Mountain biking and cycling tours in Borneo is great alternative way to get intimate with the Sabah country side.
Rustic Borneo offers various day trips and even an overnight stay or a 3 night getaway for those who like cycling along rivers, through villages and experiencing Borneo’s tropical jungle and local life in a different way.
All tours are fully guided and run by professionals with expert mountain biking and location knowledge, with a support vehicle nearby at all times.
There are two 1-day rides to choose from; one takes us to Tuaran and the heartland of Sabah’s Dusun people, the other takes us through the Kiulu Valley where we’ll combine cycling and white water rafting.
The multi-day trips include the Ultimate Adventure Tour over 3 days and 2 nights, which allows us to explore the foothills of Mount Kinabalu and in a whole new way. The Mini Adventure Tour is a slightly abbreviated version of the Ultimate Adventure tour, offering the same thrills, but over 2 days and 1 night.
1 Day Tuaran Day Ride
Home of the Dusuns, Tuaran is a market town that lies along the foothills and coastal plains below Mt. Kinabalu.
Plantations of rice, rubber, fruits and coconuts abound, and hunting and fishing makes up part of the daily routine.
On the Tuaran Day Day ride we’ll cycle along rivers, through small villages and through jungle plantations. The ride end as Linangkut Cultural Village with a traditional lunch.
Our mountain bikes will be useful as 40% of the ride is along rough dirt roads, with the remainder comprising fairly quiet backroads. Highlights include the crossing of 3 hanging bridges.
This tour is suitable for beginners.
1 Day Kiulu Valley Raft & Cycle
Mix adrenaline sources with 1st an exciting-but-not-too-wild white water rafting experience down the Kiulu River, and then onto the mountain bikes to cycle further along the river and through Dusun villages.
Between the white water rafting and the cycling we’ll refuel with a scrumptious BBQ lunch and of course have an opportunity to change into dry clothes.
A few small hills aside, the course is relatively flat and features jungle, plantations and farms. If you’re up for it, the guide can help you explore some more adventure trails.
The tour is suitable for beginners.
3 Days 3 Nights Ultimate Adventure Tour
Spend 3 days mountain biking and trekking through spectacular Borneo scenery with this tour that takes us deep into the Sabah rainforest.
Day 1: You’ll be collected from your hotel for a transfer to Kinabalu National Park for an easy start to the ride, which for the first 7km is almost all downhill. The cycle path then follows the river for 17km into the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu.
Where the cycling trail ends, the support truck collects our bikes and then it’s a 5km hike with a few river crossings to reach Kampung Tambatuan for your 1st overnight stay.
Day 2: An entire day of cycling a total of 43km along a northernly path through the Borneo jungle. There are pitstops for refreshing river swims, with lots of cool drinks supplied by the support vehicle.
We overnight at the town of Kota Belud and have some quiet time to explore the town before enjoying dinner at a hilltop restaurant with amazing views of Mt. Kinabalu and the South China Sea along with good food and drinks.
Day 3: We’ll cover roughly 30 kms with slightly more hills than before, with cows being pretty much the only other traffic we’ll encounter. We’ll get really up close to Mt. Kinabalu with spectacular views of especially Low’s Gully.
Eventually we change from cycling to hiking gear for some more jungle trekking towards the edge of Kinabalu National Park, until we reach pristine primary rainforest as we traverse a mountain pass.
We then descend into the village of Bambangan and the final 6km trek brings us to our campsite for the night, which we will spend in hammocks next to the Kinabalu National Park substation.
All that remains on day for is the drive back to Kota Kinabalu, which we will reach at about lunchtime.
This tour is suitable for advanced cyclists.
2 Day 1 Night Mini Ultimate Adventure Tour
This tour consists of the first 2 days and 1 night of the Ultimate Adventure tour and ends in Kota Belud from where we will be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for an evening arrival.
This tour is suitable for intermedia cyclist.
Biking in Borneo is unique way to experience Sabah’s jungle and get up close and personal with the friendly people that work and inhabit the land. The paths are remote, far removed from other tourists and is an active adventure activity, which is highly recommended to those keen on alternative travel methods.
Exploring Sabah by cycle is part of a few of Rustic Borneo’s set holiday packages, but can be combined with any custom holiday tour that you prefer.