If you’re a nature lover with a soft spot for tropical climates and crystalline beaches, a wildlife tour in Borneo must surely be on your bucket list. Borneo, the third-largest island in the world, is home to lush natural settings and a dizzying variety of wildlife, from birds and mammals to amphibians, insects, plants, and fungi. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, a thousand species of insects can be found on a single Dipterocarp tree in Borneo.
The island is also home to some of the world’s most eye-catching wildlife, such as the proboscis monkey, for example, or the black Malaysian hornbill.
While Borneo’s vast swaths of mangrove forest along the shoreline are breeding and feeding grounds for at least 15,000 plant species (5,000 of which don’t grow anywhere else in the world), the lush rainforests are home to 10 primate species, including gibbons and orangutans. A guided Malaysian Borneo tour could actually give you the chance to meet these furry fellows; our Borneo Wildlife Watch tour, for example, brings you face to face with orangutans at an orangutan sanctuary in Sabah.
Meanwhile, the waters that lap the shores of Borneo team with vibrant schools of fishing, making snorkeling and diving in Borneo some of the best in the world. Immersing yourself in Borneo’s stunning underwater life truly is like being in a different world.
Insiders agree that some of the best diving in Borneo can be had off the coast of Sabah, where a variety of dive resorts offer the best equipment, accommodations, and access to prime diving spots.