Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

5 Fun Activities To Escape The Heat in Sabah Borneo

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April, 2018

Kota Kinabalu City, the capital city of Sabah Borneo welcomes you with delicious local food, unique culture and interesting sights. Kota Kinabalu City is a small city in which you can walk around for a day or two in your Borneo Holidays. But, the only challenge is braving the sun and heat if you choose to walk.

Yup, the sweltering heat of this tropical island is the neverending hotness that we have to endure on a daily basis. As a concerned local in Sabah Borneo, here are some activities that can keep you away from the heat in Sabah Borneo. Be sure to thank me later 🙂

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Surfing in Kudat beaches. Photo : Charles Mawan

1) Island Hopping at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

A visit to TARP Islands is a must when you are in Kota Kinabalu City for a day trip! It consists of Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island and Sulug Island. These islands are a paradise for day trippers. You can have a lot of fun on these islands, with beach activities such as snorkeling and diving. Moreover, these islands are only 20 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu City. You can choose to go for parasailing, banana boat ride, snorkeling, or you can swim by the beach. No matter what kind of activities offered here, I’m sure you will never want to leave this water paradise!

2) Underwater Sea Walking

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

As weird as it sounds, but you can actually do sea walking activity in Sabah Borneo! Of course, you will need to wear a helmet that acts as a breathing pipeline. What’s more, you will be amazed at the beautiful view of marine life. Additionally, you will get an up-close experience with the cute coral fish. It’s a perfect activity for you to spend with your family. This is a Must-Do activity on your Kota Kinabalu Tour!

3) Coral Flyer Zipline

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Ready for an adrenaline rush in Sabah Borneo? The Coral Flyer Ziplines offer you a memorable experience for your Borneo holiday. It’s known to be one of the longest island-to-island flying fox activity in Kota Kinabalu. The activity is easy and safe is their number one priority. So, enjoy the thrills and have fun!

4) White Water Rafting

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

Are you the type of person seeking adventure for your Borneo Holiday? Then, bring your travel buddies and go White Water Rafting. An adrenaline-rush activity with some exciting and tough rapids. You can choose to go for a relaxed excursion of Kiulu River (Class 1-2) or challenge yourself to Padas River(Class 3-4). Whichever you chose, these activities are definitely the highlight of your Borneo holiday!

5) Discover Scuba Diving

Fun activities to escape the heat in Sabah Borneo

When you are in Sabah Borneo, diving is a must to escape the heat. If you are not ready to take the plunge and get diver certified, you can try Discover Scuba Diving. A wonderful experience for you to learn diving skills and see the beauty of the underwater world. You will learn to wear scuba equipment, basic safety rules and breathe underwater. What’s more, when you take part in the Discover Scuba Diving, you are on your way to becoming a certified PADI diver!

There you go! These are our choices of five cool activities that you can do in Sabah Borneo to escape the perpetual heat. We hope you will have an enjoyable time in Sabah Borneo, despite the heat. Oh, one more thing, if you’re ever in need to arrange your travel plans in Sabah Borneo, feel free to reach out to us!

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Surround yourself with nature for Borneo Holidays

Surround yourself with nature for Borneo Holidays

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Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holiday

Last January, I went to Tawau to attend one of my best friend’s wedding. Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Besides, Tawau is also the main gateway to the world’s top dive destination in Sabah Borneo – Sipadan Island.

Last January, I went to Tawau to attend one of my best friend’s wedding. Tawau is the third largest town in Sabah Borneo, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Besides, Tawau is also the main gateway to the world’s top dive destination in Sabah Borneo – Sipadan Island.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Feel free to read the history and some information about Hills Park 

Tawau Hills Park is a recreational park and conservation area that is about 20 km away from Tawau Town. Getting there will be hard for non-local, as there is no bus available there. It is best to go there by using a taxi or Uber/Grab. Luckily for me, most of my friends live in Tawau, so I manage to get there without difficulty. The road from Tawau Town to Tawau Hills Park is quiet and secluded while passing by hills of oil palm plantations.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Entrance/ conservation fee before enter the park 

There is an entrance/ conservation fee that you will need to pay before entering Tawau Hills Park. With its size of 28,000 hectares, this park is open daily from 8 am until 4.30pm. Various comfortable facilities are available at the park for visitors. Such facilities are:

