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3-Day River Safari & Stay by Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

Low carbon footprint
Support local business
On-the-ground prices


Group trip
3 days 2 nights
This option includes a nighttime jungle trek and river cruises to give you the chance to see wildlife both upclose and from the comfort of a boat.

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Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort

4 years experience
The quaint bungalows at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort are beautifully framed by the jungle. The dedicated guides at the resort are friendly and are great wildlife spotters.


Prices start from USD$89.04 per person Prices start from MYR371
Prices may differ based on no. of travellers. Please select no. of travellers in the booking form to see the final adventure price.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Sandakan - Kinabatangan River
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Arrive at Kinabatangan River, enjoy a river safari and a night walk

  • 1145 hrs - pick up from Hotel Sandakan
  • Approx 1400 hrs - arrive at the resort, you will be greeted by our team and refreshment will be served. Check in to your room.
  • At 1600 hrs - River cruise in search of wildlife that is so prevalent in the area – a good chance to see proboscis monkey, orang utan, macaques, pygmy elephants, birds and other wildlife. Return to the resort.
  • Between 1800 hrs and 1900 hrs- Dinner will be served. After dinner and subject to weather conditions, follow our in-house naturalist for a night walk in search of nocturnal mammals.
  • 2000 hrs - Return to and overnight at the Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort.
Day 2: Bilit Jungle Trekking - Kinabatangan River
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Enjoy a morning and afternoon river cruise, and a jungle trek within the resort area.

Accommodation: Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort - Dorm

  • Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. Proceed for an early morning cruise to observe more wildlife and birdlife. Return to resort for breakfast.
  • After breakfast, follow in house Guide for Jungle trekking within resort area.
  • Return to the resort for lunch.
  • Late afternoon, set off for another river adventure and try to spot more wildlife and birds before returning to the resort for dinner.
  • Retire for the night at the Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort.
Day 3: Kinabatangan River - Sandakan
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Awake early for a final morning river safari, and transfer back to Sandakan

  • Rise early for another early morning cruise along the Kinabatangan to observe more wildlife and birdlife. Return to the resort for breakfast.
  • Check out and depart for your return journey to Sandakan.
  • Arrive back Sandakan by 1100 hrs.

What's included

  • Return transport from Sandakan airport/hotel
  • 4 river cruises
  • 1 night jungle walk
  • Meals
  • 2 nights of air conditioned dormitory accommodation at Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
  • Nature guide

Where you'll be staying

Basic Accommodation: No additional charge
Bed Types
  • Bunk Bed
  • Wifi (Common Area Only)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fan
  • Hot Shower
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Breakfast
Tier 1 Accommodation: Additional charge from USD$273.36/person
Bed Types
  • Double Bed
  • Wifi (Common Area Only)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fan
  • Hot Shower
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels
  • Mosquito Net
  • Breakfast

Transport Information

Return transport included

Pick-up Time
Pick-up Point
Hotel Sandakan (Block 83, 4th Avenue, Town Centre, 90000 Sandakan)
Drop-off Time
Drop-off Point
Sandakan Airport
Transport Notes

Alternatively, you can choose to be picked up at 12pm from Sandakan Airport. If you prefer this, please let us know in the booking form.

