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In 1854 Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace began his eight year exploration of the natural wonders of Borneo at the invitation of the first White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke.
He collected 125,000 specimens and his best-selling book “ The Malay Archipelago” is still in print. Wallace discovered that there is far more to Borneo than orangutans. Now you can follow in his footsteps and encounter pygmy elephants, Sumatra rhinoceros, proboscis monkeys and thousands of species of birds, butterflies, primates and plants that live in these rich rainforests.
Borneo is one of the best safari locations outside Africa and it also has a wealth of underwater life drawn by the nutrient rich South China Sea and the spectacular coral reefs of islands like Sipadan, Lankayan and Gaya. Enjoy the romance of pure relaxation in an over water villa from where you can step down into azure waters, snorkelling among countless iridescent fish, anenomes and sponges.
In Sarawak we’ll help you dip into Borneo’s rich culture and history travelling upriver in a colourful motorised longboat to visit the traditional stilted “longhouses” where families of Iban tribespeople live communally. Watch them drying cocoa, peppers and coffee on the wide outer verandahs. We can arrange for you to stay overnight enjoying warm hospitality, song, dance and local food.
In the Easter and summer school holiday periods weather in Borneo is at its best. The endearing wildlife, beach resort hotels, curiosities and adventure activities make Borneo an unusual yet ideal family holiday location. It is a country full of natural beauty and endless fascination – a fragile place where these wonders are under threat, yet where you can still discover a wealth of flora and fauna in vast tracts of virgin rainforest.
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Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to the wonders of north-west Borneo. From here you can wander the walking trails admiring the rich plants and wildlife of Kinabalu National Park and even do the two day ascent of south-east Asia’s tallest peak.VISIT Kota Kinabalu
The delightful town of Kuching is the old capital of Sir James Brooke the “white Rajah” whose family ruled Sarawak for 100 years. Relax in the traditional Iban longhouses or try to spot the Proboscis Monkey in Bako National Park.VISIT Kuching
Tioman Island is a scuba diving paradise off the Malaysian coast. Time magazine described it as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. On land there is rainforest with long-tailed macaque, flying squirrel, civet, and porcupine; the beaches are part of a marine reserve.VISIT Tioman Island
Gaya Island lies off the coast of Sabah, and it is within the protected marine zone which is the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Eco resorts are perched on white sand beaches, and you can dive the coral reefs.VISIT Gaya Island
Kinabatangan is on the Kinabatangan River, surrounded by rainforest and swamp. A haven for local wildlife, visitors can expect to see Borneo elephant, hornbill, and proboscis monkey, as well as echolocating swiftlet, all living wild in this important wetland ecosystem.VISIT Kinabatangan
Danum Valley is a habitat for exceptional fauna: Bornean pygmy elephant, Malayan sun bear, clouded leopard, and orangutan. The pristine forest reserve is a remarkable place to explore, and the resthouses are a prime base to explore the forest trails.VISIT Danum Valley
Malaysia’s capital, known as KL, is a bustling metropolis with a dramatic skyline which includes the Petronas Twin Towers, the Jamek Mosque, and Kuala Lumpur Tower. A mix of old and new, exploring KL is an exhausting yet thrilling experience.VISIT Kuala Lumpur
The rolling jade green hills of the Cameron Highlands are Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. Feel the stress of modern life evaporate as you return to the colonial era with a stroll in the tea plantation, taking in the fresh fragrant air.VISIT Cameron Highlands
Penang is on the Malay Peninsula, alongside the Malacca Strait. The capital of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating temples, historic buildings, and other cultural sites. The Penang Botanical Garden and Penang National Park are havens for flora and fauna.VISIT Penang
Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea. Langkawi Island is a UNESCO World Geopark. The beaches are a slice of paradise, but the island’s best feature is the cable car and sky bridge stretching across the rainforest canopy.VISIT Langkawi
Borneo & Malaysia Highlights
Meet the fascinating orangutans of Borneo.
Diving and Snorkelling
Experience some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.
Wildlife of Borneo
Discover the diverse wildlife of Borneo.
Visit local communities and learn their traditions.
Find out why Borneo is a fantastic family destination.
Take inspiration from our example itineraries.
A Few of Our Favourites in Borneo