  • Canteen
  • Public toilets and shower rooms
  • Barbecue and picnic area
  • Suspension bridges
  • Jungle trails
  • Accommodations and hostels
  • Meeting/seminar/workshop room
  • Soccer Field/ Mini Hall & Court Games, and
  • Surau
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Tawau Hills Park Map Trail

Tawau Hills Park is also known by the locals as “Table”, which is based on a waterfall’s name. It became as one of the perfect places for family/group activities to do during the weekend or holidays. Several activities to do there are:

  • Picnic and barbeque
  • Swim in the river or the Sulphur Hot Spring
  • Jungle Trekking Canopy Walkway
  • Visit botanical garden
  • Climb Mount Magdalena (1,312m) or Mount Lucia (1,202m)

If a day trip in the park is not enough for you, you can go do an overnighter at Magdalena Chalet or Bombalai Jungle Lodge. Besides that, there is a hostel available in the park, but it is a bit far from the headquarters. This hostel is for those who are going for climbing Mount Magdalena or Mount Lucia.

Unfortunately, my friends and I miss the chance to go for climbing activity at the Tawau Hills Park. So, if you like climbing, be sure not to make the same mistake like we did and left our hiking shoes at home! Since we don’t have that much time left in Tawau, we spent most of our time at the main headquarters park area.

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Tawau Hills Park Area

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

One of the tallest tree I’ve seen!

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Greenery everywhere in Tawau Hills Park 

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Where shall we go?

Frankly speaking, being in Tawau Hills Park gave me a peace of mind and tranquility far beyond me chilling at home. Breathing in the cool clean air and swimming in crystal clear river while surrounded by lush green trees. Somehow, I regretted not bringing my hiking shoes that day, so I can explore more of the park area. I have read in one of the blogs that Tawau Hills Park do have some amazing waterfalls and Sulphurous Hot Springs (darn it!).

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Feels the tranquility of the park area 

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Crossing the suspension bridge to go the other side

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Apart from that, I manage to meet a few long-tailed macaques wandering around the park area. But, be aware and do not get close to the macaques. because they are mischievous animals and will grab anything from you. Funny thing is, it happened to us that day.(haha!) We were holding a plastic full of snacks, all of sudden one of the macaques jumped from the tree and frightened us. Lucky for us, we manage to run away from the macaques as fast as we could. (Haha!) It was unfortunate that it also happened to another visitor who left his backpack unattended. A group of cheeky macaques managed to steal a bag of chips and other things from his backpack! (Note: Keep an eye on your belongings and bags when visiting any Park)

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays
Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Spotted LingZhi Mushrooms that are known to have many health benefits especially on lower the blood pressure and reduce allergies

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Spotted a dragonfly that its body is almost similar colour like a tree branch

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

I find this flower very beautiful, which can be found near the headquarters park office

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

And I spotted a tiger leech at the toilet door! (oh gosh!)

Tawau Hills Park for Borneo Holidays

Where can you get this beautiful view like this?

Around 4 pm, time to head back to Tawau town, but it was not enough for me to explore Tawau Hills Park. I am sure to visit Tawau Hills Park again soon and this time I won’t be going for a short trip there. Planning to visit Sabah Borneo for Holiday? Be sure to put Tawau Hills Park as one of your must-visit for Borneo Holidays! Check out our choices of travel destination for this 2018, click here.

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Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

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December, 2017

Our Kota Kinabalu Tour!

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Discover Scuba Diving 

why you should travel with family

Proboscis Monkey River Cruise 

 

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Do you intend to list out your year of 2018 resolution with an adventure in Borneo Island? Luckily for you, we’ve done our research and rounded up with the year‘s soon-to-be major and biggest travel destinations in Borneo. Here are some of the exciting travel destinations in Borneo that are waiting for you to check it out. Fret not, there are some amazing photos of the destinations for you too. So, book your flights and tour ASAP, before everyone else catches on!

1)  Melangkap Homestay, Kota Belud, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Want to experience camping by the river for your Borneo Holidays? Then, Melangkap Homestay is where you should go. Feels the cooling breeze and the majestic Mount Kinabalu welcomes you in the morning, as well as the amazing stars can be seen during the night. One of the must-go destination in Sabah Borneo with your family or friends. There are so many activities you can do there, such as camping, jungle trekking, swimming at the river, barbecue, fishing, going to local market or tamu, and more.

