It is not easy to get to Sukau and the Kinabatangan River as an independent traveller. Most tourists go with a pre-booked tour. One such company is Amazing Borneo Tours. We booked a three day - two night trip staying at Sukau Bilit Rainforest Lodge.
We were met early in the morning at Sandakan Airport, taken to Sepilok Orangutan Reserve, and then on to Sukau.
Fom Sandakan to Sukau is about two hours. It is not a very inspiring journey as the roads are lined with palm oil plantations.
Arriving at Kampung Bilit, Suau jetty, you then need to get a boat to your accommodation - most of the lodges are on the opposite side of the river to the jetty.
Transfer from Sandakan jetty to Sukau Rainforest Lodge is included in the package.
The sppedboat is well maintained and clean. Each guest is given a life jacket to wear during the 3-hour journey.