SCIENTISTSDanum Valley Accommodation

The Danum Valley Field Centre provides several types of accommodation for SEARRP scientists. Scientists are responsible for planning and booking their own accommodation for their time in the field (sorry, we do not handle tourist enquires).

VIP Chalets

Two rooms available – each of which can sleep 2-3 people. These are air-conditioned, fully serviced and have an en-suite bathroom, a refrigerator and private balcony. Primarily intended for short visits.


Seven rooms available, each of which can sleep 2 – 3 people. These are fully serviced, have en-suite bathrooms and overhead fans. Primarily intended for short visits.


Four rooms available, each of which can sleep 2 – 3 people. These are fully serviced, have en-suite bathrooms, overhead fans and balconies.

Scientist Chalets

Three self-contained duplex chalets and 1 single room chalet are available. The duplexes can sleep up to 4 people. They include a kitchen, living room, separate bedrooms, a bathroom and a veranda. Basic cooking equipment and utensils are provided. All of the chalets have their own refrigerator and washing machine. Intended primarily for long-term scientists – especially those who wish to self-cater.


There are two adjacent hostels at Danum Valley, each of which can sleep 48 people at one time (96 in total). The hostels are sub-divided into separate ‘rooms’, with 2 bunk beds in each. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared. Each hostel has a prayer room for Muslim residents. The hostels share a large kitchen and dining area with excellent views over the forest. Intended primarily for students on field courses and for scientists and other visitors who may be on a tight budget.


Sleeps up to 20 people (in hammock style beds). This is a built campsite with open-sided, zinc-roofed structures and includes basic on-site toilets, showers, cooking facilities and a dining area. Intended mainly for students and other visitors who may be on a limited budget – or for those who prefer a more ‘natural’ living environment.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are served in a dining room and on a veranda adjacent to the rest house, which has wonderful views over the forest.

Food is simple, Malaysian home-style cooking using fresh ingredients (all Halal) purchased locally in Lahad Datu. Breakfast is often Western style with cereal, toast, eggs and sausages, though an Asian breakfast of fried noodles is often served. Lunch usually consists of either fried rice or sandwiches. Dinner includes several vegetables, chicken, beef and/or fish dishes with steamed rice.

The Danum catering staff are accustomed to preparing vegetarian meals and accommodating other dietary requirements, though visitors with serious food intolerances or allergies may wish to consider self-catering. (The chalets, hostel, and camp having cooking facilities).


SEARRP employs a large team of highly trained and experienced Research Assistants – who are available to help our scientists with their work. We also maintain a fleet of 4WD vehicles which are available for hire. For details on our rates please visit here.


If you would like to request a reservation or have questions on accommodation availability, please contact  Hafeona of the Danum Valley Field Centre at or call  +60 (0) 88 326 317