2)  Mulu National Park, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Experience Sarawak Borneo’s largest national park (544 sq. km) and also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area, awarded in 2000. Its iconic limestone cave system, which includes the world’s largest natural chamber and the world’s longest cave passage in Southeast Asia. The park’s main attractions will be the show caves, the bat observatory, the rainforest canopy skywalk, adventure caving and the challenging climbing up to reach the Mulu summit, as well as to witness the amazing Mulu Pinnacles. This destination is perfect for those who are seeking adventure and excitement for their Borneo Holidays.

3)  Long Pasia, Sipitang, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Ever wondered how does it feel living away from the city life, stay in remote villages and encounter a new culture that you’ve never seen before? Going for a trip to Long Pasia, will never leave you bored. You will get the chance to go for jungle trekking, guided by a local native guide, witness some of the amazing or rare species of Borneo flora which can be found there. Long Pasia is home to Lundayeh tribe of Sabah Borneo, you can learn their interesting cultures from their daily activities, cultural performances or take a bite of their traditional local food. Take this opportunity to put Long Pasia on your travel bucket list for 2018, so you will experience more in your Borneo Holidays.

4)  Ba’kelalan, Kelabit Highland, Sarawak Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

There is another destination of Borneo Island that you can enjoy more on Borneo Cultural experience, which located deep in the Kelabit Highlands of northeastern Sarawak Borneo. Home to Lun Bawang tribes, their source of income will be apples and organic vegetable farming, paddy rice farming, as well as salt-making. Ba’kelalan village is the travel destination that you should not miss out to go for 2018. Apart from that, you can experience the lifestyle of Lun Bawang community with Homestay program, going for jungle trekking into the Borneo Rainforest to see some of the unique flora and fauna, as well as exploring the Ba’kelalan surrounding area.

5)  Deramakot Forest Reserve, Telupid, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

If you are not keen for cultural experiences in Borneo Island, why not go for wildlife adventures in Borneo Island? Apart from going for Kinabatangan River cruise for a higher chance to witness Borneo Wildlife, you can also go to Deramakot Forest Reserve for wildlife spotting too! Deramakot is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, where there are about 75% Borneo Mammals species that can be found within the forest, such as Orangutan, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopard, Proboscis Monkey, civet, and more Borneo Mammals. Moreover, Deramakot Forest Reserve played the major role of becoming a sustainable forest management for wildlife protection and conservation purposes.

Are you getting excited after looking at the photos of the destinations? Wait no more, put the destinations on your travel bucket list for this coming 2018. In addition, you can check out our travel hacks tips to Borneo for 2018.

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7 activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas Borneo Holidays

7 activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas Borneo Holidays

Top 7 activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas Borneo Holidays

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December, 2017

Our Kota Kinabalu Tour!

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Discover Scuba Diving 

why you should travel with family

Proboscis Monkey River Cruise 

 

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas
Ho… Ho… Ho… ‘Tis the season! Christmas lights and decorations are up in Kota Kinabalu City street and boy, does it feel cosy! Christmas holiday is an event that is celebrated by Christians all over the world in commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. In Sabah Borneo, there is a diverse culture living together harmoniously and celebrate the Christmas festive together. If you happen to travel here in Sabah Borneo and still do not have any clue on how to spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays here in Sabah Borneo, don’t worry, we will provide you some of the top activities that you can do for your Christmas Borneo Holidays.

1) Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands

Diving in TARP Islands

What could be a better way to spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays than to go for diving in TARP Islands? Surround yourself with the exquisite marine coral reefs like you never seen before. With just about 15 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city, this tropical island will offer you a vacation of a lifetime. Apart from diving, you can also try out other water activities that are offered at the TARP Islands, such as coral zipline, island hopping, sea walking, parasailing, banana boat ride, and many more exciting activities! You can also simply relax and get a suntan by the beach. A day trip to these TARP Islands will never be enough for you.

2) Luxurious Holiday in resort

Since Christmas Holiday is considered a holiday break for everyone, why not spend your Christmas Borneo Holiday in a resort? You can just simply relax and de-stress yourself from your busy life in the resort. Since it is Christmas season, you can expect there will be many beautiful and some over-the-top Christmas decorations display at the resort, making the Christmas festive at the resort more lively. Apart from that, you can also witness the Christmas Choir performances at the resort, as well as Christmas activities or games offered during your stay in the resort, be sure to participate in it!

