FEATURED BORNEO TOURS
Choose one of our popular Borneo tour packages.
19 days / 18 nights
- Visit Borneo’s top attractions including Mulu and Mount Kinabalu
- Experience Borneo’s culture with intimate homestays
- Multiple wildlife safaris
6 days / 5 nights
- Visit orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
- 3 day Kinabatangan River safari
- Wildlife spotting in Danum Valley
BEST BORNEO TOURS
Multi-destination and multi-day Borneo tours.
…packed full of wonderful experiences.
12 days / 11 nights
- Perfect Borneo tour if you have young kids
- Great mix of beach, wildlife, and culture
- Comfortable and family friendly accommodation
19 days / 18 nights
- Experience Bidayuh and Melanau cultures in Sarawak
- Climb the Mulu Pinnacles
- Experience the wonders of Borneo’s nature and wildlife in Sabah
10 days / 9 nights
- Spend your honeymoon on a Borneo adventure
- Experience jungle trekking, mangrove canoeing, hot springs, Mount Kinabalu, and more!
- Upgrade to full luxury on this tour and still have all the adventures
17 days / 16 nights
- Epic 17 day wildlife tour through Malaysian Borneo
- Search for orangutans in the wild on the Red Ape Trail
- Scuba dive the world famous Sipidan Reef
- This tour is a must if you are a wildlife enthusiast
Contact our tour experts today!
- We’ll help you create a Borneo tour just for you.
- Whether you already know where you want to go or you’re not quite sure, our tour experts here at Top Peak Travel can help you create a perfect Borneo holiday. Contact us now to get started.
14 days / 13 nights
- See the beauty of Sarawak and experience the diverse culture in this 2 week package
- Highlights include Mulu National Park, Tanjung Datu National Park, and a stay at a beach resort.
14 days / 13 nights
- Discover Borneo as you visit some of the best locations here, including Mulu National Park, Danum Valley, and the Kinabatangan River
- Experience the unique culture of Borneo with cooking classes and village homestays
13 days / 12 nights
- Travel through mainland Malaysia and Borneo on an epic adventure
- This tour mixes city and nature to highlight the incredible diversity of Malaysia
SHORT BORNEO TOURS
Single destination tours and day trips.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BORNEO
We’ve compiled some info for you to learn about Borneo. The info below is for those of you who are considering a holiday in Borneo. If you want to do further reading, we have provided some links as well. Finally, there is a lot of general info in our FAQ’s, so check that out as well. Let’s get started!
Borneo is best known for two things: orangutans and beautiful, pristine rainforests. Indeed, we have lots of orangutans and some super beautiful untouched jungle. If you are planning to visit, both of those should be on your list. But there is so much more in Borneo that makes it a place worth visiting that we can’t possibly fit it all in here.
You might already know that Borneo is the third island in the world, behind Greenland and Papua New Guinea. Did you know that the island of Borneo is split between three countries? Indeed it is. Those three countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, and the tiny country of Brunei. The population of Borneo is now over 20 million people, so as you can imagine, there is a bit more than just jungle here.
Indonesia has the largest piece of Borneo. Indonesian Borneo is also known as Kalimantan. Next largest is Malaysian Borneo. The two states of Malaysian Borneo are known as Sabah and Sarawak. When you book a Borneo tour with us, we usually send you to the Malaysian part of Borneo; however, we can also arrange tours in Brunei, if you desire.
Speaking of Brunei, it is a tiny country. Strangely, it is also split into two parts by the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
Cultures of Borneo
Borneo is an incredibly diverse place that is full of cultural heritage. In fact, evidence of humans in Borneo goes back as far as 40,000 years, but for now, lets focus on the modern. It is estimated there are more than 200 indigenous ethnic groups in all of Borneo. To put it plainly that is a lot and that’s not counting the others who have also called Borneo home for generations including Malays, Filipinos, Chinese, and more.
All of this makes Borneo incredibly robust when it comes to culture. With that in mind, experiencing the culture of Borneo is something you should definitely add to your list. There are opportunities to experience everything from the cuisine to intriguing customs to festivals.
