Borneo Tour Specialists

Welcome to the start of your Borneo holiday adventure

We offer tours and travel arrangements to the island of Borneo. We have day and multi-day tours to many interesting places in

And offer stopover packages to Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore. We also offer fixed itinerary tours such as the following (note that these are suggestions - they can also be amended to suit your requirements):

Use the information in this web site to help you plan your trip and tours to Borneo - tours to Sabah, tours to Sarawak, tours to Brunei, and tours to Kalimantan. Borneo is the third largest island in the world (after Greenland and New Guinea, and comprises three separate countries: Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesia (Kalimantan) and the Sultanate of Brunei. It is one of the last remaining areas on earth where development for the sake of tourism has not destroyed the potential wonders of the area.

Map of Borneo Borneo Tours to Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan with Orang-utans Click on the image for a larger map

The Borneo jungles contain some of the oldest undisturbed areas of rainforest in the world. Some of the best and most spectacular areas of rainforest have been incorporated into National Parks, which to some extent, are a good enough reason to make the effort to visit Borneo. You cannot help but be captivated by the wonderful diversity of plant and wildlife to be found.

Mother & Baby Orang-utan Orang-utans will be seen when on Borneo Tour Specialists Tours and Travel to Borneo
No visit is complete without sighting the "wild man from Borneo" - the Orang-utan - either in the wild or in one of the rehabilitation centres in Sabah, Sarawak or Kalimantan. Visit Sukau in the East of Sabah, where you will find hornbills, egrets, macaques, elephants and sea eagles, as well as wild orang-utans and the Proboscis Monkeys which are found only in the coastal mangroves of Borneo. Experience a late afternoon jungle river cruise and watch whole families of the monkeys crash through the trees and dive into the water. Visitors to the area have seen them diving 20 metres into rivers, then swimming strongly across the river with their webbed feet, trying to avoid the crocodiles!

Visit Borneo Rainforest Lodge and experience an abundance of wildlife in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, including wild gibbon, leaf monkeys, Sumatran rhinoceros, orang-utan, and fascinating bird life, with over 270 species so far being identified.

Empire Hotel & Country Club Borneo Tours and travel to Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan with accommodation on your Borneo Tour Specialists holiday

Gone are the days of the impenetrable jungles with dangerous headhunters and tremendous hardship. Borneo is now open to the tourist and offers 5 and even 6 star (Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei) accommodation!

Beach on Lankayan Island Dive resorts in Borneo at Lankayan, Kapalai, Mabul and Sipadan as well as Miri, Derawan and Sangalaki for fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling
The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah are the largest states in Malaysia. Visit Sabah, known for its sandy white beaches, clear water, beautiful corals and mountain peaks. It has often been said that Sabah is dominated by the mountains, and that Sarawak is riddled by rivers. Visit Sarawak, to travel up river by boat and watch the changing panorama of longhouses, forests, towns and farms is to catch the essence of travelling in the Borneo of old.

Enjoy trips to the various tribal areas. Borneo was the home of some of the last of the world' s headhunters. It is now only about 50 years since the last heads were taken by some members of the Iban tribes of Sarawak. Some of the older tribesmen have a head or two to their names. Relics of the head-hunting days can still be seen in some of the villages. You can participate in a visit to a Longhouse - the original condominium or apartment block. The population of whole villages live together in one long building which has separate living, eating and sleeping quarters. Enjoy a meal or a drink of rice wine with the local people while they show you some of their culture. Hospitality to visitors is a way of life in the longhouse.

View of Mt Kinabalu Borneo Tours to Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan and climbing Mt Kinabalu
If you are feeling energetic, climb South-East Asia's highest mountain - Mt. Kinabalu. It is a two day climb that most people with a reasonable level of fitness can undertake and enjoy. No special skills or equipment are required - other than warm clothing as it can get very cold on the mountain. From the summit on a clear morning, it is possible to see to the Philippines and beyond!

Adventure in Borneo can be whatever you, the tourist, would like it to be - from visiting and interacting at the largest orang-utan reserve in the world at Sepilok, to exploring some of the world's largest and most fascinating caves at Mulu. There is also the adrenalin rush of white water rafting, and trekking through a vast portion of the world's most beautiful flora and fauna. Bird and butterfly trips are readily available, as are botanical tours, mountain climbing, mountain bike tours, 4 wheel drive tours, and more. Borneo Tour Specialists offers everything from leisurely sightseeing to hard adventure.

The oceans surrounding Borneo are also home to some of the best scuba diving in the world. The Celebes Sea to the East of Borneo includes the island of Pulau Sipadan, long held to be in the top five dive sites of the world since it was "discovered" by Jean Michelle Cousteau, and has become a favourite destination for diving for scuba divers from all over the world. Close to Sipadan, is the island of Mabul, the sunken reef of Kapalai and the island of Mataking - all offering fabulous dive accommodation facilities for divers, snorkellers and those who would just like to spend some time close to the water.

Kapalai Dive Resort on the Ligitan Reef near Pulau Sipadan Kapalai Resort is a Mecca for scuba diving near Pulau Sipadan

Other scuba diving areas of note off the coast of Borneo include Pulau Lankayan located in the Sulu Sea off the coast of Sandakan; the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea; the more distant Layang Layang Resort which lies some 300 km off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea; the famous wrecks in the area around Brunei and Labuan (also in the South China Sea); the various reefs off the coast of Miri, in the South China Sea; and the islands off the East coast of Kalimantan - including Derawan, Sangalaki, Maratua, and Nabucco.

Our regular Borneo Trip itinerary suggestions range from 8 to 21 days duration with many options in between. We also have dozens of tours covering the various sites of Borneo in Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan, ranging from a couple of hours, through to six or seven days.

We offer an exciting range of tours carefully, tailored to the differing needs of individuals, giving you an insight into the fascinating cultures of Sabah and Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan. Let the team at Borneo Tour Specialists introduce you to a part of South-East Asia you never imagined, as epitomised in Agnes Keith's book - "The Land Below the Wind".

Arrivals from any part of the world can be accommodated in our tours. Just contact our experienced Borneo travel experts for details.

Borneo is no longer a land where it is necessary to "rough" it. The majority of the tours aim to show you the highlights of the area without the necessity of having to trek through the jungle for days on end. Should one of these tours not suit your exact requirements, we will be pleased to design a tour especially for you. At Borneo Tour Specialists, we are able to offer you everything from a leisurely sightseeing trip to hard adventure travel experiencing the rigours of the jungles, mountains and rivers.

If a trek, however, is more your style, let us organise the trek you will not forget.

Transport options in Borneo range from travel by modern jet aircraft to native longboats on the rivers.

Borneo also offers some of the best diving available on this planet. Sipadan was "discovered" in the 1960s and has risen to claim its just place as one of the premier dive areas in the Asian region and the world . Other fabulous areas include Layang Layang in the South China Sea, the reefs off the coast of Miri, Lankayan off the coast of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, and the Derawan and Sangalaki area off the North-East coast of Kalimantan.

Touring options are virtually unlimited, and whilst we feature a selection of our more popular programmes, we enjoy working with our clients to create an individual travel experience that may not be shown on this web site.

Pack your camera and a good telephoto lens if you are interested in wildlife photography, and join us for a truly unique experience!

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Photographs on this page are courtesy of Albert Teo, Phil Youdale, Empire Hotel and Country Club and Lankayan Resort

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