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Borneo Orangutans

The world’s third largest island, Borneo is split between Malaysia’s Sabah and Sawawak regions, Brunei in the north, and Indonesia’s Kalimantan region, which accounts for 73% of the island.

Home to one of the world’s oldest rainforests, Borneo offers an incredible destination to visit with wildlife-rich rainforest, beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine, and a diversity of cultures.

Here are the top 9 Borneo Eco Tours to make the most of your experience.

  1. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge

    Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Borneo

    Perched on the Danum Valley Conservation Area surrounded by Sabah’s tropical wilderness, the Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers a comfortable experience of the island of Borneo with an impressive variety of animals and plants to find on your tours.

    You will be accommodated in one of the individual 30 comfortable chalets, which include comfortable, large beds, en-suite bathrooms, and spacious decks with beautiful views of the river or rainforest. The Premium Villa and Premium Deluxe Chalet include an infinity or plunge pool.

    The lodge also offers a spa for a massage or relaxation treatment and a dining area with beautiful views of the surroundings. Your meals include a diversity of Asian fusion and western dishes from a talented chef prepared with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

    Your comfortable accommodation at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge is then complemented with 5-star service and knowledgeable guides for exploring the surrounding region.

    Your friendly guide will meet you each day to explore the rainforest to find the many different animals and plants, including the hundreds of different birds.

    In addition to wildlife, find different waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Choose from the 3 or 4-day packages or choose a specific birdwatching tour to make the most of the region’s birdlife.

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    The Borneo Rainforest Lodge

    Danum Valley, Borneo

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  2. The 5-day River and Rainforest Experience

    The Sukau Lodge, Borneo

    On the Borneo Eco Tours River and Rainforest Experience combine a visit to both the Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

    Enjoy expertly guided tours to find a diversity of Borneo’s animals and plans, including the hundreds of different birds.

    You can watch the orangutans at the rehabilitation centre before they’re released in the wild and see the sun bears at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre. You will also learn about the work the centre is doing for conservation.

    You will then spend two nights at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which is a featured as one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and will then enjoy a cruise through the rainforest scouting for many animals and plants.

    Learn about the wildlife on the lodge’s Attenborough and Hornbill Boardwalk while spotting different species and then enjoy a night safari to find nocturnal animals.

    You will then explore the elephant migration route on the Rasig Wildlife Trek and enjoy a visit to the Gomantong Cave, which is famous for the incredible number of bats exiting the cave at dusk. This area is also a good place to find wild orangutans feeding on the abundance fruits in the forest. For this part of the tour, you will be accommodated in the award-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

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    The River and Rainforest Experience

    Sabah, Borneo

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  3. The Ombak Putih – Orangutans And Dragons

    The Ombak Putih, Indonesia

    The Indonesia / Malaysia cruise begins in Bali, Indonesia where you will meet your cruise guide for your flight to Borneo and returns to Bali after your expedition. Over 12-days, the Ombak Puth combines a visit to Borneo to see the iconic orangutans with other areas of Malaysia and Indonesia, including the famous Komodo dragons of Komodo National Park.

    The comfortable vessel provides 12 cabins with en-suite bathrooms, social areas to relax or talk about your experiences, a large salon, and covered and non-covered areas to enjoy the beautiful Malaysian and Indonesian scenery.

    Your knowledgeable local rainforest guide will meet you after your arrival in Borneo. You will then be escorted you to river boat to begin your exploration of the island’s rainforest. Enjoy seeing many different birds and animals, as well as visiting the local villages to learn a little about life on the island.

    Visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to see the fantastic orangutans and to learn the conservation work the foundation is doing in the region. You will also visit a traditional Dayak village to experience traditional Borneo culture.

    After Borneo, you will board the Ombak Putih to start your journey to Komodo stopping at different areas enroute to explore some of the top places to visit in Indonesia. Visit Bali to see the rice terraces and volcanic scenery before visiting the beautiful Gili Islands for world-famous snorkelling tours.

    Enjoy swimming the giant whale sharks at Saleh Bay, explore the coral reef to see many colorful fish, and then visit the famous Komodo National Park and Rinca Island. In addition to exploring the island to see the iconic komodo dragons, you can also snorkel and kayak the surrounding reefs.

    While walking the island on a guided trek observing the giant lizards, you will be looking out for the other island residents, including monkeys, buffalo, deer, and many different birds.

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    The Ombak Putih

    Bali, Indonesia

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  4. The Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

    The Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort, Borneo

    Nestled in the heart of the Lower Kinabatangan wildlife-rich wetlands, the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort is a very comfortable lodge offering guided tours of the region to enjoy the wildlife and scenery.

    You will enjoy incredible wildlife opportunities in one of the most important wildlife refuges of Malaysia, which is recognised internationally for the abundance of animals and plants.

    The resort itself provides Deluxe chalets with large, comfortable beds, private bathrooms with hot water, and WiFi. There are also four twin-share rooms in the longhouse for guests to enjoy the region on a budget.

    At the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort restaurant, you will enjoy beautiful views of the surroundings as you are served delicious cuisine.

    With your knowledgeable and skilled guide, explore the surrounding region on guided walks and boat trips to find the many different animals and plants. Explore the different forest types and water bodies to find proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinos, pygmy elephants, orangutans, langurs, colorful hornbills, and much more.

