Malaysian Borneo is world-famous for its extraordinary natural gifts. Venture on a luxury holiday here and you’ll find jungle treks, canopy walks and diving excursions that allow you to get up close to some of the world’s rarest and most reclusive wildlife.
Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia and its pristine natural habitats and rich ecosystems play host to an unrivalled wealth of flora and fauna. Shy orangutans swing between the trees of Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, the flamboyant rafflesia – the world’s largest flower – blooms in Gunung Gading National Park, and endangered turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of Talang-Satan marine reserve. Don’t miss a trip to the UNESCO listed Mulu Caves; a colossal network of caverns.
Although smaller than Sarawak, Sabah includes thousands of kilometres of rainforest, imperious mountains and cascading river torrents, making it perfect for adventure sports from mountain biking to white-water rafting and rock climbing.
Outdoorsy types can take a glamping trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest peak at a staggering 4095m. This is also where you’ll find Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, the most famous of all Borneo’s sanctuaries.
If you prefer beach life, the coastline of Sabah is sublime. Think long, secluded stretches of sugar white sands fringed with casuarinas and palms. It’s a bucket list diving location too. The island of Sipadan boasts a mesmerising network of rainbow-coloured reef teems with tropical fish, schools of barracuda and small reef sharks.