Borneo Holidays

Wherever you venture in the world there really is no holiday like a Borneo holiday. This truly great destination has something to offer everyone from soft adventures to wildlife encounters. Visit the majestic Mount Kinabalu or the lush green rainforests of Sandakan, home to the wild men of Borneo - the orang-utan - or visit Iban tribes deep in the jungle. When you have had your fill of culture and wildlife, just sit back and relax on a beautiful palm fringed beach.

Straddling the equator and dominated by luxuriant rainforest, Borneo is a unique destination that provides a visual feast at every turn. The exotic Malaysian portion is comprised of two states, Sabah and Sarawak, boasting extraordinary landscapes, ancient tribes and a prolific array of astonishing wildlife.

One of Sabah’s greatest attractions is Mount Kinabalu National Park, a significant natural environment dominated by Mount Kinabalu. The dazzling abundance of flora and fauna are worth the visit alone, but for those who like a challenge, scaling majestic Mount Kinabalu’s heights will live long in the memory.

From historic Sandakan, take a longtail boat along the Kinabatangan River keeping your eyes peeled for proboscis monkeys, monitor lizards, hornbills, gibbons, lemurs and, if you’re extremely lucky, pygmy elephants. At Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre watch these flame-haired creatures as they swing through the trees and are prepared for a life back in the wild. At Tabin Wildlife Reserve you can trek through the forest that shelters some of Sabah’s most endangered species as well as numerous birds and a colossal number of tropical plants.

In Sarawak explore Kuching, a riverside city steeped in history. From there, opt to go local and stay in a traditional longhouse with the Iban tribe, once renowned as head hunters! Also not to be missed in Sarawak are the spectacular caves of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Gunung Mulu National Park.

Once you’re explorations are over, Sabah and Sarawak’s beaches are a simply heavenly place to unwind and reflect on Borneo’s bountiful treasures.

While Borneo alone is sure to fulfil your wildest dreams, flight options also allow you to enhance your holiday with a stopover in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or perhaps the Middle East.

    Why visit Borneo?
  • Wildlife rich equatorial rainforests
  • Extraordinary natural scenery
  • Encounter indigenous tribes
  • Fabulous soft adventure experiences
  • Heavenly beaches


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Essential facts about Borneo
Local Time

GMT + 8 hours

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit

Travel information

Borneo is approximately 16 hours (via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong) from the UK.
Recommended airlines that fly indirectly from the UK to Borneo: Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Emirates (via Dubai and Kuala Lumpur), Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur), Qatar Airways (via Doha and Kuala Lumpur) or Singapore Airlines (via Singapore).

Best time to go

Borneo has a tropical climate where temperatures and humidity are high. March to October are considered the best months for travel, as November to February can bring more rain. However, rainforest areas can be unpredictable so rain can occur at any time, even if just a short sharp downpour.

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