This lush land of tribal warriors, mysterious head hunters and far-from-home war heroes has intrigued adventurers, anthropologists and explorers for centuries.
From steamy jungles to blissful mountains, balmy beaches and peaceful villages, travellers love Borneo's bolunty of natural treasures seemingly tailor-made for fun, relaxation, exploration and adventure.
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Borneo tour reviews
Our Borneo trips score an average of 4.71 out of 5 based on 243 reviews in the last year.
Classic Borneo, January 2017
Fantastic trip, had a great time! Saw several wild orangutans at Kinabatangan river, and as our group was super keen to see the elephants our guide organised our river guide to take us further down the river to where the elephants were! Great food and experiences the whole time.
Review submitted 23 Jan 2017
Borneo Family Adventure, January 2017
Our family of four had a fantastic time in Borneo with Intrepid. At times, it was confronting to see the devastation palm oil plantations have caused to this beautiful island, but we have come home inspired to help with the solutions and not be part of the problem. Our intrepid guide was well informed, organised and diplomatic and we learnt a lot from him - thanks Aldrin! If you are looking for an outdoors based trip with a focus on wildlife, swimming, walking and culture this trip won't disappoint. Our kids were aged 11 and 14 and came home profoundly moved by all we saw and experienced.
Review submitted 22 Jan 2017
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Borneo travel highlights
Cool off in the waters near Kota Kinabalu
Visit the temples and markets of Sandakan
Relax on the stunning beaches of Sabah
Meet the orangutans of Sepilok
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Health and safety
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Borneo
- Be considerate of Borneo’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
While travelling through eastern Sabah, you will likely notice that much of the land is covered in palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used throughout the world in a range of products from biscuits to cosmetics, and its use is on the rise. This growth comes at the expense of large areas of tropical forest and other ecosystems, cleared to make room for vast monoculture oil palm plantations. The clearing has destroyed critical habitat for many endangered species – including rhinos, elephants, tigers and the Borneo orangutan – and, if this wasn’t bad enough, the burning of the forest to make room for crops is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Since palm oil is a significant contributor to Malaysia’s economy, consumers have the power to change the above practices by only purchasing Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) approved products. Sustainable palm oil production is legal, economically viable, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial and helps prevent further illegal forest clearing. Currently, it is estimated that around 50% of the palm oil in Malaysia is currently RSPO approved. Purchasing RSPO-approved products will help shift plantations and producers that are non-certified to become more sustainable. RSPO-approved products have a certification on the label (a small palm tree) – keep an eye out for it.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Borneo, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
The Intrepid Foundation has teamed up with HUTAN, a local community-run organisation based in the Kinabatangan region of eastern Sabah, which runs a conservation programme to protect orangutans. Their work has led to improved land management and reduced degradation of orangutan habitat.
To learn more or donate, visit: theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/hutan/
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