Borneo Island is the third largest island in the world. Famous for its protected National Parks, Borneo Indonesia offers a superb mix of Malaysian culture and teeming jungle wildlife.
A Borneo holiday is a great way to discover the best of South East Asia with an unrivaled eco-experience. While Borneo is split between Malaysia, Indonesia and the tiny Kingdom of Brunei, each specific territory offers a unique perspective.
Borneo Indonesia is famed for its wildlife conservation. The abundant Borneo rainforest is home to some of the world's most endangered species including the clouded leopard, the Borneo elephant, sun bear and gibbon.
The Borneo rainforest is also rich with adventure sports including trekking, caving and climbing. Both the Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo Indonesia Sarawak district and the Mount Kinabalu Park in Sabah, offers a great Borneo holiday destination. The parks offer some fantastic jungle trekking through rugged terrain and deep river gorges. Gunung Mulu National Park in particular boasts some good caving and climbing.
Organized jungle treks to climb Mount Kinabalu in Borneo Indonesia are a popular excursion and an excellent way to explore Borneo Island. Mount Kinabalu is located in Borneo's Sabah district and the summit can be reached relatively easily. Within the Kinabalu National Park is the Poring Hot Springs. The steaming sulphorous water serves to soothe aching muscles after a keen trek up the mountain summit. Also located in Borneo's Sabah district is the Sungai Kinabatangan River. The area provides one of the best places to view wildlife on Borneo Island. The river and surrounding jungle trails provide good rafting and mountain biking respectively. Borneo's river systems are also home to indigenous Iban communities. Borneo travel to visit these fascinating people can be organized along with a stay over in one of their tribal longhouses.
In Sarawak, the Bako National Park is famous for its diverse flora and fauna where trips with a Borneo travel guide prove a great way to discover the Borneo rainforest with its wild orchids, mangrove forests, Proboscis monkeys and snakes! Sarawak is also home to pepper gardens, cocoa fields and rubber plantations.
Both Kinabalu and Gunung Mulu National Parks are conservation areas where protected species of animals are nurtured back to a healthy population. In the districts of Sarawak, Kalimantan and Sabah, tourists can visit Orangutan Rehabilitation Centers where many of the animals that have been orphaned or rescued in some way, are prepared for release back into the Borneo rainforest. Visitors can see the Orang-utan's at feeding time. Many of Borneo's wildlife sanctuaries run volunteer projects lasting from 2 weeks to 3-6 months, were volunteers can be directly involved in preserving these precious animals.
Boneo travel can be as diverse as the country itself! Usually a combination of different types of transport gets you into the National Parks. Borneo is easily accessible by air with good connections to all over South East Asia. Borneo's river systems and coastal sea provide the most convenient way to travel between districts.
Away from the jungle canopy Borneo travel to the coast confronts the tourist with impressive stretches of golden sandy beaches and laid back fishing communities. Around Brunei, the districts of Kuala Belait and Tutong are home to many beautiful beaches. In Jerudong, a visit to the bustling morning fish market and food stalls bring Malay culture to the fore. It is also a popular Borneo holiday destination for its beach.
Borneo is also a world renowned destination for its marine life including the presence of whale sharks and turtles. Excellent scuba diving off the coast of the small Borneo island of Pulau Sipadan is famed for its vertical coral wall.
With a laid back vibe and an excellent reputation as an eco-tourism destination, a Borneo holiday brings you back to nature with the best of South East Asian culture.