Sipadan Island, located off the coast of Borneo, has developed into one of Southeast Asia's premier diving destinations and is one of the most important marine habitats in the world. The island is recognised for its resident population of green turtles, which nest from July to October. The area is also home to huge schools of jacks and barracuda and a variety of shark species.
Combine your diving with a land based itinerary to discover Borneo. See orang-utan in Sepilok and search for proboscis monkeys in Sukau. Climb Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest mountain (4095m) and explore Borneo's impenetrable rainforest.
Choose to combine your Sipadan & Mabul diving holiday with a land-based add-on itinerary in Borneo!
Sepilok and Sukau (4 days) from £460 pp
Fly to Sandakan and then drive to Sepilok to visit the orang-utan sanctuary. Sepilok is home to the largest of the three orang-utan rehabilitation centres in the world. From there drive Sukau to visit the ox-bow lake, an ideal environment for wildlife viewing. See crocodiles warming themselves in the morning sun and birdlife such as egret, storm’s stork, oriental darter and oriole. Later in the afternoon as the sun starts to go down, we hope to spot the long nosed proboscis monkeys which converge on tree tops by the river banks to settle for the night.
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Sabah Naturewatch (8 days) from £1,070 pp
Borneo’s rugged and inaccessible central mountains, from which flow a thousand rivers on their way to the South China Sea, are as much a mystery as a challenge. The impenetrable rainforest with its giant trees and buttressing roots, harbours a bewildering diversity of strange flora and fauna. During this visit to Sabah, we see orang-utan in Sepilok and search for proboscis monkeys in Sukau. We then explore the Mount Kinabalu area and for those who wish, there is the opportunity to climb the volcano, South East Asia’s highest mountain (4095m).
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