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Borneo with kids

Our verdict:

An exotic choice of destination for the long summer holidays but so worth it. Don’t miss the giant caves of Mulu – one of them could swallow five St Paul’s cathedrals. You also have to spend a night in a communal Iban longhouse and see orang-utans in their natural habitat. Older kids will love the challenge of climbing Kinabalu

Recommended tour operator: Experience Travel Group

World's longest Tree-based Canopy Skywalk in Mulu National Park, SarawakOrang UtansExperiencing the Kedayan Homestay near MiriLong Boat ride in Mulu National Park

Experience Travel Group says

Few islands on earth can deliver such an intoxicating mix of experiences as Borneo – wildlife, rainforest, tribal culture, hiking, caves, beaches and more to delight, enlighten and inspire all the family.

  • wildlife encounters
  • beach options
  • tribal homesteads

The best time to travel to Borneo, the world’s third largest island, is between May and September – the dry season – making it a great choice for a summer holiday. Easter holidays fit in with the country’s green season – the forests are particularly lush at this point. For more information about the best times to visit, download our guide.

Budding biologists will love the ancient jungles, the natural habitats for clouded leopards, elephants and macaques. You’ll stay in our pick of remote lodges which provide the perfect place to explore local wildlife.  You can even get your hands dirty planting trees to help repopulate the rainforests.

Experience the wealth of cultures Borneo has to offer by staying in a Tribal homestay. Anthropology enthusiasts will love living in a Longhouse, sharing food with the locals and learning how they live.

For those looking for adventure, there’s Mulu National Park, home to some of the best subterranean caves in the world.

Intrepid families won’t want to miss a hike up the mighty Mount Kinabalu – reaching over 4,000 metres high.

The best way to finish your Borneo holiday is to relax on the paradise beaches off the coast of Kinabalu. We recommend the Shangri La Rasa Ria, a deluxe beach hotel complete with Spa and resident Orangutan sanctuary. For those wanting more of an escape, stay at Gaya Island Resort where you’ll find luxury villa-style accommodation between rainforest and beach.

Our Borneo experts have created some fantastic family itineraries lasting 12 days or more. We’ve tried and tested them all, with our own children!

Photos: Sarawak Tourism Board

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