MALAYSIA

OPTIONAL ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE VOLUNTEERING IN MALAYSIA

Make the most of your time in Malaysia!

To help you, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Please note that all optional activities in Malaysia depart from Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. If you are doing the Sepilok Orang-utan Conservation project, this is only a 40-minute flight away. If you're doing a project on the Peninsula, it is a 2.5-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo

CLIMB MOUNT KINABALU:
Kinabalu Park is Borneo's botanical paradise and home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 metres), the highest peak in South East Asia. On this three-day excursion you'll trek for about 6-8 hours over 2 days and will experience sunrise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

LEVEL: Moderate Trekking. No experience needed but see medical notes below
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: 3 days and 2 nights
MINIMUM AGE: Climbers below 16 years old are considered Child and will be accompanied by a separate mountain guide. An extra guide currently costs an additional £55 GBP.
INCLUDED: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners & 1 Supper, 2 Nights Accommodation, Entrance Fee, Return Airport/Hotel Transfer (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Return Transfer (Park HQ - Timpohon Gate - Park HQ), Mountain Guide, Climbing Insurance, Climbing Permit, Mount Kinabalu Certificate and Certificate Holder, and English Speaking Support Team.
PRICE: £499.

This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance in order to secure the necessary permits. A super peak season surcharge (approx 150RM (£30 or US$45) per night) is also sometimes applied to bookings between June and September. You'll need to pay this locally.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up from Kota Kinabalu and make a scenic drive to Kinabalu Park, arriving late afternoon. You’ll meet up with our representative and then proceed to Sabah Park’s HQ, at 1,563 meters, where you’ll register for the climb, check into your hostel and have some free time to explore the park at your leisure Then dinner and return to the hostel for a much-needed early night!

Day 2: The hard work starts today! After a wake- up call at 7am, you’ll ‘gear-up’ and have breakfast. You’ll meet with your assigned Mountain Guide and proceed to Timpohon Gate for the start of the climb. You'll have a packed lunch and plenty of rest stops! You'll climb for 5-6 hours before reaching Laban Rata. You'll have the afternoon free to relax and recuperate. Dinner will be at the Rest House restaurant and you'll stay in the mountain hut (which has dormitory bunk beds).

Day 3: Very very early wake up call - at 1am! It will be worth it though. You’ll trek for 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu to witness the glorious sunrise. You'll then trek down to Laban Rata for breakfast, after which you'll trek down to the Timpohon Gate, then transferred back to the Kinabalu Park HQ to pick up your Certificate of Achievement!

MEDICAL NOTES: A high level of fitness is required and we strongly advise that you have a medical check before attempting the climb. If you suffer from any of the following, you are advised not to do this climb: hypertension, diabetes, palpitations, arthritis, heart disease, severe anaemia, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, obesity (overweight), chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis (jaundice) or any other condition/disease which may impact on your ability to complete the climb comfortably. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor. If you are an inexperienced climber you should seek further advice before participating.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Although the majority of routes leading to the summit of Kinabalu require no technical climbing skills, some kind of training beforehand is important. It is important to remember that you will be hiking on surfaces with varying angles which may put lots of stress on your ankles and knees. It is also worth remembering that most of the injuries which occur on Mount Kinabalu happen on the way down. When climbing Mount Kinabalu, take a slow pace to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude, as at 3000 meters, you only have 70% of the oxygen you would normally have at sea-level.

To climb Mount Kinabalu
You need to be in decent physical condition.
you must not have heart or lung problems.
You need healthy knees and ankles.
Take your time and know your physical limitations.
Consult your personal physician if you are taking any kind of medication or if you have any other health problems.

If you plan to take any medication during your climb, you must consult your doctor prior to departure. The effects of medications may vary with altitude and stress. All climbers should consult their doctor or a specialised travel clinic well in advance of their trip.

How Physically Fit I Should Be To Do The Climb? It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour brings you up to 11’000 feet above sea level for an overnight stay. The second day is slightly more to the technical side – there are parts where you will need to hold onto ropes at an angle of about 15 – 20 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 story staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that’s good enough to prepare you for Mount Kinabalu.