What to bring

Bug repellent
Leech socks or long thick socks
Torch light

What others are saying

Wonderful 5 helpful reviews
Clara A
3 months ago on Tripadvisor
My 13 yr old daughter and I spent 3 wonderful days at the resort, with very friendly staff, very good food, nice and clean rooms. Our excellent guide Abol took us on boot trips and morning and evening walks and we saw plenty of animals. Thank you for this unforgettable experience. Clara
Mebby12, Liverpool, United Kingdom
3 months ago on Tripadvisor
I visited in July with 2 other friends (23years old) and it was fantastic start to finish. Pick up in sepilok was prompt and well organised. The lodge itself was brilliant, clean room and comfy beds (6 bed dorm 6 girls we knew). Good communal space - beware of monkeys/bats but gives good jungle experience. The staff we so lovely and couldnt do enough for you day and night. They served the buffet and planned the jungle walks and river cruises. Spoke good english and were full of knowledge and information on the local wildlife. They really went above and beyond to help us see crocodiles, orangutans, slow loris etc and we couldnt be happier! One member of staff ‘Ryan’ took us to his village and helped us plant trees in the forrest - this was great to see the village life on the river. The food was buffet and there was plenty of it. Overall great experience, loads to do and great value for money. Also time to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet and drink tea in the calming environment. We were lucky with what we saw but this was just a bonus to the already fantastic trip (3day 2 night). Thank you to all the staff and hope to come back again so Alex can remain Limbo champion (of the guests)
e_lexx, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 months ago on Tripadvisor
This place literally starved me. I asked in advance of they seemed vegetarian food, and they said they did, but I'm really they do not. I did the same amount of walking and activities as the meat eating guests, got up at the same time, used the same energy etc and paid the same price. But i was forced to live off the side salad that was served to the meat eaters. I was starving hungry and there was nowhere to go. They did offer at one point to ask the chef to make me something, and i asked what he could make. They didn't reply. They have no idea how to look after vegetarian guests. We wanted to book an extra night but i was so hungry after 3 days of eating chopped onion and plain beans or mashed potato with mayo in it (gross) that we left. See my upload pics of the meals. Meat eaters got a choice of 2 hearty curries, not a couple or raw side veg without sauce. The soup was also zero calories, literally flavorless water with a few semi cooked veg in it. Just awful, but also dangerous given people might go for several days at a time. I had zero protein all stay. If you want to go to a lodge with wildlife around it, use google maps to locate one in the forest. This place has nice rooms (despite smelling strongly of mould) but is hemmed in by a village on one side, palm oil plantations to the other, and only has a small area of second grade forest around it, so other than pesky macaques you won't see anything much on your walks. Many are suspended by virgin jungle for the same price and might actually feed you! The boat rides were ok but the guide didn't spot much. We speak malay, so heard him telling another guide he didn't have any data on his phone, so he couldn't find it where the wildlife had been spotted. We did get lucky as another boat told him the elephants were downstream and we followed his boat to see them. If he hadnt come to tell us, we would have missed it. The strategy would've been ok we're it not for the lack of food though. It's simply not ok to pretend you cook vegetarian meals then let them watch the meat eaters enjoy several dishes with hot water and their side veg.
Oskar J
3 months ago on Tripadvisor
If you're looking for some nature and retreat, this is really the resort to join. We booked a 3D2N (I highly recommend staying at least 3D2N, as you get much much more value for the money) through our hostel, and were picked up and brought to the lovely jungle resort, which had very nice facilities and friendly staff. Our guide, Rian, really went the extra mile for us. He took us around the local village, invited us to see his home and eat some fresh mango. Such a nice guy, that told good stories about life in Borneo and the maginificent flora and fauna. Rian also gave us the option to plant a tree, bought from the locals and of course we did. Really enjoyed the experience and I'm so glad we got to see WILD orangutans among other amazing creatures!
wilster33, London
5 months ago on Tripadvisor
Mixed feelings about this place - it’s a beautiful setting and the rooms are lovely. The boat trips are cool and the staff are so so so nice. However it’s just super overpriced for what it is. The food is average buffet canteen food - really done on the total cheap, pudding is basically a watermelon chopped up and there’s no bread for soup etc. It’s self service and you take your own dishes to the washing up bit. Drinks are cans that you get yourself from the fridge. All this is fine, no complaints but for about £100 per person per night it’s a bit poor. I think maybe the whole river area is just over priced. It was a shock for us after Sepilok Nature Resort which is cheaper and much much nicer. Overall it’s good but should be half the price and they’d still make a profit.

Important info

Booking Policy

Bookings should be made at least 3 days before the desired start date. If you require an earlier booking, please contact us and we would be happy to help!

Strict Cancellation Policy

The adventure can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund, unless your spot is booked and completed by another traveller. If your spot is booked and completed by another traveller, a full refund will be processed within 14 days of the adventure start date.

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