Indonesia, Borneo - Young Orangutan sitting on the tree, Malaysia

Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Family Group
Destinations:
Malaysia
Programmes:
Family
Trip Code:
FIB
Moderate
Moderate

Moderate trips are more challenging for a number of different reasons, which can be found in trip notes for specific itineraries. Things to consider are the amount of physical activity that can be expected and the length of time children will be expected to engage for. If there’s more travel and less downtime on a trip, it’ll fall into this category. As will multi-centre trips and those in extreme climates.

13 Days Flight Inclusive
12 Days Land only
Designed for: Ages 13-16
Also for: Ages 9-12

Trip Overview

Borneo is an amazing tropical paradise. Get up close to the island's 'wild-men' at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Project and to the big-nosed Proboscis monkeys at Labuk Bay Sanctuary. Enjoy an idyllic island getaway and snorkel among colourful fish and sea turtles. From a jungle lodge we head out by longboat and on foot in search of wild macaques and crocodiles. There’s time too for exploring the trails in Kinabalu National Park, and for relaxing in the thermal pools of Poring Hot Springs.

At a Glance

  • 9 nights hotels/lodges (mostly en suite), 1 night homestay and 1 night longhouse
  • Travel by minibus, speedboat, longboat, local bus and 1 internal flight

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at a Kinabatangan jungle lodge - jungle walks and wildlife river cruises
  • Visit Kota Kinabalu National Park - trekking and bathing in hot springs
  • See orang-utans of Sepilok and Proboscis monkeys of Labuk Bay
  • Relax on a tropical island with white sand beaches and spectacular snorkelling

Is This Trip for You?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

Designed for 9-12 year olds, also suitable for 13-16 year olds. 

This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Borneo using a mixture of private buses, boats and flights.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however please note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information. When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, such as the pace, the level of activity involved, the amount of time a family will spend travelling and the weather is an important factor too.

Anyone in good health should be able to go on this trip as there is no real physical difficulty involved, although you will be doing a fair amount of walking in some places and the heat and humidity can be tiring. Travel time is kept to a minimum wherever possible, although there are some long travel days and as we use some local transport at times, it may sometimes be quite cramped and without air conditioning. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination.

Some of the accommodation along the way is very basic, staying in local guesthouses and homestays with limited facilities. Some facilities are shared and some accommodation has cold water only. Much of the accommodation is comfortable with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Borneo has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. Only in the mountains does it get cooler.

Locals and other Asian tourists may want to take photos of themselves with your children particularly if they are young, blond and have blue eyes, you shouldn't be surprised if they do this without asking permission first. 

Adult min age:
17
Child min age:
9
Child max age:
16
Min group size:
7
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kota Kinabalu

    The group flight is an overnight flight departing the day before. Those travelling on the group flights will be met on arrival at the airport this morning and transferred to our hotel, where the rest of the group will join throughout the day. Today is a free day but there will be a welcome meeting in the evening with your tour leader; details of where and when this will take place will have been left with the hotel's reception. The hotel check-in time is from 2pm.

    Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is an intriguing city that was born between the Borneo jungle and the South China Sea. Having recovered from World War II bombings, 'KK' now possesses a gateway charm that can only be found in a frontier town. If you have enough free time, why not immerse yourself in local history at the Sabah State Museum or visit the Mari Mari cultural village for a fun and interactive learning experience.
    Dreamtel Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Hike through rubber and fruit plantation; spend the night in a homestay in Tanak Nabulu village

    Leaving the city behind we head towards Mt. Kinabalu. After about 2-2.5hrs we arrive at the Dusun village of Tanak Nabalu (please note that at time of writing the roads to the village are quite bad so we may have to use smaller minibuses for this journey). The Dusun people are the largest ethnic group in Sabah, the province of Borneo where we find ourselves.

    In the village we are separated into different homestays and will spend the rest of the day hiking through orchards and rubber plantations, going for a swim in the river, exploring the village and, possibly, if anyone is feeling energetic, playing football on the village pitch.

    This evening we all gather together for a cultural show which helps the Dusun preserve their ancient, traditional dances. As not all families speak English, our tour leader will hand out language sheets and will be on hand to assist with communication.

