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Insect repellent? Check. Camera? Check? Tickets to the third largest island in the world? Hell yeah! A stay in Borneo is sure to please all those with a love of nature accompanied by flavours of luxury throughout. Whether you want an evening stroll on the beach with your other half or a safari with family, you’re in for an unforgettable holiday here.
Hotels in the area can often be found boasting their own stretches of private beach along with a high level of seclusion and glamour that will please couples and families wanting a little peace and quiet. Unique and tranquil spas are also common with some being high in the trees for a true taste of the rainforest… the views alone are sure to leave you feeling revitalised.
Once you’ve had a dose of relaxation, it’s time to explore. Borneo is one of the most biodiverse countries housing over 15,000 plant species that will keep all those with an adoration of the great outdoors in their element. Climbing Mount Kinabalu is simply a must, or if you fancy something a little more tranquil why not enjoy a boat ride along the Kinabatangan River?
During your travels, you may meet what many people come here to make friends with. Orangutans. These beautiful creatures can be found both in the wild and at national rehabilitation centres where you can get up close and personal to the red-heads of Malaysia. You can also sunbathe on many of the pristine white beaches and, if you’re lucky, even have the chance to see dolphins. Take advantage of the watersports on offer and find even more tropical life that call this place home. Alternatively, for something a little more cultural, a trip to many of the religious buildings and cathedrals such as the Sabah State Mosque are a must for those wanting to immerse themselves in history before heading to the markets and restaurants.
It’s these markets and restaurants that make Borneo culinarily diverse. As well as traditional fare, international food is common practice when staying in the likes of Brunei, with laska or pineapple dishes available in Sarawak. However, for a meal with a magnificent view, book a spot on a Dinner In The Sky experience which sees diners many metres off the ground in Sabah. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in style, the likes of which you will miss terribly once back home.
The Borneo Rainforest is the oldest in the world with an estimated age of 130 million years. That’s a lot of candles to blow out! Explorations and treks are run from many of the hotels. To find the best one for you, call one of our personal travel managers now.

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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +8
  • Capital: Kota Kinabalu
  • Currency: MYR
  • Instagram Opportunity: Mount Kinabalu

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 27°c   Feb: 27°c   Mar: 28°c  
Apr: 28°c   May: 28°c   Jun: 29°c  
Jul: 30°c   Aug: 29°c   Sep: 28°c  
Oct: 27°c   Nov: 27°c   Dec: 27°c  


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Borneo in a Nutshell

Soak Up The Culture 
  • Kuching in Sarawak is a riverside city that is brimming with rich history and culture that’s just waiting to be soaked up. Chock full of museums, including one solely devoted to cats, you’re sure to be learning new things during your travels.
  • For those wanting to get up close and personal to wildlife, The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre or the Semengooh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre are both fantastic options. Feed orangutans as you pose for a picture with these red-headed beauties.
  • If you’re after some lush greenery, head to Sandakan Memorial Park and wander through the World War II exhibits, monuments and statues that many holiday makers flock to.

Life’s A Beach 
  • Beautiful white beaches are as common as hot weather in Borneo so expect to be taking a few island strolls along a few during your stay.
  • Tiny Mamutik Island in the Tunka Abdul Rahman Marine Park offers overnight camping directly on the beach if you want to fully immerse yourself in the Borneo lifestyle.
  • Sabah is home to the moon-shaped Kalampunian Beach which is beautiful in every sense of the word. Secluded and untouched, paddle through the choppy waters or pick up a trinket from the local stalls.
  • For those wanting something slightly busier, six-kilometres from Kot Kinabula lies Tanjung Aru beach. An abundance of seafood restaurants and eateries serving traditional fare to tantalise your taste buds can also be found nearby.

Adventure Awaits 
  • For explorers wanting to be put through their paces, a climb up Mount Kinabalu is a must. The highest peak in all of Malaysia, expect to be witnessing surreal panoramic views of Borneo on this two-day climb.
  • If venturing into the deep ocean waters is more your thing, dive into the rich marine life found off Sipadan Island that you’re sure to be making friends with during your stay.
  • Just in case mountain wilderness and ocean floors aren’t for you, why not try being surrounded by lush greenery? Take a canopy walk around the Kinabulu Park for aerial backdrops that are sure to be a sight for sore eyes. 

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