Kinabatangan Tour Sandakan is a great way to explore the diverse life of the Borneo rain forest. Kinabatangan river is the second longest river in Malaysia with a length of 560KM. During the Kinabatangan tour Sandakan you will visit our river lodge for two nights staying in a dorm room exploring the river by boat and foot, it is here where you’ll see remarkable wildlife such as the Pygmy Elephant, Orangutans, Probocsis monkey, Clouded leopard, and it is home to over 200 species of birds and eight species of the hornbill. Also Kinabatangan is famous for the Gomantong caves which is swarmed with bats and edible bird nest as well as the Oxbow lakes.

If you are in Borneo, then the Kinabatangan Tour Sandakan is one of the most affordable trips you can conquer to see most of the wildlife that Borneo has to offer.

Kinabatangan Tour Sandakan is one of the highlights of Borneo and is a DO NOT MISS THIS !


Kinabatangan Tour Sandakan

The Kinabatangan Tour Sandakan runs for three days and two nights with both nights being spent in the river lodge of Kinabatangan.

Day 1

  • 10:45 AM – Meet and greet at Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew Building (in front of RHB bank) by our friendly driver of the day. Once on board, your driver will provide a short briefing about the journey.OR
  • 11:30 AM – Meet and greet at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (Sepilok café) or any lodges within Sepilok area by our friendly driver of the day. A short briefing will be given for those who just get on board.
  • 11:45 AM – A transit stop at Mango Garden Restaurant, Sepilok where you can have your lunch admist a green garden surrounding. You can buy snacks and drinks from a small grocery shop next to the Restaurant, use the toilet or the Wifi before we start the two and half hour journey to Nature Lodge Kinabatangan.
  • 12:30 PM – Depart Mango Garden Restaurant, Sepilok on a country road with secondary forest, plantations, small villages and occasional local shops on either side of the road. Your driver will make a stop at Medan Selera Kota Kinabatangan to pick-up more guest(s). Toilet is available at this stop for a fee. You are now more than half way through the journey and this is your last toilet stop before we reached Bilit village, Kinabatangan which is about one hour journey on road
  • 3:00 PM – Drive through the narrows winding road of Bilit village and arrived at Bilit jetty. Get off the bus/van and make sure all your belongings are with you. Our friendly boat captain will arrange your bags in the boat, assist you with your safety jacket and transfer you across the River where you will begin your wildlife adventure starting at Nature Lodge Kinabatangan. The Lodge is located across the Kinabatangan river, opposite the Bilit jetty. Feel welcome by a refreshing drink at the reception area and our friendly staff with conduct an orientation. You will be briefed on our Lodge, safety procedures and activities during your stay. Collect your room keys and settle in to your room. The adventurous boat cruise will start at 1600hrs and be ready at the jetty 10 minutes before the river cruise.
  • 4:00 PM – Embark on an evening boat cruise in search of wildlife and birdlife along the mighty Kinabatangan River. The River is the longest in Sabah (560km) and is known for its remarkable wildlife and fascinating habitat. Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, Silver Langurs, various species of hornbills, Kingfisher birds, Oriental Darters and snakes are commonly spotted along Kinabatangan River. The area is also known for the sighting of the endemic Borneo Pygmy Elephants (the smallest elephant in the world) and Orang Utan (The Wild Men of Borneo). As with nature, sighting of all the mentioned wildlife is not guaranteed as they are roaming about the place.
  • 6:00 PM – Return to the Lodge to freshen up. Enjoy your dinner at Café Haji Awang, named after the village head who first suggested us to operate a tourism Lodge in Bilit village. This is so that the locals at the village can enjoy the economy benefits of tourism activities. Buffet style dinner.
  • 7.30 PM – Meet at the AV room for a wildlife presentation by one of our nature guides. The presentation will provide you with the information of Kinabatangan wildlife and birdlife. You also have the opportunities to ask our guide questions on the wildlife and birdlife in Kinabatangan. After that, proceed to join a night walk at the back of the Lodge in search of nocturnal creatures. Your walk will lead you to a large insect screen. The light, set-up directly onto the screen attracts night-flying insects such as beetles, moths and others. Learn more about the insects from our nature guide.
  • 8.45 PM – Return to the Lodge to rest. Overnight. (D)

