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Discover Sabah

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Discover Sabah - Geckos Adventures
Discover Sabah - Geckos Adventures
Excellent
3 reviews
Starts
Kota Kinabalu
+3 Destinations
Mount Kinabalu
Ends
Kota Kinabalu
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Highlights

  • Visit orangutans and sun bears
  • Stay the night in a jungle lodge
  • See the Batu Tulug burial caves
  • Climb up Mt Kinabalu
Age range
18 to 29 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Resort
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Boat, Plane, Mini-coach
Physical Rating
Active
Start and end in Kota Kinabalu! With the hiking & trekking tour Discover Sabah, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and 3 other destinations in Malaysia. Discover Sabah is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • R
    Written on June 12, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This trip was so much fun! It was really well coordinated with the right amount of free time. The first hotel in kota kinabalu is extremely nice but there are heaps of other cheaper hotels quite close if you're staying an extra day. If you want to see the city, stay an extra day or two as you don't get much time included in the tour. 1-2 days in KK would be enough as it's pretty small. Sepilok is really cool and there are heaps of things to do, however a lot of them are guided tours and they cost quite a bit. If you're trying to save, you could just opt to stay at the hotel as it has a pool and a restaurant. Wifi is only in the restaurant area and rooms have fans, no air con. Next is the eco camp which is really cool as it's right in the middle of the jungle. There are SO many mosquitos so don't think you can get away without repellant. Bring snacks as there's no where to get food outside of meal times. You'll probably also want lots of loose, long clothes to avoid sunburn. The tree planting you do here was pretty average but I guess cool to see. At lunch we got to do a cooking class which was pretty cool. The Batu Tulug caves were nice and worth a visit. The homestay depends a lot on your family but it's great to see how locals live. There's no wifi here or on the river at the eco camp, so if you need to check more than once every couple of days, get a local sim (they're pretty cheap anyway). Next you stay in the Kinabalu national park, which was bloody great for us because we got upgraded to this really fancy room. Once again there's no wifi and you have to buy something at a really expensive restaurant to use it. Food is all buffet here which is really fun. The hike was awesome and you can read reviews on it elsewhere, but some things specific to geckos might put some people off this tour. Firstly, we had some people on our group who had chronic medical conditions such as asthma. They were only told the day before the climb that they wouldn't be covered by insurance and if they wanted to climb it would be at their own risk. If you have something like this, it would be worth getting more comprehensive insurance and clarifying what this means for you with geckos before you go, as only learning about this the day before doesn't allow much time for decision making. Secondly, our group leader decided that we wouldn't go all the way to the summit as the weather was really bad. This was fine as we still got to base camp and got to do another smaller walk, and it's totally understandable of our group leader to put our safety first. However, a lot of other people went to the summit regardless (ie people not on our tour) and so if you're really really keen to get to the top, there's a risk you won't be able to with this tour. The poring hot springs were awesome as there are heaps of things to do there, but mostly the beds are comfortable which you'll need after the hike! The small waterfall (you'll find out when you get there) is awesome and definitely worth the 15 minute walk. The hot springs themselves are sort of gross, especially at the end of the day, as they get sort of dirty and you can see hair in them! So it's worth getting a private spa. There's also no wifi here but local cafes (ie across the road from the resort) have it. It's best to eat there too as the restaurant at the resort is really expensive. On the last day we didn't get back to KK until about 5pm and our guide organised a snorkelling trip for those of us who were still there for the next day which was really really good. Our tour guide, Felix, was absolutely awesome and was so passionate about Sabah and wildlife. This tour is a really comprehensive tour of Sabah and you get to see so much. It may seem expensive per day but we had a lot of transfers (including a flight) and got to climb Mt Kinabalu, and some of the hotels were a lot nicer than expected. One thing to keep in mind is that Malaysia is a Muslim country and for us they were celebrating ramadan at the time. This meant that a few restaurants were closed but we always found somewhere to go. We also got to experience the ramadan bazaars which were really cool! However it would have been marginally easier to go at a different time of year. This is also a great introduction into hiking and wildlife types of holidays if you haven't done that before. Sabah is a great place to travel and this tour makes it really easy and shows you the best bits.
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  • Discover Sabah reviewer 2
    Written on April 3, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Just come back from another amazing trip with Intrepid, the highlight was seeing not 1 but 8 orangutan's in the wild!
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  • C
    Written on November 26, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Awesome adveturous tour. Includes jungle stay (pic above) where we went spotlighting wildlife at night, slept in a tree house, planted trees for reforestation and went out on the river to look for monkeys and orangutangs along the river banks. We also did a homestay. Due to the earth quake this year we couldnt climb kinabalu but we still did a very challenging trek through cave systems in the junlge and by doing this Geckos were making sure hte mountain guides weren't out of work while the mountain trails were repaired. Our guide was so knowledgable having grown up in the jungle since the age of 4. The country is full of wildlife, the people are friendly and the place is non touristy. Meals and beer were cheap. wifi in the country is dodgy. I would definately go back to see the other half of the country one day... My tip pack lots of quick dry sports clothing because the jungle is HOT! Our group was a good mix of international people, all young, fit, active and most importantly easy going!
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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Kota Kinabalu
  • Day 2: Sepilok
  • Day 3: Sepilok
  • Day 4: Kinabatangan River
  • Day 5: Kinabatangan River
  • Day 6: Kinabalu National Park
  • Day 7: Mt Kinabalu
  • Day 8: Poring Hot Springs
  • Day 9: Poring Hot Springs
  • Day 10: Kota Kinabalu
  • Day 11: Kota Kinabalu

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  • November 1, 2016

    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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    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.

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    Start and end in Kota Kinabalu.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $100 to confirm this Geckos Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 17 January 2018 the full payment of $1,196 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1196 for Discover Sabah, but the deposit of $100 is non-refundable.
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    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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