Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River | 4 Day | Sabah, Borneo

NLK03 / NLK-1N

MYR 1,595.00

This is a great value four day package which pulls no punches when it comes to maximising your wildlife encounters. This 4D3N Trip is a great choice and includes overnight stay on Turtle Island, two nights at a Lodge along the Kinabatangan River, 4 x river cruises, 3 x treks, a visit to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and Gomantong Cave. Turtle Island gets fully booked so book this trip well in advance.


Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River - Join a Four Day Wildlife Adventure in Sabah, Borneo

The 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Cruise Trip is one of our most popular trips. It's easy to see why when in one trip you get to join the following amazing wildlife viewing activities:- Turtle Island, Sepilok Orangtam Sanctuary, join four river cruises along the famous Kinabatangan River, visit Gomantong Cave and go trekking in the rainforest (twice at night and once during the day). All this at a great value 4D3N Trip price! For those wanting to include more wildlife viewing activities you can also choose to add on visits to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre (at a small extra charge).

Wildlife Dreams Coming True In Borneo - Turtles Nesting, See Orangutans And See Wildlife At The Kinabatangan River

During the 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Cruise Trip you spend one night staying at the Resort on Selingan Island, otherwise known as Turtle Island. You will then spend two nights in a Superior Agamid Detached Chalet at Kinabatangan Nature Lodge located along the banks of the Kinabatangan River near Kampung Bilit.

After four days of wildlife viewing adventures at Turtle Island and the Kinabatangan River why not add on a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure from Kota Kinabalu with Borneo Dream in search of marine life. Our Guided Snorkeling Trip, or PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience, are both perfect choices for exploring the tropical waters and coral reefs near Kota Kinabalu.

Trip Itinerary - 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Trip, Sabah, Malaysia

Day 1 (Meals: L & D) - Travel to Turtle Island

Today follows the same outline itinerary as Day 1 of the 3D2N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Cruise Trip - find a more detailed daily itinerary on this 3D2N Trip page. If you are flying in to Sandakan Airport this morning to join the 3D2N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Cruise Trip please check recommended flight arrival times on the 3D2N Trip Page.

Afternoon: Upon arrival at Turtle Island you will have the afternoon free to explore the island, chill out on the beach or go snorkeling in the sea (snorkel gear is available to rent at Turtle Island).

Early evening: You will have dinner at the cafeteria. After dinner, Rangers will call you to observe turtles laying eggs. Watch the Ranger transfer the eggs to the hatchery and enjoy the opportunity to observe the release of baby turtles to the open sea. You will also be called by the Ranger when there is an opportunity to watch a Turtle nesting (laying eggs).

Overnight on Turtle Island in a twin share room (with ensuite shower room and aircon). Click here to see photos of Turtle Island Resort and the accommodation.

Day 2 (Meals: B, L & D)

Today follows the same outline itinerary as Day 2 of the 3D2N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Cruise Trip - find a more detailed daily itinerary on this 3D2N Trip page.

Today you will visit a morning feeding session a Sepilok Orangutan Rahabilitation Centre, join a late afternoon river cruise along the Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife and join a guided night trek in the secondary rainforest located behind Knabatangan Nature Lodge. As an optional extra during your Turtle Island and Kinabatangan River experience you can choose to join an introductory local dance session this evening after dinner and before your night trek. The Lodge team will teach a traditional dance from one of the tribes found in Sabah such as Sumazau (a KadazanDusun dance) or daling daling (a Bajau dance). An opportunity for learning more about Borneo’s rich culture and having a bit of fun!

Overnight at the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge along the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Stay in an Agamid Chalet (with twin or double bed, aircon and ensuite Shower Room). Click here to see photos of the accommodation at the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.

Explore and Relax - 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Trip, Sabah, Malaysia

Day 3 (Meals: B, L & D)

06:00hrs: Join an early morning river cruise and see the wildlife as they awake from a nights sleep. Various species of wildlife may be seen such as Proboscis Monkeys, Leaf Monkeys, Macaques, Gibbons and even the Orangutans.

07:45hrs: Return back to the Lodge for breakfast at 0800 hrs.