Day 2

  • 5:30 AM – Wake up to the sound of birds and get ready for the morning river cruise. Meet your guide at the jetty.
  • 6:00 AM – Enjoy the morning breeze while you search for wildlife along river bank. Most of them have stayed there over night and they will look for foods before moving into the forest, away from predators and hot sun. The wildlife is most active during early morning and in the evening. You then have bit of time in the middle of the day to catch up on a book, take a nap or sign-up for other activities.
  • 7:30 AM – Back to lodge. Breakfast is served at Haji Awang restaurant.
  • 9:00 AM – Meet your guide for a walk along Kinabatangan River. Be on time for the meet up as your guide will provide a briefing before the trek starts. Take a leisure walk along Kinabatangan River and see the different species of trees and plants along the trail. While some parts of the forested areas in Kinabatangan remained preserved, many parts of it have gone through trees re-planting project as part of forest restoration or being converted to plantation. You will be able to spot the traditional fish trap set-up by the local villagers, using bottles. The locals catch their fishes using a unique method: They collect 10 or so plastic water bottles and attach about a foot of fishing line to them. Along the line, are sub lines with a hook and a piece of fruit which they toss into the water and let them float down stream. If and when a fish takes the bait, it will drag the bottle down with it, but the buoyancy brings the bottle back to the top and the fish fights back until it is too tired to continue. The locals look for the bottles that are bobbing up and down in the water and simply go over with their boat and reel the fish in. On the way back to the Lodge, stop by at our composting area. As part of our ‘Go Green’ project, we have adapted this concept of composing organic waste such as foods and plants materials and growing our own organic vegetables to serve our guests.
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch is at Haji Awang Cafe. Thereafter, you have a free and easy afternoon until the next river cruise. Meanwhile, you can opt to participate in our tree planting activity which is part of our efforts to support the forest restoration at Kinabatangan area or sign-up for batik silk painting featuring the wildlife of Kinabatangan and bring it home as a remembrance of your trip. Both optional activities are not within your standard package.
  • 4:00 PM – Join in another afternoon river cruise to sight more wildlife and birdlife. As we are in the nature, each river cruise offers different sightings. You may recognize some of the wildlife and birdlife from the wildlife presentation of Day One. Your nature guide will help you with the information of each sighting.
  • 6.00 PM – Return to the Lodge, freshen up and have dinner.
  • 8.00 PM – Take the opportunity to learn the steps of our local dance with our talented staff before night trek.
  • 8.30 PM – Enjoy the night trekking to watch sleeping birds and nocturnal creatures of the jungle.
  • 9.30 PM – Return to your room. Overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 3

  • 5:30 AM – Get ready for the last river cruise along Kinabatangan River.
  • 7:30 AM – Back to the Lodge for breakfast and then returning to your room to pack.
  • 8:30 AM – Bid your farewell to Nature Lodge Kinabatagan staff before travelling back to your drop off point. (B)
  • * Schedule pick-up time from Sandakan area at 10.30am & from Sepilok area at 11.30 noon
  • * Estimate arrival time from Kinabatangan: Sepilok 1130hrs / Sandakan: 1230hrs
  • * Ox-Bow Lake Trekking (optional activity): RM26.50 per person per session

All tours are subject to weather conditions


  • Single Supplement for staying in Chalet Room is an extra RM100.
  • Tourism Tax (RM10.00 per room/night) and is only applicable for chalet room.
  • SURCHARGE of RM10 per person (PEAK SEASON) is applicable during the following period: 1st June, 2018 to 30th September 2018
  • Tour is based on sharing basis on transfers and guide. There might be delay on departure or waiting if schedule is busy.
  • Each guest is allowed to carry only one bag and one carry-on item such as a purse or briefcase. Assistive devices and outer garments do not count as personal items. Maximum Dimensions of Carry-on Luggage: 24” x 14” x 9” (length x width x height). Maximum Dimensions of bag / suitcase / backpack: 62 linear inches / 158 cm (length + width + height). If you have more bags than permitted or your bags exceed the linear restrictions, please inform us beforehand so we may do the necessary preparations to accommodate your luggage. Failure to do so will result in either penalty fees or you may need to carry your own luggage. Penalty fees will be charged RM20 per luggage.


  • Rubber boots rental – RM10/pair
  • Visit to Gomantong Caves – RM159.00 per person (minimum 2 per person)
    • Includes road transfer, entrance fee, safety gears
    • Exclude camera fee – RM30.00per camera
  • Additional or private river cruise – RM265.00per boat (8 seats)
    • Maximum 3 hours use.
  • Private guide (in-house) – RM60.00 per guide per activity



✓ Per Person
✓ Child below 12 years old, RM382.00 per person

Return transfer from/to Sandakan/Sepilok, 2 nights stay, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 2 breakfasts, 2 morning & 2 afternoon river cruises, 2 night walks, jungle walk and in-house guide service.


✓ Per Person
✓ Child below 12 years old, RM607.00 per person

Return transfer from/to Sandakan/Sepilok, 2 nights stay, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 2 breakfasts, 2 morning & 2 afternoon river cruises, 2 night walks, jungle walk and in-house guide service.



✓ Per Person
✓ Child below 12 years old, RM331.00 per person

Return transfer from/to Sandakan/Sepilok, 1 night stay, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 morning & 1 afternoon river cruise, 1 night walk and in-house guide service.


✓ Per Person
✓ Child below 12 years old, RM390.00 per person

Return transfer from/to Sandakan/Sepilok, 1 night stay, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 morning & 1 afternoon river cruise, 1 night walk and in-house guide service.

Contact us if you have any questions or call / message us +60168268547 for more information.