2 Days in Borneo (Mountains & Island)
Day One *Up On The Mountains*
Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species and the Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species and many others.
The main attraction at the Park is none other than the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia standing at 4095.2 metres. Apart from traditional mountain climbing, visitors can also experience the Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’ at 3,200m to 3,800m above sea level.
Poring Hot Spring * Canopy Walk *
A visit to Kinabalu Park will never be perfect without swinging by Poring Hot Springs. Situated 40 kilometers (25 miles) slightly northeast from the Parks HQ, Poring is located in the lowlands—a contrast to the Parks HQ. De-stress and soak away the sores and aches of your muscles in the spring’s hot sulphuric minerals, deemed to have healing properties and very popular among the locals.
Other than the natural hot spring main attraction at Poring Hot Springs, there are also other interesting areas in the park to be visited such as the butterfly farm, the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre, the tropical garden, the Poring canopy walkway.
For a satisfying trip to Poring Hot Springs, visitors are recommended to bring some vital things such as rubber sandals/slippers, change of clothes, towel, and swimwear.
Time estimated for journey: 7:30am – 6:00pm
PRICES: RM200 FOR DAY TRIP
Day Two *Down to the Blue Ocean*
The demure island of Mantanani lies off the beaten tracks of other mainstream tourism destinations. The journey to the island begins with a two-hour drive to Kampung Kuala Abai jetty in Kota Belud, followed by another hour of riding on a speedboat.
The term ‘diver’s paradise’ may sound trite, but Mantanani Island is exactly that and more. As you plunge into the Mantanani underwater world, you’ll be simply mesmerized by neon coloured fish in intoxicating swirls, adorable clownfish playing hide and seek amidst the sea anemones, vivid coloured finger corals waving about, and vast garden of living coral reefs.
Each dive site in Mantanani offers something unique. For underwater photography enthusiasts, the view is simply to-die-for—topped off with excellent visibility.
7:15 am – Pick-up from hotel
7:45 am – Depart to Kota Belud town
9:15 am – Arrive at our jetty at Kota Belud
9:30 am – Depart for Mantanani Island
10:15 am – Arrive at Touch Borneo Resort at Mantanani Island *1st snorkelling*
12:00 pm – Back to Beach for lunch
1:30 pm – For snorkelers – swim / snorkel at house reef
2:30 pm – Depart back to jetty
3:15 pm – Arrive at jetty
4:00 pm – Depart for Kota Kinabalu
6:30 pm – Arrive at hotel
Time estimated for journey: 7:30am – 6:30pm
PRICE : RM320 FOR 2 TIMES BOAT SNORKELLING