09:00hrs: After breakfast you will start your trek through the nearby secondary lowland rainforest to the nearby Bilit Ox-Bow Lake. You will be led on the trek by your Nature Guide who will explain more about the plant life and insect life found in the rainforest.

11:30hrs: Return to the Lodge for lunch at 1200 hrs.

13:00hrs: You now have a chance to rest and chill out at the Lodge before your late afternoon river cruise.

16:00hrs: Join another late afternoon river cruise along the Kinabatangan River for more wildlife sight-seeing.

18:00hrs: Return to the Lodge. Dinner will be served at the Lodge.

~20:00hrs: Join a guided night trek following a different trekking route behind the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.

Overnight at Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.

Day 4 (Meals: B)

06:00hrs: Join an early morning river cruise to see more birds and wildlife.

07:45hrs: Return to the lodge for breakfast then check out of your Chalet.

09:15hrs: You will be transferred to Gomantong Caves, locted in the largest limestone hill in Sabah.

~10:30hrs: Continue your journey back to Sandakan and transfer to either your hotel or Sandakan Airport (it is recommended you book a flight departing from 14:00hrs onwards).

Trip Pre-requisites - 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Trip, Sabah, Malaysia

This 4D3N trip is open to all.

Trip Inclusions

  • Return road transfer as mentioned and return boat transfer to Turtle Island.
  • Meals: 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch & 3 Dinner.
  • Visits (and entrance fess): Turtle island, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Gomantong Cave.
  • At the Kinabatangan River: 4 x river cruises (2 morning & 2 late afternoon), 2 x guided night nature walk, 1 x trek to an Oxbow Lake. The Kinabatangan River cruises included with this trip will travel as far upstream as ~7km to Pontian Point and downstream maximum ~ 10 km to Tenegang Besar Point.
  • One night accommodation at Turtle island in twin sharing room with attached bathroom.
  • Two nights accommodation in an Agamid detached chalet (twin / double / triple beds, ensuite shower room and toilet, aircon) within the Agamid Wing of Nature Lodge Kinabatangan.
  • Guiding throughout your trip by a knowledgable, passionate English speaking licensed Nature Guide.
  • Access to free flow coffee / tea and fresh water at the restaurant at the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge.
  • Limited free drinking water is provided at Turtle Island Resort (1 small bottle per person at lunch and dinner).
  • 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.

Trip Exclusions

Camera/video conservation fee at Turtle Island (RM10 per item) and Sepilok Sanctuary (RM10 per item) and Gomantong Cave (RM30 per item). Extra bottled water at Turtle Island, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks. We recommend you take a large bottle of drinking water per person as limited free drinking water is provided by Turtle Island Resort. There is a single supplement of RM212.00 on top of the trip price if you book this trip on your own (for single sharing a room / Chalet).

The new Tourism Tax - the Tourism Tax is currently set with a flat rate of RM 10 per room per night and will be charged to Non-Malaysian or Foreign tourists from 1st September 2017.

Recommended Packing List For The Trip

To get the most from this trip please bring with you raincoat, cap/hat, insect repellent, sun cream, swim wear for Turtle island, towel, comfortable walking shoes, comfortable cotton T-shirt, long sleeve top, long trousers (long trousers are required for the Oxbow Lake trek), long shorts, binocular, torch, camera and personal medications (if needed). Please take you passport with you on this trip - your passports will be checked at Turtle Island and the Kinabatangan Lodge.

Notes - 4D3N Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River Trip, Sabah, Malaysia

The Turtle Island Park is located some 40km from Sandakan city. The boat ride from jetty to the island takes 45 mins - 1 hour. If you suffer from sea sickness it is recommended you take sea sickness tablets. For boat transfers to / from Turtle Island Resort the Sandakan Marine Department on a daily basis, based on weather/tide update, will make a safety decision if boat transfers are allowed. In case of choppy sea state parents may find the boat crossing to Turtle Island not suitable for infants. Persons with back problems or pregnant may find the boat transfer to Turtle Island unsuitable when there are rough seas.

