Borneo

Dive deep with turtles near Sipadan island
 

Travel to Borneo and Kota Kinabalu - captivating tropical experience

The island of Borneo is the world's third largest island, and experiencing Borneo's unique rainforests, animals, and beautiful white beaches is something you have to experience once in a lifetime.

Borneo is divided between three countries: Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Sabah

Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian part of Borneo is a charming city between jungle and the South China Sea. It is a gateway to Borneo's many adventures and its surrounding area is unique when it comes to natural biodiversity.

You can visit the Sabah Museum and check out the State Mosque representing some fine Islamic architecture. Start your journey in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, where you’ll find the best white beaches in Borneo, untouched jungle and exotic marine life. In Kota Kinabalu you can do some culinary adventures by trying the local specialty, fish-head curry. Check out the great fish market as well.

Climb Mt. Kinabalu

More than 4000m high Mt. Kinabalu is a botanical paradise of different orchids. It is also one of the Southeast Asia's highest mountains and offers an incredible view from the top - climbing Mt. Kinabalu is a must for any traveller! Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the beautiful flora and fauna. Nearby is the Dusun village, where you can see some traditional lifestyle.

Climb Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo

From Kota Kinabalu you can take a short ferry trip to Gaya Island. This is truly an amazing gem when you’re looking for white beaches and reef rich with marine life for snorkeling. Steamy rainforest surround the beaches. Perfect place to chill-out.

The orangutangs and Turtle Island

Sepilok Orangutang Rehabilitation Center outside Sandakan is one of the rare orangutan sanctuaries in the world helping the orphan and injured animals. Get to know these Borneo’s "wild men" and walk along the many forest trails in this area. Check all our tours to Sepilok Orangutang Rehabilitation Center.

Turtle Island is known for its green and hawksbill turtles, which lay eggs on the beaches of the island. If you’re there at the right time of the year, you can see a heart-warming site of baby turtles reaching the sea. Sandakan commercial centre is located near the island. It has some historical temples and a nice market.

Sarawak

Sarawak in the southern part of Malaysian Borneo is the least visited of Malaysia’s states and Kuching is the most pleasant city in Borneo with nice clean waterfront. It is old fashioned and modern at the same time. Here you can find a riverside area, beautiful parks, gardens and colorful markets. Gunung Mulu National Park is around this area. Deep in the wilderness lie large cave chambers and an area known as the Garden of Eden. Traveling further upriver, you’ll be able to meet local tribes and untouched jungle. Check all our tours in Sarawak.

Steamy rainforest of Kinabatangan is the wild heart of Borneo. Here you can get to know the life of a traditional Malay village and see some wildlife like elephants and crocodiles.

Feel like unwinding? Soak into the Poring hot springs and enjoy a total relaxation!

Activities in Malaysian Borneo

Sipadan is a legendary diving site located about 36km from Borneo. Its ecosystem is really incredible creating a living space for over 3000 species. It became popular after Jacques Cousteau discovered it. Here you can admire some patrolling hammerhead sharks, millions of technicolored reef fish and dozen of sea turtles passing you peacefully. Huge underwater drop offs are impressive. You’ll experience some of your top dives here; the marine life is so miraculous!!

  • The imposing Mt. Kinabalu is the highest peak in Southeast Asia. It offers climbing trips from couple of hours to several days. The sweaty climb is rewarding, but the stunning view is worth the climb.
  • Kota Kinabalu has some sites for snorkeling and swimming. Gaya Island is another place to go snorkeling canoeing, or scuba diving. Great marine life to be seen too.
  • To see some nightlife in the wilderness of Kinabatangan take your gumboots and head for a night jungle trek.
  • Want some real adventure? In Gulung Mulu National Park, there´s the world’s largest underground chamber. Make about 15-hour trip to the cave, this involves some serious hiking and lot of bats.

Transportation in Borneo

Kota Kinabalu receives flights e.g. from Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Brunei, Jakarta, Seoul. Domestic travel inside the state is via daily flights between Labuan, Sandakan, Tawau and Lahad Datu. There's a railway line from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom. You can also use buses, taxis, and boats for moving around.

When to go to Borneo

The seasons in Borneo are not very marked but the weather tends to be drier from February to August. However, rainfall levels are still unpredictable and Borneo is a great destination any time of year.

Tips

When walking in the jungle, watch out for leeches. While planning your trip, check vaccinations and other medication you might need.

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