Destination

Borneo Holidays

Holidays in Borneo

Borneo offers an enchanting island paradise in the centre of South East Asia. A fascinating culture, outstanding natural beauty and unmissable panoramas make this a wholly unique destination.

Families should dive deep into the jungle and look upwards for a glimpse of the long armed, local orangutans. Couples can explore rugged coastlines before sprawling out under blue skies on empty china white beaches, finishing the day with traditional cuisine set against extraordinary vistas. Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and is owned by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, giving it a fascinating mix of cultures just waiting to be explored.

Explore the jungle paradise of Borneo

Although the island is vast, you may want to expand your horizons on your getaway. Borneo’s location means it’s incredibly easy to plan day trips, excursions or go island hopping.

Opt for a holiday of two halves with our Kuala Lumpur and Borneo multi centre itinerary. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Malaysia’s capital, wonder at the skyscrapers of dizzying heights juxtaposed by colonial-era buildings before a flight to Borneo for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Hong Kong to Borneo is a fusion holiday that is perfect for those who want to combine city and beach. Watch the spectacular The Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong before retreating back to paradise for an intimate reprise in the sun.

Destination Highlights
  • Lush tropical jungle
  • Stunning blue seas
  • Exciting native wildlife
  • Immerse yourself in local culture
  • Rewarding, memorable vistas
  • Climb Mount Kinablu
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +8 hours
  • Currency Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
  • Visa Information British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Borneo
  • Language Malay
  • Flight Time Flights are available from UK airports via Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Borneo

Top Tips from our Experts

Emma

Destination Manager

“The orangutan sanctuary in Sandakan is amazing.  They swing in the trees above you and beside you and sometimes casually cross your path. It's surreal.”

Christie

Destination Executive

 “I would recommend staying at the luxurious Gaya Island for a few nights during your visit to Borneo, the beach is beautiful and it has fantastic snorkelling.”

 

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,589 pp

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,489 pp

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,189 pp

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,329 pp

Gaya Island Resort

Our Borneo destinations

Mount Kinabalu

Borneo

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Types of Borneo holidays

Proboscis monkey

Borneo Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Borneo Tours

Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

The beaches in Borneo are mostly found in the eastern state of Sabah and have a rustic and wild feel. Many have become popular diving destinations, such as the beaches close to the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and islands in the Celebes Sea. Others are privately owned, such as the Shangri La Rasa Ria. 

There are many tours that take you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you can watch orangutans being fed from a viewing platform, twice daily at 10.00am and 3.00pm. You can also take a local bus or taxi from Sandakan town, which is around 14 miles away, and then walk around a mile to the sanctuary entrance. 

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