From steamy jungles to blissful mountains, balmy beaches and peaceful villages, travellers love Borneo's bolunty of natural treasures seemingly tailor-made for fun, relaxation, exploration and adventure.
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Our Borneo trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 423 reviews in the last year.
A wonderful trip to a beautiful country filled with lovely people. The only negative I can give is that it is heartbreaking to see mile after interminable mile of palm oil plantations destroying the country. Even in supposedly protected areas you see the incidious plantations cutting into the jungles. I would be surprised if anything remains to be seen in 10 years. Go while you still can.
Review submitted 23 Aug 2017
A great way to see Sabah. An action packed 12 days that will perhaps leave you needing a holiday afterwards (so don't just go straight home!). My advice would be to do as many of the optional extra activities as you have time and finances for, the Ranau POW memorial, Sun Bear sanctuary and the night walk around the Orangutan rehab Centre (to see flying Squirrels etc) were great additions to our experience.
Review submitted 22 Aug 2017
Get steamy in the Poring Hot Springs
Cool off in the waters near Kota Kinabalu
Visit the temples and markets of Sandakan
Relax on the stunning beaches of Sabah
Meet the orangutans of Sepilok
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
While travelling through eastern Sabah, you will likely notice that much of the land is covered in palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used throughout the world in a range of products from biscuits to cosmetics, and its use is on the rise. This growth comes at the expense of large areas of tropical forest and other ecosystems, cleared to make room for vast monoculture oil palm plantations. The clearing has destroyed critical habitat for many endangered species – including rhinos, elephants, tigers and the Borneo orangutan – and, if this wasn’t bad enough, the burning of the forest to make room for crops is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Since palm oil is a significant contributor to Malaysia’s economy, consumers have the power to change the above practices by only purchasing Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) approved products. Sustainable palm oil production is legal, economically viable, environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial and helps prevent further illegal forest clearing. Currently, it is estimated that around 50% of the palm oil in Malaysia is currently RSPO approved. Purchasing RSPO-approved products will help shift plantations and producers that are non-certified to become more sustainable. RSPO-approved products have a certification on the label (a small palm tree) – keep an eye out for it.
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Borneo, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
The Intrepid Foundation has teamed up with HUTAN, a local community-run organisation based in the Kinabatangan region of eastern Sabah, which runs a conservation programme to protect orangutans. Their work has led to improved land management and reduced degradation of orangutan habitat.
To learn more or donate, visit: theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/hutan/