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Borneo Travel Guide

Why Visit Borneo

Borneo is known as the last wild frontier and is a wildlife lover's dream. It's also popular for diving, trekking, indigenous festivals, and for its famous mountain, Mt. Kinabalu. The region consists of three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Most travelers stick to one area via a tour operator, but it's possible to go at it alone and see more than one area. Popular tourist spots include Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Goya Island, Mt. Kinabalu, and the Headhunters Trail.

When to Visit Borneo

March to October is peak travel season for wildlife in Borneo and the best time to see orangutans in the wild. April to December is considered the best time to dive, with July and August having the best visibility. From March to May is the best time to see whale sharks. You can see turtles year-round on Turtle Island, but your chances are greater from June to September. It's recommended to avoid December and January, since it's the wet season and waters tend to be rougher.

Weather in Borneo

Weather varies throughout the different regions in Borneo. But generally, March to October is the dry season, when you'll see less rain; while December and January receive more rainfall and have rougher waters. Borneo has a tropical climate, with heat (80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity (80 percent) defining most days. Expect daily rainfall, even in the dry season. But if you're hiking Mt. Kinabalu, you can encounter near freezing temps during the early morning summit.

Borneo Market Tour and Cooking Class (Video)

Go behind-the-scenes at a local market in Kota Kinabalu with this cooking class and market tour on Viator. Welcome to the Taste of Borneo Cooking Class, hosted by Viator. This half-day tour is a great way to begin or end a trip to Borneo. You’ll start the day at a local market. Where “Momma” explains […]

What It's Like to Climb One of the Tallest Mountains in Southeast Asia

Have you heard of Mt. Kinabalu? Many travelers head to Sabah, Borneo to hike Southeast Asia’s second tallest mountain, Mt. Kinabalu. The journey begins at the national park headquarters, where hikers spend a night resting before beginning the summit. The hike to the summit spans two days. Day 1 is a 6-km trek uphill to […]

Wildlife You Can See on a Trip to Borneo (Video)

Wildlife is a highlight on any trip to Borneo … here’s what editor Ashley Rossi saw on her trip!

Turtle Island in Borneo (Video)

Welcome to Turtle Island, where only 45 guests are allowed at a time. This turtle paradise is in Malaysian Borneo, which is super close to the Philippines. After sunset, you’ll find out why it’s called Turtle Island. Every night, dozens of sea turtles come to lay their eggs. Park rangers collect the nests and transport […]