Ex-Lahad Datu

Day 01 - Transfer from Lahad Datu to Tabin Wildlife Reserve on gravel road for about one hour. Check into the charming timber bungalow of Tabin Wildlife Resort which comes complete with private balcony and hot water shower, a real luxury in the forest.  Built alongside the Lipad river and nestled within the rainforest, a variety of birds, insects and even small mammals can be sighted quite easily within the resort. Discover the rich variety of jungle herbs, some endemic, used for generations by local folks for the treatment of various ailments | In the afternoon, visit the Lipad mud volcano which serves as a mineral salt lick for wildlife.  After trekking through the jungle for twenty minutes, arrive at the elevated bare area of the mud volcano. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. Those adventurous can experiment the effect of the volcanic mud said to be responsible for fine complexion. Walk up the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare area and its surrounding thick forest where birds are commonly sighted | After dinner, enjoy a slide presentation on Tabin’s uniqueness, followed by a trip to look out for nocturnal wildlife and birds.  Remember to look up at the clear, dark sky of Tabin, identify the constellations above you, and make a wish or two. (L,D)


Day 02 - You may opt to take up a dawn drive to look out for wildlife that are active at this time of the day (not included in package).  Join the morning bird walk as Tabin has a rich collection of about 300 bird species | After breakfast, trek through the lush green jungle known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species to visit Lipad’s Waterfall. Take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy the refreshing splash coming down from the waterfall. Alternatively explore the surrounding vegetation or just relax | In the afternoon you may wish to try out the Tabin Rainforest Foot Soak made with a secret blend of herbs, to relax tired muscles after long jungle treks. (B,L, D)


Day 03 - After breakfast, stroll to the nearby rock pool or river side where groups of  macaques and other small mammals can sometimes be  seen.  Choose to take a dip in the river or simply listen to the sound of nature before saying good bye to Tabin. (B, L)


Note : Activities are subject to weather condition, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situation. What to bring: Insect repellent, long sleeve shirts & long pants, raincoat, sun hat, swim wear, comfortable trekking shoes, torch light, water bottle  & personal toiletries. Leech socks are available for sale at the resort’s shop. (Excluded flights : BKI-LDU (F50) MH3010 0700/0755  LDU-BKI (F50) MH3023 1725/1820).


* Above Package included :
Accommodation at Tabin Wildlife Resort based on twin sharing basis
Full Board Meals (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) as per Itinerary
Scheduled SIC Return Transfer
Entry Permit & Taxes to Conservation Area
Tour as per Itinerary

* Note :
Package Rate Per Person, valid till 31st March 2013.
Minimum 2 Adults Travelling.
2D1N Tabin Wildlife Encounter Tour Package not available from 01 - 31 Aug 2011.
All rates are nett quoted in RM and  INCLUDED 5% government tax & 10% service charge.

* Child Policy :
No charge for child 5 years old and below, sharing room with parent.
Children age 5-12 enjoy a 50% discount on extra pax rate provided child stay in twin-share room with 2 paying adults using existing bed.
Full adult rate applies for child if extra bed is utilized.

* Scheduled SIC Return Transfer (Included in Package) :-
Depart Lahad Datu to Tabin: 08:30hrs & 12:00hrs
Depart Tabin to Lahad Datu: 14:30hrs

* Unscheduled Transfer/Private Transfer Charges :
Surcharge for unscheduled transfer at RM 60.00 per person per way, min 2 persons.
Deduct RM30 from package rate if own transfer is used, multiply 2 for both ways.

Things to Bring:
Insect repellent, long sleeve shirts & long pants, raincoat, sun hat, swim wear, comfortable trekking shoes, torch light, water bottle & personal toiletries. Leech socks are available for sale at the resort’s shop.

Things To Note:

  • Activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.
  • Please ensure you are holding air ticket to Lahad Datu.
  • Recommended flights from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu: Malaysia Airlines MH3010 (ETD 0700hrs / ETA 0755hrs)
  • Recommended flights from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines MH3023 (ETD 1725hrs / ETA 1820hrs)

About Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Resort, the exclusive rainforest resort located within Tabin Wildlife Reserve, is the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia with a total land area of 123,000 heactare. If you are a traveller drawn to the beauty of exotic Borneo Island, then Tabin Wildlife Reserve, winner of the “Most promising tourist attraction” award, is one of the places you should not miss.

