Why Borneo

By Matt Tewhatu

Why BorneoHome to over half of the world’s known plant and animal species, Borneo is a destination shrouded in mystery. And if you’re looking for isolation or for a region to truly get well off the beaten track then you’re definitely looking in the right direction with a tailor-made Borneo holiday.

Split into three sections between Malaysia Borneo, Brunei Borneo in the north and Indonesian Borneo in the south which covers 73% of the island, most tourist destinations and south after attractions are located in the Malaysian section of the island.

From jungle tribes to isolated islands surrounded by azure waters, whilst Borneo mightn’t be a luxury destination, there is no region in the world more naturally beautiful. If you’re on your way to Borneo, make sure you really embed yourself by doing the following;

Mount Kinabalu

Ascending Malaysia’s highest peak is one of the most popular things to do in this part of the world and while it takes approximately two days to ascend, it is one of the easiest mountains to climb and reaching the peak and seeing the sunset justifies the two day trek. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu is well known for its vast biodiversity in both plant and animal species.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Just a 20 minute boat ride off Kota Kinabalu on the Malaysian Borneo coastline are the islands that make up the Tunka Abdul Rahman Park. Covering just over 49 square kilometres (two thirds of which is water), the region is becoming increasingly popular with tourists which means more accommodation and food and beverage options are popping up on the individual islands, which are actually quite large.

Most visitors head over for a day trip or a spot of diving with the latter being hugely popular, especially with a massive 364 species of fish found in the park.

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Founded in 1964, sanctuary was established to rehabilitate orphan orangutans and is one of the few places to see the endangered creatures on earth. Around 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, today around 60-80 orangutans are living free in the deserve.

Sarawak

The main region of Malaysian Borneo, it is characterised by pristine rainforests where you can spot oragutans, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. Make sure you visit the main city Kuching and, if you’re only on a day trip, save time to have a drink by the waterfront.