Here are some links about Borneo Culture in case you want to learn more:
- Learn about the Mari Mari Cultural Village in Sabah. Where you can experience traditional houses, try traditional foods, and see traditional performances of the people of the Kadazan, Dusun, Murut, and Rungus tribes, among others.
- Kadazan Superstition in Sabah – An article about some of the local superstitions in Malaysian Borneo. Those superstitions still run strong today.
- Hari Raya – Celebrating the end of Ramadan by going from house to house and eating all the delicious food. Hari Raya is a great time of the year to visit.
- Traditional Embroidery
- Learn the Indigenous Kadazan Language. There are many indigenous languages that are still spoken today, in Borneo. The Kadazan language is still spoken among many indigenous Kadazan in the City of Kota Kinabalu. There is even a Kadazan language radio station and the Kadazan language music scene is still going strong.
- Get to know the Kadazan People of Borneo
Food is a huge part of Asian culture and Borneo is no different. Because Borneo is a melting pot of cultures, there is a wide array of delicious food you can try here. Some of the mainstays include traditional Malay food, Chinese cuisine, indigenous cuisine, and fast food like Kentucky Fried Chicken (they are literally everywhere). The menu options span from the normal to the downright strange.
If you are a foodie, it’s definitely worth adding some unique food stops into your tour of Borneo and maybe even a cooking class or two.
Here are some links if you want to read more about the food in Borneo
- Traditional foods in Borneo include a ceviche like dish known as hinava and the downright bizarre butod worm.
- Here is a list of some food and drink to try in Kuching, Sarawak.
- Some must eat foods to try when you visit Sabah.
- Here is a list of 6 local snacks that you should try if you visit Sabah.
- Hinompuka is a sweet mixture of sticky rice, palm sugar, and coconut that’s wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. It’s a favorite at Kadazan and Dusun gatherings.
- Ambuyat is made from the starch of the sago palm tree. Locals cook it up into a gelatinous glob and eat it with soup. Although it’s tasteless, many people can’t get past the slimy consistency.
- Tuhau is a species of wild ginger that grows in Borneo and a popular side dish. Did you know there are 300 species of ginger in Borneo?
- The tropics are known for sweet and delicious fruits. Here are some of the more bizarre fruits you might come across when you visit Borneo.
We feel pretty strongly that all Borneo tours should have a nature element. With that being said, it’s pretty hard to take a holiday in Borneo without experiencing nature one way or another.
Borneo is home to pristine jungles that are easily accessible. Places like Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, and Mulu National Park are stunning examples of Borneo’s rainforest in its natural state. Additionally, there are places like Long Pasia, that are way off the beaten path, but contain untouched jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, and more. Speaking of which, Borneo is home to incredibly stunning waterfalls. Additionally, there is a crazy amount of jungle trekking that can be done that span from day hikes like Kawang Forest Reserve to epic multi-day treks like the Salt Trail in the Crocker Range National Park or the hike to Julan Waterfall in Usun Apau National Park. The most popular of all treks in Borneo is the climb to the peak of the tallest mountain in Borneo: Mount Kinabalu.
The jungle is not the only awe-inspiring part of Borneo. The multitude of beautiful beaches and lush islands that lay just off the coast are just as noteworthy. Borneo is home to incredibly rich and diverse coral reefs. In some places like Tanjung Datu National Park, the rainforest runs down right into beautiful beaches. Other places like Turtle Island give you a beautiful tropical island feel and a responsible travel experience at the same time. You don’t have to travel far or go way out in the ocean to experience these islands. Just off of Kota Kinabalu, you can experience island hopping or if you want something really cool, you can visit Pulau Tiga, better known as Survivor Island, where they shot the first season of Survivor.
Wildlife in Borneo
Of all the things that make Borneo amazing, the wildlife is surely at the top. In addition to the iconic species like the orangutan and the Borneo pygmy elephant, there jungles and the seas of Borneo are home to an incredible amount of wildlife. This incredible amount of wildlife ranges from the mundane to the downright strange with animals such as the flying lemur (colugo), frog fish, and flying lizards and snakes.
