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Borneo

Mark and David's verdict:

Borneo boasts sandy beaches, luscious scenery and luxury hotels, but what distinguishes this huge island from its Asian neighbours is the abundant exotic wildlife. Most famous are the orangutans, along with Probiscus monkeys, turtles and pygmy elephants. We recommend booking with Experience Travel Group for its focus on unique experiences and responsible travel.

Recommended tour operator: Experience Travel Group

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Experience Travel Group says

Its pristine white sand beaches are some of the most appealing in all of Asia. However, Borneo is so much more than a “fly and flop” destination. In addition to a superb coastline, it also boasts lush tropical jungles, a fascinating cultural heritage, engaging wildlife experiences and exciting adventure activities.

  • Natural beauty
  • Expert private guides
  • Wildlife encounters

Whilst our knowledgeable team here in the UK travels there regularly, we have partnered with Borneo’s best local “fixers” – appointed by us because they are at the forefront of responsible travel and they provide exceptional guides including wildlife experts. They allow our clients to have access to places and experiences that other travel companies simply can’t provide.

Each of our holidays is tailor-made to match your personal wish-list, but to give you an idea of the sort of itineraries we offer, here are some examples.

Ultimate Borneo includes time in Sarawak and Sabah and is the perfect choice if you want to get under the skin of Borneo and enjoy getting up close and personal with its wildlife.

If you prefer to factor in some R&R, Borneo Highlights includes relaxing time on the island of Langkawi – with an option to up the luxury quota.

Our Off The Beaten Track in Borneo trip will take you deep into the most remote region of Sabah, homeland to the indigenous Murat people, where you’ll see the remarkable Batu Punggul.

We have created a fabulous family adventure holiday – and a more in-depth option which also includes time in the Danum Valley.

We offer a highly curated range of accommodation options from luxury resorts to tribal homesteads. We will discuss with you which might work best for your tastes, budget and itinerary. We often have special offers at the popular Gaya Island Resort, for example, and we highly recommend The Marian in Kuching.

Our favourite bases for wildlife experiences are the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, with its exceptional guides, and the Danum Valley Field Centre in Sabah – simple lodgings in a magical setting.

Borneo offers a wealth of unique experiences and adventurous activities – to give you a taste of what we can arrange for you, discover more about white-water rafting or trekking, a boat trip for the chance to see pygmy elephants or explore unique cave systems.

Find out more about our Borneo holidays and the best time to visit Borneo.

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