Family Holidays in Borneo

Discover a magical island jam-packed with ancient rainforests, thick jungle and countless wildlife species including, of course, the amazing orang-utan.

 

Orangu-tan Discovery

Family Destination Guide: Borneo

Borneo: Why You’ll Love It

For an easy family adventure Borneo ticks all the right boxes. Come here to spot wildlife, snorkel and dive off Sabah’s coast, trek up the mighty Mt Kinabalu and be amazed by the incredible variety of plant and animal life in the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinabalu National Park.

Of course Borneo’s real star is the orang-utan and you can’t help but be amazed by these creatures, nicknamed the “old man of the forest”. One of the best places to see them is the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Borneo is also home to some fabulous beaches that make an ideal place to round off your trip, swimming in the South China Sea or doing nothing in a hammock instead.

 

 

Borneo: Why The Kids Will Love It

Borneo is a hit with children; it’s not just the chance to head deep into the jungle to spot lots of different species, but it is also the sheer variety of activities on offer. One day you might be crouching quietly on the beach in the moonlight, watching a mother turtle hatch her eggs and the next will see you in a small long-tail boat, following narrow channels into the rainforest to search for wild elephants and orang-utans.

Children are always fascinated by the orang-utans at the Sepilok Sanctuary and will spend hours watching them play and feed. Although Borneo is fairly hot and humid year-round, the weather is at its best from April to September making it a great summer destination for families wanting to travel to Asia.

Take a look at our sample Borneo itinerary and remember that this can be tailored to suit the needs of your family.

 

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When to go

Although Borneo is fairly hot and humid year-round, the weather is at its best from April to September making it a great summer destination for families wanting to travel to Asia. Daytime temperatures are generally in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands.

You can expect rain throughout the year, however the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between November and April.

Borneo is a great summer destination for families wanting to travel to Asia.

Fast Facts

Capital: Kota Kinabalu

Time: GMT +8

Language: Malay and English

Voltage: 220-240 Volts

Visas: All foreign nationals entering Malaysia and Borneo must hold a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months upon arrival and must enter Malaysia through Airports only. Passports are required for travel between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).

Visitors from many countries may enter Malaysia without a visa, for periods of between one and three months, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Others will need a visa – check with your nearest embassy or consulate prior to travel.

Health & Vaccinations: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before travelling. The following vaccinations should be considered before holidaying in Borneo: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Japanese Encephalitis, however it is imperative that you discuss your needs with your doctor prior to travel.

Remember to leave enough time before travel to organise your vaccinations, as some will require more than one injection over a period of time. Malaria is a year round risk factor in Malaysian Borneo; make sure you discus malaria prevention options with you doctor before travelling.

Getting There: From Kuala Lumpur there are two airlines that fly to Kota Kinabalu Airport in Sabah and Kuching  in Sarawak. Malaysian Airlines operates flights from several countries to major cities and towns in Borneo and Air Asia plies routes from Peninsular Malaysia to and around Borneo.

Major airports are also located in other towns and cities such as Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Labuan and Lahad Datu and domestic airlines link all these regions. Air-conditioned express buses are an efficient way to travel between Borneo’s different states.

Money: Borneo’s national currency, the Malaysian ringgit (RM), is divided into the following banknotes: RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100. Locals sometimes refer to the ringgit as a ‘dollar’.

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful.

Safety: Malaysia is generally a very safe country to travel in with crime against foreigners being uncommon. However, consult your own government’s travel advisory for more safety advice such as fco.gov.uk.

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Family Holidays in Borneo

Borneo is a hit with children; it’s not just the chance to head deep into the jungle to spot lots of different species, but it is also the sheer variety of activities on offer. One day you might be crouching quietly on the beach in the moonlight, watching a mother turtle hatch her eggs and the next will see you in a small long-tail boat, following narrow channels into the rainforest to search for wild elephants and orang-utans. Children are always fascinated by the orang-utans at the Sepilok Sanctuary and will spend hours watching them play and feed.

Family Hotels in Borneo

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