Borneo Island that political divided among Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei is one of the rarest places for those who seek adventure. As the third-largest island in the world, Borneo offers virtual paradise with its rainforests, biodiversity, tropical gardens and indigenous culture.
Malaysia Borneo has two states, Sabah and Sarawak that already being tourist destination for anyone who love plants, wildlife and nature. Here are some must visit attraction that you need to visit when you reach here.
Kinabalu National Park
Known as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, this Kinabalu Park is also the Centre of Plant Diversity of South East Asia. Home to more that 5,000 plant species and 90 mammal species and many more. Here lies the majestic Mount Kinabalu, that is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia and the main attraction here as mostly climbers will ascend to the top of mountains. Beside climbing the mountains, this park also surrounded with natural attractions and enjoyable activities for those who just want sight-seeing and enjoy the panorama.
Semporna is a popular sport among divers as it known as the gateway to dive haven in Sabah. Sipadan Island, Mataking Island, Mabul Island and Pom Pom Island are among beautiful island located here that rich of marine life.
Mari Mari Cultural Village
Mari Mari Cultural Village tour is located deep in the countryside away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. You will be introduce to traditional homes from Sabah’s major ethnic communities – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun and also sharing the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of each ethnic group.
For the die-hard fans of National Geographic, Kota Belud offers much for your delight. From Especially if you are into the wildlife, you will witness the remarkable Proboscis Monkeys in the wild as you cruise on the river. With a giant nose, pot belly, crazy voice box, and several other bizarre features, once discovered they are never forgotten. These unusual-looking monkeys are highly arboreal, swinging about in the mangrove trees and rarely ever coming down to the ground.
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
This marine park that taking the name of Malaysia’s first prime minister is a cluster of islands: Gaya Island, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik dan Sulug. Being here is one of the best things to do as mostly tourists can have the choice either visiting one island or hopping from one to the next.
This international famous island holds a reputation for having one of the best diving locations in the world. With more than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species, along with the underwater caves, no wonder Sipadan being one of popular diving spot.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Listed as one of the world heritage by Unesco along with Kinabalu Park, Gunung Mulu National Park is a one the things that need to be see once you in Borneo. Gunung Mulu, have a geological history of over more than 1.5 million years house the world largest natural chamber known as Sarawak Chamber along with the world’s largest cave passage called Deer Cave. This park also exhibiting significant natural habitat for animal and plant species because of its high biodiversity and karts features.
Only 35 minutes drives from Kuching, Santubong area is the best place for you to the rare Irrawaddy dolphin that inhabits rivers, estuaries, and shallow coastal areas. Besides that, you also will find several habitats including rainforest, mangroves, and rivers, and let’s not to forget Mount Santubong that peak at 810 meters (2,657 feet).
Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak that the name translating to ‘cats’ in English. The city boasts an impressive selection of colonial and heritage buildings, while other attractions are floating villages, colourful temples and endless statues of cats. You also can enjoy a breathtaking 360’ panoramic view of the Kuching city skyline and historical landmarks with cruise of the snake-like Sarawak River.
Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilition
Explore the perfect half-day trip experience to encounter one of Borneo’s endangered species Orangutans and be back at your hotel in time for lunch. Just 20 kilometres south of Kuching, Semenggoh Nature Reserve is home to a colony of semi-wild orangutans who are trained and used to human encounters. They have been taught to watch out for the forest reserve’s caretakers during feeding time.