The fourth largest island in the world, Borneo is located in Southeast Asia. Known for its wild beauty, the destination is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and, to a very small extent, Brunei State. To the north are the two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. In the south, most of the island is occupied by Kalimantan, the Indonesian part. A very small portion of the territory of the Sultanate of Brunei is located in the northeast. Tourists are attracted not only by Borneo's beautiful beaches, but also by the biodiversity of its ancient rainforest, which is home to an endemic species of orangutans, nebulous panthers and remarkable carnivorous plants. The island rises to an altitude of 4,095 m at Mount Kinabalu in Sabah State. A travel guide will help you discover the wonders of the surrounding area. Off Borneo is the famous diving spot on Sipadan Island. For snorkeling, head for Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Sabah. The biodiversity of Borneo is unfortunately threatened by deforestation (fires and fires) and the spread of oil palm plantations. The capital of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, is home to the majestic Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque with its 29 golden domes and the immense Nurul Iman Palace, home of the ruling Sultan, and... of the beaches. All in all, on this paradisiacal island, you can swim, dive, climb, cycle while enjoying an exceptional environment. But don't look for acromentules, giant spiders with speech, from the Borneo jungle of the Harry Potter world. They don't exist for real!

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When to go to Borneo?

When to go to Borneo? You can go to Borneo all year round. Admittedly, the rainy season (October/May) does not allow a trip as comfortable as in dry periods in this tropical, hot and humid region. The rain then falls in torrential rain, but intermittently, and the sun always ends up reappearing. The best time to travel to Indonesia is between May and October depending on the island you are visiting. The closest to Australia are the least humid in the archipelago. It rains less, and all activities are possible (including volcano climbing, walks in the forest, visits to temples), we enjoy better landscapes that are not lost in the fog... But the high tourist season requires higher prices everywhere, even if they remain reasonable, beaches taken over, just like famous monuments. The premises usually take their holidays in June or July.

How to go to Borneo? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Most tour operators and travel agencies offer Borneo. This island is large and the possibilities of stays and tours are numerous. In addition to the seaside resorts, there are themed tours based on culture and/or nature and the discovery of towns and villages. It's up to you to choose, according to your desires!

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It is possible to visit Indonesia and Malaysia alone. But you need to be well informed about the social and political situation, remain vigilant, especially in the poorest areas, and comply with the laws in force. Several direct flights from Europe to Bali from where you can take an domestic flight to Borneo. To get to the jungle, it is best to bring a local guide with you.

Borneo is criss-crossed by buses whose prices vary with the comfort offered but they are generally very cheap. Taxis and minibuses are also available. For total freedom and an in-depth discovery of local life, the rental of two-wheelers, with or without a motor, is ideal, but beware, traffic can be dangerous, especially in the city, when you are not used to it.

Prepare for your trip Borneo

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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Practical information
When to travel?

When to go to Borneo? You can go to Borneo all year round. Admittedly, the rainy season (October/May) does not allow...
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Weather forecast

Like the other equatorial islands, Borneo has a humid climate almost all year round with regular heavy rains. The ave...
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Budget

Indonesia is a cheap destination where you can stay in very good hotels for much lower prices than in France, includi...
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Formalities

No visa is required for stays of less than 30 days in Borneo, Indonesia. However, a return ticket or other proof of d...
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Health

No vaccine is mandatory for Borneo but some vaccines are recommended, including diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine incl...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is possible to visit Indonesia and Malaysia alone. But you need to be well informed about the social and political...
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How to get organized?

Most tour operators and travel agencies offer Borneo. This island is large and the possibilities of stays and tours...
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Getting around

Borneo is criss-crossed by buses whose prices vary with the comfort offered but they are generally very cheap. Taxis...
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