Tabin Wildlife Resort complements visitors stay at the wildlife reserve by providing facilities including charming timber lodges built and blended within the natural surroundings, and a comprehensive range of nature-based activities.

By Air
MasWings (www.maswings.com) operates daily flights connecting Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu. Flight duration is about 1 hour. From Lahad Datu, a 1:15 hour drive, part of it on gravel road, will take you to Tabin.

By Road
Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu (7 hours)

Sandakan to Lahad Datu (4 hours). This is an increasingly more popular way to visit Tabin whereby visitors take a flight to Sandakan where they visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and perhaps the Selingan Turtle Island, then onward to Sukau in Kinabatangan for at least one night’s stay and then by road from Sukau to Tabin Widlife Resort. This journey enables one to see some of the top eco-nature destinations in Borneo.

Tawau to Lahad Datu (4 hours). Divers find Tabin a good destination to visit after their diving trip to Sipadan and Mabul islands, allowing them to break the non-flying-after diving rule and visiting Tabin for one or two nights’ stay. Journey from Semporna from Tabin is 3:15 hours.

Check-in time - 12:00hrs
Check-out time - 10:00hrs
Late check-out till 13:00hrs is on request basis and subject to availbility. Otherwise a day-use rate of 50% of day-visit rate will be imposed to a maximum stay untill 18:00hrs.

Total 20 units of jungle lodges (10 units River Lodges, 10 units Hill Lodges)

  • 10  units of authentic Borneo timber bungalows with standard floor area (17.5 ft X 17.5 ft),
  • Each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom, hot water shower, private balcony overlooking Lipad river and ceiling fan
  • Can accommodate up to 3 pax per lodge
  • Linked by an inter-connecting timber board walk to the Sunbird Café.

Hill Lodges

  • 10 units of authentic Borneo timber bungalows with floor area  ( 17.5 ft X 17.5 ft, 22 ft X 22 ft),
  • Each housing a twin-bedded or double-bedded room with en-suite bathroom & hot water shower, private balcony overlooking hillside forest or Lipad river, and ceiling fan,
  • Can accommodate up to 3 pax per lodge,
  • Linked by an inter-connecting timber board walk to the Sunbird Café.

Leisure Centre

  • A souvenir & craft counter selling leech socks, insect repellent, basic necessities, and souvenir and craft items
  • Reading corner and reference books
  • Rainforest herbal foot soak
  • Games and activities


Water: Drinking water provided in-room, Mineral water available for purchase

Electricity: Power supply from generator

Medical/Emergency Support: Nearest hospital is at Kg Silabukan, 1/2 hour drive away, District hospital in Lahad Datu, Private Doctors in Lahad Datu


Sunbird Cafe

  • Accommodate up to 80 guests
  • Local and western cuisine
  • Does not serve pork
  • Set meals and a la carte
  • Free flow of tea and coffee
  • A range of wine, beer, drinks & snacks available for sale
  • Open daily throughout the year, 7 am to 10 pm

About Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Created in the year 1984, Tabin has been declared a Wildlife Reserve primarily on account of the large number of animals inhabiting its forests, some of which are highly endangered. The three largest mammals of Sabah, namely Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau are all found within the reserve; nine species of primate are present, as well as three species of cats all of which are on the protected wildlife list. Of bird species, 42 families representing 220 species have been recorded. One of the highlights of Tabin being the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, attracting frequent visits by wildlife for their mineral intake and present an ideal platform for wildlife observation and bird-watching.

The Wildlife Department of Sabah is the custodian of the animals in the reserve while the Forestry Department of Sabah is responsible for the tress in Tabin. The reserve is covered mainly with lowland dipterocarp forest.

Since the availability of accommodation provided by Tabin Wildlife Resort in 2004, Tabin Wildlife Reserve has gained popularity to be one of the best places in Sabah to observe the rich bio-diversity of nature and to part-take in nature-base activities. Amongst the popular things-to-do in Tabin are jungle-trekking, night safari, night walk, wildlife-spotting, bird-watching and rainforest education.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is located in the eastern part of Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. The reserve comprises a rectangular area of approximately 122,539 hectare in the centre of the Dent Peninsula, north-east of Lahad Datu town, south of the lower reaches of the Segama River and north of the Silabukan Forest Reserve.


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