Borneo By Bike, Malaysian Borneo
Variety is the spice of life and this tour has variety in spades. Cycle, white water raft and trek your way through the villages and lush tropical rainforest of unique Borneo. You'll visit waterfalls, soak in natural hot springs, learn about the culture of the local people and see plants and wildlife you'll never see anywhere else .
Day 1: Kota Kinabalu to Tempurung Seaside Lodge (70 KM)
You'll be met by your guide at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and set off on your bikes. Todays cycling is along a scenic route to the Tempurung seaside lodge, passing picturesque villages and roadside stalls. On arrival, lunch will be served for you and you will have the opportunity to swim in the pristine waters of the South China Seas, or simply relax and relish the tropical atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge before staying overnight in one of the lodge’s comfortable rooms.(L, D).
Day 2: Padas Rafting
Off the bikes today but still plenty of adventure! After breakfast, you’ll catch the 7.30am train to Pangi station for Water Rafting Adventure (Grade II – IV). After lunch at Rayoh station you’ll continue on the ‘Last Train Of Borneo’ to Beaufort where you’ll be picked up and driven to Langud Tenom. Dinner and Overnight at Lagud Tenom. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Cycle Lagud Tenom to Tambunan and Rafflesia Conservation Centre (80-90km)
After breakfast, you’ll start cycling towards Keningau (approx. 48km and a mix of sealed and dirt road). After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant at Keningau town you’ll keep cycling to Tambunan. In Tambunan you’ll visit the Rafflesia Conservation Centre where the largest concentrations of Rafflesia buds can be found. It was established for the sole purpose of conserving this very rare parasitic plant. There is no particular flowering season for the Rafflesia, and the flowers can appear at any time during the year. A nature trail connects all the known sites where Rafflesia are and if you are in luck, you may witness a live flower in bloom on the forest floor. Dinner and overnight at Gunung Alab. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Cycling and Trek to Mahua Waterfall and Kinabalu Park
After breakfast you’ll start cycling towards the Mahua Waterfall. You’ll need to hike for 20mins on single track to reach the waterfall so you’ll leave the bikes at the start of the trail. Once at the waterfall you can take a swim at the cool crystal clear water and, if you feel like it, hike on single trek to explore deeper unto the tertiary jungle for bird watching. Back to bikes and continue cycling to Ranau town for lunch at the local restaurant before visit the Kinabalu Park. Kinabalu Park is now proclaimed a World Heritage Site, covers an area of 754sq.km and possesses the highest mountain in South East Asia. The park is rife with exotic plants, birds, and insects, with new species being discovered each year. A visit to the Exhibit Centre and Mountain Garden and a guided walk or a wander along the trails to explore by yourself if you’d prefer. Dinner and overnight at Celyn Resort. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Bundu Tuhan and Poring Hot Spring (80km)
Today is the day to test your MTB skills! After breakfast at 7.30am, you’ll check out and jump on your bikes. Along the way, you’ll see the Kadazandusun village settlement, vegetation and plantations. This is a 25km downhill sections with 50% off road and 50% on a sealed road (about 2-3hrs). After lunch, you’ll cycle to Poring Hot Spring on the southern boundary of the park. Open-air bathtubs are fed by sulphurous underground springs, offering gentle relief for tired muscles. For those with energy to spare, there’s a canopy walkway through the lowland rain forest. After that, you are free to explore or relax at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight at Poring Hot Spring. (B, L)
Day 6: Sabah Tea and Kiulu White Water Kayaking to Kota Kinabalu
After breakfast and check out you’ll have an easier ride to Sabah Tea Garden (25km). You’ll visit the Tea Plantation Factory to see how tea is processed and take an optional visit to Quailey’s Hill to pay respects to allied soldiers of WWII. After lunch, Take an optional visit to Tagal Fish Spa for a truly unique river ‘massage’ experience. And then be driven to Kiulu River for the white water kayaking. Kayak along through the cool, clear water, but don’t forget to brace yourselves for the exciting and lively rapids. You can also try body rafting and swim at your leisure if you prefer. take a After kayaking, you will be driven back to Kota Kinabalu. Dinner and overnight at Kota Kinabalu. (B, L)
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and head onto your next destination!(B)
This tour is fully customisable, please contact us to discuss how we can make this fit your ideal tour.
About the area
Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states that make up Malaysia. Sabah is a unique melting pot of culture, wildlife, beachs, forest and unbelievable food. Sabah has an impressive list of treasures including the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia; one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu; huge areas of protected and unspoilt forest such as the Danum Valley and Maliau Basin; and one of top 10 dive sites in the world - Sipadan Island. You’ll find something for everyone here.
Mt Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park
Mount Kinabalu sits proudly watching over Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site. Mount Kinabalu, along with other upland areas of the Crocker Range is famous for its botanical and biological species biodiversity. There are a reported 5,000 to 6,000 plant species in the park - more than all of Europe and North America combined.
Please contact us for total cost as the cost will vary on your exact itinerary. Please see inclusions and exclusions below.
The tour cost includes
- All transfers from Kota Kinabalu
- All meals as listed in the itinerary (B, L, D)
- All accommodation listed in the itinerary
- Experienced, local English-speaking guide
- All entrance fees to parks
- Mountain bike hire
- Kayaking and rafting
- First Aid support in case of emergency
The tour cost excludes:
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- International airfares
- Accommodation in Kota Kinabalu before the tour (but we can organise this for you if you prefer
- A porter (available upon request)
- Additional meals outside those noted in the itinerary
- Any additional purchases such as souvenirs
Not ready to leave just yet?
This tour works well with all of our other tours in Malaysian Borneo. You can easily tack on a trip to the Sepilok orangutan centre, turtle island or a stay in a dive resort.
Fitness and safety
A rewarding challenge with fantastic support
This trip is fully supported, so should you want or need to take a rest, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. Our trips are also designed to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you so you’ll have time to sit back and take it all in.
We even tell you what to pack!
Borneo’s climate is tropical, with temperatures ranging between a humid 22 to 34 degrees during the day. Depending on the time of year, it will likely rain during the day, particularly between November and February in monsoon season so you need to be prepared and always carry something dry to change into. We will provide you with an example of a suitable packing list based on suggestions from our guides and previous travellers.