Imagine tropical forests full of orangutans, monkeys and other exotic wildlife. Beach resorts, coral reefs, Asian cities and hotels offering delicious cuisine. Borneo entices all types of visitors, including families, romantics and travellers seeking adventure.
On the northern tip of Borneo, Sabah is an ideal choice for a short break under two weeks with its eco-treasures from mountain high to ocean deep.
Sandakan is the wildlife capital of Sabah and besides rare birds you’ll also find the must-visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary. It offers an experience where, from a viewing platform, visitors can see how rescued orangutans are nursed and released back into the wild. While here, also check out the educational Rainforest Discovery Centre, which is located nearby.
Off the coast, visit Selingan Island to view endangered green turtles coming in to lay their eggs and take the opportunity to release hatchlings back into the wild. Not far away is the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest river and home to virgin mangrove, wetland and rainforest habitats. A river cruise provides the perfect opportunity to see pygmy elephants, orangutans, proboscis monkeys and all eight species of hornbill found in Borneo.
While in Sabah, keen historians should visit the Sandakan Memorial, honouring those Australian and British soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War Two. Diving is also a major attraction in Sabah, with Sipadan Island being one of the top-rated spots in the world. The island offers guaranteed sightings of large marine life, tiny sea creatures, colourful corals and reef.
In short, Borneo offers wildlife, culture, war history, great diving, walking, challenging mountain climbs, white sandy beaches, eco tourism packages and shopping.