After a successful trip in 2013 to Costa Rica, the six of us decided it was time to plan something even bigger for 2014…after many months of research and helpful tips from friends who have been, we decided on 3 weeks in Borneo, Bali and the Gili Islands!
For photos from our trip, take a look at our Flickr page.
Here is an overall snapshot of itinerary:
August 2 – 3
Leaving Calgary on Saturday, August 2 with a direct flight to Tokyo (A).
8 hour layover in Tokyo…just enough time to hop on a train, do some exploring and grab some dinner!
August 3 – 4
From Tokyo (A) we fly to Singapore (B) and spend the night before yet another day of travel to Borneo
We will be tired but will spend the day taking in the sites in Singapore and then staying in a local hostel that night before we head off to Borneo!
We wake up in Singapore and spend the day exploring again before heading back to the airport for our evening flight to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo (C)
We spend the night in Kota Kinabalu and get a good sleep before our early flight to Sandakan (D) where we will begin our Orangutan Safari!
We wake up bright and early in Kota Kinabalu for our flight to Sandakan where we will be picked up by the safari company and will begin our 3 day advenure in the Borneo Rainforest!
Spend the day on a safari boat on the Kinabatangan River and spend our second night in the rainforest lodge
Another morning safari boat ride and a trip to a couple of rainforest discovery parks.
We then get driven back to the Sandakan Airport in time for our flight back to Kota Kinabalu where we will spend the night
We will spend the day exploring Kota Kinabalu before our evening flight to Bali (E)
We will have a driver pick us up and take us to the house we rented in Ubud for 7 nights
August 10 – 16
Based out of Ubud, Bali (E), we will spend the week relaxing in our beautiful house and taking day trips to famous Bali Temples and sites.
We will be picked up by a driver from our Ubud house and will be taken to the Padang Bai Harbour where we will board our boat to the Gili Islands! (F)
Once we get off the boat on Gili Air Island, we take local transportation (donkey & cart) to our beach house where we will spend the next 4 nights.
August 18 – 20
Our three full days in Gili Air Island will be spent relaxing on the beach and scuba diving!
Our boat driver will take us back to Bali Island and drive us to Sanur (15 minutes south of Denpasar International Airport) where we will spend the night before heading back to Singapore
When we arrive in Sanur (approx. 2pm) we have coordinated a private driver to take us on an evening tour of the area and will take in the sunset at the beautiful Tanah Lot Temple before heading back into town and spending our last night in Bali in a Balinese resort
Head from our hotel to Denpasar mid morning to catch our afternoon flight to Singapore
Spend the afternoon and evening taking in more Singapore sites and spending the night at the same hostel we were at to start off our trip
Wake up bright and early in Singapore and head to the airport for our flight back to Tokyo and then on to Calgary