This combination of an escorted group tour and a voyage under sail is an unbeatable journey if you want a comprehensive Malaysian Borneo experience. Spend nine nights travelling through Sarawak and Sabah, searching for wild Bornean sun bears, semi-wild orangutans and glittering fire flies before boarding the majestic Star Clipper sailing ship for a 11-night cruise to Singapore.

9-night escorted tour

• Kuching: 1 night
• Mulu: 2 nights
• Kota Kinabalu: 1 night
• Sandakan: 1 night
• Abai: 1 night
• Sukau: 1 night
• Kota Kinabalu: 2 nights

11-night cruise
• Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

• Pulau Tiga, Malaysia

• Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

• Miri, Malaysia

• Bintutu/Tanjung Kidurong, Malaysia

• Kuching, Malaysia

• Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia

• Singapore

22nights STAY & CRUISE


Day 1: UK to Kuching Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kuching.

Day 2: Kuching On arrival, transfer to your hotel where you will spend the night. After an early check-in, set off on an introductory tour of Kuching before hopping aboard a pontoon boat to enjoy panoramic views of Kuching’s historical architecture on a Sarawak River Cruise. Stay: Pullman Kuching (or similar). D.

Day 3: Kuching to Mulu There’s an early start as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Mulu. This afternoon, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gunung Mulu National Park. Discover the dramatic rim stone pools, stalagmites and stalactites of the majestic Langs Cave, before exploring the awe-inspiring Deer Caves. If the weather’s on your side this evening, with a glass of sparkling wine in-hand you may be fortunate to watch the mass migration of more than a million bats as they fly from the cave entrance. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours. Stay: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Mulu Today begins with a longboat journey to the spectacular Wind Cave. Feel a welcome breeze as you stroll through the Kings Room. Continue to Clearwater Cave where you can dig in to a picnic lunch before taking a dip in the cave’s purified pool. Stay: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Mulu to Kota Kinabalu After a morning at leisure, fly to Kota Kinabalu – the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state. Try your hand at bargaining this evening as you wander through the exotic stalls at the night market, before dinner and a cultural Bornean show at floating seafood restaurant, Kampung Nelayan. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan Fly to the colonial city of Sandakan. Visit the charming Puu Jih Shih Temple. Later this afternoon, absorb sunset views from a quaint English tea house. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: My Nature Resort (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Sandakan to Abai Today is a tour highlight exploring the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. You’ll begin your visit at the free roaming area feeding platform. Here you might be lucky enough to watch the semi-wild orangutans during their feed – though sightings can’t be guaranteed. Later you’ll visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Take a boat ride to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary this afternoon and enjoy lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. As night falls, keep an eye out for the twinkling lights of fireflies on an evening cruise and later discover jungle wildlife on a night-time nature trail. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Abai Jungle Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Abai to Sukau There's an early morning start beginning with a boat journey to the spectacular Oxbow Lake. Later, transfer to Sukau for lunch at the Orangutan Corner restaurant and enjoy the next few hours at leisure, before you return to the river late afternoon for more chances to discover fascinating wildlife. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: Kinabatangan River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Sukau to Kota Kinabalu Early this morning, travel onwards to the charming town of Kundasang. After lunch you can explore Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kinabalu Park. A soak in the park’s Poring Hot Springs will leave you feeling revitalized ahead of a short walk through the treetops. Later, transfer to your hotel where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (or similar). B, L.

Days 10-11: Kota Kinabalu You'll have two free days to relax at your resort. Stay: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (or similar). B.

Day 12 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Begin your cruise on board Star Clipper.

Day 13 Pulau Tiga, Malaysia

Day 14 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Day 15 Miri, Malaysia

Day 16 Bintutu/Tanjung Kidurong, Malaysia

Day 17 At sea

Days 18-19 Kuching, Malaysia

Days 20-21 At sea

Day 22 Nongsa Point Marina, Indonesia

Day 23 Singapore
Following disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Is this for you?

Star Clippers
Discovering the world on one of Star Clippers’ tall ships is a totally different way of cruising, combining the romance of traditional sailing and modern on-board facilities. Enjoy fantastic dining as part of your full-board package. Star Clippers offer a choice of westbound (Borneo & Singapore Explorer) and eastbound (Singapore and Borneo Discovery) itineraries, which can both be combined with our detailed pre- and post-cruise stays. These itineraries have a different number of nights.

Star Clipper
The graceful four-masted sailing vessel Star Clipper harks back to a bygone era with her exquisite exteriors, expansive teak-wood decks and beautiful antique interiors. This charming clipper ship can sail into more intimate ports and anchor close to untouched shores, all of which lends an air of exclusivity to your cruise.


Cruise dates

A one-off departure on 04 Oct 2019

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• Full board on board Star Clipper
• All specified flights.