Wildlife spotting in Borneo is 24 hour affair both on land and in the sea. Daytime gives the opportunity to see monkeys, orangutans, hornbills, elephants, big nosed proboscis monkeys, Irrawaddy dolphins, and more. When the sun sets, it becomes a perfect time to see reptiles, flying squirrels, the strange yet cute slow loris, vivid nudibranchs, sleeping sea turtles, and so much more that you can write a book on it. Borneo’s wildlife is truly something of wonder and we haven’t even mentioned the insects yet.
The great thing about all this wildlife is that it is that there are a multitude of locations you can visit to spot wildlife. To add, Sabah is far and away the best place in Borneo to see the wildlife. At the top of the list is the Kinabatangan River, which is teeming with wildlife. It’s easy to get to and family friendly, with plenty of lodging options from roughing it to really comfortable. Another prime wildlife area is the Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Now we move to the sea and the renowned Sipidan Reef. This reef of the coast of Sabah is absolutely incredible and there is diving and snorkeling all around in this tropical paradise. For a unique experience, you can go stay on the Seaventures Dive Rig which is built from a converted oil rig platform.
If you don’t have much time but still want to see wildlife, there are day tours like the Proboscis Monkey River Cruise that leaves from Kota Kinabalu. Or, if you are in Kuching, you can choose from either the Kuching Wetlands National Park or Bako National Park.
We’ve listed a lot of single serving tours there, but honestly, why settle for only one? A far better idea is to take advantage of a tour package that sends you to a bunch of these places. We’ve put together a few tours of various lengths that you might want to check out:
- If you’re going to go, you might as well go all in with the Borneo Land and Sea Wildlife Adventure Tour.
- 6 Day Borneo Wildlife Adventure: This tour takes you to Sepilok Orangutan Conservation Center, the Kinabatangan River, and Danum Valley.
- Visit Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the Kinabatangan River, and Sepilok with the 7 Day Sabah Wildlife Adventure.
- If you’ve got specific interests or locations when it comes to wildlife, contact us and we’ll help you put together a tour that suits your needs.
Coming to Borneo for a Holiday
So now you have decided to come to Borneo and now you want to start planning. There are plenty of our Borneo tours to choose from above or you can let us help you plan, so we will skip that part. Here is some basic info to get you started and if you want more, read our FAQ’s.
How to get to Borneo
We’re going to focus on Sabah and Sarawak for this section. Your best option to get to Borneo is to fly. Kota Kinabalu is your best option for international flights, but if you are arriving domestically, Kuching and Sandakan are also good options. There are also many international flights arriving in Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan.
Once you are in Malaysia, or Asia for that matter, regional flights are quite cheap and an easy way to get around.
How to get around in Borneo
Firstly, we’re going to focus on how Top Peak Travel gets you around when you book a tour with us.
Generally speaking, most of the transport for Borneo tours is done by air-conditioned minivan. For large groups, we will use large charter buses, however, typically, we serve smaller groups and an air-conditioned mini-van is usually the way to go. Depending on your itinerary, we may use domestic flights to get you from one place to another.
Finally, boats are a common form of transport here, especially for river based tours and coastal area tours. Usually this will be a small boat to transfer you and perhaps others to your destination. On some of our tours, there are ferry rides. Those ferry rides are typically a couple of hours long.
If you are looking to get around yourself, you have a host of options. Short trips, within town, are most effectively done using a local taxi or Grab (think Uber for Asia). For regional journeys, you typically have the option of a large bus or flying. Additionally, you can use a “share taxi” for regional journeys. These are taxis that have a fixed start and end point and they only go when the taxi is full.
Accommodation in Borneo
The types of accommodation in Borneo span from the most basic hostels to full on 5 star resorts. When you choose one of our Borneo tours, the choice of accommodation is really up to you. Most of the popular areas span the range of accommodation. Of course if you are going somewhere off the beaten path or remote, you could find yourself camping or staying in the most basic of huts, but if that’s not your thing, we’ll make sure your itinerary fits your style.
Why Choose Top Peak Travel?
We are experts on Borneo, simple as that. We’ve been doing this a long time, plus we live here. This means we know Borneo inside and out and we are more than happy to share our knowledge. Finally, we believe that the type of personalized service you receive from a local company is hard to beat.
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