Borneo Cycle Adventure

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Dense jungles, wild animals and exotic flora will be your introduction to Borneo on this cycling holiday to view rivers, mountains and beaches as we bike across the north of Borneo


Duration: 11 Days
Starts in: Borneo
Group Size: 2-16

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Join Kota Kinabalu

Welcome to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the State of Sabah. After transferringfrom the airport, check in and rest before we meet for a welcome dinner and tripbriefing at a local restaurant.Transfer: 15minsOvernight: Palace Hotel

Fly to Lahad Datu, to Tabin Wildlife Reserve

A morning flight will take us across Borneo to Lahad Datu and then after lunch it’sa quick drive to our starting point. After making sure the bikes are ready we’ll begin our ride on a rolling dirt road to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. We’ll overnight in the middle of 123, 000 hectares of tropical flora and fauna that comprise the reserve area. This rainforest is also home to more than 220 species of birds, the three largest mammals of Sabah - Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau - nine species of primates, as well as three species of cats. We’ll take an evening jungle trek (weather permitting) to give us a glimpse into the nocturnal life around us.Cycling distance: 26km +477m/ -447mTransfer: 30minsOvernight: Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

You may opt to wake up early and join a morning walk to discover some of Tabin’s exotic bird species. After breakfast, we’ll cycle on dirt roads to the Core Area, with more wildlife sighting en route, before returning for a late lunch at Tabin Resort. The afternoon is free to enjoy your balcony or explore further. Around dusk we'll head to see one of the highlights of the reserve, the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, attracting frequent visits by wildlife for their mineral intake and an ideal place for wildlife observation.Cycling distance: 11km +230m/ -227mOvernight: Tabin Wildlife Resort

Cycle to Bilit, afternoon boat cruise

After being woken up by the sounds of the jungle, we’ll cycle out of the reserve, hoping to catch one last glimpse of some primates or a horn bill. We then transfer by bus (approx two hours) to Kg Bilit. We arrive early enough to savor a late afternoon boat ride on the Kinabatagan River where we’ll see the rambunctious proboscis monkeys in their element, and if we are lucky, other wildlife such as orangutans and pygmy elephants.Cycling distance: 26km +451m/ -484mTransfer: 2.5hrsOvernight: Myne Resort

Gomantong Caves, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center

Following breakfast, we start riding from the resort, cycling 8 km on a mix oftarmac and off-road, before 17 km on a paved road to the Gomantong Caves.Here locals collect birds' nests, a prized Chinese delicacy, three times a year.The harvesters climb up to 100 m on rattan ladders to collect the nests of theresident swiftlets. We then a transfer to Sepilok to visit the orangutans at theSepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. After watching these mischievous apeseat and play we'll check in to our nearby resort.Cycling distance: 48km +487m/ -482mTransfer: 1.5hrsOvernight: Sepilok Jungle Resort

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Kg Dusum to Telupid

Morning wake up and breakfast, then a short drive to the Labuk Bay ProboscisMonkey Sanctuary. We arrive in time for a feeding and a chance to see theseunique monkeys up close. Time for a 14 km cycle through palm plantationsbefore we transfer for two hours to Telupid. Here we'll check into our hotel andhave lunch. After a siesta to beat the heat, we'll go for a late afternoon scenicride through the district of Tongod, literally, the Heart of Sabah.Cycling distance: 67km +872/ -873mTransfer: 3hrsOvernight: Telupid Resthouse

Telupid to Sabah Tea Garden

We begin the day with a short transfer to the Sandakan Death March track. Today’s riding will be quite hilly, and definitely off the beaten path, crossing quite a few small streams. We then transfer to our overnight destination for lunch and check in to the Sabah Tea Garden. After a short rest we’ll head back out for some great off road cycling around the tea plantation following the route of the Sabah Tea Adventure Race, taking in great views of Mount Kinabalu. Tonight we’ll experience what it’s like to sleep in a traditional Rungus Longhouse. Each room has its own sink, however hot showers are shared.Cycling distance: 24km +460m/ -449mTransfer: 2hrsOvernight: Sabah Tea Resort

Poring Hot Springs, continue to Ranau

After breakfast, we tour the tea factory and learn how tea is grown withoutfertilisers and goes from plant to processed tea. We have a short transfer toavoid the highway, and then it’s an undulating ride on a mix of tarmac and dirtroad that will take us to Poring Hot Springs. Here, you can go for a dip in thetherapeutic waters, go for a canopy walk, or hike to a small waterfall. And if youare lucky, a Rafflesia will be in bloom nearby. After lunch, we transfer to TanahMerah to start the second half of our ride through quiet country roads as we cycle and orchards to our charming home stay. We have the afternoon free dosome laundry, or relax on the wonderful porch built over a stream. Dinner willbe a treat, with local specialties made by our hosts.Cycling distance: 26km +430m/ -462mTransfer: 20minsOvernight: Slagon Homestay

Ride in the shadow of Mt Kinabalu, to Kundasang

Following a traditional local breakfast we transfer 30 minutes to Kibbas to start our day’s adventure. Today’s ride is tough, because as soon as we go down it’s back up again and all on dirt roads. We ride through small farms beneath the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, which rises to 4,905 meters and dominates the landscape. We head to Kundasang and overnight at a hotel with spectacular views of the peak.Cycling distance: 15km +856m/ -166mTransfer: 20minsOvernight: Perkasa Hotel

To Rasa Ria

We are now leaving the cool mountain air behind for the heat of the coastalplains. We transfer to the district of Tamparuli to start cycling through thecountryside and villages. Crossing a magnificent suspension bridge and visitinga Chinese temple with pagoda tower will be some of today's highlights. Lunchwill offer up many choices of local dishes. After lunch, you have an option tocycle to the resort or be transferred so that you spend more time relax andleisure in the swimming pool or at the beautiful beach in front of South ChinaSea. We arrive early afternoon so you can enjoy this stunning resort before we meet up for a farewell dinner.Cycling distance: 24km +211m/ -217mTransfer: 1.5hrsOvernight: Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Transfer to airport where trip concludes

Your trip concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport. Should you wish to add additional nights or extension trips such as our Mount Kinabalu Climb, please ask your Adventure Travel Consultant for further detail.

Additional Information

This is a true journey through the finest terrain and scenery of North Borneo with unique flora and fauna, spectacular mountain scenery, a beautiful beach and of course great cycling! We’ll spend two nights in the midst of Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve with more than 220 species of recorded bird life, and explore the active mud volcanoes. We spend an afternoon sighting proboscis monkeys as we boat through the mangroves of the Kinabatagan River, followed by visits to a proboscis monkey sanctuary and the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. We switch tracks and find ourselves in the footsteps of allied POWs who were forced to walk in a series of marches in 1945 from their camp in Sandakan to the small settlement of Ranau. Our journey will bear little semblance to what the prisoners went through as we ride through small hamlets and old logging roads through palm plantations. As we approach majestic Mt Kinabalu, the terrain becomes hillier and a bit more challenging as we ride through orchards, pine forests and a tea plantation. From our position up high with spectacular views of Mt Kinabalu we descend to the stunning coastline and are rewarded for all our efforts with a night at the luxurious Rasa Ria Spa Resort.


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