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Essential Borneo

Essential Borneo - Intrepid Travel
Essential Borneo - Intrepid Travel
Excellent
13 reviews
Starts
Kota Kinabalu
+3 Destinations
Mount Kinabalu
Ends
Kota Kinabalu
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Highlights

Start and end in Kota Kinabalu! With the adventure tour Essential Borneo, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and 3 other destinations in Malaysia. Essential Borneo is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 29 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Resort
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Boat, Private Vehicle, Plane
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Adventure, Mountain Hikes, Wildlife
Operator
Intrepid Travel

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Kota Kinabalu
  2. Day 2: Kinabatangan River
  3. Day 3: Kinabatangan River
  4. Day 4: Sepilok
  5. Day 5: Sepilok
  6. Day 6: Kinabalu National Park
  7. Day 7: Mt Kinabalu
  8. Day 8: Poring Hot Springs
  9. Day 9: Poring Hot Springs
  10. Day 10: Kota Kinabalu
  11. Day 11: Kota Kinabalu

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

13 Reviews

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46%
Good
54%
Average
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  • M
    Written on September 18, 2019
    3.8 - Good

    The trip was very good with many experiences included.

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  • F
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.8 - Excellent

    Had great fun on this trip, saw lots of wildlife and met great people! Our tour guide Hasif was a major reason for our excellent experience.

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  • M
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Great itinerary and awesome guide. Hasif shared a lot of his knowledge about Sabah. The mountain climb was stunning.

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  • P
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.8 - Excellent

    Well managed, a fantastic guide (thanks Hasif!!) and a great way to get around Borneo without feeling too much like a loud, intrusive tourist

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  • R
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.8 - Excellent

    I have done a number of group tours in the past, however this was my first intrepid tour. I did not know what to expect and was incredibly impressed by all aspects of the tour. Our local guide Hasif, is truely passionate and enthusiastic about his role... Read more

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  • H
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.2 - Excellent

    The itinerary was quite poorly planned, although our guide did absolutely everything within his power to make the plans work. We had a lot of free time in areas which were very remote with literally NOTHING to do! I had signed up to this group thinking... Read more

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  • K
    Written on September 18, 2019
    3.8 - Good

    I gave this score because of my excellent trip leader. He was happy, accommodating, and always sought to ensure we were having a great time. What was lacking was the value for money and itinerary. We had a fair bit of free time that could have resulted in... Read more

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  • G
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.2 - Excellent

    Whilst we experienced some itinerary changes and weather concerns, our guide was very good in adapting to the changes well and ensuring our time and money were well spent. Our guide was full of knowledge regarding both the sites we visited and additional... Read more

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  • M
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.2 - Excellent

    The trip was made amazing by our leader Manuel, who's passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm for his home country was the highlight of my trip.

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  • W
    Written on September 18, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    Manuiel Gidiun was an excellent guide with exceptional knowledge about the wildlife, culture, history and geography of Sabah and Malaysia. He often went out of his way to make the experience more enjoyable and organised the the trip very well. Sabah in... Read more

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • Can a 50 year old in good shape and loves adventure, join this trip?

    Unfortunately Geckos is a youth tour operator and has a strict age restriction of 18-29 years old.

    Not to worry, Geckos has a sister company called Intrepid who operates a very similar tour and they do not have any age restrictions. Get in contact with us and our customer support team will work on pairing you with the perfect adventure.

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About the countries

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Malaysia

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Malaysia

Visa

Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Malaysia. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 1 month before travel.

Policies

Location
Start and end in Kota Kinabalu.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
Payment(s)
For any tour departing before 18 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 18 January 2020, a minimum payment of $400 is required to confirm your booking with Intrepid Travel. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
Cancellation policy
TourRadar is an authorised Agent of Intrepid Travel. Please familiarise yourself with the Intrepid Travel payment, cancellation and refund conditions.
Payment methods
The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 511 km.
  • Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)
  • 203 km
  • Sepilok (Malaysia)
  • 55 km
  • Sukau (Malaysia)
  • 202 km
  • Mount Kinabalu NP (Malaysia)
  • 51 km
  • Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)

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