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The Kinabatangan River snakes through Sabah’s lowlands for 560 kilometres to reach the Sulu Sea.

Along its length a mosaic of riparian forest, oxbow lakes, nipah swamp and mangroves supports orang-utan, proboscis monkey and pygmy elephant, while a vast array of birdlife includes several species of hornbill. From Sandakan a four-hour boat trip leads inland to Sukau, where a trip by small boat on a quiet tributary through the tangled rainforest reveals its splendid wildlife, much of which has grown surprisingly tolerant of human presence.

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This location is featured in the following itinerary:

Celebes Explorer & Sabah Discovery

Enjoy a week’s liveaboard diving on the MV Celebes Explorer, undoubtedly the best way to dive Sipadan, followed by 5 days to explore the island of Borneo and its exceptional wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip