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.

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Gaya Island Resort
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Borneo
  • 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.
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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
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Borneo
    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...
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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
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Borneo
    Set just outside the city of Kota Kinabalu in an idyllic hideaway beach location, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa offers a rustic back-to nature ex...
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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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