Huge island with extensive coastline, dense rainforest coverage and some mountainous interior
Tropical climate, hot, sunny and humid all year round. Expect scattered, unpredictable rain showers
Thrive in the jungle, summit the magnificent peak of Mt Kinabalu and kick back on tropical island beaches. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, the highest peak in Southeast Asia and one of only two places on the planet where orangutans roam wild. Get involved in wildlife conservation, working alongside rangers to rescue and rehabilitate Bornean sun bears and collaborate with local ethnic groups to pipe clean water into rural rainforest communities. Find a new angle; bike off the beaten track in the Kulu valley, experience the jungle with survival experts in Bario and live local in a traditional longhouse. Our Borneo expeditions take you the full length of the island from Sarawak to Sabah, from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu, with overland journeys and prop plane rides over the jungle canopy. Go fast, go slow; pump up the adrenaline with white water rafting, high ropes and zip wiring and make time to hit the beach, snorkel tropical islands and catch the sunset.
Immersed in local community life, learn why it’s rude to point and where the longhouse tradition came from. Raised on stilts, these elongated homes often have a lengthy communal hall with private family rooms splintering off to the sides. Collaborate with traditional longhouse living communities to improve their water supply, laying pipework into rural villages.
Meet the man of the Forest
Visit the orangutan centers at Sepilok or Semenggoh to learn about the valuable rehabilitation work these amazing organizations are carrying out. Due to vast deforestation, orangutans remain an endangered species. In Malay orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest.” Thus, orangutan literally means “person of the forest.”
Stand on the Roof of Borneo
Tackle the trail leading to the mighty summit of Mt Kinabalu, which at 4,095m towers above the Crocker Range as one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia. After a brief stay at Laban Rata resthouse, launch your summit attempt in the early hours of the morning to enjoy a truly memorable sunrise.
Tropical Island Paradise
Snorkel over the majestic reefs of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, proudly named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. Choose your island adventure, head out by speedboat and dive into the tropical waters. Kick back on perfect white sandy beaches, grab a fresh juice and watch the world go by.
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"My favorite place EVER was Bario in Sarawak. This was where we did our hike and our project phase. To get there we had to fly and it was a little, isolated place which I just adored!" Jade, Challenger
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