Eco luxury experience in Borneo

Eco luxury experience in Borneo

12 days

This exclusive itinerary – that we like to call eco luxury experience – has been carefully crafted by Conscious Journeys’ experts in each destination for a particularly local and one-of-a-kind experience. In designing this itinerary, we worked in close collaboration with local hotel owners, who are passionate about their localities, which they call home. In this way this tour become a life-time experience which allow you to discover secret spots, traditional art, culture, activities, and cuisines of each destination. This itinerary has been designed through personal experience, first-hand knowledge, and trusted recommendations from a local’s perspective, offering you unique holidays in Malaysian Borneo that go well beyond the typical touristic itinerary. We have curated signature experiences in all destinations while “staying” in unique eco-luxury and heritage properties that will allow you to experience a true sense of dwelling in a close contact with nature. The selected eco-resorts are respectfully nested in the environment with a warm attention to every detail, typical of Malaysian hospitality. Therefore, with our carefully curated selection of exclusive properties and activities throughout Malaysian Borneo, this tour will offer you a unique and exclusive holiday. Our resort and lodges are more than a place where to sleep…But very special locations where you can live unique experiences!

There is a long list of reasons why Malaysia Borneo is such an excellent destination for a honeymoon. Not only it has fantastic weather during our summer months, when instead heavy tropical rains are raging in the rest of other Asian Countries, but here you can find some of the best tropical islands with intact coral reefs and abundance of wildlife and rainforest. This 12-days journey will show you the best of Malaysian Borneo wildlife and beaches, including the incredibly beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Danum Valley.
You will have the chance to discover two of the best tropical islands, Lankayan and Mataking and the most extraordinary eco-resorts in the rainforest with its unique flora and fauna, from orchids and hornbills to the elusive pygmy elephant and wild orangutans. Go in search of the unique wild orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and other creatures of the rainforest, staying in three exclusive eco-resorts in the most suggestive biodiversity hotspots, and finally relax on the best island of Celebes Sea.
From Sandakan you will head to Lankayan island, a jewel-like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, just a 1.5 hour boat rides north from the coastline; the island has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area to adopt the eco-tourism concept. Situated within the Sea Turtle Corridor, Lankayan Island is also a nesting place and foraging ground for sea turtles; most commonly Green and Hawksbill Turtle. Therefore, you will have a chance to see turtles nesting as well as new hatchlings of baby turtles released to the sea especially from June till September. After 3 nights in this paradise island, you will visit to the Orang-Utan sanctuary to see the rescued and orphaned Orang-utans and then the newly opened bear sanctuary too. Borneo’s thickset rainforest is the only place where you can see orangutan in the wild other than the neighbouring island of Sumatra. But spotting them is tricky and they’re usually at a distance. Visiting an orangutan sanctuary, such as the one at Sepilok, you will have the chance to see them almost at arm’s length. It’s all in one place and a great stop off before heading to the Kinabatangan River.
By boat on Kinabatang river will head further into the jungle for 3 nights at the eco resort in the forest. Here you can experience the best wildlife in Borneo as you go exploring for wildlife by river boat or overland, surely an experience of a lifetime. The ecolodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo’s most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo’s magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest and the cacophony of its inhabitants, its majestic birds, all 7 species of Borneo Primates including Borneo’s iconic Proboscis Monkey, Orangutans in their natural habitat as well as herds of Borneo Pygmy Elephants. This ecolodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability.
Your next destination will be one of the world’s most bio-diverse rainforests, Danum Valley Conservation Area, with its 43,800 Hectares of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna in the eastern part of Sab. You will spend the next 2 days in onein one of the two forest areas. In Danum Valley you will have the chance to be host in one of the most luxurious eco-lodges found in Borneo, offering an off the beaten track wildlife experience in the heart of the Danum Valley. Nestled amidst some of Borneo’s primary rainforest alongside the banks of the Danum River, this eco-lodge is a fantastic setting for wildlife spotting and trekking. A canopy walkway runs through the tree-tops and there are opportunities to see some of Borneo’s rarer wildlife: wild orangutan and tarsier, a tiny saucer-eyed primate.
Your final destination will be another truly paradise island; Mataking island, located at around at 45 minutes by boat from Semporna. This island has rich tropical vegetation and is surrounded by white sand and the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea. This little atoll, which takes about an hour to walk around, is often a shelter for both Green and Hawksbill marine turtles that during the night return to the beach to nest. This is the ideal location where to end your honeymoon journeys, whether you want to dive, snorkel or just relax on the white sandy beach and if you are lucky again you might witness the hatching of the eggs and release of baby turtles to the sea.

