From the peak of Mount Kinabalu piercing the misty skies, to the thick jungle rainforest intertwined by centuries of undisturbed growth, to the stark moment of reflection you get from peering deep into the eyes of the native Orang-utans, Borneo’s reputation is enough to send you into a fantasy… so imagine seeing it for yourself!
Set apart from the Malaysian mainland, but almost covering as much area, Malaysian Borneo is split between the states of Sabah and Sarawak, both of which are teeming with spectacular natural beauty and breathtaking fauna to earn them the mantle as some of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world....
At 130 million years old, Borneo’s rainforest is considered to be the oldest in the world, evolving over time to breed 150,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees, 221 species of mammal and 420 species of resident birds. It’s this diversity that makes Borneo a paradise for lovers of all things nature, so it is little surprise that eco-tourism is particularly popular here.
Sabah on the north-eastern trip of Borneo Island has the greater concentration of attractions to ensure you get the most out of this truly stunning tropical corner of the world.
As the second largest mountain in Asia, the 13,436ft (4095m) Mount Kinabalu carves a dominant figure in the Borneo skyline, the summit piercing the clouds on mistier days and the slopes painted in thick flora at different points. Protected by the Kinabalu National Park, despite its size Mount Kinabalu does not require experience or equipment to reach the peak – just make sure you allow yourself plenty of time and have good stamina!
Flanking the other side of Kota Kinabalu, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park covers 4929 hectares comprising of 5 islands – Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Sulug - and two-thirds sea. Each island is a vision of fantasy, the emerald iris of the inland ringed by golden shores, creating an intimate and idyllic environment to savour.
For many, a visit to Borneo isn’t complete without getting acquainted with some of its more famous residents, most notably the orang-utans that call this area their home. Classified as endangered in Borneo, the intelligent primates can be introduced to you at the world-renowned Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, where the delightful creatures frolic and exist happily. Fascinating to watch, the park is also an educational experience to ensure a better understanding of their plight as the species comes under threat from modern development.
Borneo’s captivating fauna can be found under the surface too, with Turtle Islands Park and the island of Sipadan offering fascinating glimpses at the region’s thriving marine life. At Turtle Islands Park, which is located 40km off Sandakan, visitors are offered the chance to witness the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, while Sipadan, positioned to the south-east of Borneo, has excellent opportunities to explore the underwater reef that surrounds the island.
Home to the world’s oldest rainforest and teeming with species native to this extraordinary area of the world, Borneo is where nature thrives. A dream destination for anyone with a keen interest in nature, Borneo is an ecological paradise.
A Borneo tour is an opportunity to get closer to nature than ever before, whether you’re shaking hands with the iconic Orang-Utans of Sepilok, swimming with the turtles of Sipadan or trekking through a flora and fauna-rich rainforest.
Perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway, book a Borneo tour with Travelbag and you can choose from flexible independent tours, escorted tours helmed by our friendly tour guides or small group tours for an even more intimate experience.
Key Highlights of Borneo
- Making acquaintance with the iconic Orang-Utans
- Trekking through the world’s oldest rainforest
- Ascending the mighty Mount Kinabalu
- Swimming with the turtles of Sipadan
- Embarking on a thrilling ecological adventure
- Getting up close and personal with Borneo unique species
For more information about Travelbag’s excellent range of Borneo tours, call 0871 703 4698 Costs 13p/min + network extras to chat with one of our knowledgeable travel experts about creating the perfect Borneo holiday for you.
TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS OF BORNEO
- Meet the Orang-Utans of Sepilok - Make acquaintance with Borneo’s famous Orang-Utans at the world-famous Sepilok sanctuary, where you have the chance to learn more about these remarkable creatures.
- Swim with the turtles of Sipadan - Head offshore to the Borneo island of Sipadan where the reef and marine life abundant waters are ideal for unforgettable diving opportunities.
- Climb Mount Kinabalu - Though it is one of the tallest mountains in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu’s fairly shallow slopes ensure it remains fairly navigable, making it an exciting excursion for the day.
- Trek into the Borneo rainforest - Venture into the dense rainforests of Borneo’s Sarawak to discover why it is considered one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world.
- Discover the turtles of Sipadan - Venture to the island of Sipadan for the opportunity to swim with the turtles that reside in the surrounding waters.
- Relax on a paradise island - Borneo’s dense rainforest may be considered its most famous attraction, but it also lays claim to many idyllic paradise islands off the shore for those seeking the ultimate castaway experience.
- Embark on an adventure - Borneo is the ideal destination to indulge your adventurous side, whether that includes white-water rafting, camping out in the rainforest or diving into the tropical depths.
- Dive into Borneo - Borneo’s stunning creatures can also be found under the surface, where the crystal-clear make it the perfect spot to dive amidst turtles, manta rays and sharks.
- Pursue the unusual proboscis monkey - Go in search of the unique proboscis monkey, unique to Borneo, for a chance to see these unusual creatures up close.
- Sink into hot springs - After a day spent trekking, climbing, swimming, diving or whatever arduous activity you partake in, there really is no better way to relax than at Poring Hot Springs.
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