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Baby Orangutan swinging in the jungle, Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo Holidays

Holidays to Borneo promise incredible wildlife viewing, beautiful unspoilt beaches and a rich cultural heritage.

Borneo’s rainforests have a biodiversity to rival the Amazon and, combined with the sheer density of animals and birds, puts it on a par with the Masai Mara and Serengeti for viewing wildlife. Orangutans are the star attraction but there is also an abundance of other wildlife for visitors to enjoy; Borneo gibbons, turtles, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhino, proboscis monkeys and hundreds of species of extravagantly coloured birdlife.

The beaches of Borneo are just magnificent, tranquil stretches of golden sands often backed by lush tropical vegetation and offering superb snorkelling opportunities. They are a great addition to any Borneo holiday or a perfect choice for a holiday in their own right.

Trailfinders helps thousands of people a year plan their holidays to Borneo. Our experienced, well-travelled consultants will help you choose how you’d like to get around, where you’d like to stay and how you’d like to experience the attractions and then put it all together for you seamlessly.


Sabah Nature Trails
7 days / 6 nights
from €1,371
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Kinabalu National Park
  • Kota Kinabalu

  • Journey Through Sarawak
    7 days / 6 nights
    from €1,067
  • Charming Kuching
  • Orangutans at Semenggoh
  • Iban longhouse visit
  • Bako National Park

  • Sabah Wildlife Discovery
    9 days / 8 nights
    from €2,574
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • Danum Valley

  • Jungles, Orangutans & Beaches
    10 days / 9 nights
    from €Please contact us
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Sepilok
  • Kinabatangan River

  • Highlights of Borneo & Kuala Lumpur
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €2,327
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Orangutans
  • Bako National Park
  • Kuala Lumpur

  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu
    3 days / 2 nights
    from €690
  • Climb Borneo’s highest mountain
  • Spectacular summit views
  • Get close to nature in beautiful
  • Kinabalu National Park


    Borneo boasts a rich treasure trove of parks and reserves, each with its own particular attractions. Sepilok is famous for its Orangutans, Tabin its pygmy elephants and the Kinabatangan River its proboscis monkeys but each also hosts an astonishing variety of bird and wildlife besides. Your Trailfinders consultant will help you choose which to visit.

    It’s not all just about the wildlife though. Kuching and Kota Kinabalu are fascinating cities with colourful histories and well worth a day or two’s exploration. Mount Kinabalu National Park offers a host of scenic walking trails and the chance to scale Malaysia’s highest peak. For a real taste of the unusual, venture deep into Borneo’s interior to see the Iban people; Sarawak’s largest ethnic tribe, once renowned as head hunters!

    Take a look at our destination guide below to discover further or give us a call if you are looking for some inspiration.

