Known by many as Malaysian Borneo, this exotic island has attracted explorers and those seeking a luxury escape for decades. Explore the ancient tropics of Kinabulu National Park, and even scale the dizzying heights of Mount Kinabulu. Get a taste of tribal culture at an Iban longhouse. Or simply stretch out on the pristine sands of Pulau Gaya. But don’t miss the enchanting orang-utans playing in the trees at one of Borneo’s rehabilitation centres.
A magical land of deep jungle, white-sand beaches and world-famous orang-utans.
Things to do
Get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest as you wander along a canopy walkway to Poring Hot Springs – a natural spa. Quietly watch turtles laying eggs on the aptly named Turtle Beach. And then meet Borneo’s orang-utans at the Sepilok Rehabiliation Centre, as they emerge from the treetops to snack on bananas. There are enough natural wonders and rare sights in Borneo to fill a lifetime.
Take to the water in Borneo for a unique view of flora and fauna. Paddle along the Kinabatangan River and you might spot rare pygmy elephants, macaques, gibbons and a proboscis monkey or two on the banks. Or head below ground and explore the mysterious caves at Gunung Mulu – home to stalagmites and serene pools lit by shards of sunlight.
On Gaya Island you’ll find unspoilt beaches backed by mangroves and rainforest. Dive beneath the turquoise waters here and discover colourful coral reefs and a dazzling array of fish. It’s perfect for an island getaway.
There are thought to be 100 species of animal that are only found on Borneo. Look out for pygmy elephants, bay cats and the elusive Sunda clouded leopard.
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