    Tanak Nabalu Homestay or similar 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    To Kinabalu Park exploring the lower trails and botanical gardens; overnight in local resort lodge

    This morning we visit the Mini Mount Kinabalu, a natural rock formation that looks exactly like the summit of Mt. Kinabalu. We continue into Kinabalu National Park (approx. 30 minutes). Here we will go for a 1-2 hour hike along some of the lower trails and the Mountain Botanical Gardens with an excellent showcase of the mountain’s diverse plant life.

    There is an option to visit the Kundasang War Memorial which commemorates Prisoners of War who died during the infamous death marches of World War II. The memorial is made up of four gardens, the Australian, English, Malaysian and the Contemplation Garden that represent the different nationalities.

    We then take a short transfer, to the Zen Garden Resort where we spend the night.
    Zen Garden Resort

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Sabah Tea Gardens; soak in Poring Hot Springs and take to the trees with a Canopy walk

    This morning we transfer 1 hour to the Poring Hot Spring where there will be plenty of time to enjoy the cool pools and hot-tubs (into which the steaming hot water is piped) as well as the well maintained, self-guided walking trails to a nearby waterfall. The hot springs can get quite popular with locals especially during school and public holidays and you may wish to pay the additional charge to enjoy a private bath if you want a good soak.

    We later take to the trees as we head on a canopy walkway which follows a trail including a number of suspension bridges hanging from the trees at canopy level, some up to 40m above the ground.

    There is also a butterfly and orchid garden within the complex. We later take a short transfer to the Sabah Tea Gardens, where we will spend the night in a traditional reconstructed longhouse with shared bathrooms.
    Sabah Tea Longhouse

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Days 5-6

    Visit Tea factory; onto Kinabatangan; enjoy morning and afternoon river cruises; explore the jungle on foot

    Waking to the spectacular views overlooking the mountain, we start with an early morning visit to the tea plantation, learning about the process of tea production, before driving to Kinabatangan (approximately 5-6 hours).

    The Kinabatangan River is the longest in Sabah and its lower reaches are recognised as one of the best places in South East Asia for wildlife viewing. The surrounding forests are home to ten species of primate, including orang-utans, Proboscis monkeys and gibbons as well as hornbills, crocodiles and the elusive Pygmy elephants which come down to the river to drink, amongst others.

    We spend the next day and a half exploring the surrounding jungle. We go on river cruises, jungle hikes, a night walk, and plant trees.
    Bilit Adventure Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 7-8

    Visit Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary and optional visit to the rainforest discovery centre and Sun bear sanctuary

    The next two days are spent in and around Sepilok.

    The drive to Labuk Bay and the Proboscis monkey sanctuary takes about 3-4 hours. These monkeys, only found in Borneo, are very distinctive with their large noses and can often be seen jumping from tree to tree with tremendous leaps through the air.

    After visiting the sanctuary we continue towards Sepilok, about 40 minutes away where we will be staying just 5 minutes from the famous Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in a guesthouse with a pool.

    The Kabili Sepilok Reserve, established in the 1960s, is home to between 60 and 80 rehabilitated orang-utans which roam freely in the forest. In addition to this, the rehabilitation centre was established to care for the apes and is home to a further 25 young orphaned orang-utans who live in a nursery. The rehabilitation centre provides medical care for the orphaned and confiscated apes as well as various other wild animals.

    Whilst the semi-wild orang-utans roam free in the reserve and forage for food, their diet is supplemented by milk and banana. There are two feedings a day, at 10am and 3pm, and we have the opportunity to witness both.

    There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The smallest of all bears, Sun bears were once widely found across much of Asia but have drastically decreased in numbers. The Centre aims to protect and promote conservation to return these bears to the forest.

    The nearby Rainforest Discovery Centre is a centre for environmental education situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Its primary function is to create public awareness and appreciation of the importance of conserving forests, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources. The 147m long, 28m high steel canopy walkway gives spectacular views of beautiful rainforest giants like the Mengaris tree, and there are also 250 species of bird to look out for - experience forest life high in the canopy.
    Sepilok Jungle Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Fly back to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to Manukan Island

    Leaving early we head to Sandakan Airport (about 25 minutes) for our flight back to Kota Kinabalu (40 minutes). Please note there is a 15kg restriction on checked baggage for the domestic flight, but it is possible to pay for excess luggage at the airport or your leader can arrange this at the start of the tour.

    Upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, we then travel by boat to Manukan Island, part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Manukan Island is the second biggest island in the national park and is covered in thick forest with a nice beach and some good corals for snorkelling. There is also a network of easy walking trails around the island.