Sabah Parks (who manage Turtle Island conservation activities) endorse the following conservation, and safety, practices at Turtle Island. This is to minimise any negative impact on the Turtles who come to lay eggs on the island.:-

  • Sabah Parks allow only camera of unaided flash to take photographs of the turtle (Video/Digital Video Camera are not allowed).
  • Visitors are not allowed to go around the island on their own from 6:00pm – 6:00am.
  • Only one (1) turtle sighting per night is allowed for visitors to Turtle Island.

Triple sharing is only allowed for children below age of 12 years old with parents. If weather, or other factors (e.g. land slide), makes an activity unsafe the Lodge will adapt the trip itinerary for safety reasons. There will be no refund if a trip itinerary needs to be adapted on the day due to safety reasons.

The Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River trip price is valid for trips up to 31st December 2020.

We had an amazing time. Our guide in Kinabatangan- Omar - was brilliant at spotting wildlife so thank you so much! We loved the trip and already returning to do another trip one day. Thanks for organising everything so well.

Your guides on both trips were absolutely amazing, everything ran on time, the food was amazing. We all really really enjoyed the trip. The tour guide we had on the turtle island trip, she was brilliant, so much so that other people on the trip thought we’d paid for our own guide. She was full of knowledge and her English was perfect. We had Mohammed as our guide in the jungle, he was very very good. Again, full of knowledge and he looked after us very well. I can’t forget to mention all of the other staff, the chefs, waiting staff etc, everyone was very polite and professional. I have many friends that live in Asia and they have seen my photos and are all asking about my itinerary. I will be sure to recommend your company to them and in fact to anyone else that asks.

Our trip was amazing thanks in no small part to your team, everyone we had contact with was professional, friendly and a credit to your organisation, special mention to Sam for Selingan and especially Mohammed at Kinabantangan who's ability to spot wildlife is uncanny, we saw wild Orang Utan and pygmy elephant as well as a supporting cast of other primates reptiles and birds. Mohammed also went the extra mile to arrange extra activities on our last day plus we got to meet his beautiful family.
The timings, transport and accommodation were all excellent.
Thanks for a great trip, we would certainly recommend Borneo Dream to anyone visiting Borneo.

We had a truly amazing time in Borneo and thoroughly enjoyed our Turtle island and Kinabatangan River trip. The whole trip was fantastic and we were looked after tremendously from start to finish.

Watching a nesting turtle was a breath-taking experience. The accommodation on the island although a little basic was indeed more than adequate and the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable, they really seemed to take pride in their work.

Ichy, our guide who met us at Sandakan airport and travelled to turtle island with us was again fantastic, courteous and informative at all times.

The Kinabatangan River trip was another fantastic adventure and again we were looked after from start to finish. Our guide at the lodge, Mohammed deserves a special mention as he really did seem to go that extra mile in ensuring that we saw as much wild life as possible whilst out on our boat each day. He was so informative and genuinely seemed to enjoy his job and spotting the wildlife as much as we did. We saw orangutans, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys and many species of birds.

Our experience in Borneo was amazing. The guides were great and really knowledgable. Particular mention to Ichi who was fantastic and really good with our children. And Ramzan (in photo) seemed the best guide on the water always first to spot the wildlife.
We were fortunate to see Orangutans and an elephant swim across the river. The welcome was lovely from the ladies at the lodge and the buffet food was excellent and plentiful.
I would definitely recommend your tour company to our friends in the UK.
Leia was very helpful via email before we travelled and always returned our questions promptly.
Overall 5 star experience thank you

Amazing trip - The trip was fantastic. One of the best I have been on. Booking through Borneo Dream was easy and the whole process was smooth. It was good to book through Borneo Dream as we did not have any problems along the way with the company who actually took us on tour.

We did the 4D3N tour with Nasarlis Lavartus tours having booked through Borneo Dream. The tour itself was quite simply incredible and all the guides and drivers were superb. They were knowledgeable, kind and made sure we were satisfied at all times. I connected particularly well with Edmundo Jr, who is one of the most passionate people I have ever met and is more than willing to talk your ear off about all things Borneo. Khairul was our guide for our river cruises and he too was great, he had a really good eye for the wildlife which enabled us to spot a wild Orangutan, crocodile, hornbill, macaques, proboscis monkeys and several more, the list goes on. He was entertaining (even at 6am) and made sure that we were satisfied.