    Borneo Holiday Highlights Map
    Panoramic view from St John’s Peak at Mount Kinabalu above the cloud line, Sabah, Malaysia
    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
    Kota Kinabalu, or ‘KK’ as it is often called, is the capital of the state of Sabah. Acting as the gateway to Borneo’s beach resorts, it also has a thriving night market and a seemingly endless choice of restaurants. Water lovers should head to the azure waters that surround the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, just off KK’s coast.
    Gigantic pink and white Rafflesia in full bloom, Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia
    Kinabalu National Park, Sabah
    With its stunning landscapes, scenic walking trails and exotic tropical gardens, Kinabalu National Park offers a host of natural attractions. Keep your eyes peeled for the Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower. It is also the jumping off point for climbers of Mount Kinabulu, the imposing mountain from which the park takes its name
    Playful cute baby Orangutan enjoying a good feed, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
    Sandakan, Sabah
    Sabah’s second city is home to a bustling harbour, a handful of WWII historical sites and haunting cemeteries. It is best known as the main access point for trips to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, one of only four orangutan sanctuaries in the world, which offers the chance to get up close to these amazing creatures in their native habitat.
    The Kinabatangan river flowing through the jungle of Sabah, Malaysia
    Kinabatangan River, Sabah
    Sabah’s longest river is one of the best places to experience Borneo’s incredible wildlife. Boasting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the region, the waterways of the Kinabatangan River basin offer fabulous viewing opportunities of primates and birdlife, including proboscis monkeys and endangered pygmy elephants.
    Common Bluebottle Butterfly with its vibrant black and blue wings, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Malaysia
    Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah
    Covering over 300,000 acres of lowland rainforest in Eastern Sabah, Tabin Wildlife Reserve is home to the endangered Sumatran rhino, pygmy elephants, 9 species of primates and over 220 types of birds. A popular activity is to visit Tabin’s mineral rich mud volcano and afterwards cool off in a refreshing pool at the foot of a beautiful waterfall.
    Sunrise over Danum Valley with the misty clouds hanging over the jungle below, Sabah, Malaysia
    Danum Valley, Sabah
    Located in the southeast of Sabah, the remote and off the beaten track Danum Valley is recognised as one of the world’s most complex eco-systems. The valley is also home to many endangered species, including the clouded leopard and Sumatran rhino. Visitors can soak up the beauty of this pristine rainforest by exploring the many jungle trails with experienced naturalists.
    River boats at Sunset on the orange coloured Sarawak River, Malaysia
    Kuching, Sarawak
    Situated on the banks of the Sarawak River, the state’s capital was formerly the seat of power of the famed ‘White Rajahs’ who founded and ruled the Kingdom of Sarawak until 1946. Today this charming city combines beautiful colonial buildings, colourful Chinese shophouses and a lovely waterfront and is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
    Traditional homestay Iban Long House on the banks of the river, Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak
    110 miles southeast of Kuching, this remote national park is home to a variety of wildlife including hornbills, orangutans and gibbons. Wildlife aside, most visitors come here to encounter the fascinating indigenous tribes – having the opportunity to meet the Iban people in one of their traditional longhouses is a highlight for many.
    Proboscis monkey sitting in the woods, Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Bako National Park, Sarawak
    The oldest of Sarawak’s national parks, and just over 20 miles from Kuching, few places pack so much wildlife into such a small space as Bako National Park. With its rainforest, waterfalls and dramatic coastline, this is one of the best places in Sarawak to observe the fabulous proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs and bearded pigs.


    We feature a great range of accommodation in Borneo, with something to suit all budgets.

    What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of Borneo hotels where you have to wade through endless reviews of questionable origin to find the best one. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay so you don’t have to. Our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience.

    Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, Near Tuaran
    Borneo Beach
    from €76
  • White sand beach
  • Freeform pool
  • Watersports
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Nature reserve
  • Championship golf course
  • Kids’ club
  • Great choice of dining options
  • Free wi-fi

  • Gaya Island Resort, Pulau Gaya
    Borneo Beach
    from €86
  • 40 metre lap pool
  • Non-motorised watersports
  • Spa Village
  • Guided nature trails
  • House reef
  • Resident naturalist & marine biologist
  • 4 restaurants & a bar
  • Free wi-fi

  • Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu
    Borneo Beach
    from €85
  • Fabulous infinity pool
  • Watersports
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis courts
  • Pitch & putt golf course
  • Kids’ club
  • 4 restaurants & 3 bars
  • Free wi-fi

  • Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort
    Kinabatangan River

    Batik Boutique Hotel

    Pullman Kuching


    1 Night Orangutan & Sun Bear Discovery
    2 days / 1 night
    from €475
  • Watch orangutans enjoy their morning feeding
  • Spend a night at the Sepilok Nature Resort
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Lookout for the 250 bird species from a canopy walkway

  • Kinabalu National Park & Poring Hot Springs
    from €130
  • Scenic National Park
  • Hot Springs
  • Jungle Flora

  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu
    3 days / 2 nights
    from €690
  • Climb Borneo’s highest mountain
  • Spectacular summit views
  • Get close to nature in beautiful
  • Kinabalu National Park

  • When is the best time to visit Borneo?

    Borneo Climate Guide
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