Wild and exotic Borneo is full of natural wonders. The island has some of the world’s most species-rich equatorial rainforests, with wildlife sanctuaries dedicated to the rescue and conservation of the endangered Bornean orangutans. It’s a perfect destination for a trip of a lifetime!
The world’s third largest non-continental island brings together a surprising array of cultures, religions and languages. It’s divided into three countries: Indonesia (Kalimantan) across the south and central region, Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak) in the north and Brunei on the north-western coast. Everywhere you go, you’ll encounter the warmth and unforced friendliness of local people.
This region of Borneo (known as East Malaysia) is practically untouched by the outside world. Trek across Kinabalu Park and enjoy the view of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Kinabalu (4 096 m). Ride the North Borneo Railway train or head to Sipadan Island - one of the best dive sites in the world. Relax on the sandy beaches of Manukan Island and Sapi Island, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.
For incredible wildlife experience, stay in one of the wooden chalets along the Kinabatangan River to see the elephants, orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, cute little tarsiers, gibbons, slow lorises, freshwater sharks and dolphins, Sumatran rhinoceros and crocodiles. Nature lovers and eco-minded adventurers should also consider visiting Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre or Turtle Island Park.
How to get there:
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Where to stay:
Borneo’s high season is May to September, when days are dry and warm, although accommodation can be more expensive during this time.
What to do:
Borneo is an awesome exotic destination for active holidays off the beaten track.
For the adventurous, the island offers many options to satisfy their needs. Go for a white water rafting adventure along some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging rivers, hike through the jungle across bamboo bridges, or take a safari trip in one of the many national parks. A visit to the see the orphaned or abandoned orangutans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center (Sabah), will melt the heart of the hardiest traveller. If you’re fit enough, don’t miss a chance to climb Mount Kinabalu (4 096 m), the highest peak of South-East Asia. You can also walk along the canopy walkway high up on the treetops or take a relaxing dip into the natural hot springs of Poring. Adventure trekkers, extreme watersporters and wildlife enthusiasts will find their wilderness paradise in Kalimantan.
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