BB9B: Birding in Borneo - East Coast

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.



  • Sepilok
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge
  • Gomantong cave
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Day 1 : Sepilok

Arrive at Sandakan airport and be transferred to accommodation around Sepilok area. Spend the rest of the evening resting and relaxing.

Accommodation around Sepilok area

Day 2 : Rainforest Discovery Center

We'll spend a full day birdwatching in Rainforest Discovery Centre.
Accommodation around Sepilok area.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sepilok (Rainforest Discovery Centre) is home to: Bornean Bristlehead, Black-and-Crimson Pitta, Bornean Black Magpie, Bornean Brown Barbet, White-crowned Shama, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Bornean Banded Kingfisher, White-fronted Falconet , Crested Patridge, Red-naped Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Diard's Trogon, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Oriental-dwarf Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Hooded Pitta, Scarlet Minivet, Blue-throated Bee-Eater, Red-bearded Bee-Eater, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Indian Cuckoo, Wallace's Hawk-eagle, Blyth's Hawk-eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Great Slaty-woodpecker, White bellied-woodpecker, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, various babblers, barbets, broadbills, bulbuls, flowerpeckers, sunbirds, hornbills, malkohas, pigeons and imperial pigeons, mynas, woodpeckers, among others.

Day 3 : Sepilok - Sukau

Birdwatching around Sepilok in the morning. At noon, we depart to Sukau on a 2.5 hr boat journey on Sabah's longest river, the Kinabatangan. Brief stops along the way when there are bird and wildlife sightings. Lower Kinabatangan is home to 210 species of birds. Check into the award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge. Join an afternoon cruise for bird watching.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Sukau is home to: Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, Bornean Bristlehead, Crested Fireback, Black-and-Crimson Pitta, Blue-headed Pitta, Bornean Brown Barbet, White-fronted Falconet, White-bellied Fish-Eagle, Lesser Fish-Eagle, Gray-headed Fish-Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Wallaces Hawk-Eagle, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Jerdon's Baza, Brahminy Kite, Black Eagle, Bat Hawk, White-chested Babbler, Blue-eared Kingfishers, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Pied Fantail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Malaysian Blue-flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Oriental Darter, Buffy Fish-Owl, Oriental Bay-Owl, Brown Wood-Owl, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Giant Pitta, Hooded Pitta, Storm's Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Red-naped Trogon, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White-crowned Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker, various egrets and herons, babblers, barbets, broadbills, bulbuls, flycatchers, flowerpeckers, sunbirds, malkohas, pigeons and imperial pigeons, woodpeckers, tailorbirds, waders, and many others.

Day 4 & 5 : Sukau

Morning and afternoon river cruise for bird watching. Visit Gomantong Caves on one of the evenings to watch the exodus of bats and bathawks. We would highly recommend our optional night cruise one of these nights as it offers an opportunity to get up close with sleeping birds nesting on the lower branches of trees and opportunity for great photographs

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 : Sukau - Tabin

Proceed to Lahad Datu for lunch and then onwards to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, another haven for bird watching enthusiasts which boasts approximately 220 species of birds.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tabin is home to: Bornean Banded Pitta, Black-and-Crimson Pitta, Blue-headed Pitta, Black-throated Wren-babbler, Bornean Wren-babbler, Bornean Necklaced Patridge, Bulwer's Pheasant, Crested Fireback, White-Fronted Falconet, White-crowned Shama, Bornean Spiderhunter, Bornean Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pied Fantail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Storm's Stork, White-bellied Munia, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Long-billed Spiderhunter, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Purple-throated Sunbird, Plain Sunbird, Black-naped Monarch, Olive-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Brahminy Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Crested Goshawk, Ashy Tailorbird, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White-crowned Hornbill, raptors and various babblers, barbets, broadbills, bulbuls, flycatchers, flowerpeckers, frogmouths, nightjars, sunbirds, malkohas, pigeons and imperial pigeons, woodpeckers, tailorbirds, and others.

Day 7 : Tabin

Full day bird watching in Tabin.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 : Tabin - Lahad Datu Airport

After breakfast, transfer to Lahad Datu airport for departure flight.

End of Service

Price:RM 8813 per person

Single Supplement : RM 2348

Price valid till 31 March 2019.

High Season Surcharge:

RM 240 per person at Sukau Rainforest Lodge (July & August)

Due to poor connection, it is not possible for credit card transactions at the Tabin Wildlife Resort. All payments to be made in cash term. Charging of credit card is only possible at the resort's office in Lahad Datu

RM 8813 / person

Price valid till 31 March 2019.


Tours and transfers, accommodation and meals as specified, private river cruise in Sukau, entrance fees and English speaking birding guide.


Domestic airfare/tax (Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan and Lahad Datu-Kota Kinabalu), camera/video fee, snorkeling gear and items not mentioned.



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