Discover Borneo with On The Go Tours
Ancient rainforests thriving with wildlife, hauntingly beautiful UNESCO-listed caves, traditional longhouses, endangered orangutan species and the highest peak in Malaysia await travellers in the tropical eco-tourism paradise of Borneo. Whether you decide to explore Sarawak in the South or Sabah in the North, both of these states possess an eclectic heritage and varied history, telling a fascinating story set against an impressive backdrop of dense, untamed jungle. Discover our tours departing in 2019 and find your perfect adventure.
Borneo Private Tours
Whether you're looking to explore Sabah and Sarawak, or even both sides of the island, we've got a private tour of Malaysian Borneo to suit all kinds of travellers. With the services of private local guides, visit wildlife centres home to orangutan and local villages for a glimpse into a traditional way of life.
Shared between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, the island of Borneo is the third largest in the world with a staggering wealth of endemic flora and fauna along with stunning landscapes and fascinating indigenous cultures. For travellers Borneo represents a truly unique destination with rare experiences to be enjoyed from meeting the wild-haired orangutans to staying in a traditional longhouse with an Iban community in the depths of the jungle. Add to this the chance to scuba dive in coral-rich waters, scale the heights of rugged mountains, lounge on pristine sand beaches, hike through tropical rainforest and explore gigantic caves and you have an endless list of reasons to visit Borneo. Our tailor-made team are on hand to create your perfect adventure itinerary so make 2019 the year you explore this captivating island.
Borneo Day Tours and Excursions
Meet the orangutans of Sepilok and admire the colourful fish of the coral reefs with our day tours from Kota Kinabalu.
FROM USD $127.26
Meet the residents of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, visit the Sun Bear Conservation...
Borneo tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All Borneo Reviews
My wife and I would like to thank On The Go Tours for a splendid holiday. From the day we flew out till we landed home, the holiday was very organised. Everyone who were involved were fabulous and very friendly. We were made to feel welcome everywhere we went and nothing was too much for the team. Our first guide was Arthur. He was amazing, friendly, funny, hospitable and very knowledgeable on all aspects regarding Sabah and Borneo. All daily itinerary were spot on and each day were full of activities, from relaxing to historical visits. The homestay was lovely. Ismail was our host and made us very welcome into his home. He had 2 volunteers from Canada and California there for 2 weeks too. I can’t stress enough how fantastic Arthur was during our time with him and his driver, min, was also fabulous. It was a shame to say goodbye to Arthur as he handed us over to the driver who took us to Sandakan.
Our second guide was Ronald. He too was fantastic and was very passionate about his work. He specialized in all butterflies but mostly concentrated on endemic butterflies in Borneo. His knowledge during our time with him was second to none. All questions he answered in an expansive, factual way. He was very thorough and used every minute possible to accommodate what we wanted. We couldn’t asked for better guides. All accommodation was satisfactory, however we upgraded couple of times to air conditioned accommodation. It would be good to be given this option prior to travel. Food was excellent at all times with plenty of choices and no limit on how many times on re-fills. Their coffee was amazing and bought some to bring back home.
In summary the tour was fantastic, visited numerous locations with thorough knowledge of all sites. We saw plenty of wildlife, from insects to orangutans. We were busy for the whole duration and loved every minute of it. Well done and thank you. John Williams and Jane Taylor-Williams”
We had an amazing tour with your company. for each day we knew exactly what we had to do and where and when we had to go or be ready. Our tour guide Sham and our driver Abel we had for the first few days and we can not speak more highly of them.Sham was an expert experienced guide and Abel drove very carefully. They are both very good assets to this company and made us feel safe and comfortable all the time we were with them. When we went into the Jungle with SI tours they too were excellent. The accommodation chosen was also of very high quality. Thank you On the Go tours for making our Borneo holiday great.”
Stacey was lovely full of knowledge and did everything to make us enjoy our trip even more. Such a nice caring person full of knowledge. Great she knew Malay but also knew about western culture as she being a westerner herself. Trip was great. ”
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The intelligent and gentle fuzzy creature we know as orangutans are one of Borneo's most iconic sights and a popular draw-card for many visitors. Visiting Sabah you'll get the chance to come face-to-face with these loveable primates at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok with a viewing gallery where you can watch them feast on milk and bananas during feeding time.
Recommended places to visit in Borneo
To start putting together your dream holiday to Borneo, consider focusing on these must-see destinations from wild national parks to charming cities and rugged mountain peaks.
With a distinct Chinese flavour, Kuching is arguably one of Borneo’s most sophisticated and indeed stylish cities. A tasteful blend of modern structures and classic old world charm is evident throughout with bustling streets, Chinese temples, a beautifully landscaped riverfront park as well as the kitschy cat statues that appear throughout the city – because Kuching actually means cat!
Bako National Park
The oldest national park in Sarawak, Bako National Park has a peninsula that is filled with beautiful inlet beaches, rugged cliffs and endless mangrove swamp. Inside the park you’ll be greeted with tranquil streams, thundering waterfalls and a fine range of ecosystems. The park is popular for hiking, picturesque boat rides, beach relaxing as well as fantastic wildlife spotting!
Home to some great rainforest and the ever-popular Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok is a firm favourite on travellers' itineraries. No trip to Borneo is complete without coming here to see the orang-utans in their natural habitat. Located on the edge of the reserve, it was opened in 1964 to help rescue sadly orphaned and abandoned younger orangutans and to help them learn to fend and look out for themselves.
Kinabalu National Park
As Malaysia’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, no-one should turn down a trip to the Kinabalu National Park. If the lengthy list of animals that inhabit the park wasn’t enough to make the park a desirable destination, Mount Kinabalu also stands majestically within the boundaries of the park and is one of the highest peaks in all of Southeast Asia. Climbing the mountain is certainly a challenge, but well worth it for the incredible vistas on offer from the summit.