A family holiday in Borneo can create lifelong memories. With jungles, rainforests, unusual animals, and a rich cultural tradition, Borneo offers an adventure for families of all ages. We’ve minimized domestic travel time but where it can’t be avoided, there’s variety in the schedule and interesting views out the window.
This twelve-day trip takes in a bit of traditional culture in a way that’s fun for all and then focuses on wildlife viewing.
Start in Kota Kinabalu staying at a seaside resort and learning about Sabahan culture including the legendary headhunters. Look for turtles laying eggs on Selingan Island, watch young orangutans play in the nursery at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and visit two of Borneo’s rainforests.
A trip down the Kinabatangan River is an opportunity to see monkeys, crocodiles, flying lemurs, colorful birds, pygmy elephants, orangutans, and more. At Tabin Wildlife Reserve, everyone can clomp through the mud in Wellies (no need to bring your own, they’ll loan you a pair), shower under a waterfall, marvel at stick insects and other strange critters, and experience an open-air safari drive. On Gaya Island, get a taste of Borneo’s underwater life. Snorkel or dive in the South China Sea or visit the Marine Ecology Research Centre to see a variety of marine life in the saltwater tanks.