We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Does this sound expensive?

London
7 posts
Save Topic
Does this sound expensive?

Hi, have been looking into our travels for Sabah and have got a couple of quotes. Not sure if it would be worth sorting this out when we get to KK, as the prices do seem a bit on the steep side. What do you think??

Transfer from Semporna to Sepilok - RM600

2 nights in Sepilok (orangutans and Sepilok nature resort) RM730 per person

1n Turtle Island RM650 per person

1n Sukau (River trip) RM700 per person

Not sure if these prices are reasonable, as not sure what to compare them to!

Thanks

Haydn.

Maidstone, United...
Level Contributor
1,391 posts
56 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Does this sound expensive?

Way over priced!

Bus from Semporna to Sepilok, about 2GBP. Uncle Tans B&B full board with Free transfer to Sepilok about 4GBP per night. I have also booked Turtle Island direct and although it was 4 years ago it was about 35GBP per person full board.

Uncle Tans river camp is way, way cheaper and although very basic is considered one of the best for spotting wildlife. See www.uncletan.com

Personally, I would travel independently and make most of the travel arrangements myself.

kent
Level Contributor
6 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Does this sound expensive?

Hi. This is expensive compared to doing it on your own, but it depends what you want from your holiday. My husband and I have been twice, first time booking packages and second time sorting ourselves out and we discovered you are really paying for the arrangements as it can be quite time consuming. Also, does your price include guides and if you book searately will you still get a guide as I think it is important to have someone with the local knoweledge so you dont miss anything.

Uncle Tans at Sukau is now run by Wildlife Expeditions, we booked direct thru them and I think it was slightly cheaper and included Sepilok on the last day (I dont think there is enough to do there to warrant 2 nights, you can really only watch the orangs feed as the rest of the reserve is closed to the public) - I would also reccommend their guide Junior Ladrego, if he's available. If this leaves you with any free nights, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is amazing!

Transfers will be much cheaper on your own, flights v cheap but a bit tricky to organise without the help of a concierge - we spent 4 hrs trying to sort out the flight we wanted and finally gave in and asked the hotel to help! I hope this is helpful.

Maidstone, United...
Level Contributor
1,391 posts
56 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Does this sound expensive?

I have been to Sabah several times and started organising my own arrangements from the second visit. I have been to Sepilok, Turtle Island, Danum Valley, Semporna, Mabul, Sipidan, Kapalai, Mount Kinabalu, Poring Springs and many other places independently.

It obviously becomes easier the more you do it, but I have never found it difficult or time consuming.

Initially I gained information from my accommodation hosts and then from the exceptionally helpful Tourist Bureaux in KK. Flights are also dead easy to organise. For Air Asia use the internet and for Air Malaysia, either visit a travel agent in KK who will make an extremely low charge or visit AM's own office, also based in KK.

Most places visited will have guides readily available, sometimes even compulsory.

Going up Mount Kinabalu, it is particularly beneficial to organise your own guide rather than go as part of a tour, so that you can climb at your own pace without worrying about holding other people back.

Maidstone, United...
Level Contributor
1,391 posts
56 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Does this sound expensive?

As far as I am aware, Uncle Tans is run by his son, Eugene Tan and is not at Sukau but at Danau Girang, Kinabatangan!

See www.uncletan.com for details.

BSB
Level Contributor
45 posts
1 review
Save Reply
5. Re: Does this sound expensive?

If you'd like others to arrange your trip, i think the quote you got is quite reasonable compared to borneoadventure.com/public/home/default.asp

However, like what the others suggested, Uncletan is a good place to see wildlife. and it's really really really cheap (and Basic)

Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
1,100 posts
29 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Does this sound expensive?

Hi,

We have just come back from sabah and organized a trip with a tour group that included Sepilok, Kinabatangan River (Bilit) and turtle island, I think it was a lot cheaper than the quote you have, I know they do the transfers as well. They were just great, even taking us to a Klinic when my little boy became ill. I'm not quite sure of the protocol of posting specifics so if you send me pm I will forward you their details.

Lynne

Wangaratta...
Destination Expert
for Kota Kinabalu, Wangaratta, Sandakan
Level Contributor
8,220 posts
145 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Does this sound expensive?

You can post the name and links to a travel company you have used provided it is not self promotion. I often do this to help other travellers.

Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
1,100 posts
29 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Does this sound expensive?

Ok this is the place we used, they were great. Here is a copy and paste from their email. We loved Sabah:

Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure Sdn Bhd

(Company No. 275569-V)(KKKP No. 4116)

Ground Floor, Lot 3A, Block 13, Jalan Tiga,

P. O. Box 2082, 90723 Sandakan, Sabah.

Tel: (+6089)271077, 271088

Fax: (+6089)271066

Contact: Jessie Chin

Email: jessie@stwadventure.com, info@stwadventure.com

Website: www.stwadventure.com

Lynne

9. Re: Does this sound expensive?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 19 September 2009, 13:17
Get answers to your questions about Kota Kinabalu