Malaysian Borneo

Overview

Malaysian Borneo is known the world over for its extraordinary natural gifts. It lies to the East of the Malaysian Peninsula, separated by some 650km of South China Sea, and is formed by the states of Sarawak and Sabah.

It’s home to vast swathes of primary rainforest – barely touched by the world outside – making it one of the last great wilderness for adventure and exploration. Lightfoot Travel offer you the chance to explore this remote region in luxury with your own highly-personalised itinerary.

Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia and classic Borneo. Its pristine natural habitats and rich ecosystems play host to an unrivalled wealth of flora and fauna.

You’ve got the shy orang-utans that lurk in trees of Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, the flamboyant rafflesia – the world’s largest flower – in Gunung Gading National Park and endangered turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches of Talang-Satan marine reserve.

And that’s just for starters. With a luxury holiday to Malaysian Borneo, 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. Of course, washing the mud off at your luxurious beach or eco resort’s spa afterwards is a pleasant way to wind down the day too.

We suggest that one thing you don’t miss on your tailor-made journey is a trip to the Unesco-listed Mulu Caves. They’re a colossal network of caverns with the largest of them al, the Sarawak Chamber, capable of housing eight jumbo jets!

Sabah forms the northeast corner of Borneo. Although smaller than Sarawak, its geography includes thousands of square kilometres of rainforest, imperious mountains and cascading river torrents. Terrain that makes it perfect for adventure sports and activities, from mountain biking to rock climbing.

Outdoorsy types have the opportunity include a luxury trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu as part of a bespoke itinerary. It’s Borneo’s highest peak at a staggering 4095m. Sabah is also where you’ll find Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, the most famous of all Borneo’s sanctuaries.

If you prefer beach lazing to jungle trekking, the coastline of Sabah is nothing short of sublime. Think long, secluded stretches of sugar white sands – fringed with casuarinas and palms – with barely a footprint in sight, let alone another soul. It’s a world-famous diving location too. Particularly on the island of Sipadan, where offshore a mesmerising network of rainbow-coloured reef teems with tropical fish, schools of barracuda and little reef sharks.

Whether you’re looking for jungle adventure or wildlife-spotting, beach life or scuba diving, our impartial specialists will be on hand to help design your perfect tailor-made itinerary to Malaysian Borneo.

Malaysian Borneo Regions

Sabah

Sabah is the easternmost Malaysian state, making up part of the jungle-clad island of Borneo. It’s a land of ancient primary rainforest, home to the proboscis monkey, and palm-strewn beach…

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Sarawak

The steamy jungle-state of Sarawak is part of the island of Borneo, with neighbouring Malaysian state, Sabah, to the east. It’s the largest Malaysian state, almost entirely made up of dens…

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Malaysian Borneo Itineraries

Extreme Borneo

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

For active adventure and nature-lovers, this is your perfect 2-week break from city life. Maintaining a comfortable pace, this itinerary allows you to experience all authentic beauty and div…

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Malaysian Borneo Properties

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Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is nestled in a serene and enchanting setting alongside the Danum River in the heart of Danum Valley, a major conservation area. The rainforest is home to an incredib…

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Bunga Raya Island Resort

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

A luxurious retreat for families and romancing couples alike, the Bunga Raya Island Resort is a sensual and exotic getaway set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. Compris…

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Gaya Island Resort

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Located 15 minutes off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and accessible only by boat, Gaya Island Resort is the ultimate tropical retreat. This luxury boutique hotel in Sabah, Borneo, is fringed …

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Gayana Eco Resort

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Green and chic, the Gayana Eco Resort strikes the perfect balance between forward thinking ecology and indulgent luxury. Nestled on the tranquil Gaya Island, off the coast of Kota Kinabal…

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Kapalai Dive Resort

Malaysian Borneo

A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul and a whole new world away, the Kapalai Dive Resort in Sabah is the ideal destination for divers looking for one of the best divin…

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Lankayan Island Dive Resort

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

This tiny, tropical resort island is situated in the Sulu Sea, northeast of the island of Borneo in Malaysia, a 90-minute speedboat ride from Sandakan. Lankayan Island is an untouched paradi…

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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Flaunting grandiose views of the city, Mount Kinabalu and the South China Sea, Le Meridian sits well-placed, at the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s vibrant retail and entertainment districts, emb…

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Mabul Water Bungalows

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Mabul Water Bungalows is a luxury floating dive resort situated on Mabul Island, off Sabah. World famous dive site Sipidan Island, is only 15 minutes away by speedboat. The 15 charming woo…

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Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

This resort-style hotel is set on Pantai Dalit beach in Sabah surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation. It is an ideal base for recuperating after a strenuous hike up Mount Kinaba…

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Sipadan Water Village Resort

Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Built over the turquoise shallows of Mabul Island, Sipadan Water Village is a luxurious over-water resort fringed by beautiful coral, white sand and amazing marine beauty facing the Celeb…

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