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Borneo Holidays & Tours

Group Tours    Tailormade Options   

“Borneo”, the name evokes images of steaming jungles filled with exotic creatures and ancient communities living life as they have for centuries. Meander snaking rivers, traverse jagged valleys in search of proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinos, elephants and orangutans, and experience longhouse tribal culture. Go rafting or hiking, and explore vast cave complexes, world-class coral reefs and pristine wilderness.

The island is indeed unique. Part Malaysia, part Indonesia and part Brunei, it has a unique geography, specifically its flora and fauna including many famous dwellers like orangutans and proboscis monkeys as well as numerous endemic species of bird and marine life - and incredible rainforests. Its culture is also extremely rich and diverse with Malay and Chinese living alongside former headhunters such as the Iban, Kenyah and Penan. At Travel The Unknown we focus on the Malaysia part of Borneo which consists of Sarawak in the West and Sabah in the East. Sarawak is where the majority of the tribal people are to be found and Sabah has a greater wealth of wildlife. Below is a summary of what you can expect to see and do in Malaysian Borneo.




Group Tours

These following tours are all scheduled group tours. If the dates do not suit you or you want to do them on a private basis please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Classical Borneo
Uncover the most beautiful sights of Borneo

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Borneo (Malaysia)
19 Aug 2018
21 Apr 2019
18 Aug 2019
14 £ 3,195
Hidden Borneo
Uncover Borneo’s deepest secrets

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Borneo (Malaysia)
21 Apr 2019
11 Aug 2019
17 £ 3,395
Wildlife of Borneo
Orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, proboscis monkeys, elephants & bat exodus

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Borneo (Malaysia)
02 Sep 2018
02 Jun 2019
01 Sep 2019
15 £ 2,995


Tailormade Options

Should you prefer to travel independently then we can arrange a private tailormade trip for you too. Please review our group tours for tailormade ideas and complete our online tailormade enquiry form to let us know what you are looking to do and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Tribal Borneo

Visit the Iban (Sea Dayak), the Bidayuh (Land Dayak) and the inner tribes (Orang Ulu) – the Kenyah, Kayan, Kelabit (in their forested highland home) and the Penan. See how their traditional customs are learning to adapt to changing times. The tribes of Sarawak are varied and while some are shy and others are friendly, all are struggling to adapt to the changes in their environment and the encroachment of Western civilisation, to a lesser or greater extent.

Harvest festivals

Harvest festivals are a great time to experience the traditional cultures of the tribes of Sarawak. We can arrange private tours to these regions at harvest time and we also plan to have a festival group tour before long.

Wildlife & nature

Borneo boasts a vast and unique range of wildlife (for example about a fifth of its mammals are endemic). Visit orangutans at Sepilok or Semenggoh Reserve, spot proboscis monkeys, silver-leaf monkeys, Bornean bearded pigs, lemurs, loris, mouse deer and cheeky macaques in the beautiful rainforests of Danum, Deramkot and Bako National Park. Marvel at pygmy elephants along the Kinabatangan or swirls of bats emerging from the world’s largest cave in Gunung Mulu. Borneo also boasts a wide range of birdlife including several species of hornbill, and endemic spiderhunters, Bristleheads and Pittas. Unique plant life abounds including an array of pitcher plants, Rafflesia flowers, the world’s largest, and over 2,000 species of trees and 1,000 species of orchid.

Diving & snorkelling

Off the East coast of Sabah lies the island of Sipidan with some of the best scuba-diving and probably the best snorkelling anywhere in the world. See turtles, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, shoals of humphead parrot-fish and barracudas in a colourful coral paradise. All levels catered to including complete beginners.

Kuching

Capital of Sarawak, Kuching is a small, friendly, easy-going city that reflects Borneo’s ethnic diversity. Stroll along the waterfront listening to the sounds of buskers playing guitars and sapes (a traditional Bornean stringed instrument), shop for beautiful textiles and wood carvings, browse fascinating artefacts in its ethnology museum and enjoy the best of Sarawak’s cuisine with a cooking class or in one of its excellent restaurants.

