Borneo

Borneo’s emerald rainforests and rugged mountains are some of the most diverse in the world, with an incredible array of plants and wildlife; so much so that Sir David Attenborough has described the island as one of the planet’s “richest treasure-houses”.

The island of Borneo is shared between Indonesia, the tiny Nation of Brunei, and Malaysia. The Malaysian part of the island is divided into the two states of Sabah and Sarawak. Currently, Scott Dunn only offer itineraries to Malaysian Borneo.

No trip to Borneo is complete without an adventure into the rainforest. Stay in one of the remote lodges and set off for treks along undulating paths and across suspension bridges hidden amongst the tree canopies, with the hopes of encountering some of the island's amazing wildlife. The flora and fauna can also be admired from a number of boat trips along winding rivers through the rainforest. Explore ancient caves tucked away in the country's national parks, and spend some time with one of Borneo's indigenous tribes in their communal longhouse.

It is estimated that Borneo is home to 222 mammal species, 420 bird species, 100 amphibian species and 394 fish species, many of which are endemic, meaning this is the only place in the world that they can be found. Whilst the most famous residents of Borneo may be the orangutans and proboscis monkeys, there are also a number of other primate species, including the slow loris, as well as sun bears, pygmy elephants and flying squirrels to name but a few.

The plant life is also astounding, with trees that can reach up to 60 meters high, and more than 50 carnivorous plant species. If you are lucky, you may see the Rafflesia arnoldii, which produces the largest flowers in the world but only blooms for a few days, or one of the island’s 3,000 species of orchid; the highest number on the planet.

As well as awe-inspiring wildlife, Borneo is culturally rich. Whilst the practice of head-hunting is no more, there are still indigenous tribes living in longhouse communities, where it is possible to learn about, or even witness, ceremonies and traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

To top it all off, after spending time in the rainforest, visitors can enjoy some well-earned relaxation time on one of Borneo’s sandy beaches or coral reef islands. However, the adventure does not need to stop here, and the island’s wildlife is by no means restricted to the rainforest. Just off the coast, there are beautiful coral reefs, which can be explored on snorkeling or diving trips. These areas are teeming with tropical fish, and sometimes even turtles.

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Malaysia and Borneo for Teenagers

Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River, Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi

Ideal suited for families with energetic teens this enticing itinerary will see you uncover the very best of what Borneo has to offer. From exhilarating water sports off Sabah’s coastline to peaceful river cruises along the Kinabatangan River in search of orangutans and proboscis monkeys. The whole family will enjoy exploring our top picks for...

Best for: Beach, Family, Teenagers, Wildlife

Best of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River & Gaya Island

A journey through the heart of Malaysia showcasing the very best this diverse country has to offer. Discover metropolitan Kuala Lumpur before exploring the dense Borneo Rainforest. See pygmy elephants and orangutans in the pristine Kinabatangan Wetlands area before enjoying some respite on one of Sabah's beautiful outer islands, Gaya Island.

Best for: Adventure, Off the beaten track, Wildlife, Diving

Classic Borneo and Bali

Sepilok, Kinabatangan, Kuala Lumpur, Seminyak

This itinerary combines Borneo’s dense wildlife filled jungles with Kuala Lumpur’s city vistas and Bali’s bountiful beaches. See orangutans and pygmy elephants in their native environment and immerse yourself in Borneo’s wilderness rainforest before traveling to Indonesia to experience its diverse culture, varied history and of course golden...

Best for: Beach, Couples, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Malaysia and Borneo Honeymoon

Gaya Island, Kinabatangan River, Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi

Begin married life with a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Malaysia and Borneo. From the emerald jungles and varied wildlife of Borneo to the golden beaches and stunning beauty of Langkawi island, this honeymoon marries the best of both worlds and showcases some of Malaysia's iconic destinations.

Best for: Beach, Couples, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

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