Borneo Expedition: Sabah's Lost World - Maliau Basin

03/28/2020 through 09/16/2021
03/28/2020 through 09/19/2021
Intrepid Travel

Borneo Expedition: Sabah’s Lost World – Maliau Basin

Deep in the heart of Borneo’s Sabah lies a land so wild, rugged and isolated that its beauty has been seen by few people. Welcome to the glorious Maliau Basin, a circle of lush forest and waterways rimmed on all sides by steep cliffs and embankments. Our new 8-day Expedition takes you into this protected, restricted-access area to discover wild orchids and cascading waterfalls set in forest so green it seems to glow. With a homestay in a historic village and a well-earned night in a hotel bookending a three-and-a-half-day trek, this trip is for people seeking active adventure, natural splendour and a personal challenge.


  • Tambunan – cycling village tour
  • Tambunan – Sunrise walk
  • Maliau Basin – Maliau Rim Observation Tower
  • Maliau Basin – Ginseng Waterfall
  • Maliau Basin – Maliau Falls


  • Spend three-and-a-half days trekking in one of the most pristine self-contained environments on earth, parts of which are still yet to be explored.
  • Begin your adventure with a homestay with a Dusun family in Tambunan, including a local cycling tour to a house filled with skulls culled by headhunters of yore.
  • The myriad waterways that flow into the basin’s Maliau River have created dozens of known waterfalls. Take in their hidden beauty during your trek, including the seven gorgeous tiers of Maliau Waterfall.
  • Wonder at the bizarre flora that has adapted to this environment, like ‘ant plants’ that survive and grow by feeding on the waste of ants that live in their compartments.
  • Tourism to the basin is restricted, which means after this trip you’ll be part of a very exclusive group of people exposed to the majesty of this wilderness.


Day 1 Kota Kinabalu
Day 2 Tambunan
Day 3 Tambunan - Maliau Basin Conservation Area
Day 4 Maliau Basin Conservation Area (Trek)
Day 5 Maliau Basin Conservation Area (Trek)
Day 6 Maliau Basin Conservation Area (Trek)
Day 7 Maliau Basin Conservation Area (Trek) - Kota KInabalu
Day 8 Kota KInabalu

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