Activities

Try white water rafting in the Padas River in Sabah, kayaking in Bario or around Kuching in Sarawak, jungle-trekking in Danum, the Kelabit Highlands, Deramkot or any number of other places, scuba diving or snorkelling off the East coast of Sabah, ideally at Sipidan. Wildlife-spotting opportunities also abound throughout Borneo. Ask us for more details.

Tailormade Sabah

Crocker Range Park

Enjoy a day at Crocker Range Park, visit Kipandi Butterfly Park, swim at Manua Waterfall. The park’s main attraction is its immense biodiversity. Its ecosystem has five types of vegetation and much of its rich flora and fauna is endemic.

Kudat

Take a few extra days exploring untouched cultures and pristine islands just off the north coast of Sabah. Travel by sea and camp on the islands - this is the road less travelled. Spend the day hiking, snorkelling and exploring local caves. Meet local people, cook together, enjoy evening bonfires on the beach and immerse yourself in the serenity of island life.

Kota Belud

Stretching from Sabah’s coast and a swathe of rice paddies up into Mount Kinabalu National Park, Kota Belud is the heartland of the Bajau people (on the coast) and the Dusun people (in the interior). Discover sprawling beaches and secluded coves, bustling Sunday markets and quaint foothill villages

Diving/Snorkelling

For experienced or novice divers and snorkelers, Borneo offers some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling. It boasts a huge array of marine life including barracuda, turtles, manta rays and a wide variety of sharks, including hammerheads. The legendary diving at Sipidan was first made famous by Jacques Cousteau and is still every bit as unique today

Climbing Mount Trus Madi

Located in the central part of Sabah and the region’s second highest peak, Mt Trus Madi, has an abundance of birds, orchids, nepenthes and stunning scenery. Unlike Mount Kinabalu, very few tourists venture here, so a visit will prove to be very special, as well as challenging.

Hiking Maliau Basin

The perfect spot for remote jungle hiking, the Maliau Basin in Southern Sabah is known as the island’s “Lost World”. It boasts a virtually self-contained ecosystem, dramatic waterfalls and a wide range of wildlife.

Tailormade Sarawak

Santubong Wildlife Cruise

Tour the waterways of the Santubong Peninsula to the mouth of the Santubong River near Kuching. Cruise the rivers and mangroves in search of Irrawaddy dolphins, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and other wildlife.

Rainforest Activities

Jump in a kayak or paddle a bamboo raft along the beautiful Semadang River in the highlands of Kuching.

Private & Tailormade Tour Options

The following tours can be run as private tours. They can also be customised, extended, shortened etc. or combined with a group tour to give you the perfect tour. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Alternatively if you are interested in any of the trips below as a group tour, let us know and we will endeavour to make that happen. Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people travelling.

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Tour / When to travel Country Dates Days Price
Classical Borneo
Uncover the most beautiful sights of Borneo

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Borneo (Malaysia)
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14 £ 4,195
Hidden Borneo
Uncover Borneo’s deepest secrets

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Borneo (Malaysia)
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17 £ 4,295
Wildlife of Borneo
Orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, proboscis monkeys, elephants & bat exodus

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Borneo (Malaysia)
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15 £ 3,995
Wildlife of India & Borneo
Get under the skin of Asia's two best wildlife spots.

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India
Borneo (Malaysia)
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21 £ 5,495
Wildlife of Madagascar, India & Borneo
Spot lemurs, tigers & orangutans

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Madagascar
India
Borneo (Malaysia)
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29 £ 6,995

Extensions & Ideas

These trips are intended either as extensions to group tours or to use as inspiration for ideas for tailormade tours. They can also be used for ideas of things to do on a private tour. Please contact us if you have any questions

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