Kinabatangan Nature Lodge - All of the staff at Kinabatangan Nature Lodge was so friendly and welcoming; we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The setting was perfect along the banks of the river and staying in the jungle hearing monkeys and other animals around you was an experience in itself. On the river cruise we saw an Orangutan, crocodile, hornbill, macaques, proboscis monkeys and several more, the list goes on.

Thank you so much. I will recommend the company to my friends and family.

Great service - Borneo Dream, in my experience, is a fantastic tour company to use.

From the moment I sent my first email enquiringly about the 4D3N turtle and river tour, they were unbelievably helpful and patient as I dithered about what I wanted to do.

Winnie (the person on the other end of the email) was fabulous. A real asset to your company. Whatever I asked Winnie came back to me quickly and with all the information I needed.

All tour guides/drivers we encountered during our stay were amazing. Clearly love their job and are passionate about what they do.

Turtle Island was a wonderful experience and again everyone who works there was great!

Kinabatangan Nature Lodge is brilliant - totally recommend it - and stay for 2 nights you'll get so much more out of it.

Our guide at Kinabatangan was called Mohammad and he is brilliant! Great English, sense of humour and very knowledgeable.

I highly recommend this tour company if visiting Borneo.

Thanks for organising such a great trip

The best you can get! - We have done several excursions with Borneo Dream and Travel Tours.
And everything was perfectly arranged, from the beginning till the end!

They have a great team, which respond to your questions very quickly.
They also think with you, to offer the best experience in Borneo.

We have done Turtle Island & Kinabatangan River | 4 Day | Sabah, Borneo.
This excursion i can recommend to everybody. It is such a amazing experience to witness the turtles on the Island. From laying their eggs on the beaches till releasing the new bornes into the Sea ! I guess a once-in-a-lifetime-experience.

And after this, you will have a great wildlife experience at the Kinabatangan River.
I can keep talking for hours abt. the tour, but just book it and you will have no regrets for sure. Take the extra packages, but esp. LABUK BAY PROBOSCIS MONKEY SANCTUARY. This was such a wonderfull experience as well.

At Kota Kinabalu we took the snorkling excursion at TARP incl. the zipline :)
We saw a lot of fish and nice corals, even some sharks ;). Again great to do.

Also we did the Hot springs tour, which we liked, but overall it was such a long day with traveling. Keep in mind you will be traveling a lot of hours on the road. It is a personal choice if this interesting or not for yourself (you spend easily 4-5 hrs in a buss)

We had a great time and if we will travel again to the beautiful Borneo, we will ask them for sure for advice and good excursions !!

It was possibly the best trip I have been on in my travels and I have down quite a few. Everything ran so smooth and your help with flight advice and timings was a big help. The turtle island was something very special and there were only 8 tourists on the island which was perfect. The river cruise and lodge I think we got very lucky as we seen everything, we seen a herd of around 40 Pygmy elephants which was extremely lucky. The guides were friendly and so good at there jobs, our guide at the lodge was called apok and he was awesome. All in all a perfect few days.

We enjoyed the most amazing experience to Turtle Island and to the Kinabatangan River with Borneo Dream and their tour partner Nasalis Larvatus.

Turtle Island is a gem which really needs to be seen to be believed. We saw a turtle lay eggs and also released the baby turtles which had hatched that day to the sea which was a beautiful experience.

We visited the Orangutan and Sun Bear sanctuary on our way to the Kinabatangan River.

During our stay on the River we saw a vast array of wildlife in their natural habitat including many species of monkeys and horn-bills, crocodiles and lots and lots of other creatures. We did not encounter any pigmy elephants which was unfortunate.

The accommodation on Turtle Island was basic but you're there for the turtles. Don't be expecting must from it.

The accommodation in the detached chalets in the Kinabatangan Nature Lodge was good, a clean room with en-suite and air conditioning.

The food in both was good and there was lots to go around and enough for seconds!!!

Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and we would recommend this tour.
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