We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Borneo and Malaysia. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a link by email which will allow you to download your own copy.
Some of the wildlife that can be spotted on a Borneo and Malaysia holiday…
Head deep into Borneo’s ancient rainforests, traverse walkways through the canopy and cruise along the murky waters of Sungai Kinabatangan in search of ‘Borneo’s Big 5’. Here is our guide to the top five iconic wild species to be found across this extraordinary island.
Turtles have been around for 120 million years, they are one of the oldest creatures to roam the planet alongside crocodiles.
Gunung Kinabalu is Malaysia’s highest mountain and the twentieth most prominent mountain in the world. Also known as ‘Borneo’s roof’, climbing this imposing peak is a real challenge and our insiders guide tells you all you need to know about your journey to the summit.
We have taken away the hassle of trying to decide where to stay by giving you our top five wildlife lodges…
Borneo is the third largest island in the world covering over 700,000km2 and is home to 673 bird species, including 358 resident birds, 59 of which are endemic species only found in Borneo. Here’s our guide to some of the resident species found across Borneo, from the iconic hornbill to the tiny Bornean blue flycatcher.
Some of the wildlife that can be spotted on a Borneo and Malaysia holiday...
When to go to Borneo
As with Peninsula Malaysia, Borneo has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and high humidity. As with all rainforest areas rainfall should be expected anytime of the year, but the highest rainfall generally falls between the months of November and February. The best time however to visit Turtle Island in Sabah is between May and September.
The Drier Season - February to August
There isn't a distinctive difference between seasons, and the weather patterns and rainfall levels are unpredictable. The weather is hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 30 Degrees Celsius. May to September is the high season in terms of tourists arriving in Borneo. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.
The Wetter Season - November to March
The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January.
But even in these months rainfall can be sporadic and there are many benefits to visiting Borneo now, as rates are reduced and the number of visitors is lower.