Ecotourism is fast becoming a popular choice amongst travellers, and our travelling groups are no exception who choose Expedition Borneo to preserve Sabah’s history!
Expedition Borneo is a highly popular 30-day program, which includes the very best attractions of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah, and each adventure activity is focused with some education. When our groups visit Sandakan and the Kinabatangan River, on the east coast of Sabah, the week-long trip involves all operators who also believe and practise ecotourism in their own operations.
In Sandakan, Expedition Borneo groups will tour the Sandakan War Memorial Park to better understand the rich history of Sabah. The park is a protected area and continues to be preserved through people visiting its grounds. The biological diversity of the World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park, is also protected and preserved through visitors coming to gain an appreciation of the incredible nature of the vast area in the Crocker Range, such as Poring Hot Springs!
Get more information on our various programs to contribute your adventure to protecting and preserving Sabah, Borneo!
Wildlife spotting in Sabah is exceptional on the eastern coast of the state, and is an experience always best in the wild!
Downbelow’s Expedition Borneo program, for our adventurers’ who have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu not even a week ago, is a 30-day experience program in which time they will gain an appreciation for the natural beauty in Sabah, Borneo. Ecotourism is our chosen form of responsible travel and tours, and each of the adventure activities of our Expedition Borneo program, are conducted with this as a priority for our clients to appreciate their global footprint is reduced as much as possible!
Along the Kinabatangan River, participants have the opportunity to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, macaques, crocodiles, and if they are incredibly lucky there are Bornean pygmy elephants (though a very slim chance, because of their low population!)
Boats used for the river cruises do not have a roof, so when Sabah Travel Centre Manager Alice delivers the presentation on their wildlife safari activity, they are encouraged to visit our KK Dive Shop (only next door!). They are advised to invest in a rashguard in particular, which they can use for ALL of their activities – from learning to scuba dive on the PADI Open Water Diver course to climbing Mount Kinabalu!
Get more information on a program we can personalise for your travelling adventure group to explore Sabah, Borneo, when you contact our Kota Kinabalu HQ!
During their few nights along the famous Kinabatangan River, the adventurers’ discover the amazing biodiversity of the jungle and river in the Sandakan region of Sabah. Each early morning and late afternoon (after the hottest time of the day!), they will join a river cruise to spot rare and endemic animals, such as orang utan, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques, crocodiles, and if they are lucky – there’s a chance to witness the elusive Bornean pygmy elephant!
Other activities include tree-planting, which gives a greater sense of appreciation that the rainforest of Borneo needs protecting and preserving to maintain its biodiversity, and in turn supports wildlife population. Several of our Danish adventurers’ will return for a Go PRO internship program at our premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre to qualify as PADI Divemaster or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Because they were so inspired by their experience of learning to dive and getting involved in the various conservation programs our island staff team conduct, they return to Bilit Village and Kinabatangan River to visit the tree they planted on their previous visit!
It’s becoming more popular to choose operations with ecotourism policies for the benefits of positive contribution to our natural local environment!
Suffice it to say that Borneo will immerse travellers in the beautiful co-existence of so many different tribes, cultures, traditions and beliefs, and on our Expedition Borneo! program, we choose Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah as the perfect all-round destination to broaden our adventurers’ minds!
This month, Sandakan welcomes another adventure group from Denmark to visit the landmarks in the former state capital, such as the Puu Jih Shih temple that overlooks Sandakan town. Steps cascade from the front entrance of the temple to offer a large balcony to view the panoramic vista of the gorgeous blue waters of the Sulu Sea!
After touring Sandakan, the group adjourns to their lodge along the Kinabatangan River where they will overnight in dormitory-style accommodations and explore the rainforests of Bilit Village! Each morning is an early start at dawn to join scheduled river cruises for the chance to spot rare and endemic Borneo wildlife, such as orangutan and proboscis monkeys, or if they’re really lucky, maybe pygmy elephants!
Discovering Sabah in its amazing entirety needs some thoughtful planning, of which our Head Office team of helpful travel experts are experienced in creating an itinerary for a small or large group! Contact us to get more details on your Borneo adventure!