BSHOB-1B (5D4N) Maliau Basin (Sabah’s Lost World)
Nature explorers will simply love the Maliau Basin as it is an excellent site for jungle trekking and bird watching. It contains an unusual assemblage of 12 forest types, comprising mainly of lower montane forest dominated by majestic Agathis trees, rare montane heath forest and lowland, and hill diperocarp forest. The highlight of the adventure is to trek the majestic 7 tiers Maliau Falls. Visitors must obtain a permission to enter the Maliau Basin in advance from Yayasan Sabah. Kindly bear in mind that Maliau Basin is a remote, atavistic and isolated area with limited access, communications and safety facilities. Nature explorers will simply love the Maliau Basin as it is an excellent site for jungle trekking and bird watching. At night, visitors may also take a night drive for wildlife spotting. Water babies can also take a dip in the beautiful waterfall.
- 4 nights’ accommodation at Maliau Basin Conservation Area;
- Entrance fees to Parks and Reserves;
- Activities & Meals as stated in itinerary;
- Land transfers as stated itinerary;
- Non-Private Basis
- All Airfares and airport taxes;
- Camera & Video fees where applicable;
- Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages;
- Meals that not stated;
- Travel Insurance
- Tips, portage & Items not stated;
Day 1 Sandakan ~ Maliau Basin (Lunch & Dinner)
- Meet and greet at Tawau airport or hotel lobby and depart into Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
- Arrive at Maliau Basin, check in and registration.
- 1530 hours visit Maliau “Sky Bridge” and explore the Nature Trail. We head back to the lodge, free at own leisure and dinner.
- After dinner, we venture out on a night drive in search of nocturnal wildlife.
Overnight at Maliau Basin Studies Centre.
Day 2 Maliau Basin (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- After breakfast, proceed for a 30mins drive to Agathis Camp, your starting point for the 7km trek to Nephenthes Camp (also known as Camel Trophy Camp). The trek takes approximately 5-6 hours over the rim of the basin, the first 2 hours uphill trek is the challenging part of this adventure journey. Simple packed lunch along the trails.
- 1400hrs free at leisure and if you are fit enough for another trekking, continue to the Takop Akop waterfall which is about 2.5km away from the camp or the Giluk waterfall which is a closer journey. You can also visit the both if the time is permissible.
- Return to Nepenthes camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Maliau Basin (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Breakfast at the camp.
- After breakfast, trek along the lowland Dipterocarp Forests for about 4–5 hours (6.5km) to Maliau Falls junction. Expected arrival and packed lunch at Maliau Falls junction at midday.
- Continue the journey to Maliau Falls via Lobah Camp; the distance is about 5 kilometres. It takes 2 to 3 hours of downhill trek.
- Take the opportunity to photograph the majestic 7-tiers Maliau Falls. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Maliau Basin rim at the Lobah Helipad. Trek to Ginseng Camp and expected to arrive at 1800hrs.
- Dinner and overnight at Ginseng Camp.
Day 4 Maliau Basin (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Breakfast at the camp.
- After breakfast, trek along the rainforest back to Agathis Camp. It takes about 6–7 hours trekking.
- Stop for packed lunch at any rest station before continuing your trek to Agathis Camp.
- Settle in at the Agathis Camp for the last night of the adventure in the tropical rainforest.
- Overnight at Agathis Camp.
Day 5 Maliau Basin – Tawau, HOME (Breakfast)
- After breakfast, visit the 33m high Observation Tower, enjoy the majestic view and birding from the tower.
- At 0830hrs pack up and collect the packed lunch for the return journey to Agathis camp.
- At 1300 hours expected to arrive at Agathis Camp, clean up and relax.
- 1400 hours depart from Maliau Basin, depart back to Tawau town or Tawau airport.
End of Service.
*Minimum of 2 Persons
- Guests MUST submit a copy of their latest Personal Insurance Policy that covers emergency Helicopter evacuation.
- Guests MUST submit their latest Fitness Certificate confirmed by a physician or doctor.
- Special permission is needed and separate charges are levied for professional photography or filming.
- Guests are to be accompanied by a guide at all times and not allowed to wander off on their own.
- Porter Service (guests are encouraged to carry their own backpack) can be engaged at the Agathis Camp.
- - Personal Porter will assist guests and provide general help around the camp.
- - Maximum of 12kg Per Porter.
- A compass or Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Personal First Aid Kit (anti malaria pills as a preventive measure)
- Whistle and Pocket knife
- Sleeping Bag and Insect Repellent
- Flashlight (spare bulb and extra batteries)
- Camera (extra batteries)
- Leech Socks and extra socks
- Hat and Rain Coat
- Long Sleeved, quick-dry t-shirts, shirts and towels (Maliau is cool at night).
- Extra pants
- Slippers & Trekking shoes
- Spare Plastic Bags (to store camera and backpack in case of rain in case of rain)
- Drinking Water
- Garbage Bag (useful protective shield from rain)
- Heavy Duty Backpack - guests are encouraged to carry their own backpack
- Matches / Lighter and Candles
- Personal Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, body soap, shampoo, toilet paper and etc.)
- Personal Items (plastic food container i.e. lunch box, fork, spoon and cup)
- High energy snack food e.g. chocolate, nuts and etc.
- Mobile phone and camera batteries may be charged at the base camp.
DO’S AND DON'TS IN THE MALIAU BASIN CONSERVATION AREA
- * No hunting is allowed. Firearms are absolutely forbidden.
- * No collecting or trapping of any plant or animal specimens.
- * No slashing of vegetation or cutting of new trails.
- * No graffiti on rocks or trees.
- * All litter / rubbish must be brought out.
- * Visitors must only stay in the designated campsites.
- * Campfires can be lit only under the supervision of Rangers.