  • Lankayan
  • Lankayan
  • Lankayan
  • pom pom
  • Borneo malese
  • pom pom


1° Day: arrival Sandakan

Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, meet and transfer to Sandakan for Overnight stay.
Overnight at Sandakan. (B/L)

2° Day: transfer Lankayan island

After breakfast, pick up from Sandakan and transfer to jetty for the 1hour 45 minutes boat ride to Lankayan Island.
Overnight at Lankayan Island(B/L/D)


Free at your own leisure.
Overnight at Lankayan Island(B/L/D)


Free at your own leisure.
Overnight at Lankayan Island(B/L/D)

5° Day: Orang Utan visit Sepilok

After breakfast, depart by boat to Sandakan and make our way to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre where you’ll learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and see firsthand the conservation efforts. Watch a short introductory video show about the Orang Utans and the rehabilitation efforts ongoing at the Centre and then proceed for ten minutes stroll through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks which takes you to the viewing platform where we’ll witness the feeding of the orang utans at 1000hrs. If the Orang Utans are feeling particularly friendly, you may even get the chance to get up close to the Orang Utan so be sure to hang onto your belongings. Thereafter visit the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of the world’s smallest bear. After lunch, we head to the Sandakan jetty where we’ll embark on speedboat for a 2½ hours boat journey up the Kinabatangan River to the eco Lodge in the rainforest. Cool down with a refreshing drink and cold towel upon arrival while our friendly manager helps you check-in. Take a few moments to savor afternoon tea before we head out into the wild on your first river safari.
Every boat is equipped with eco-friendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries) in search of wildlife and birds. Take loads of photographs as the wildlife extravaganza puts on a show. If you don’t see a Proboscis monkey on your first river cruise. Return for a solar heated hot shower after sunset before enjoying a candle light buffet dinner overlooking the mighty river. Be sure to try on our in-house Sarongs (local wear) which is cooling and helps keep away any mozzies. Dinner is followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by our in-house naturalist guide.
Overnight at the eco Lodge in Sukau. (B/L/D)


An early morning call at 0530hrs to catch the rainforest waking up is in store. If conditions are just right, you might even wake to a surreal heavenly experience shrouded in mists. After a light breakfast, we embark on a morning river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds which are most active in the morning on our way to the Kelenanap Ox-Bow lake. Return to a full breakfast awaiting you, taking the time to just immerse yourself in the surroundings. After breakfast, proceed for an educational walking tour along the lodge’s Hornbill Boardwalk with our in-house naturalist after which you’ll have some time to relax. If you’re itching for more activity, we have many optional activities on offer like a pampering Foot Spa treatment, Batik Painting for the family, swim at our Dip Pool and various other leisure activities. There is also a different free activity everyday so be sure to ask us. After afternoon tea, we head out onto the river once again in search of more wildlife. Breathe in the rainforest and capture the moments as we return at sunset from our final river cruise. Candlelight dinner.
Overnight at the eco Lodge in Sukau. (B/L/D)

7° Day: transfer Danum valley

After breakfast, proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu. Continue driving 83km to reach the next eco Lodge. Explore nature trail and nearby river. In the evening a slide show and if weather permits, we go spotlighting to view some of the nocturnal animals.
Overnight at the eco lodge in Lahad Datu. (B/L/D)

