When people think of Malaysia, Borneo is not the first place that comes to mind. However, this island wonder should be and deserves a lot more attention from travellers to this area. A trip to Borneo will bring you close to some of the most amazing fauna and flora in the world as well as the most welcoming people. While you are in Borneo, there are a number of things that you have to do including a diving course in Malaysia
Visit Kota Kinabalu City
Kota Kinabalu is the ideal starting point for any traveller going to Borneo. This little metropolis is close to Mt Kinabalu and a number of amazing beaches. You can spend your time in the city walking through the street markets or strolling along the waterfront or indulging in the fresh seafood on offer.
Hike Up Mt Kinabalu
Mt Kinabalu is a revered place of the dead and is supposed to be protected by the spirits of the ancestors of local residents. It is also a challenge to hike to the summit, but the views from the top will be worth it. It is important to note that there are strict rules and regulations in place to protect the paths from overused. These rules include the number of people who can climb the mountain each day and who is allowed to climb the mountain.
Learn About The History
The history of Borneo is an extremely intricate and interesting mesh of exploration and human trade. Borneo was an important trading post for the Chinese and Indians before it was controlled by the British and Dutch. Today, Borneo is part of Malaysia, but there are 2 states which are located on Borneo which are independent. These are the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
Visit A Mud Volcano
A volcanic eruption formed Palau Tiga and the island is still home to many mud volcanoes. Visiting one of the volcanoes is a must as you will be able to soak in the mineral-rich mud which is said to have skin care properties. The island is also home to some beautiful beaches which you can visit.
You can also take a trip to Snake Island and Sand Island which have both been appropriately named. For people who love TV, Borneo was also the location for the first season of Survivor.
Meet The People Of Sabah And Hunt For Durian
The flavourful cuisine of the Sabah can be learned as part of a hands-on cooking class that the locals in Tambatuon village offers. The dishes which make up this cuisine come from Indigenous roots and are influenced by Chinese cuisine. This is due to the long trading relationship between the Chinese and Sabah.
See An Orangutan
While there is no guarantee that you will see an orangutan, the chances will increase when you visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Orangutans are still threatened in Borneo and are on the critically endangered list. This is due to their habitat being taken up by the palm oil industry.
Orangutans are also poached for the illegal pet trade. They are known to the people of Borneo as the people of the forest and they play a vital role in the health of the local ecosystem.
Visit Mulu National Park
One of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area, Mulu National Park has an extensive cave system and karst rock formation. The park is also the home of an equatorial forest. Taking a trip to the saves is a must and it is thought that the largest cave in the world is through to be there. When you explore the caves, you will have a sense of adventure when you have to avoid the bats that will fly overhead.
Visit Libarian Island
A visit to Libarian Island comes with the chance of seeing baby turtles hatching on the beach. There are preservationists who live on the island to ensure that the turtles hatch safely and reach the sea. These people have dedicated their lives to ensuring that as many turtles reach adulthood as possible.