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Padas River Rafting

1-DAY PADAS RIVER RAFTING (Grade 3-4):
Spectacular scenery and thrilling rafting experience, exploring the wild and untamed Padas River, with 7 exciting and challenging rapids.

LEVEL: Moderate. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Padas River, near Tenom, Sabah
DURATION: Full Day
MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old.
INCLUDED: Lunch, Hotel Pickup & Drop off for hotels in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups) Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Guide, Rafting Equipment, Life Jacket, Certified River Guide, Certificate and Insurance. PRICE: £99.

The Padas River is situated in the interior of the south-western part of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll journey by bus for approximately 3½ hours through the countryside to Beaufort Town, where you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The rafting start point is only accessible by train, so included in the price is a unique journey in an antique train on the North Borneo Railway. You'll journey through the heart of Borneo to the start of your rafting adventure - a brilliant chance to see the spectacular, untouched scenery of this beautiful country and glimpse the local villages. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a full safety briefing before starting your 9km rafting adventure.

The river holds seven thrilling rapids to negotiate - you’ll work as a team and will have an experienced guide with you. The journey will undoubtedly be an awesome adrenalin rush, as you experience the ultimate white water class III and IV rapids. The route takes about 1.5 hours to complete. You’ll then have the chance to change out of your wet clothes and enjoy some light refreshment at the station, ready for your return train journey to Beaufort Town and bus trip back to Kota Kinabalu.

This excursion includes transfers to and from your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, full safety briefing and equipment. Please note, this is a full day’s excursion and you won’t return to your hotel until at least 6.00 pm.

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Scuba Diving at Tunku Rahman Park in Borneo

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING AT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK:
A chance to scuba dive and observe the beautiful coral life. The perfect package for those who have never dived before. You'll be given a step-by-step guide to scuba diving, from learning how to suit up, to how to use your diving equipment properly.

LEVEL: Beginner. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu.
MINIMUM AGE: 12 yeaers old. DURATION: Full day.
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Drinking water, Tea & Coffee & snacks, Park Entry Fee, Two Dives, Return Boat Transfer, Equipment Rental and Dive Master/Instructor. PRICE: £125 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a stunning marine park, that comprises of a cluster of islands including Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. All of the islands have gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens - and they are all only a 10 - 20 minute boat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu!

The Discover Scuba Diving program introduces scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner, giving you just a little taste of the fascinating and thrilling world of Scuba Diving. The Discover Scuba package, conducted by PADI certified instructors at the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park’s Island, allows you to discover excitement, adventure, freedom and serenity. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is ideally suited to beginner divers providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats.

Learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment under the guidance of PADI certified instructors today!

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Cultural Village Tour in Malaysia

1-DAY TIP OF BORNEO & BAVANGGAZO CULTURAL VILLAGE TOUR:
An opportunity to experience the fantastic culture of rural Malaysia.

LEVEL: Gentle
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu, 3 hours journey to northern Sabah.
DURATION: Full day
MINIMUM AGE: N/A (Infants under 3 years old are free of charge)
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Entrance Fees, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), and English Speaking Guide.
PRICE: £115 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

ITINERARY: You'll journey through scenic countryside to the north of Kudat. You'll pass some spectacular scenery including paddy fields, traditional villages, plantations and local stalls selling handicraft and food items. On arrival at Bavanggazo village (where the Rungus community live) you'll have a traditional lunch, before visiting the community and their cottage industries - Seeing the Rungus Tribe still living in their longhouses is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience! The community is very enterprising - the main economic activities include producing honey and making gongs.

Before returning to Kota Kinabalu, you'll visit Simpang Mengayau, the northern most tip of Borneo, where the Sulu and South China Seas meet. On a clear day, you'll be able to see the outlying islands of the Philippines from this point! Spectacular!

If you take this tour on a Sunday, you may get the chance to visit the Tamu Besar (a bustling open air market in Kota Belud)

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