A haven for wildlife, surely Borneo’s most coveted attraction is its unspoilt rainforests. The island’s orangutans are its most famous inhabitant, but its rich cultural tapestry and fascinating history are also key incentives for travellers.
Where the jungle meets the coast you’ll discover pristine beaches and coral reefs, a paradise retreat in a natural, exotic location. This ‘off the beaten track’ island awaits your discovery.
Many rare species call Borneo home, from the wild orangutans that swing through the jungle canopy, through to the Asian elephants, turtles and Proboscis monkeys.
Encounter these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat and witness the magic of the island’s epic biodiversity up close and personal. Once such resort, as featured in Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure, is the Gaya Island Resort which offers unique ecological sights including the 7 wonders of Gaya.
Both green and hawksbill turtles are native to the waters of the South China Sea. Take a trip to Turtle Island, a National Park, designated to protect newly-laid eggs and hatchlings. Learn about the conservation programme and tour the island’s hatchery area.
- Visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre for the morning orang utan feeding
- Look for Borneo's iconic Proboscis monkey, orangutans or pygmy elephants
- Take a dip in the hot sulphur baths
- Popular experiences include a private beach barbeque, sunset cruise cocktails, an interactive cooking class, and snorkelling safaris.
- Families of proboscis monkeys live on Gaya Island and you may be lucky enough to spot one and other wildlife too.
- Discover the local flora and fauna on a nature walk with the resort’s resident Naturalist.
- Visit the resort’s Marine Centre, and learn how they have rescued green sea turtles and are rejuvenating the reefs with their coral nursery.
- Set amidst lush mangroves, Spa Village Gaya Island is a tranquil hideaway and the treatments utilise only the finest fresh local ingredients.
- Appreciate the imposing beauty of Mount Kinabalu
- Learn about orangutans and see how they are rehabilitated for release in to the wild
- Walk along the 41 metre high Canopy Walkway to see amazing views of the rainforest
- Join a tree planting project with the locals
The large resort offers accommodation across two wings. The décor is neutral but makes good use of traditional textures and artwork of Borneo which is coupled with a range of modern comforts ensuring guests receive the five-star service typical of a Shangri-La resort. The two types of room offer either extended views out across the sea or over to the ice-capped Mount Kinabalu. Activities are p...
Discover the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, a melting pot of temples, mosques, China Town and the futuristic Petronas Towers. Stay at elegant The Majestic Hotel, KL’s only heritage hotel then travel on to Borneo and experience beautiful Gaya Island Resort, an eco-resort in a marine conservation area. Accommodation Details: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur: 2 nights, room only Gaya Island Reso...
Set just outside the city of Kota Kinabalu in an idyllic hideaway beach location, Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu offers a rustic back-to nature experience in a luxury setting. At the heart of the hotel is its commitment to wildlife and with this, a Nature Reserve has been founded in partnership with the Sabah Wildlife Department. Guests are offered the opportunity to learn about the natur...
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Explore the Borneo rainforest and relax on the unspoilt beach at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort before hitting the exciting city of Hong Kong for shopping and fun! You're guaranteed an excellent level of service; accommodation and facilities with stays in the Shangri-La hotels in both areas. Accommodation Details Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort: 7 nights, bed & breakfast Island Shangri-La Hong Kong: 3 ...
When to go to Malaysian Borneo
Travelling outside of the months of November to February is generally recommended. You’re more likely to see orang-utans from April and you can well expect humidity and some rain throughout the year; hence why the rainforests are so lush.
What to do in Malaysian Borneo
A haven for wildlife, surely Borneo’s most coveted attraction is its unspoilt rainforests. The island’s orangutans are its most famous inhabitant, but you’ll also discover pristine beaches and coral reefs, as well as plenty more unusual wildlife, like the cheeky Proboscis monkeys.
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