Borneo is the 3rd largest island in world, home to 3 different countries: namely parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.
Outdoor adventures are associated with Borneo.
It has the oldest rain forests in the world with an amazing biodiversity of flora and fauna. Tigers, rhinos, elephants, proboscis monkey, sun bear, clouded leopard, flying foxes and amazing butterflies coexist in the verdant rain forest. Mount Kinabalu at over 13,000 feet is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which designated it as a “Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia.” Hikers of every level can be accommodated with hikes that range from very strenuous multiday challenging treks to a half day’s stroll in the verdant Botanical Garden of Mount Kinabalu.
For those who love the sun and the sea and rivers, Borneo offers countless options with uncrowded white sandy beaches, river safaris, and river rafting. It is also a magnet for divers, with crown jewels of diving destinations like Barracuda Point off Sipadan island, often called the world’s best dive.
Borneo is a melting pot with diverse racial groups of not only the major populations of Malays, Chinese, Indonesians, but also indigenous groups like the Iban, Dusun, Murut and Penan. All of these have their own traditions, language, culture, and local cuisines.
The rain forests of Borneo are under siege! The recent years have seen an onslaught of clearing of the forests for timber to be replacements by vast plantations of oil palm. Sadly, the repercussions include the of loss of biodiversity which impacts the watershed as well as contribute to climate change. Inroads made into the forests also means not only a destruction of wildlife but also an increase in illegal wildlife trade.
Avia Travel supports operators who works hard to mitigate the above by working with the local population to embrace and protect the rain forests by using education and local sustainable jobs.
Our itineraries below can be easily customized or for those comfortable traveling with others, we can find an existing group that is a good match. We do offer more than what is listed below!