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Borneo tours

A tailored tour of Borneo is an opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the prolific wildlife and gain an insight into its traditional cultures.

Our specialists know the island extremely well and are passionate about sharing their knowledge to help ensure your trip fulfills every expectation. Their itinerary ideas are devised to act as a starting point when planning your route and can be tailored to your interests to create a bespoke tour that could include trekking through rainforests, staying in a remote jungle lodge, visiting an orangutan sanctuary, spending a night with the Iban tribe or climbing Mount Kinabalu.

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Our recommended tours in Borneo

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Borneo, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Fishing boat on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

    Borneo's Rivers, Mountains and Beaches

    • Get straight into the wilds of north Borneo, exploring pristine tropical rainforest with a private ranger guide.

    • Jungle trekking and wildlife observation in the rainforest.

    • Climb to the summit of Southeast Asia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.

    • Pamper yourself at one of Borneo's finest beach resorts.

    11 days from $3,960pp

  • Iban Night Weaver

    Discovering the indigenous cultures of Sarawak

    • Learn how to cook traditional meals in bamboo in a Bidayuh village.

    • Spend the night in a native Iban longhouse.

    • Try some of the delicious street food on offer in Kuching.

    • Cycle through local kampongs and take a sampan across the Sarawak River.

    • Explore the wonderful Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park from Gaya Island.

    13 days from $3,995pp

  • Orangutan in the canopy

    Wild Borneo

    • Explore Sarawak, hiking through the expansive cave systems in Mulu National Park.

    • Witness the incredible bat exodus from Deer Cave at dusk.

    • Travel off the beaten track in the Deramakot Forest Reserve for your chance to escape the crowds while finding Borneo's varied endemic species.

    • Cruise along the Kinabatangan River looking out for wild orangutan and herds of pygmy elephants.

    12 days from $5,520pp

  • The Tutoh River winds through Mulu National Park

    Grand tour of Borneo

    • Try a Sarawak laksa on the riverfront in Kuching.

    • See orangutan close up at both Semenggok and Sepilok.

    • Spend the night with the Iban tribe in a longhouse in the middle of the jungle.

    • Take your binoculars and look out for wildlife in the trees as you explore the Kinabatangan River by boat.

    • Get your boots muddy as you trek through the rainforest of the Danum Valley.

    • Relax on the beach at the Ocean Wing, Shangri-La Rasa Ria.

    17 days from $7,780pp

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