Borneo Holidays 2021 & 2022

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”.

Borneo

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.

Abai Jungle Lodge

Abai Jungle Lodge

Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia

Abai Jungle Lodge is located on the lush banks of the Kinabatangan River in Borneo. Built on stilts, and only reachable by boat, this simple but cosy lodge provides a fantastic base for spotting the wealth of wildlife that can be found in the area.

Adventure
Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Danum Valley and Tabin, Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo Rainforest Lodge, located in Sabah, is one of the most luxurious of the lodges found in Borneo. This rather special lodge offers an off the beaten track wildlife experience in the heart of the Danum Valley, surrounded by primary rainforest.

Adventure Wildlife
Bunga Raya Island Resort

Bunga Raya Island Resort

Islands and Beaches, Borneo, Malaysia

Set on a picturesque island off the coast of Sabah in Borneo, Bunga Raya is a stunning and secluded island hideaway. Framed by a crescent of white sand beach in a tranquil bay, and backed by centuries-old virgin rainforest, Bunga Raya is rather special.

Eco/ethical tourism Beach Diving Spa & health
Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort

Islands and Beaches, Borneo, Malaysia

Gaya Island Resort is a luxurious retreat just off the coast of Kota Kinabulu in Borneo. Backed by lush green forest, and facing sandy shores and cerulean-blue sea, offering beautiful views towards Mt Kinabalu, this is an idyllic place to unwind.

Adventure Beach
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge is a laid back property set beside Sabah’s longest river. This eco-friendly lodge provides a simple but comfortable base for adventures along the river and into the rainforest, with some of Borneo's best wildlife-spotting.

MY Nature Resort

MY Nature Resort

Sandakan and Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia

Basic but comfortable, MY Nature Resort is perfectly located for visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center; often a highlight of any Borneo itinerary. The rainforest setting also provides great opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Adventure Couples Off the beaten track Wildlife
Sepilok Nature Resort

Sepilok Nature Resort

Sandakan and Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia

Sepilok Nature Resort is a simple property in Sabah, Borneo, within walking distance of the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Only 30 minutes from Sandakan Airport, the resort is in a great location to start off any Borneo itinerary.

Adventure Wildlife
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia

The Shangri-La Rasa Ria is a luxurious resort located on a sandy beach on the coast of Sabah, Borneo. With a plethora of facilities and activities, including a Kids Club and golf course, this is a great option for both families and couples.

Adventure Wildlife Beach Eco/ethical tourism
Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

Kinabatangan River, Borneo, Malaysia

Sukau Rainforest Lodge occupies a prime spot on the banks of the Kinabatangan River in Borneo. A National Geographic Unique Lodge, with excellent eco credentials, this is a fantastic base for wildlife spotting and exploring the surrounding area.

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Wildlife
Tabin Wildlife Resort

Tabin Wildlife Resort

Danum Valley and Tabin, Borneo, Malaysia

Tabin Wildlife Resort is tucked away in the rainforest in Sabah, Borneo. Home to a plethora of wildlife species, it is a paradise for nature lovers. The resort offers a variety of activities, from game drives to hiking through the rainforest.

Wildlife Adventure
10 Hotels
11 nights
Ultimate Borneo

Ultimate Borneo

Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan, Kinabatangan River & Gaya Island

A journey through the heart of Malaysian Borneo 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...

Adventure Off the beaten track Wildlife Diving

$5,800pp

14 nights
Family Fun in Malaysia and Borneo

Family Fun in Malaysia and Borneo

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

Ideal suited for families with older children 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...

Beach Wildlife Adventure Off the beaten track

$7,800pp

13 nights
Epic Malaysia and Borneo

Epic Malaysia and Borneo

Gaya Island, Kinabatangan River, Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi

We’ve set the bar high with this incredible two-week adventure to Borneo and Malaysia. Get ready for wildlife encounters in lush emerald jungles and tropical marine underworlds, dine at world-class restaurants and enjoy romantic moments under the moonlight on a deserted beach. This is a unique opportunity to discover new things and relax with the...

Beach Couples Off the beaten track Culture

$6,000pp

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