The places you must visit when travelling to Borneo

Well known for its beautiful beaches, rich wildlife and biodiverse rainforest, Borneo is definitely one of the region’s tourism highlights. The third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia, it is actually shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesia’s Kalimantan, and the tiny nation of Brunei.

In addition to the 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, the island’s highest peak and a major drawcard for climbers from all around the world, as well as the world famous dive site Sipadan Island, both of which are in Sabah, Borneo is also particularly well known for its wildlife, including orangutans and clouded leopards.

It is one of the world’s hidden gems and an excellent travel destination, offering responsible travellers a rich and immersive cultural and nature experience that few other places in the world can. Here are some must-see highlights:


1. Kinabatangan River

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In addition to searching for wild orangutans on a river safari, visitors can also search for pygmy elephants, crocodiles, hornbills, kingfishers, and much more. The Kinabatangan River is a unique and rich ecosystem that is widely acknowledged by experts to be the most varied and easily accessible in all of Southeast Asia.


2. Sukau Rainforest Lodge

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The Sukau Rainforest Lodge, named ‘Unique Lodge of the World’ by National Geographic, is already an amazing experience, but you can take your stay one step further. Read about how one man there is doing his part in giving back.


3. Kiulu Valley

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Have a truly unique local experience at the Kiulu Valley, where you can support the local community with a farm stay.


4. Turtle Island National Park

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Turtle Island National Park (and the Selingan Island conservation project) is a must visit for animal lovers. There, you can watch green turtles lay their eggs and release newborn baby turtles into the sea.


5. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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The world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them to forest life. The centre also gives visitors the opportunity to watch the orangutan up close in their natural habitat.


6. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

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Located next to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre is a wildlife conservation and research centre dedicated to improving animal welfare and the rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear.


7. Sandakan Memorial Park

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Experience a little piece of Australia’s World War II history at the Sandakan Memorial Park, a memorial site that was built on what was once the Sandakan POW camp.


Did you know? Trailblazers Travel offers a Borneo tour that will ensure a positive impact on the environment and people of Borneo. Click on the link for more information.

Categories: Adventure Travel, Animals, Responsible Travel