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Relaxing by the beach at the resort

3) Christmas lunch/dinner in restaurants/ hotels

New year new you Sabah Borneo Holidays 2018

Enjoy your lunch/dinner in Hotel

Indulge yourself with some of the delicious festive foods that are available for lunch or dinner at any hotels or restaurants in Sabah Borneo. Choose to have a memorable Christmas season with your loved ones in the spirit of Christmas. The lights, Christmas decorations, musical live performances and warm services by the staffs, will never cease to stop you from celebrating Christmas in Sabah Borneo. Moreover, the delicious and sumptuous foods that are served in a buffet-style will leave your stomach full for a day!

4) North Borneo Cruise

If you are not the type to celebrate Christmas in a resort, you can also experience a luxurious cruise through the North Borneo Cruise. There are two types of cruises that you can go, either sunset cruise or the night cruise. Whichever you choose, both will let you experience something out of the ordinary for your Christmas Borneo Holidays. Moreover, be mesmerized by the sunsets or city’s night view, the live band performances will keep you entertained while keeping your tummies happy with the Western and Asian fusion style of buffet dinner.

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Sunset View by the NOrth Borneo Cruise

5) Weston River Cruise

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Proboscis Monkeys hanging on a tree. Photo by: Musafirtravellers

Celebrate your Christmas with a different experience by going for a river cruise in Weston River. Be anticipated to see Proboscis Monkeys aka Long-nosed Monkeys hanging on the mangrove trees. Apart from that, Weston is also treasured with a variety of other Borneo Wildlife, such as Silver-Leaf Monkeys, Long-Tail Macaques, snakes, birds, otters, and many more. After dinner, you will go for another round of river cruise to witness the enchanting sight of fireflies flying around the mangrove trees, which somehow looks like Christmas lights on trees! Now, who say you can’t celebrate Christmas on a river cruise?

6) Kundasang

How about celebrating your Christmas in a cooling breeze of the highlands in Sabah Borneo? Spend your Christmas in Kundasang, Sabah Borneo, where it offers you a peaceful experience and an untouched beauty of nature. There are a lot of destinations you can go in Kundasang, such as Kinabalu National Park, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Poring Hot Spring, Sabah Tea Garden and more. Click here to know more places that you can go to Ranau!

activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for Christmas

Mount Kinabalu view from afar

7) Kudat

Watch the awesome Sunset view from Tip of Borneo

Spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays away from the city life and head out to some of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo, which is Kudat. A unique small town which is located in the northern part of Sabah Borneo and home to Rungus ethnic people. Embark about three and a half hours journey drive to Kudat, welcoming you with a breathtaking view of tropical beaches, the Tip of Borneo, amazing sunset views, intricate designs of Rungus beads handicraft, gong-making villages, and more. A trip to Kudat for Christmas Borneo Holidays will sure make you feel in awe of its beautiful places and culture experience, which somehow you may think twice whether or not to leave the place.

Having read the activities/destinations in Sabah Borneo for your Christmas Borneo Holidays, we hope you will get some of the ideas on how to spend your Christmas Borneo Holidays in Sabah Borneo. In addition, feel free to read some of the Insta-Worthy places in Sabah Borneo to show your family and friends back home the beauty of Sabah Borneo.

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Make Your Borneo Holiday EPIC with These Awesome Activities in Sabah Borneo

Make Your Borneo Holiday EPIC with These Awesome Activities in Sabah Borneo

Make your Borneo Holiday EPIC

with these awesome activities

in Sabah Borneo

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October, 2017

Borneo Tour Packages
Taste of Borneo Cooking Class Kiulu Quad Biking 

Sabah Borneo is known to have a great treasure of nature, Borneo indigenous wildlife, one of the world’s top diving spots, along with diverse cultures, making Sabah Borneo a popular destination for travel. If you are planning to visit “Land Below The Wind” in Borneo Island, as a local myself, here are some awesome activities that I recommend to do in Sabah Borneo, to make sure your Borneo holiday will be epic!

1) Borneo River Cruise

Borneo River Cruise to spot some of the Borneo Wildlife

Break your regular National Geographic wildlife channel session and enjoy river cruise to see Borneo Wildlife in their natural habitat. You can bring your families or friends to experience a unique river cruise while searching for Borneo Wildlife such as Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Crocodiles, Snakes, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, and loads of bird species (eg: Kingfishers and Hornbill). Plus, you can get to enjoy a magical night witnessing the Fireflies as they slowly light up and decorate the mangrove trees (if weather permits).

