Destination

Borneo Holidays

A nature-lover's daydream

Renowned for its lush rainforests and incredible wildlife, Borneo is a nature lover’s dream. With breath-taking beauty, blissful beaches and unspoilt landscapes, you’re guaranteed an adventure.

Home to an array of wildlife species, there’s none quite like the flame-haired orangutan. We recommend visiting the Sepilok sanctuary in Sandakan, where you can see the orangutans swing through the trees and enjoy feeding time. With fewer than 15,000 left in the wild, this is your chance to see these great apes in their natural habitat. For another slice of nature, be sure to snorkel or dive in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park before relaxing on the beach at your luxury resort.

Why not extend your travels by spending a few nights soaking up the city sights in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore before taking the short flight to Borneo? It’s the perfect way to mix up your trip and experience a range of sights.

Destination Highlights
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu
  • Get up close and personal with the orang-utans in Sepilok
  • Varied landscape of mountains, rainforest and coastline
  • Relax on the sandy beaches near Kota Kinabalu
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

£1,199 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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