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Borneo Holidays

Renowned for its lush rainforests and incredible wildlife, Borneo is a nature lover’s dream. With breath-taking beauty, blissful beaches and unspoilt landscapes, you’re guaranteed an adventure.

Home to an array of wildlife species, there’s none quite like the flame-haired orangutan. We recommend visiting the Sepilok sanctuary in Sandakan, where you can see the orangutans swing through the trees and enjoy feeding time. With fewer than 15,000 left in the wild, this is your chance to see these great apes in their natural habitat. For another slice of nature, be sure to snorkel or dive in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park before relaxing on the beach at your luxury resort.

Why not extend your travels by spending a few nights soaking up the city sights in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore before taking the short flight to Borneo? It’s the perfect way to mix up your trip and experience a range of sights.

Destination Highlights
  • Climb Mount Kinabalu
  • Get up close and personal with the orang-utans in Sepilok
  • Varied landscape of mountains, rainforest and coastline
  • Relax on the sandy beaches near Kota Kinabalu

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,559  pp

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,719  pp

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
a small house in a garden

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

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Gaya Island Resort

Time Zone

GMT +8 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland via Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Visa Information

Irish citizens will not require a visa for travel to Borneo

Language

Malay

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Borneo

Prepare to be mesmerised by Borneo, the largest island in Asia where you’ll uncover some of the most rugged and unspoilt scenery on Earth. As you’ll know, Borneo is famed for its population of orang-utans which in Indonesian literally translates to ‘person of the forest’. Plus, the 4,095 metre-tall Mount Kinabalu in the northern region of Sabah is the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia.

  • Orang-utan

    Sepilok Orangutan Centre

    If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, don’t miss out on visiting the Sepilok Orang-utan Centre to see the much-loved orang-utan. They’ve been rescuing baby orang-utans here for over 50 years and you’ll love watching these playful creatures.

Best time to visit Borneo

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Average weather in January

Average travel weather

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Borneo
29ºC
15mm

Average weather in February

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Borneo
29ºC
14mm

Average weather in March

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Borneo
30ºC
13mm

Average weather in April

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Borneo
30ºC
15mm

Average weather in May

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Borneo
31ºC
13mm

Average weather in June

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Borneo
31ºC
13mm

Average weather in July

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Borneo
30ºC
12mm

Average weather in August

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Borneo
31ºC
11mm

Average weather in September

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Borneo
31ºC
11mm

Average weather in October

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Borneo
30ºC
9mm

Average weather in November

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Borneo
30ºC
9mm

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

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Borneo
29ºC
12mm
  • Emma, Destination Manager

    Emma

    Destination Manager

    “The orangutan sanctuary in Sandakan is amazing.  They swing in the trees above you and beside you and sometimes casually cross your path. It's surreal.”

  • Christie, Destination Executive

    Christie

    Destination Executive

     “I would recommend staying at the luxurious Gaya Island for a few nights during your visit to Borneo, the beach is beautiful and it has fantastic snorkelling.”

Our Borneo destinations

Mount Kinabalu

Borneo

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Types of Borneo holidays

Proboscis monkey

Borneo Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The beaches in Borneo are mostly found in the eastern state of Sabah and have a rustic and wild feel. Many have become popular diving destinations, such as the beaches close to the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and islands in the Celebes Sea. Others are privately owned, such as the Shangri La Rasa Ria. 

There are many tours that take you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you can watch orangutans being fed from a viewing platform, twice daily at 10.00am and 3.00pm. You can also take a local bus or taxi from Sandakan town, which is around 14 miles away, and then walk around a mile to the sanctuary entrance. 

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