Birding in Borneo - East Coast

Tour Code
Min. Pax


Be amazed by the richest and most exotic of birdlife of Borneo as you explore the East Coast of Sabah with our in-house Birding specialist guides. Over 8 wonderful days, we'll cover the Sepilok Nature Reserve, the Kinabatangan River and the Tabin Wildlife reserve where there are more than 316 different birds, 20 of them endemic to Borneo. Stay at the award winning ecolodge Sukau Rainforest Lodge.
  • Birding in Kinabatangan
  • Comfort in the Wilderness
  • Birding with a Specialist Guide
  • Array of Bird Species

River Safari Cruise

Navigate Borneo's wildlife haven as you embark on a river cruise safari in Kinabatangan.

4-Star Jungle Resort

Stay at the 4-Star Sukau Rainforest Lodge, where luxury meets wilderness, offering serenity & wildlife encounters.

Birding with a Specialist Guide

Discover the various bird species that can be found in the East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian, Borneo with our Specialist Guide.

Array of Bird Species

Uncover locations that have over 316 different birds, 20 of them endemic to Borneo on this birding tour.

Day 1: Sandakan - Sepilok

Touch down at Sandakan Airport and be greeted by your guide and captain. Transfer to Sepilok Nature Resort. Take your time to relax and unwind. Overnight at Sepilok area.


Day 2: Rainforest Discovery Centre

Get ready for a full-day of birdwatching in Rainforest Discovery Centre and explore the wonders of Borneo's flora, wildlife and birdlife. Overnight at Sepilok area.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Sepilok - Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Another exciting day of birdwatching awaits in Sepilok with a chance of spotting Borneo's ginger apes, the Orangutans during feeding time. Depart to Sukau around noon on a 2.5hr boat journey through Sabah's longest river, Kinabatangan. Along the way, you'll get a chance to see some birdlife and wildlife. Check in at Sukau Rainforest Lodge and join in the afternoon river cruise for birdwatching. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner overlooking the riverbank followed by a slide presentation and interpretation by a naturalist guide.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 4: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Kinabatangan River

Delight in a morning and late afternoon river cruise for more birdwatching. We would highly recommend our optional night cruise as it offers an opportunity to get up close with sleeping birds nesting on the lower branches of trees and opportunity for great photographs.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 5: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Kinabatangan River

Another day with morning river cruise for bird watching. In the late afternoon, proceed 27 km overland journey to Gomantong Caves for birdwatching. Witness the exodus of over two million bats as well as raptors just outside of the Gomantong office.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Day 6: Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Lahad Datu - Utan Rainforest Lodge

After breakfast, proceed 2 hours overland to Lahad Datu before travelling another 2.5 hours on gravel road to Utan Rainforest Lodge another haven for bird watching enthusiasts.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Utan Rainforest Lodge

Day 7: Utan Rainforest Lodge

Another exciting full day of bird watching in Sungai Kapur Forest Reserve. Overnight at Utan Rainforest Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Utan Rainforest Lodge

Day 8: Utan Rainforest Lodge - Transfer Out

After breakfast, it will be free and easy until check out. Transfer to Lahad Datu Airport for late afternoon flight to your next destination.



  • Validity
    Rates are valid for travel by 31 March 2024
  • Availability
  • This tour runs everyday. Prior booking required.
  • High Season Surcharge
    • MYR 300.00 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July - August)
    • MYR 100.00 per person at Utan Rainforest Lodge (July - August)
  • Transfer Inclusion
    This tour package rates include pick-up and drop-off from Kota Kinabalu Airport or hotels in Kota Kinabalu. Additional charge per person applies for pick-up and drop-off outside this area and pick up time may vary.


  • Tours and transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Private river cruise in Sukau
  • Entrance fees and English speaking guide.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Kota Kinabalu Airport or hotels in Kota Kinabalu.


  • Domestic airfare (Kota Kinabalu(BKI) - Sandakan(SDK) - Kota Kinabalu(BKI))
  • Camera fee and items not mentioned
  • Tourism Tax (TTx) flat rate of RM10 per room per night.

Things to Bring

  • Swim wear
  • Towels
  • Sun block lotion
  • Personal toiletries
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Torchlight
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Leech socks
  • Walking shoes
  • Raincoat

Bring Your Own Bottle

Borneo Eco Tours is moving towards a single-use plastic free environment! So, please join our movement by bringing your own refillable water bottle during your time with us. 

Double or Twin Bed

Double or twin bed cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check in.

Copyright © All rights reserved | 1991