Borneo: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Joel Fulleda

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Borneo is an almost unknown land, little considered by tourism and of which there is not much information on the web even if in reality its territory is rich in natural beauty which are certainly worth a visit.

In Borneo it is indeed there is a biodiversity that cannot be found in other parts of the world composed of 15000 species of flowering plants, 3000 species of trees, 420 species of birds and over 221 species of land mammals including primates such as the Sumatran rhino and the Malayan bear. In addition, the rainforest that occupies most of the soil of Borneo is the only existing natural habitat for the Pongo, better known as the orangutan.

To all this are added the paradisiacal beaches, islands and atolls, the coral reef and all the marine species that inhabit the surrounding waters. We are sure to have you intrigued, so here is some information on Borneo to know where is it, when to go and what to see!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 9 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Borneo: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in Borneo cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 21258000
  • Capital: Balikpapan (Indonesia) - Kuching (Malaysia) - Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei)
  • Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, English, Malay, Chinese, Mandarin, Tamil
  • Local currency: Malaysian ringgit (€ 1,00 = MYR 4,69) - Brunei dollar (€ 1,00 = 1,80 BND) - Indonesian rupiah (€ 1,00 = IDR 16101,36)
  • Weather: tropical, average temperatures 24/32 ° C
  • vaccinations: the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for travelers who have only transit through the airport of a country at risk of transmission. Anti-malarial prophylaxis and vaccinations against hepatitis and cholera are recommended
  • Entry requirements: a passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months is required
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Borneo is a 'island of Southeast Asia whose surface is occupied by three different states, each of which administers its own part of the territory with the laws and currency of the respective country. To the north is the little one Brunei, the center from east to west is occupied by the Malaysian while south of it extends theIndonesia which includes most of the island's surface.

    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: Amsterdam is the European city best connected with Borneo from which it is possible to reach it in about 25 hours thanks to the direct flights of the KLM to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore, which will be the only stop to be made and then continue with Air Asia, always directly, up to the destination.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: hot and humid tropical climate characterized by always high temperatures between 24 and 32 ° C and rains all year round that occur between the afternoon and the evening, especially from June to September in the north and from December to March in the south. The sea maintains constantly high temperatures between 27 and 29 ° C
    • Best time: basically from May to October when the rains decrease
    • Period to avoid: January and December as they are the wettest months
    • Advice: being Borneo a vast territory, straddling the equator and with a wide biodiversity, we recommend choosing the period of the trip by consulting the climate of the individual countries that compose it, entering the specific areas you intend to visit

    9 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Maratua is a small island of Indonesian Borneo belonging to the Derawan archipelago located to the east, composed entirely of a single long white beach. This island is one of the few inhabited areas where you can find accommodation to stay there even if it is still ignored by mass tourism despite its splendid colors and wild nature.
    2. Derawan Beach it is, like the previous one, an island of the Derawan archipelago formed by a long white beach washed by crystal clear sea and surrounded by the magnificent coral reef
    3. Pulau Sangalaki is another beautiful island of the Derawan archipelago, even smaller and quieter than the previous two, where it is possible to enjoy absolute peace and swim among sea turtles, manta rays and rays that master the local waters
    4. Pulau Sipadan is an island of Malaysian Borneo, one of the best places to snorkel and dive. In fact, many tropical ocean species live here, among which you can swim safely while enjoying the colorful coral reef.
    5. Turtle Island National Park it is a national park rich in sea turtles of all kinds, declared as such due to the habit of these little animals to lay their eggs there. The park is formed between the waters of three islands of Malaysian Borneo of which the main is Pulau Libaran
    6. Gunung Mulu National Park is a nature park in northern Malaysian Borneo that is home to such vast biodiversity that it is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. The park is in fact inhabited by over three hundred animal and three thousand plant species, and also includes breathtaking caves, limestone mountains and a dense rainforest
    7. Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center it is one of the few centers that protects orangutans, especially orphans and those saved from captivity, being an endemic species of Borneo but unfortunately also at risk. It is located in Sabah, in the north of Malaysian Borneo, and its interior will leave you speechless for the natural habitat and the kindness that distinguishes the operators in taking care of them
    8. Kelambu Beach is a beach in the north of Malaysian Borneo, a typical white and paradisiacal tropical beach which is actually a spit of land extending from Borneo towards the sea for several kilometers
    9. Muara Beach is a beach in Brunei, perhaps the most beautiful in the country, characterized by a long strip of golden sand, blue sea and thick vegetation behind it

    What to do in Borneo: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Borneo cost? Prices, offers and advice

    The cost of a holiday in Borneo depends a lot on which stops you intend to make. As we have already said in the area you will find three currencies each with a different exchange rate and value, due to the presence of three different states. After all Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei are quite cheap countries therefore, if you do not have great expectations and intend to beat classic itineraries, you can get by with little. What costs the most are indeed excursions with prices from € 50,00 to € 100,00 per day but to reach some places, especially remote islands and atolls, they are necessary or alternatively you need to have plenty of time and patience to get to your destination. In reverse the numerous national parks cost less than € 5,00 and can be visited independently and also Transports, the most common ones to reach the places most visited by tourists, are very cheap and allow you to move with just € 2,00. Accommodation and catering are also very low cost services! They can be found in fact hostels and hotels from € 5,00 to € 15,00 at night and eat complete meals with an average of € 7,00 per day.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 17,00 per room -
    • Flights to Bandar Seri Begawan from € 866,00 - Flights to Kuching from € 579,00

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