8° Day: treetop canopy walk Danum valley

Early morning birdwalk before breakfast. Spend the whole day exploring the forest for birds and mammals, leading up to an escarpment with ancient burial coffins. Trek to waterfall for refreshing dip in rock pools. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, explore more trails leading to canopy walkway.
Overnight at the eco lodge in Lahad Datu. (B/L/D)

9° Day: transfer Semporna

After breakfast, Transfer overland to Semporna and proceed to Semporna jetty. Take a boat journey to Mataking island for overnight stay, free time to relax on the beach.
Overnight in Mataking (B/L/D)


Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Mataking (B/L/D)


Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Mataking (B/L/D)

12° Day: depart Tawau airport

After breakfast, depart from the Island to Semporna jetty and transfer to Tawau Airport for drop-off. (B/L)


  • kick back and relax as soon as you arrive on the pristine white sand beach of Lankayan Island for first 3 days,
  • keep an eye out for nesting sea turtles and baby turtles released into the sea,
  • discover the spectacular coral reef and seal life of Lankayan island though diving or snorkeling,
  • immerse yourself in the surroundings of a beautiful ecolodge in the rainforest
  • enjoying a candle light dinner on the Kinabatag river, followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by naturalist guide,
  • embark on a river cruise in search of waking wildlife and birds,
  • enjoy local lunch cooked by your host family and immerse yourself with the local culture and tradition,
  • learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and Borneo Sun Bear, having a firsthand experience of the conservation efforts,
  • stroll through the rainforest on wooden boardwalks and witness the feeding of the orang utans,
  • discover one of the 2 largest protected areas of the rain forest in Sabah, Danum Valley
  • try the “Nature Trails” and the tree top “Canopy Walkway” the highest point for a close-up observation of the rain forest,
  • experience the best of Borneo’s pristine rainforest staying in ecolodges in the rainforest of the Danum Valley
  • indulge yourself in the white sandy beaches of Mataking island or go for snorkeling or diving


We have selected exclusive eco-resorts, located in the most beautiful natural landscape, with all the comfort throughout the tour. All the structures have been selected carefully according to criteria of social and environmental impacts.
In particular, for this journey the following structures will be used:

Sandakan: Sabah Hotel
Nestled amidst one of the world’s last natural tropical rainforests, Sabah Hotel offers unsurpassed 4-star deluxe luxuries to the discerning business and leisure travellers. With lush foliage as a backdrop, the hotel exudes an alluring natural attraction as it blends in with the rich flora and fauna of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. A harmonious combination of eco-tours and historical sites awaits the adventurous guests in Sandakan. Only 30 minutes from the hotel there will be the possibility of enjoy unique experiences with orangutans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The centre’s primary mission is to rehabilitate and provide a safe haven for orphaned and injured orangutans, one of the world’s most endangered primates guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience.

sabah hotel
sepilok orang

Lankayan: Lankayan Dive Resort
The Lankayan Dive resort, the only one on the island, directly overlooks a splendid white beach. The 24 chalets are built with natural materials and have direct access to the beach. A long pier connects the mainland to a platform on which the diving centre is located and from which the boats depart for daily excursions. Lankayan is also an ideal destination for non-divers and for families looking for relaxation and contact with nature, for honeymoons when the newlyweds are looking for a wild and uncontaminated island outside the common patterns. This special resort is is an outstanding example of how eco-tourism can contribute to conservation; here you will see the efforts of the resort in protecting the turtle eggs, and monitoring long-term environmental changes in coral cover, fish life, water quality, and sedimentation.


