Discover the real Borneo, from its mountain peaks and orang-utans to coral reefs and jungle treks. If you have no idea of where to start, consider the Borneo adventures suggested below.
A Cruise Through the Jungle and Orang-utan Viewing
Kick-start your discovery tour by exploring Kinabatangan River and Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre where you will find a wide variety of wildlife ranging from wild elephants and to tropical birds.
Experience Local Tribes and Their Traditions
Visit the Rungus tribe, on the Northern edge of East Sabah and explore their way of life and longhouses, housing structures, wholly made out of locally available building materials. In addition to spending the night in one of these structures, as a guest of a local family, you can take this opportunity to discover the expansive coast and explore the local traditions and crafts scene. A visit to Sapulot is like visiting another world in Sabah. Take a tour to Orou Sapulot you will get to see some amazing scenery, join some very cool adventure activities and experience the warmth of the Murut culture.
Beach Time on Lankayan Island
Lankayan Island is a well-hidden gem where holidaymakers go to unwind and take in views of the nearby turquoise sea in a wooden bungalow, while wild turtles choose this spot to lay eggs. Choose this tropical paradise for a relaxing beach vacation.
Conquering Mt. Kinabalu
Scale the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, where you will be rewarded with impressive alternate views of Kota Kinabalu once you reach the peak. While here, take some time to take in the jungle scenery, and views of the expansive city down below; you can also experience the magical sunrise through the clouds by renting a rustic cabin on the mountain.
Experience the City of Kota Kinabalu
This vibrant and modern city is considered to be the gateway into Sabah, and is used as the starting point for most Borneo tours by many travellers. Before going off on your next adventure, walk around the waterfront, sample some local street food or go shopping in this exciting city, with the imposing Mt. Kinabalu in the background.
Exploring Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Encounter a wide selection of wild animals during your explorative jungle tour. You will get unmatched views of tropical birds, bats, and monkeys as you weave through the jungle in a jeep under dense canopy cover on the way to your accommodation bungalow located deep within the reserve.
Life With the Iban Head-hunters
Take a trip deep into the jungle to Batang Ai National Park, where you can interact with locals and even stay in one of their traditional houses – longhouses. Meet the welcoming Iban tribe after a ride on a wooden boat as you continue to discover more about this secluded location.
Escape to Gaya Island
Gaya Island is a stone’s throw away from the city of Kota Kinabalu, and the nearby mainland. Home to a beautiful underwater ecosystem, patches of coral beaches and a dense forest, this location is nothing short of a tropical paradise. If you are looking for a place to relax, this is the place to be.
As part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Manukan Island is one of Borneo’s most scenic locations. You can soak up the sun as you read one of your favourite books and explore the dense jungle and corals, home to a variety of wildlife, for days. The location is quite close to Kota Kinabalu; a short boat ride away.
Visit Bako National Park to Encounter Proboscis Monkeys
On the edge of the impressive stretch of coastline, hidden away in the mangroves you will find Bako National Park. While here you will encounter proboscis monkeys during the refreshing jungle treks on offer before relaxing in a simple lodge right in the middle of the jungle.
Make a Stop Over in The Kingdom Of Brunei
On your way to Borneo, consider making a stopover at the Kingdom of Brunei and explore everything it has to offer including its peaceful water villages and golden mosques.
Kuching Food and Culture
Kuching, otherwise referred to as Cat City, is definitely worth exploring. Take a long walk along the well-lit waterfront, try the sumptuous Asian cuisine and gaze at the intricately designed Chinese temples while here. The city is considered to be a great launching pad for the most exciting Borneo tours.
Living With the Monkeys and Fireflies in the Mangroves
Experience life with orang-utans, nested in a tree house on the Damai peninsular coast, before exploring the Santubong for its rich collection of wildlife. Be on the lookout for swinging monkeys, glowing fireflies, crocodiles and Irrawaddy dolphins.