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    The Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

    Sabah, Borneo

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  5. The Sukau Rainforest Lodge

    Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Borneo

    Positioned on the bank of Borneo’s Kinabatangan River, the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge provides fantastic guided tours of the surrounding rainforest to find a diversity of animals and plants.

    The lodge combines comfort and sustainability with a choice of accommodation in either the Superior Rooms or spacious Rainforest Villas. Both offer comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, and air-conditioning. The villas also offer a private balcony for a little more connection to the environment.

    The lodge offers comfortable social areas, a spa for a massage or a relaxation treatment, the gecko lounge, Attenborough walk, and a well stocked bar.

    The lodge offers a variety of activity options for your tour, including a trek through the rainforest to observe orangutans, scouting the region for the hundreds of different birds, and a visit to the beaches to see turtles laying their eggs (over certain months of the year).

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    The Sukau Rainforest Lodge

    Sabah, Borneo

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  6. The 4-day Orangutan Search tour

    The Orangutan Search tour, Borneo

    On the 4-day Orangutan Search tour, explore the rainforest to find wild orangutans in the primary rainforest surrounding Sabah’s Gomantong Cave. This is a similar experience to the Rainforest and River tour without the visit to Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley.

    On arrival, you will visit the orangutan rehabilitation centre to see orangutans before they’re released into the wild. You will also visit the sun bears at Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre and learn about the organization’s conservation work.

    You will then venture deep into the rainforest to the Sukau Rainforest Lodge and explore the rainforest scouting for a diversity of animals and plants. Enjoy a cruise of the river looking for birdlife and to enjoy the rainforest scenery.

    You will then visit the Gomantong Cave to explore the area looking for wild orangutans. The surrounding rainforest is full of fruits, such as as figs, which are an orangutan’s favourite food. At dusk, you will then enjoy the incredible spectacle of thousands of bats exiting the cave, as they head out to find food. Enjoy an evening tour scouting for nocturnal wildlife and then the Rasig Wildlife Trek on the elephant migration path.

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    The Orangutan Search Tour

    Sabah, Borneo

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  7. The Wow Borneo Tour

    The Wow Borneo Tour, Borneo

    Enjoy a fantastic experience of Borneo to see the iconic orangutans, rainforest, and many different animals and plants. Venture deep into the rainforest aboard the traditional and comfortable boat to enjoy the rainforest cruises, guided land tours, and delicious meals.

    You will be exploring the Kalimantan region of Indonesian Borneo for incredible wildlife experiences and local culture. You will explore both the Sebangau National Park and Tanjung Puting National Park, which is where you can find the famous Camp Leakey.

    From here, you will find and watch the iconic orangutans, as well as many different birds. You will also visit the traditional Dayak villages. Travel the waterways in the traditional klotok boats, which offer comfortable air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms.

    Enjoy delicious freshly prepared Asian fusion cuisine prepared by the friendly and talented kitchen staff. You can then relax on the top deck watching the rainforest pass by and enjoy the many different birds.

    You can also combine the Island of Borneo with the Komodo dragons of Komodo National Park on the Wow Borneo Indonesian Wildlife Icons combination tour.

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    The Wow Borneo Tour

    Sabah, Borneo

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  8. The Gaya Island Resort – Island experience off Borneo

    Gaya Island Resort, Borneo

    For an add-on experience of your tour in Borneo, you can visit the Gaya Island Resort located just off the island’s coast for fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities. Explore the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and enjoy guided walks through the island’s rainforest.

    You will be accommodated in one of the eco-luxury hillside villas, which provide fantastic views of Mount Kinabalu and the mangrove forests. The villas offer comfortable beds, a spacious en-suite bathroom, writing desk, and an outdoor verandah.

    Enjoy freshly prepared regional cuisine in the resort’s restaurant, including a variety of fresh seafood options. You can enjoy your meals in the restaurant, as a picnic-style in your chosen area, on the beach for a barbecue, or on your personal verandah.

    Relax in the infinity pool or have a drink at the pool bar enjoying the beautiful views of Mount Kinabalu. There is also a spa for a relaxation treatment or massage.

    There are a variety of tours and activities to enjoy at the Gaya Island Resort, including a variety of PADI snorkelling and dive programs. Explore the 25 fantastic dive spots across the wildlife-rich Coral Triangle and visit the marine center to learn about the conservation work.

    You can also head out with the resident naturalist guide to enjoy nature walks through the reserve scouting for animals and plants.

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    The Gaya Island Resort

    Sabah, Borneo

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  9. The Borneo Adventure Sarawak & Culture Tour

    On the Borneo Adventure Sarawak & Culture Tour, enjoy 6-days exploring the incredible region. Head out to find the many animals and plants to find in Borneo, as well as spending time learning about the local culture.

    You will be accommodated in a hotel before venturing to the simple yet comfortable Nanga Sumpa Lodge inside Borneo’s rainforest.

    You will first arrive in Kuching and spend the first day walking the historic city and capital of the Sarawak region.

    The next day, you will travel to the wildlife-rich Bako National Park to find proboscis monkeys, silvered langurs, long-tailed macaques, wild boar, monitor lizards, and a diversity of colorful birds. In addition to the wildlife, enjoy the many different habitat types and scenery.

    Explore the different regions and trails to find wildlife, waterfalls, and to learn from cultural experiences. You will also visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, which is an orangutan rehabilitation centre where you can see these iconic animals within the nature reserve.

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    The Sarawak & Culture Tour

    Sarawak, Borneo

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Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Tropics and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical locations. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the tropics. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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