Essential Borneo

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Essential Borneo - Intrepid Travel
Essential Borneo - Intrepid Travel
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Kota Kinabalu
+3 Destinations
Mount Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu


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
Hostel, Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Resort
Max Group Size
Boat, Private Vehicle, Plane
Physical Rating
Travel style
Adventure, Mountain Hikes, Wildlife

3 Reviews

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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... Read more

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  • Essential Borneo 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... Read more

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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

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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

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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  • Diana18th January 2019
    What a great concept! There is a fantastic selection of tours and it's easy to search for what you want. Their customer service team always responded very quickly to my questions. I would definitely use TourRadar again.



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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.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Malaysia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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.


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.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $99 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 21 May 2019 the full payment of $1,509 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
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 $1509 for Essential Borneo, but the deposit of $99 is non-refundable.
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The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express


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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