no. 4 Explore one last patch of untamed Borneo by boat.
The less-trawled corner of Tabin Wildlife Reserve in southeast Sabah packs an adventurous punch of misty canals, mysterious thickets and exciting wildlife encounters. Lahad Datu–based operator Bike & Tours, a pioneer in boating and hiking packages up the bends of remote Kapur River, has launched a new three-day adventure tour to explore the creatures of the water.
Based in the jungle-immersed rain forest resthouse, guests will go on daily sunrise and sunset river cruises: at dawn, glide on a longtail boat in search of kingfishers, storks, proboscis monkeys and rare hornbills as they forage the virgin mangroves and Nipah forest; at dusk, bask in the glorious pink sunset until hundreds of fireflies and a mantle of blazing stars light up the night. The fun doesn't end on the water, hike through the hardwood forest in Pokok Kapur, and join the evening jungle safari by four-wheel drive. If you're lucky, you'll even spot the elusive slow loris. bikeandtours.com; three-day Sungai Kapur Expedition from RM2,500 per person, per double. — MARCO FERRARESE
Explore the Kapur River by longtail boat.