Interested to learn more? These are some of the best things you’ll see on a Borneo River Cruise.

2) Quad Biking

Experience the exhilarating activity of Quad Biking in Kiulu, Sabah Borneo

Quad Biking, also known as ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) is a must-do outdoor activity during your Borneo excursions. You can unleash your adventurous spirit and be able to enjoy the scenic ride. Before that, you will be given a safety briefing and some practice to get a hang of riding the quad bike. Then, your two-hour adventure begins! This may not be an average trip in your Borneo holidays as you ride on the ATV, see the beautiful countryside and experience the local’s daily lives. In addition, a local guide will point out the type of plants found in the area and share the history of the local living in the area. Learn more on our experience of Quad Biking!

3) White Water Rafting

Face your fear and paddle all the way…

A must for anyone traveling to Sabah Borneo! It’s time to challenge yourself on riding the waves from the rapid whitewater river… Don’t forget to paddle! There are two types of white water rafting you can do in Sabah Borneo, which is Grade 1-2 at Kiulu river and Grad 3-4 at Padas river. Don’t worry, there will be an experienced rafting guide who will be helping you to maneuver during the water raft. Challenge yourself with these exciting, adrenaline pumping, and wild fun rides of water rafting which will leave you wanting more!

4) Cooking Traditional Ethnic Food

Hands-on traditional dishes cooking class in your Borneo Holidays

If you want to learn more about Sabah Borneo culture, the best way to understand the culture is through its own food! Apart from tasting the food in Sabah Borneo, you can also participate in the cooking class for a chance to learn the local’s way of preparing and cooking traditional food in your Borneo holidays. A suitable trip for you to bring your family or friends to join this activity, and experience a unique kind of cultural experience like you never been before. Moreover, you will get to learn more on Borneo culture through conversing with the local family while preparing the dishes, as well as to see some of the exotic vegetables at the local market or “tamu”. Want to know what kind of traditional food that you should try in Sabah Borneo? Then, you should read this articles for your information before visiting Sabah Borneo.

5) Diving

Awesome activities in Sabah Borneo
Dive in to see the beautiful array of marine life in Sabah Borneo

Did you know Sabah Borneo has some of the best diving sites in the world? Most divers from around the globe visit Sabah Borneo to experience the amazing wonders in the underwater world. When you are diving in the waters of Sabah Borneo, be prepared to witness the macro life to pelagic fishes, a chance to capture underwater macro photography in muck dive sites, the coral gardens teeming with rich diversity of corals and fishes, Green and Hawksbill Turtle making its appearance and even a variety of shark species too! Want to make your Borneo holiday more epic? You should enroll yourself to become PADI certified diver which runs at most of Sabah Borneo’s dive resorts, for a chance to witness an awesome array of underwater marine life through the course.

6) Birding

Awesome activities in Sabah Borneo
Sabah Borneo is home to many species of birds, which makes it one of the best places for birding

Borneo is known for its rich tropical rainforests, home to a diversity of flora and fauna. Apart from being home to Borneo’s mammals, there are also several endemic species of birds, which makes Sabah Borneo one of the best places for birding activity. There are various areas in Sabah Borneo that you can go for birding activity, which are Mountain Range ( Eg: Kinabalu National Park), Lowland Forest (Eg: Rainforest Discovery Centre, Danum Valley Conservation Area), and Freshwater (Eg: Kinabatangan River). Birding activity is the safest and most relaxing activity that you can do, as you will not need any lengthy training or complicated equipment. All you need to bring is a good camera and tripod, binoculars, as well as a good field guide that can point out to you the species of Borneo Birds. To make your Borneo Holiday epic, you can check out Borneo Bird Festival in Sabah Borneo, an event where you can experience more on the birding activity.

7) Tandem Paragliding

Awesome activities in Sabah Borneo
Fly “high” with tandem paragliding

Challenge yourself to fly like a bird on a tandem paragliding in Sabah Borneo. Feel the thrill and a sense of freedom, while gliding across the clear blue sky amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Borneo Rainforest. There are two places in Sabah Borneo where you can go for tandem paragliding, which is in Ranau, or Kokol Hill. Fret not, you’ll be in the safe hands of a qualified instructor as they take you on your first flight of soaring high above the sky!

