- Man of the Forest
- Manukan Island Resort
- Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
- Mount Kinabalu
Jewels of Borneo
Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia
- VIP door to door
- All Inclusive
Walk on the wild side and lie by the poolside
Immerse yourself in the unique culture, history and wildlife of Borneo on this all-inclusive holiday split between the rainforest city of Kota-Kinabalu and the paradise surroundings of Manukan Island.
Included excursions offer the chance to tour the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah – Kota Kinabalu, discover the botanical highlights of Kinabalu National Park, trek through the rainforests of Gaya Island, and observe orangutans, sun bears and proboscis monkeys at wildlife rehabilitation centres in Sandakan.
12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
36 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
Free bar open 12 hours a day
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Local expert guides
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at all hotels.
Excursions and visits
- Kota Kinabalu city tour
- Kinabalu National Park
- Poring Hot Springs
- Sepilok Orangutan Centre
- Sun Bear Conservation Centre
- Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary
- Gaya Island jungle trek
Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours
- Day 1 UK-Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
- Day 2 Kota Kinabalu
- Day 3 Kota Kinabalu
- Day 4 Kota Kinabalu
- Day 5 Kota Kinabalu
- Day 6 Kota Kinabalu
- Day 7 Kota Kinabalu
- Day 8 Kota Kinabalu-Manukan Island
- Day 9 Manukan Island
- Day 10 Manukan Island
- Day 11 - 13 Manukan Island
- Day 14 Manukan Island-Kota Kinabalu-UK
- Day 15 UK
Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu
Manukan Island Resort
Day 1 UK-Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Fly overnight to Kota Kinabalu, via the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Day 2 Kota Kinabalu
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu this morning. Transfer to the 5-star Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu (five miles, 15 minutes), where you’ll stay for six nights on an all inclusive basis. The hotel has a waterfront location on the island’s sought-after west coast.
Spend the day at leisure, then look forward to a welcome dinner this evening. D
Day 3 Kota Kinabalu
Join a half day guided tour of Kota Kinabalu this morning. The city was known as ‘Jesselton’ until the 1960s, and has a colourful history, having being destroyed during World War II to prevent the Japanese from using it as a base. Look forward to seeing some the highlights on this tour which may include the Sabah State Mosque in Sembulan, CityMosque – which appears to 'float' on the water of Likas Bay – and the Signal Hill Observatory, offering a great view of the city centre and the island-studded sea beyond.
Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 4 Kota Kinabalu
Spend the day at leisure, or perhaps continue exploring Kota Kinabalu independently. B, L, D
Day 5 Kota Kinabalu
Today, head inland for a full day tour of Kinabalu National Park. Trace the ridges of the lush Crocker Range, passing farmland and small villages home of the Kadazan Dusun tribes along the way.
Pause en route to visit the Nabalu Handicraft market which features a variety of items made across the state of Sabah. You’ll also visit Poring Hot Springs where the mineral-rich waters are said to have healing properties.
Kinabalu National Park is set at the base of the jagged granite massif of Mount Kinabalu and is a botanical paradise home to hundreds of species of orchids and the world's largest flower, the rare and pungent rafflesia. B, L, D
Day 6 Kota Kinabalu
Take a light aircraft flight to Sandakan to visit a selection of animal sanctuaries on today’s included excursion. First visit the Sepilok Orangutan Centre, established in 1964 to rehabilitate orphan orangutans. Today more than 50 orangutans live free in the 4,300 hectares of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, while dozens more orphans are housed in nurseries on the site.
Continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre where you can look forward to meeting the smallest bears on Earth, dozens of whom have been rescued from captivity and given a home at the BSBCC.
Finally, seek out unusual-looking primates in the mangrove forests of Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, then return by plane to Kota Kinabalu. B, L, D
Day 7 Kota Kinabalu
Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D
Day 8 Kota Kinabalu-Manukan Island
After breakfast, take the ferry to Manukan Island (20 minutes). The island is encircled by a protected coral reef and is home to sweeping sandy beaches, lush rainforest, and a selection of nature trails. Manukan is also one of five tropical islands which together form the marine park of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, within whose clear waters teem with over 300 species of fish.
Stay six nights at the 4-star Manukan Island Resort, on an all inclusive basis. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D
Day 9 Manukan Island
Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D
Day 10 Manukan Island
Make the short crossing by boat to Gaya Island – the biggest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Take a guided walk along a forest trail, around one-and-a-half miles long, stretching through the dense undergrowth between Base Camp and Padang Point.
During your walk, keep an eye out for wild boar, snakes and monkeys, though you’re far more likely to see plenty of insects and the island hums with the rhythm of the cicadas which call it home. Sturdy footwear and insect repellent are a must, and you might have time for a dip in the sea or flop on the sand at the end of your walk.
Return to Manukan Island for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 11 - 13 Manukan Island
Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D
Day 14 Manukan Island-Kota Kinabalu-UK
After a morning at leisure, travel by ferry back to Kota Kinabalu (20 minutes), then transfer to the airport (five miles, 15 minutes) for your overnight flight to the UK. B, L
Day 15 UK
Arrive in the UK this morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
The 5-star Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu is set in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Having undergone refurbishment in 2019, the air-conditioned rooms are spacious with modern furnishings. Saga guests stay in city-view rooms with a private bathroom featuring a bath and separate shower. There is also a lift at the hotel.
Buffet-style meals are served in the Latest Recipe restaurant, which offers local and international cuisine. Alternatively, for an extra charge you can treat yourself to an á la carte meal in the Favola restaurant or perhaps sample Asian street food in the Azure pool bar and cafe.
Other facilities include a Saga Lounge, lobby bar (free bar open 11am-11pm), roof top bar, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa (treatments extra charge).
An upgraded room option is available (for an additional supplement) with stunning views of the South China Sea.
The resort of Manukan, an island encircled by a protected coral reef, is home to sweeping sandy beaches, beautiful rainforest and a variety of nature trails. During the day relax beside the outdoor pool or on the private beach, reserved exclusively for island residents.
Facilities include the P’rahu Restaurant which offers local and international food served à la carte by waiters. Snacks are available all day, while lunch and dinner are accompanied by included beer, house wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. You can also enjoy barbecue lunches, sunset cocktails or dine in a Cabana on the beach (extra charge). The free bar is open from 11am to 11pm and complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the day.
There are 20 air-conditioned lodges each with a private bathroom - featuring a walk-in shower - television, telephone, safe, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Upgrades to a hillside lodge are available (for a supplement), which include direct access to the beach and an ocean view.
There is no lift and three steps into the lodge.