Why Borneo You Say?
From the iconic Orangutan and all eight species of Hornbills to the majestic Pygmy Elephants, Borneo is the best destination for wildlife sighting! Our Top Tours for wildlife include Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia’s only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, the luxurious Borneo Rainforest Lodge in misty Danum Valley, Selingan Island, and Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Nature lover? Look no further than a peaceful stay at the beautiful countryside of Kiulu Farmstay, an overnight tour to Mount Kinabalu, or go diving at the world-class Sipadan island! We also feature some of the best tours for Adventure seekers, including Climbing Mt Kinabalu or Trekking at Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon, Deramakot and Crocker Range. If you’re strapped for time, indulge in our Top-selling Day Tours instead: trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park or Sepilok’s Wildlife Sanctuaries and the storied city of Sandakan are sure to leave you in awe.
Borneo is the world’s third largest island in the world, and is made up of 3 different countries:
Malaysia (the states of Sabah and Sarawak), Brunei, and Indonesia. Located smack dab in the middle of the
Southeast Asian tropics, this giant, rugged island boasts incredible biodiversity. Its ancient rainforests
that have been around for over a 140 million years, home to a myriad of rare and endangered wildlife
species including the Bornean Orangutan. Naturally, this also means that the entire island is filled to
the brim with incredible destinations – be sure to check out our Guitar Tech Scratchplate ~ S-style ~ Orange Marble page for great ideas of
where to visit!
Sukau Rainforest Lodge
For most of our guests, the biggest highlight of their trip to Borneo would be a visit to Sukau
Rainforest Lodge, the only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Malaysia as well as a winner
of Sabah’s Best Nature Lodge, in addition to numerous other local and international awards. The property
sits atop of Belian-wood stilts that emerge from the mighty Kinabatangan River, an important waterway that
runs deep through the heart of the Bornean rainforest.
This, coupled with the river’s great width and relatively short surrounding trees providing ample amounts
of sunlight and visibility, makes the Kinabatangan River one of the best places for wildlife sighting and
photography in the world - it is here that you will get the chance to experience coming face to face with
Sabah’s most iconic animals, such as Orang Utans and Proboscis Monkeys, during exciting river safari
cruises. And despite being out in the middle of the jungle, the ecolodge does not compromise on comfort
and amenities, providing a rare blend of both nature and luxury. It’s the perfect destination for wildlife
enthusiasts, nature lovers, and families alike.
Danum Valley is one of the last remaining untouched places in the world, with primeval forests and
incredible diversity of life, while the Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife reserve in all of
Malaysia. And if you fancy yourself a rough and tough adventurer type, then consider challenging yourself
to climb the Summit of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Borneo, and savour its breathtakingly gorgeous
views. Treks into the ‘Lost World of Sabah’, Maliau Basin, and the spine of Borneo, Crocker Range are
no-brainers as well. Adventurous sorts may also find themselves entranced by the world’s largest cave
system, right here in Mulu National Park, Sarawak, which is also home to the famous Mulu Pinnacles –
unique massive rock formations that jut upwards from the ground.
Devoted birdwatchers will be thrilled by the many endemic species of Bornean birds found in their natural
habitats. If you’re passionate about birdwatching, and happen to find yourself in this little corner of
Southeast Asia, then look no further than our specialised Birding tours accompanied by our world-class
Beaches and Islands
Sabah, Borneo is also a haven for beach-goers and divers. It’s surrounded by numerous beautiful islands,
such as the world-renowned Sipadan Island and Langkayan Island, that have been consistently rated as some
of the best diving spots in the world. The beaches themselves are to die for, with crystal clear waves
hugging along white sandy coasts – and you won’t even need to go that far; Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Marine
Park is just a stone’s throw away from the capital, Kota Kinabalu.
Cultural and Heritage
Speaking of which - from the moment you begin your adventure in Borneo, landing in either the city of
Kota Kinabalu or Kuching, be prepared to fall in love with the locals and their unique way of life. Borneo
is home to various indigenous people, many of whom have preserved their traditional values and culture.
Experience what it’s like to live amongst some of the oldest tribes in Borneo by visiting their tribal
homes, such as the Mari-Mari Cultural Village in Sabah or one of the many Long houses in Sarawak. You can
also immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Brunei, as hallmarked by its Royal Palaces,
majestic mosques and charming water villages. Rest assured that Borneo, though incredibly diverse with
many practices that may seem exotic to the outside world, is a place that is peaceful and harmonious.
Besides these remarkable destinations, there are many other exciting and memorable activities to be found
in Borneo. You can brave the rapids and go white-water rafting, ride an antique train that dates back to
the British colonial era, cycle along pristine beaches while passing through villages, visit tea
plantations and agricultural parks, and sample some of the scrumptious local delicacies and beverages. In
short, Borneo has a little something for everyone, and should most definitely be on your bucket list of places to go to at least once in your lifetime. So, if you’ve always wanted to visit Borneo, then set a
date, book a ticket, pack up your bags, and let your worries fly away as you unearth the secrets of this
A trip to Borneo, tropical paradise and Southeast Asia’s best-kept secret, will rarely disappoint – but if you want the absolute best of the best, then look no further than this carefully-curated selection of our most popular packages.
Be sure to check out our FAQ section for great tips and advice when travelling to Borneo, so that you can
make the best out of your time here.