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“One month in Borneo - expertly planned”

All Borneo Connection - Day Tours
Ranked #26 of 80 Tours in Kota Kinabalu
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Owner description: Naturalis Expeditions (by All Borneo Connection Tours Sdn Bhd) is a tour operator specialized in ecotourism and off the beaten track adventures for small groups and individual travellers. Discover our travel programs on our website and journey with us for an amazing trip of a lifetime -experience the pristine jungle of Maliau Basin, trek up the mighty Mount Kinabalu, discover the remote Kelabit Highlands or dive into the azure waters of the Celebes Sea.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
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“One month in Borneo - expertly planned”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We spent four weeks in Malaysian Borneo (mid-September to mid-October) as part of our two-month honeymoon trip. For the first half of the trip we traveled around Indonesia independently, but as there was so much we wanted to do in Borneo we needed some specialist help to co-ordinate a comprehensive itinerary. As we normally plan our own trips, we were looking for a company that would cater for individuals and not just promote formulaic package tours.

Naturalis were perfect for our needs. As well as being able to organise the ‘must-see’ attractions in Borneo, Luca really understands the requirements of adventure travellers to get off the beaten track and immerse themselves in the country they are visiting. We had some initial ideas about what we wanted to do and Luca was able to both arrange these as well as suggest some other great activities that we may not have discovered, or may not have been able to organise in the time frame if planning on our own. It was really good to be able to work so closely with him in tailoring our itinerary. He provided some great advice, and our communications before we left the UK gave us a lot of confidence that the trip would run smoothly.

We did the following activities:

Maliau Basin - full loop (5D/4N) – Challenging but very rewarding jungle trek in remote area. Great outdoor adventure.

Mount Kinabalu (3D/2N) – Amazing views, a nice day hike up to Laban Rata, becoming more challenging from there to the summit.

Kelabit Highlands (4D/3N) – Authentic home-stay experience, off the beaten track.

Danum Valley (4D/3N) – Great variety of wildlife, guide was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The nature trails catered for all levels of fitness and this is a much gentler experience compared to the Maliau Basin, focusing on the wildlife rather than the trek.

Kinabatangan River Safari (4D/3N) – Abundance of wildlife and guide had excellent knowledge and spotting skills.

Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre – we were lucky enough to see so many orangutans in the wild but it was also really good to be able to see how orphaned/injured orangutans are being cared for.

Naturalis were fantastic in the attention to detail and involvement in making sure we were happy with everything. We were really impressed that Luca took the time to meet us on arrival to talk through our itinerary, called halfway through the month to check everything was OK, and also came to say goodbye the night before we left. We really felt looked after. The entire trip ran like clockwork, our driver was always on time and knew where he was taking us. Everything was very well organised. We had a truly amazing time in Borneo and we would definitely recommend Naturalis to others.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Efficient, friendly and competitively priced tour operator”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We booked a short 5 day trip in Sarawak through ABC Tours.
The 5 day tour we did in Kuching was well organised, we had a good and knowledgable guide (Mr Abang). He was pleasant company and spoke very good English.
It was also nice that he was the one contact person we had for all 5 days. He picked us up from the airport, took us to the longhouse and bako NP and brought us back to the airport.
Hotels were good too.

The communication with Luca was always very quick and easy. He responded very quickly to my emails and the booking and payment went very easy.

Evenmore, when my partner broke his leg and needed a ride to the hospital, Luca was there to help us out.

So all in all, a very good experience and we would recommend them to anybody wanting to go to Borneo.

Visited October 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Give them a shout and they'll sort you out”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This tour company are one of the best I’ve worked with. I was a little concerned upon arriving at Kuching airport that we might be left stranded. I should have had more faith. Sure enough, the guide was waiting there for us - on time. As was every other driver we dealt with during the tour. At no stage was a driver late and they kept to a pretty strict schedule. Incredibly organised and this set the tone for the rest of the trip. They kindly put together a bespoke package and included everything I asked for. The accommodation was to the standard we were looking at and the tours were as advertised. No unpleasant surprises. I can’t recommend them highly enough and would like to thank Len and the team for all your help in getting the trip organised and booked up. If you can’t find a tour that you’re happy with – then get in touch with them with your interests and ideas – they’ll put something decent together for you.

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
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“10-Day Borneo Adventure”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

I worked with Luca and the Naturalis team to organize a 10-day trip for my father and I. I wanted to see the Maliau Basin and summit Mt. Kinabalu and they delivered. We got a great combination of jungle wilderness hiking with 5D/4N in the Maliau Basin (seeing all the magnificent waterfalls there), relaxing beach time in Manukan and Manutik Islands and summited Mt. Kinabalu (2D/1N) with a Via Ferrata on the decent (Walk the Torq). The organization and communication before the trip was excellent making for a smooth and enjoyable trip. Transportation to and from the different excursions was also handled well by Naturalis. The pricing may be a bit more than other operators but the quality of service was definitely worth it. We were based out of Kota Kinabalu on our off days and our guides gave us plenty of good suggestions for some great local seafood and cuisine.

Visited April 2013
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2 reviews
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“Great ideas, tons of fun.”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

ABC gave us so many different ideas of things to do all over, so all we had to do was choose. We ended up going to Mantanani island and we had a great time. We'll definitely consult them again.

Visited May 2013
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