Shimmering beaches, towering mountain peaks and steamy tropical rainforest –Borneo is a naturalist’s paradise. The island is immense –the third-largest in the world, shared bythree nations–but we’ve managed to combine the best of the Malaysian sights and experiences in our 2020 convention and pre-and post-conference tours. Trek through ancient rainforest in the shadow of Malaysia’s tallest mountain, see skull relics from Borneo’s headhunting days and explore underwater wonders a short boat ride from our base in Kota Kinabalu. See how modern cities coexist with traditional Dayak culture,and indulge in local cuisine that will leave your taste buds tingling.

Pre Conference Tour

Extend your experience before joining the main conference group - join the optional pre conference tour.

Day 1

Australia - Singapore - Kota Kinabalu

Fly from Australia to Kota Kinabalu, via Singapore, with Singapore Airlines. Arrive in the evening and check in to your beachfront accommodation at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort. Your home for the next six nights is a luxurious, palm tree-studded paradise with all the mod-cons and views across the sparkling South China Sea. Be sure to catch the sunset from the aptly-named Sunset Bar and enjoy a twilight cocktail during your stay.

Day 2

Kota Kinabalu

Morning conference session.

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the resort and surrounds at your leisure. Unwind in the day spa, test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard, flop by the pool or explore the city. Re-join the group for welcome drinks before dinner and fall asleep to the sound of gentle waves lapping at the shore.

Day 3

Kota Kinabalu

Set your alarm and fasten your hiking shoes, today we explore the foot of Malaysia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu (4,095 metres). Departing the resort at 7.30am, we’ll drive for two hours along the ridgeline of the spectacular Crocker Range, before arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinabalu Park. Wander through ancient rainforests, shuffle along vertigo-inducing canopy walkways, explore the botanical gardens and discover why this mountain habitat is home to more than 5,000 plant species. Re-energise with lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a therapeutic soak at Poring Hot Springs, where you just might find yourself bathing next to a climber soothing their weary legs after a two-day ascent of Mount Kinabalu. Return to the resort just in time to freshen up for dinner.

Day 4

Kota Kinabalu

Morning conference session.

Lunch at the resort.

Afternoon conference session.

Day 5

Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy a morning exploring Borneo’s rich culture and heritage. Stroll through Tanjung Aru Water Village, home to 3,000 people living on homes built on stilts over the water. Visit the town of Penampang and wander through the bustling market. Explore churches and temples before cruising down the Penampang River to Monosopiad Cultural Village. Learn about Borneo’s headhunting history, hear tales of the village’s most infamous resident, Monsopiad, and see his battle trophies – 42 skulls displayed in the ghoulish House of Skulls. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the resort, stopping at a clinic along the way to learn about health practices on Borneo and share knowledge with local doctors.

Day 6

Kota Kinabalu

Morning conference Session.

In the afternoon, join an optional island tour, visiting one of the four neighbouring isles that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Trek through jungle, relax on the beach or explore the park’s underwater wonders with a mask and snorkel.

In the evening visit we visit the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association for our farewell dinner and an evening filled with singing, traditional dances and other expressions of Dayak culture.

Day 7

Sabah OR Australia

Depart on an early afternoon Singapore Airlines flight from Kota Kinabalu to Australia, via Singapore.



Post Conference Tour

Continue your experience before returning to Australia - join the optional post conference tour.

End of arrangements. Please note this program may be subject to change

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)
Dr Diana Hart & Dr Roger Scurr (1:39)