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Borneo Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Experience Borneo's unspoilt rainforest, flawless beaches and wild adventures, with one of our Borneo holidays. The third-largest island in the world, Borneo is politically divided between three different countries, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Lying at the geographic centre of Maritime South East Asia, it lies to the south of the Philippines amongst the islands of the Greater Sunda Archipelago. Home to a staggering array of rare tropical species, the island’s rainforest provide a rich ...

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TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Borneo

This wildlife adventure offers the perfect insight into the highlights of Borneo's iconic landscapes and wildlife, from the turtle-rich waters of the coast to the mesmerising orangutans of the rainforest.
10 days from A$7,113
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Borneo

This thrilling off the beaten track adventure takes you into some of Borneo's most beautiful and hidden landscapes, as you trek through jungle and stay in village homestays.
15 days from A$8,501
TAILOR-MADE

Borneo Family Adventure

A stunning journey through some of Sabah's most spectacular landscapes, this thrilling family adventure is filled with natural and cultural highlights, from the wildlife rich ecosystems of Kinabatangan, Sepilok and Tabin to the pristine beaches of Gaya Island.
12 days from A$6,540
TAILOR-MADE

Borneo In Style

A luxury journey with a difference, this incredible adventure takes you deep into the heart of Borneo’s wild country, staying at some of the finest hotels, lodges and resorts that Sabah and Sarawak have to offer.
11 days from A$6,725
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Borneo

This 14-day journey will take you to some of Borneo's less-visited areas in addition to some of the highlights, from the charming waterfront cafes of Kuching, its old colonial capital, to the slopes of Mount Kinabalu.
14 days from A$5,282

HIGHLIGHTS OF BORNEO

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Danum Valley

A stunning natural gem, the Danum Valley Conservation Area presents a pristine landscape of virgin jungle and lush tropical lowland forest that provides shelter for a rare collection of animals, including ...

Kinabalu National Park

Set amongst the dramatic landscapes of the Kinabalu National Park, Mount Kinabalu is Borneo's highest peak, and one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. Accorded UNESCO World Heritage status and ...

Kota Kinabalu

Formerly known as Jesselton, the capital of Sabah State lies along the north-western coast of Borneo, overlooking the waters of the South China Sea. Founded by the British North Borneo Company in the ...

Kuching

The capital of Sarawak, Kuching is the largest city in Borneo and one of the most vibrant cities in the region. Situated on the banks of the Sarawak River, in the north-western part of the island, the ...

Tabin Nature Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is located in the eastern part of Sabah. The reserve comprises an area of approximately 300,000 acres in the centre of the Dent Peninsula, north-east of Lahad Datu town, south of ...

Kinabatangan River

Sabah's Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, running some 560 kilometres from its source in the mountains of the south-west to the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan. Blessed with one of ...

Sepilok

One of Sabah's most popular attractions and part of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to help orphaned Orangutans. Set amidst 4,300 hectares ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley

Set beside the waters of the Danum River, this wonderfully rustic and award winning lodge is capable of accommodating up to 60 people in 31 chalets. Each chalet comes with a private shower and balcony…

Bunga Raya Island Resort, Gaya Island

Bunga Raya Island Resort is set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded island hideaway of 47 timbered villas, the resort is tucked away on a tranquil and hidden bay framed by…

Gaya Island Resort, Gaya Island

Located on the small island of Pulau Gaya off the western coast of Sabah, this stunning resort is set on the beachfront, surrounded by rainforest and mangroves. Its 120 villas and two-bedroom suites,…

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Kinabatangan (Abai)

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort is a gem located in Abai, a quieter area of the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain, about an hour’s boat ride from Sandakan harbour. If you are looking for something exclusive…

Sepilok Nature Resort, Sepilok

Within walking distance from the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, deep in a forest of tropical orchids and towering trees, this charming resort combines modern comforts with…

Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Kinabatangan (Sukau)

The lodge has previously been awarded status as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, one of only 25 in the world, and the only one in Southeast Asia. It is the only lodge that uses electric…

BORNEO REVIEWS

INSPIRATION

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Malaysia though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is prevalent in parts of Borneo, therefore we strongly suggest that you visit your GP to discuss your personal requirements. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.  

Currency 

In Borneo, Malaysia the unit of currency is the Malaysian ringgit (MYR).  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

Borneo, Malaysia is a multicultural but predominantly Islamic country. You should respect local traditions, customs and religions. Shoulders and legs should be covered when visiting temples and other important religious sites.   

Ladies should dress modestly in the towns and cities, this means avoid wearing shorts and tank tops. When you’re outside of the towns and cities you can wear normal summer clothes. If your trip includes spending time at hotels resorts the dress code is more relaxed. Men can wear normal summer clothes all the time.  

As you can imagine the humidity is very high here, so be prepared. When you’re exploring national parks, light weight natural fabrics work best and pack long trousers and long sleeved shirts to help keep the bugs away.  

Language & Religion 

The official language is  Malay  although English is also widely spoken and understood. Mandarin and Tamil are the other two main languages, alongside a multitude of other less widely spoken languages representing smaller ethnic groups.   

More than half of the population (52%) follows Islam. Other religions followed in Malaysia are Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Sikhism. In addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia.  

Time 

Borneo is 8 hours ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

In Borneo forget potatoes – rice (nasa) and noodles (mee) rule in this region. Rice is either steamed or fried, and noodles can be made from wheat, wheat and egg, rice or mung beans, and are used in a bewildering number of dishes either fried or boiled. Malays like their fish fried (ikan) whole and stuffed with spices or chopped into chunks or steaks and served with a spicy (tamarind) sauce. In Malaysian Borneo in particular, hinava (raw fish marinated with lime juice and herbs) is very popular.  

Apart from fish, chicken (ayam) is possibly the most consumed meat in the region. Beef (daging lembu) and mutton (daging kambing, which also refers to lamb as well as kid and goat) are common in Malay dishes too. Chilli of course, features heavily. Fruit is usually the desert, served raw and presented on platters while alcohol is readily available all over.