Join Portland Audubon on this very special tour to one of the world’s most coveted birding and wildlife destinations! On this 14-night adventure we'll explore the astonishing biological diversity of this beautiful island, via jungle hikes, canopy walks, quiet riverboat cruises and even a night safari as we visit the four most productive birding and wildlife regions in Malaysian Borneo.Registration available soon!
Distance: Distance walked will vary every day, but you can expect to walk 3-5 miles per day in some locations. Many of our treks will be in a jungle setting, with high temps and humidity, which can make even shorter walks feel somewhat strenuous.
Elevation changes: Varies by location. Usually not steep, but some days will include mountain walks with moderate elevation gain. Steeper hikes will be optional.
Trail: A wide variety of roads and trails, including packed earth single track. Trails can be muddy if it has rained recently (and it often has!)
Pacing: Our trips are generally slow and travel at a naturalist’s pace, though on longer hikes there may be some walking at a moderate pace in order to reach our destination (and get back!)
Notes on Pace and Conditions
Borneo is a wildlife watcher’s paradise and we will be traveling at a pace that allows us to enjoy all the wonderful sights and sounds around us. Some of our exploring will be via quiet, electric-motored riverboat. Much of our wildlife-watching will happen on foot. Terrain will be a mix of sealed roads, dirt roads and single-track trails. The most rigorous part of the trip will be in the Danum Valley where it may be very hot and the terrain is steeper and more uneven; even here, we will move at a “birder’s pace.”
Expect pre-dawn departures on most of our full days in the field. We may walk up to 5 miles on some days. Do note that Borneo is a hot and humid country, so even short wildlife walks can feel somewhat strenuous: daytime temperatures range from about 70-90 degrees fahrenheit and humidity averages about 80% year-round. Rainfall can be expected at any time in brief, heavy downpours. During the middle of the afternoon, when there is a lull in birding activity, we will often schedule a midday break. And you will be given ample opportunities to take a morning or afternoon off as you desire.
- Trip Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott and Candace Larson
- Trip Fee: $8,645 members / $9,490 non-members
- Deposit: $4,000
- Single supplement: $1200 (Limited Single Supplements available, please consider sharing a room.)
- Group size: Limited to 12 participants
- Fee Includes: All accommodation and meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 15. Ground transportation within Borneo, and one internal flight on Day 14. All local guide fees, park entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. A portion of your fee is a tax-deductible contribution to Portland Audubon.
- Fee Does Not Include: International airfares, Visa fees, alcoholic or carbonated beverages, travel insurance or personal expenses.
Brodie Cass Talbott
Brodie works as an educator with Portland Audubon. After many years of wildland firefighting and leading river tours, he spent six years living and teaching across Asia, where his interest in birds became his passion. He has birded across five continents, and uses his experience in education and ecotourism to share his love of the outdoors with people from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, with an eye towards increasing access to wild spaces for people from diverse communities.
Candace is an avid birder, mycology geek, and native plant enthusiast, with a passion for the diverse ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Candace leads domestic and international ecotours with a focus on bird biology and habitat preservation. She also works as a Field Biologist in Portland Audubon’s Conservation program, helping statewide partners meet their avian conservation goals.