Beringgis Beach Resort and Spa
      04 Jul 201815 Jul 2018£249pp£1979pp£2228ppSOLD OUT
      12 Sep 201823 Sep 2018£229pp£1799pp£2028ppBook
      10 Oct 201821 Oct 2018£229pp£1599pp£1828ppBook
      14 Nov 201825 Nov 2018£229pp£1779pp£2008ppBook
      06 Feb 201917 Feb 2019£239pp£1899pp£2138ppBook
      27 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£239pp£1899pp£2138ppBook
      13 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£239pp£1899pp£2138ppBook
      03 Apr 201914 Apr 2019£229pp£1949pp£2178ppBook
      01 May 201912 May 2019£229pp£1949pp£2178ppBook
      22 May 201902 Jun 2019£229pp£1899pp£2128ppBook
      12 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£229pp£1879pp£2108ppBook
      03 Jul 201914 Jul 2019£229pp£1999pp£2228ppBook
      11 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£229pp£1799pp£2028ppBook
      09 Oct 201920 Oct 2019£259pp£1629pp£1888ppBook
      13 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£229pp£1799pp£2028ppBook

      Itinerary Note

      The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

      Fact File

      • Minimum temperature: 29°C
      • Maximum temperature: 33°C

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      Hotels and Accommodation

      Beringgis Beach Resort and Spa

      Beringgis Beach Resort and Spa

      Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

      Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan

      Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort

      Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort

      Borneo Nature Lodge

      Borneo Nature Lodge

      Horizon Hotel Kota Kinabalu

      Horizon Hotel Kota Kinabalu

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      Tour route

      • London
      • Sandakan
      • Sukau
      • Kota Kinabalu
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      • London

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