    We spend the next two nights in the lovely Manukan Island Resort with its Balinese style villas facing the South China Sea.

    The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the pool and the beach.
    Manukan Island Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Spend the day snorkelling in Tunku Abdul Marine Park

    Today we head out exploring the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park on a snorkelling trip to some of the best sites with vibrant coral and schools of colourful fish. The more intrepid can also zip-line from one island to another.
    Manukan Island Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 11

    Free day before transferring back to Kota Kinabalu

    We have a leisurely morning to enjoy the beach before heading back to Kota Kinabalu. Please note that on some departures the flight schedules may require us to catch the evening flight to Kuala Lumpur connecting to the overnight flight back, in such cases, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight. Otherwise we have time in Kota Kinabalu for some last minute shopping and our final night in Borneo.
    Dreamtel Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    End Kota Kinabalu

    For land only passengers, the trip ends after breakfast this morning in Kota Kinabalu.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels/Lodges, Homestay & Longhouse

9 nights hotels and lodges (all en suite), 1 night homestay and 1 night longhouse (shared bathroom facilities).

We use a range of accommodation on this trip from basic longhouse to comfortable jungle lodge. In Kota Kinabalu we stay in a comfortable hotel with en suite facilities. In the Mt. Kinabalu region we experience rural life first with a night in a homestay in a village on day 2, day 3 will be spent in a comfortable resort lodge, then we spend one night on day 4 in a traditional longhouse at Sabah Tea Gardens with spectacular views. Both the accommodations on day 2 and day 4 are basic and have shared bathrooms. In Kinabatangan and Sepilok we stay in jungle lodges with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Whilst on Manukan Island we stay in a nice resort, also with air conditioning and private bathrooms. Triple share accommodation is rare in Borneo, so in these instances fold out beds are commonly used.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can't guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Single supplement from £680.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Malaysia is renowned for its culinary excellence, however, food can often be relatively unexciting and limited in the lodges and for hotel breakfasts. Meals will be more varied for everyone in cities and seafood is widely available on the coast. 

Most meals will be basic based around rice and noodles although most accommodation does offer a western breakfast of beans, toast and eggs. In the bigger hotels and cities the full range of Western and local foods are available. You can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. You should allow at least GBP 10-20 (USD 15-30) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in Borneo, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Dinner at Manukan Resort is currently buffet style only (no a la carte menu) and costs approximately MYR 65 per dinner.

Vegetarians can be catered for but will find the food choice limited. Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Please note that in Borneo the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring such items from home. 

Transportation

We use a number of different modes of transport. The majority of transfers will be in private minibuses, although we also travel by local buses. We use a number of different boats, including speedboats and traditional longboats. There is one internal flight.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Borneo has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. The rainy season is from November to January/February and the dry season is from May to September, though really it can rain at any time. A Borneo rain shower is quite an event!

Weather Charts

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 13 days
The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of Malaysian Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 12 days starting and ending in Kota Kinabalu

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.



Location start:
Kota Kinabalu
Location end:
Kota Kinabalu

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Please remember that Malaysia is a traditional, Muslim country, and local sensibilities should be respected. Shorts are acceptable in towns as long as they are neither too tight nor too short. On the homestay modest dress is essential - skimpy tops are not appropriate and long trousers are preferable. Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. 

  • Lightweight clothing (cotton) is best (be prepared for it to get dirty!)
  • Wind/waterproof jacket
  • Sun-hat
  • Lightweight trail boots or walking shoes/trainers
  • Swimsuit
  • Trainers/trek-sandals for relaxing
  • For women - a sarong so you can bathe in the river at the homestay (you can buy this locally)
  • Sheet sleeping bag (optional)
  • Refillable water bottle (1 litre minimum)
  • (Head) torch
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent - there is a local deet-free repellent available in chemists in Kota Kinabalu which works well
  • Anti-bacterial gel for 'washing' hands
  • Mosquito net (optional)
  • A daypack (25-30 litres), large enough to carry what you need for the day including camera, water, etc.
  • Overnight bag for stays such as the jungle camp and homestay. In this you will need to carry a change of clothes, torch/flashlight, toiletries, warm clothes and any other essentials.
  • Plastic bags to protect the contents of your baggage from rain.

Mosquito nets are provided at the longhouse, but not elsewhere. Other lodges have netting on the window, but this cannot be wholly relied on in case of holes etc. Mosquito coils can be provided, on request, from your leader or taken with you from home. 

