Reasons to Visit
Simply grab your snorkelling gear and jump in to the warm turquoise waters awash with life! Coral reefs, turtles and brightly coloured fish can be seen all over the east coast. For keener divers, several islands off the east coast are considered amongst the world's best locations.
The times of headhunting in Borneo are behind us now but even up until the 1960's this was common practice in the interior of the country. Today you can still visit the riverside tribal longhouses and enjoy a glass of rice wine with the elders of the village.
Critically endangered, orang-utan are now found on only two islands in the world, Borneo being one of them. There are three main areas where you can see these fantastic creatures: the Kinabatangan River, the Danum Valley and the Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
Climbing Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia, is top of many people's list when they come to Borneo. The five day Headhunters Trail takes you through longhouses and forest camps. In Maliau Basin you can experience a unique Lost World rarely visited by anyone other than researchers. In Danum Valley you can explore the jungle on the look out for wildlife.
Taking a boat through the jungles of Borneo gives you an amazing opportunity for a close-up view of pygmy elephants, proboscis monkey, crocodile and dozens of bird species, such as native hornbills. If you prefer to explore by land then you can trek through pristine rainforests on the look out for monkeys swinging through the trees - and of course there are orang-utan.
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Join one of the park's open top 4WD safari vehicles and head out on a shared night safari through the dense rainforest with a driver and guide.
Using a powerful spotlight your guide will point out insects, birds and mammals in the trees and shrubs lining the road. You have a good chance of spotting sambar deer, giant squirrels, sleeping proboscis monkeys and other primates as well as some birds. Particularly lucky visitors might see nesting orang-utan, elephants and even leopard cats.
Audley tailor-made family holidays in Borneo can combine family activities such as wildlife spotting, kayaking and snorkelling. We also highlight family-friendly resorts and the best time to travel.
Spend time in an Iban's tribal longhouse and visit endangered orang-utan of Borneo's Sabah and Sarawak regions.
The Danum Valley Conservation Area is nature lover’s paradise where it is possible to spot wild cats, orang-utans, macaques, gibbons, red leaf monkeys, pygmy elephants and possibly, the very rare clouded leopard.
51 miles away in Kinabatangan River
72 miles away in Sandakan
133 miles away in Mount Kinabalu
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