Prepare for the most exciting family adventure as you journey into Malaysian Borneo’s ancient tropical rainforest in search of its most famous residents, the rare and wonderful Orangutans. After scouring the dense jungle in search of wildlife and waterfalls, you’ll retreat to untouched sands for a slice of paradisiacal beachside bliss.
Welcome To Borneo
As soon as you land in Kota Kinabalu, you’ll be met and whisked away to the nearby Shangri-La Tanjung Aru resort for a couple of night’s pre-jungle rest and relaxation. Ideal for families with kids of all ages, the hotel has a fantastic water play area with a dedicated section for toddlers to splash around in, plus an interactive area for teens. You may choose to do little but soak up the sun on the private beach, but if you’re ready to explore, there’s options too. Immerse yourself in local culture at Kota Kinabalu’s lively night market, where stalls dish up authentic Malay dishes and the freshest of seafood. Take to the waters to explore uninhabited corals on an island-hopping cruise. No matter how you spend your day, we recommend finishing it by sipping Borneo-inspired cocktails at the hotel’s Sunset Bar while the sky turns a fiery red.
A short flight and sometimes bumpy road journey later, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Danum Valley. Set within some of the world’s oldest virgin rainforest, a stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge is an incredible family adventure sure to delight any budding botanists or aspiring David Attenborough’s. Wake up to the sound of the Bornean Gibbons then start your day with a guided nature walk through the jungle floor. The hums and chirps of insects come from every direction, as does the sound of birdsong. Walk through the treetops on the canopy walkway to spot wild red Orangutans flying from tree to tree. Meet tribal communities, take part in community projects and hike to waterfalls and centuries-old tribal burial sites.
From the teeming jungle to an island paradise. Your adventure ends with five nights of serious downtime within the idyllic surroundings of Gaya Island Resort. Search for marine life while snorkelling the house reef’s abundant coral. Go kayaking through mangrove jungles. Head out on nature walks with the resort’s own team of naturalists. There’s plenty of distraction, but you may find that the pristine beaches and warm waters of the South China Sea are all you and the family need.