A laundry service may be available in some places, but we recommend you take travel detergent.

Baggage:
For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible. Please only bring one main piece (a soft bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase).

Please bear in mind that the internal flight has a luggage weight limit of 15kg for checked luggage and 7kg for cabin luggage. It is possible to pay a supplement for additional luggage once your trip commences. If you would like to pay for additional luggage for the internal flight please speak to your group leader on day 1 who can arrange this in advance – you will then need to pay in cash to your group leader. Alternatively you can purchase additional luggage when checking in at the airport before the domestic flight. Please ensure you take note of your baggage weight when you board your flight from home so you will know if purchasing additional luggage for the internal flight will be required during the trip.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

  • Leeches are more of an annoyance than a real threat, leech socks can be bought, alternatively a pair OF football socks also work well
  • Avons 'skin so soft' dry oil spray is recommended; the original fragrance works well to combat the sandflies and is highly recommended
  • Binoculars
  • Flip flops or trekking sandals for getting in and out of boats as your feet may get wet
  • Rash vests or swim suits that are like shortie wetsuits as they can protect children from the sun
Orang-utans in Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Borneo, Malaysia

Practical Information

Passport

Malaysia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Malaysia

A visa is not required for most nationalities including British, EU, US, Canada, Australia and NZ nationals. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Malaysian embassy.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Malaysia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Malaysia's Timezone:
Asia/Kuala_Lumpur +08 (GMT +08:00)

Electricity

Malaysia's Electricity:

240V, 50Hz. 

Malaysia generally uses sockets which are the same as in the UK (known as type G plugs).

Money

Malaysia's Currency

The national currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2019) of approximately 5 to the GBP, 4 to the USD, 3 to the CAD, 4.5 to the EUR, 3 to the AUD and 2.7 to the NZD.

As you will probably be carrying much of your money in cash, we strongly recommend using a money belt. All your documents should be kept in waterproof plastic bags: the rain tends to come in very heavy showers.

ATM Availability

Either Dollars or Sterling can be changed in the main towns but this can be time consuming. Please don't bring travellers cheques. A small amount in cash is useful in case of emergencies. ATMs are becoming more widely available and are the easiest way of obtaining money; please inform your bank before leaving home if you wish to use it in Malaysia, as some cards have been blocked in the past after only being used once. Most credit cards are accepted in the main towns in Malaysia.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Please ensure that you allow enough money to cover meals that are not included in the price of the tour, and for personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, souvenirs and any optional excursions which may be available. We suggest you allow around GBP 100 (USD 130) per person for meals that aren't included in the trip.

Please be aware that some places will charge a camera fee if you wish to take pictures:
Camera fee - Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sepilok - 10 MYR
Camera fee - Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok - 10 MYR

Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may be available to you during the tour - please note that although prices are correct at the time of writing, prices may fluctuate and are given as a guideline only.

Kinabalu Park

Kundasang War Memorial- 20 MYR

Botanical garden- 5 MYR

Kota Kinabalu
Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu - MYR 15

Poring Hot Springs

Rafflesia viewing- 20-30 MYR (if in bloom, costs can vary)

Orchid Conservation Centre- 10 MYR

Sepilok
Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok - MYR 15
Sun bear Conservation Centre - 30 MYR

Tipping

If you are happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate.

At your group meeting on Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips to local guides, drivers, hotel staff etc. while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. This is not compulsory but just aimed at making it easier for you. Your leader will collect per person in local currency approx. 100 MYR (24 USD) in Kota Kinabalu for this purpose.

Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline MYR 10 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip.

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

Family trips

On all trips the staff are there to help ensure the holiday runs as smoothly as possible and, in the unlikely event that it does not, to sort out the best possible alternatives. What they cannot do is act as child minders or babysitters; they will treat your children as 'young adults', but it is your responsibility to look after your young ones. During free time or if you decide to opt out of part of the itinerary, you are responsible for your family and any arrangements that need to be made. Under no circumstances should this responsibility fall on our staff or any of your fellow travellers outside of your immediate family.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Please note, although this trip doesn’t visit any FCO no-go areas, it does visit a region close to an area where the advice is not to travel. If joining this trip, or if planning any additional travel pre or post tour in the area, you should ensure you visit their website to familiarise yourself with the advice. Any independent travel to these areas is entirely at your own risk and is likely not to be covered by your insurance.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.