Looking for tips before going for tandem paragliding? You can read here for tips before going for tandem paragliding.

Are you getting excited like we are? Pack your bags now and bring your travel buddies to experience these awesome activities in Sabah Borneo like no other!

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Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part II)

Best Places to Explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part II)

Best places to explore in

Malaysian Borneo (Part II)

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October, 2017

Borneo Tour Packages
Long Pasia trekking expedition

zipline and white water rafting adventure

Best places to explore Malaysian Borneo p1

In our previous blog post, we’ve shared with you some of the best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo. Can’t get enough? Don’t worry…For this second part, we will continue to share with you other best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo.

1) Long Pasia, Sabah Borneo

Maga Waterfall in Long Pasia

Adventure in the heart of Sabah Borneo, surrounded by lush rainforest of Borneo, you will enter into a small Lundayeh (one of Sabah Borneo’s minor indigenous tribe) village. Get an insight of the authentic culture and the treasures of nature in Long Pasia jungle. Your visit to Long Pasia will never leave you bored. Long Pasia is rich with plant diversity and historical treasures. You can see there are many cultural sites which include rare burial ground, and ancient burial jars. While enjoying the Long Pasia trekking expedition, you will pass beautiful waterfalls and a hidden lake deep in the forest which holds many of the local stories, beliefs, and legends. There will be a local native guide, together with you trekking into the Borneo jungle and giving the explanation on the endemic plants, history, and information on the flora and fauna that you will encounter.

2) Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands, Sabah Borneo

Swim and relax in Manukan Island

A visit to the capital city of Sabah Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, is never complete without dropping by to TARP’s group of islands. The marine park consists of Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island, and Sulug Island. These islands are only a short boat ride away from the Kota Kinabalu city, and it is a popular destination for locals and tourists. There are few resorts and basic accommodations within the marine park, either you can choose to stay in the islands or pop over for a day trip.

Most day-trippers will choose to go Manukan Island and Sapi Island, as both of these islands are most developed and popular among the visitors for diving. There are many activities that you can do in TARP Islands such as island hopping, parasailing, zip coral flyers, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more. If you are looking for more exotic beach island getaway, you can read our top 5 islands in Sabah Borneo, or 6 hidden islands for your exotic beach getaway, and plan your next getaway!

3) Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Sarawak Borneo

Best places to explore in Malaysian Borneo (Part II)
This mature female Orangutan sits quietly while eating her banana. Photo By: Chew Eng O

Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is located about 24km from the capital city of Kuching, Sarawak Borneo, and was established in 1975. In addition, Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is the largest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak Borneo, which is more than 700 hectares in size and home to Orangutan that are of varying ages. Most significantly, Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre serves the same purpose with Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah Borneo, where Orangutans are rehabilitated at the center and teach them some “habitat survival skills” before releasing them to the wild. This is one of the conservation methods to preserve the dwindling numbers of Orangutans in Sarawak Borneo.

In Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, you can get the chance to see Orangutan up close especially during their feeding times (9 am and 3 pm). If you are lucky, you might encounter the Orangutans emerging from the wild during feeding time or maybe even spot the Orangutans while you are walking in the jungle.

Planning to visit Kuching, Sarawak Borneo? Click here to know places in Kuching city that you can visit by foot.

4) Kudat, Sabah Borneo

Kelampunian Beach, Kudat

Kudat is a town in Sabah Borneo, which is located about 3-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu City. On a map, the state of Sabah Borneo resembles to a dog’s head, and Kudat lies on the northern tip of Sabah Borneo, which forms the left ear of the ”dog”, namely as “Tip Of Borneo” by the locals. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and surf spots, it’s no wonder “Tip Of Borneo” is one of the up and coming attractions for visitors in Kudat.

Kudat area is inhabited mainly by Rungus people (one of Sabah Borneo’s indigenous tribe), which some of them are still living in longhouses. The Rungus people are known for their excellent weaving skills, beadwork, and intricate beadwork for their traditional costume. A visit to Kudat should not be missed out in your travel itinerary because there are a lot of activities and places you can go in Kudat. You can enjoy surfing, beach camping, a visit to Honey Bee farm, experience culture in Kampung Bavanggazo (Rungus Longhouse), a tour to Gong-making village, or just laze around at Kudat beautiful beaches.

5) Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak Borneo

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Experience the authentic feeling of living in the Iban Longhouse

Batang Ai National Park is located in Sri Aman, Sarawak Borneo, which officially opened for public in 1991. It covers 24 square kilometers of vast Borneo Jungle and home to some rare or protected Borneo Wildlife. It is also home for one of the Sarawak Borneo indigenous tribe, the Iban tribe. Batang Ai National Park is a great place for you to experience the authentic Borneo Jungle, a chance to witness Borneo Wildlife (eg: Orangutans, Gibbons, and Hornbills) in their natural habitat, as well as learning about the Iban cultural traditions by participating in the homestay program for your Borneo Holidays.

To reach Batang Ai National Park, you will need to hop on the longboats and cruise by the Batang Ai River to reach your accommodations. There are a few accommodations available within the Batang Ai National Park, which are Aiman Batang Ai Resort and Retreat, Nanga Sumpa Lodge, or simply spend the night in “real” Iban Longhouses.

6) Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve, Sabah Borneo

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Poring Canopy Walkway

Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve is located about 13 kilometers from Ranau Town and it is part of Kinabalu National Park. Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve was first developed by the Japanese during World War II, and it has become one of the top weekend getaway destinations amongst foreigners and locals alike. A must do activity will be soaking in the hot spring that could help to relieve stress and alleviate all the sore and muscle aches after climbing Mount Kinabalu. The hot spring contains high sulphuric minerals that is widely considered to have special healing properties.

In addition, you can challenge yourself by taking a stroll up to the canopy walkway amidst the lush Borneo Jungle. The canopy walkway is over 175 meters long and 41-44 meters in height; higher than an 8-storey building! Be amazed at the exquisite view of the Borneo Jungle surrounding when you are above the canopy. Apart from the hot spring and canopy walkway, you can also visit the butterfly farm, the Poring orchid conservation center, the tropical garden and Rafflesia flower blooming sites.

If you want to know more places of interest in Ranau or Sabah Borneo, click “Don’t miss this when you’re in Ranau” to know more interesting places to go when you visit Ranau, Sabah Borneo.

7) Kiulu, Sabah Borneo

Moderate adventurous (grade 1-2) in Kiulu Water Rafting. Photo by : dannychan_sg

Kiulu is a small valley that is located in the District of Tuaran, and it is about 1-hour 30-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Agriculture is the main source of living for the local communities within Kiulu. There is much agriculture such as rubber plantations, fruit orchards, paddy fields (rice), and vegetable farms. Take some time to visit Kiulu in your Borneo Holidays to experience the living culture of the locals there.

The area has other activities such as water rafting that is suitable for beginners (grade is between 1 to 2) at the Kiulu River. After that, you can also enjoy the Zip Borneo Adventure Centre which offers several thrilling activities on sites, such as Zip Line, Wall Climbing, High Rope Challenges, and Abseiling. Moreover, you can also go for the thrilling experience of Quad Biking in Kiulu, where you can witness the scenic view of Kiulu villages, river, paddy fields, and more.

8) Ba’kelalan Mount Murud, Sarawak Borneo

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Misty morning view at the Ba’Kelalan village

Ba’kelalan is a small village located on a hillside with an altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level and 4 km from the border of Kalimantan, Indonesia, as well as about 150 km from the nearest town of Lawas. Ba’Kelalan is home to the Lun Bawang tribe (one of the indigenous group of Sarawak Borneo). In addition, Ba’kelalan is known for being the origin of wet paddy farming before it was extended to Bario, Long Semadoh, and other areas on Borneo Island. The unique rice is popularly known as “Bario Rice” which can be found only in Kelabit Highlands. In Ba’kelalan, you can experience the lifestyle of Lun Bawang community with Homestay program, jungle trekking to reach salt spring, and exploring the surrounding area by visiting rice fields, apple farms, as well as the organic research farm.

Most travelers will go to Ba’kelalan as a starting point to climb up the highest mountain in Sarawak Borneo, Mount Murud, which is about 2,423 meters above sea level. It is a serious expedition hence, you will need to hire a guide or porter in Ba’kelalan in order for you to safely reach the summit. Many locals regard Mount Murud as a sacred location especially for the Christians so any alcoholic drinks and smoking is prohibited.

If you are up for the challenge to climb Mount Murud, be sure to spot some of the unique Borneo plants that you can see while trekking, such as Pitcher Plant species (Nepenthes Murudensis) and wild orchids.

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