Borneo Holidays

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

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
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

Time Zone

GMT +8 hours

Flight Time

Flights are available from UK airports via Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Visa Information

British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Borneo

Language

Malay

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Borneo

Prepare to be mesmerised by Borneo, the largest island in Asia where you’ll uncover some of the most rugged and unspoilt scenery on Earth. As you’ll know, Borneo is famed for its population of orang-utans which in Indonesian literally translates to ‘person of the forest’. Plus, the 4,095 metre-tall Mount Kinabalu in the northern region of Sabah is the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia.

  • Orang-utan

    Sepilok Orangutan Centre

    For a completely unrivalled experience, visit Sepilok Orangutan Centre. Sepilok is an ethical reserve which has been rehabilitating and protecting the majestic and endangered orangutans since 1964. Witness the feeding of the young ones and marvel as the elders swing through the canopies above you. Excursions are also available for a truly immersive experience.

  • Hornbill

    Jungle Excursions

    Hike through lush jungle on your Borneo holidays and become intoxicated by the striking sounds and smells of the flora and fauna. Watch in awe as flame-orange orangutans swoop through the tree tops. Your expert guide will be able to help you track these famously shy creatures, as well as telling stories and anecdotes about the fascinating jungles and its many plants, trees and animals.

  • Scuba Diving trips

    The coral reefs around the island offer some excellent opportunities for those wanting to scuba dive or snorkel. Sipadan Island is rated as one of the best sites for diving throughout the world and allows you to see brightly colour corals, endangered turtles and a huge variety of fish.

Best time to visit Borneo

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Average weather in January

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Borneo
29ºC
15mm

Average weather in February

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Borneo
29ºC
14mm

Average weather in March

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Borneo
30ºC
13mm

Average weather in April

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Borneo
30ºC
15mm

Average weather in May

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Borneo
31ºC
13mm

Average weather in June

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Borneo
31ºC
13mm

Average weather in July

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Borneo
30ºC
12mm

Average weather in August

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Borneo
31ºC
11mm

Average weather in September

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Borneo
31ºC
11mm

Average weather in October

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Borneo
30ºC
9mm

Average weather in November

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Borneo
30ºC
9mm

Average weather in December

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Borneo
29ºC
12mm
  • Emma, Destination Manager

    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

    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 Borneo destinations

Mount Kinabalu

Borneo

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Types of Borneo holidays

Proboscis monkey

Borneo Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

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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