Kinabatangan River in the East Coast of Sabah, is the second longest river in Malaysia. The 560 kilometers river runs across Sabah is part of the Sukau-Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, that offers great opportunities to see amazing wildlife on an open longboat safari. Nestled along the Kinabatangan River are several small villages such as Sukau, Abai and Bilit are among the prominent points for tourist lodging, ranging from cozy chalets, to homestay and eco-jungle camp.
Upon arriving in Sandakan, there are two options for tourist to get into Kinabatangan, one is by road access from Sandakan that takes about 2 hours or the alternative by boat from Sandakan jetty through the Kinabatangan river mouth. The main attraction of Kinabatangan tour activities usually includes dusk and dawn boat cruises, with light trekking and night walks. These offers the chances to see some orangutans, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, gibbons, and the Bornean pygmy elephants to make an appearances.