Sukau: Sukau Rainforest Lodge
The award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, nestles on the banks of one of Borneo’s most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo’s magnificent wildlife. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity and the peace of the rainforest. This Eco-Lodge offers the rare comfort and luxury in the midst of the Borneo Rainforest whilst retaining an Eco-Lodge ethos, the delicate balance of true sustainability, and aims to give an experience you’ll always remember and one you’ll never regret. Staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, you will enjoy a deep and immersive journey in the hearth of the rainforest, discovering the incredible biodiversity of the environment around one of the most important rivers of Borneo.


Lahad Datu: Borneo Rainforest Lodge
The award-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge is nestled within 43,800 hectares of protected virgin rainforest of the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah. The immense biodiversity of 200 species of plants per hectare in this pristine 130 million years old rainforest is home to more than 320 species of birds and 124 species of mammals. It is also listed as an Important Birding Area as a site for international importance for conservation of birds. In this special location, you will be able to breathe and experience the vast biodiversity of this magical 130 million years old rainforest. By staying at the Borneo Rainforest lodge you will enjoy a unique experience; walking along paths immersed in lush vegetation and walking over suspension bridges in the hearth one of Malaysia’s most majestic and biodiverse forests. This will be a life experience that you will never forget.

borneo rainforest lodge
borneo rainforest lodge

Mataking: Mataking reef resort
Built on a secluded private island in the vast Celebes Sea, Mataking Resort will fulfil your fantasy of tropical paradise luxury. By staying here, you will have the chance to experience the deep relaxation on a tropical paradise and to explore vast marine realm beneath the crystal-clear Ocean surrounding our vicinity. Furthermore, here you will have the opportunity to participate in numerous sustainable activities linked to the conservation and biodiversity of the place. Discover the efforts of the resort, especially in marine turtles’ conservation: in fact, one of the features of the Island of Mataking is the Turtle Hatchery which is consistently cared for by the resident marine biologist. You will see with your own eyes the hatching of turtle eggs and observe and help them reach the sea for the first time!



All the itinerary has been designed in order to promote direct or indirect benefits for local communities, environment and cultural heritages. Tours focus on society and environment, rather than on performances and demonstrations. The experience benefits hosts, visitors, and local wildlife. For all the tour we have selected traditional accommodations sensible to social and environmental issues, following general principles and practices of responsible tourism. One of the fundamental prerogatives of lodges and resorts, is that they develop always keeping in mind the pre-existing context of the environment, respecting local biodiversity and also traditions, lifestyle and habits of the local communities. In particular, at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and at the Borneo Sunbear Conservation centre, you will learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and Malaysian Sunbear, and see firsthand the conservation efforts. At the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, you will have a glimpse of the delicate biodiversity of the Malaysian Borneo by joining an educational river cruise on the Kinabatangan River, leaded by a naturalist guide. For this river cruise, each boat used for the trip is equipped with ecofriendly outboard engines (used along the main river where the current is strong) and electric motor (used during wildlife viewing in the small tributaries). The Reef Resort in Mataking deals with many sustainable activities which aim to conserve the delicate marine ecosystem, in particular by promoting activities to support the nesting of sea turtles (this is one of the nesting places par excellence) and by supporting the Coral Bisquit Project, which aims to save corals that have been accidentally broken by attaching them to a stable substrate that would hold them in place. Rather than leaving them to the mercy of the sea, Coral Biscuits give them an opportunity to live.


Private vehicles o mini-buses with AC according to the number of participants for all the itinerary from Sandakan to Tawau. Spead boat transfer from Sandakan to Lankayan islands and from Semporna to pom pom or Mataking island. From Sandakan to Sukau transport will be on 3 hours boat cruise along Kinabatang river.


The best weather is from March until the end of September as it should be drier. The climate in Borneo is essentially tropical and can be visited by tourists throughout the year thanks to a pleasant climate during all the year. There is no especially good or bad season to visit; lowland areas are always hot and humid and rain is a real possibility every day, all year around. “Wet” season is considered fro October to February that can affect boat links to offshore islands and visibility for divers.


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