Holidays to Malaysian Borneo
Split into the two states of Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysian Borneo welcomes nature-lovers with open arms – and once you’ve had just a glimpse of this beautiful island, you’ll find it hard to leave.
Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state, is perfect for adrenaline seekers and adventurers. The rugged rainforests are packed with opportunities for caving, kayaking and climbing, and there's no end of exotic creatures hiding among the trees. There's festivals all year celebrating everything from jazz to food, while the state capital, Kuching, is a bustling, diverse city set on the Sarawak River where you'll find delicious cuisine and street food stalls.
Further north, the Sabah province occupies a relatively small section of Malaysian Borneo but it still packs a punch. The humid rainforests are home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, including the Pygmy Elephant, gibbons and lemurs, and a river safari is an amazing way to get close to these amazing creatures. The waters off the northern coast are teeming with diverse marine species and colourful coral reefs, while back in the jungle, Mount Kinablu stretches high into the clouds, offering an unforgettable trekking experience. Of course, a trip to Sabah wouldn't be complete without a visit to the world-famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, where you can view rescued orangutangs in their natural habitat. You can also visit the home of our charity partner, The World Land Trust, who work to secure vital areas of forest to create wildlife corridors, protecting habitats for various species and local communities.
Visit the famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre
Experience incredible plant life and rare species in the wild
Capital city: Kuala Lumpur
Currency: Malaysian Ringitt
Time difference: GMT + 8 hours
Flight time: 15 hours to Kuching via Singapore
Borneo trip ideas
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Places to go in Borneo
Here are some of the best places to go in Borneo. Got a few ideas about where you’d like to go or need some help? Call our Travel Designers now: 01483 319 333
Map of Borneo
When to go to Borneo
The best time to visit Borneo depends on what you want to do there. High season in Borneo is May to September where the days are generally dry and sunny. November to February are a lot wetter with heavy downpours expected in most parts of the region. For families, the school holidays are the perfect time to go, with plenty of wildlife coming out to play, and baby turtles hatching on the warm beaches. Hardy adventurers may enjoy trekking around the jungle in the wetter months, making the most of the low humidity - as long as you don't mind getting wet! (Make sure you avoid mountain climbing in the rainy seasons, the conditions can get dangerous). If you love diving, then you can either go in March to May to spot whale sharks or wait until July when the water is warmer and clear enough to see down to 4 metres.
January is usually the rainiest month in Borneo with wet weather all over the region.
Still very rainy but some places will enjoy periods of sunshine.
The rains will start tapering off across Sabah and you'll see some drier days. It's a good time to go trekking and mountain climbing.
Good weather across the country with good diving conditions and a strong chance of spotting whale sharks and orangutans.
Lots of dry days with the odd shower in the rainforest. The beaches will be nice and sunny, and it's also a good time to explore the jungle.
Mainly hot, sunny and dry. This is one of the best times to spot wildlife and you may see turtles laying eggs on Selingan Island.
Best time to go diving with warm waters and excellent visibility down to 4 metres.
This is a great time to visit with kids - baby turtles will be hatching and lots of orangutans come out to play in the jungles.
Chances of rainfall start to increase with the dry season gradually coming to an end, although it's still a good time to go diving and snorkelling.
Early October will be relatively dry with a slight chance of rainfall, but it's still a good time to go jungle trekking. There'll also be less crowds.
Rainfall starts to increase, but you can still expect a few dry days.
The rains will increase and the wildlife will disappear. Humidity levels will be lower so it's a good time to go trekking.