Malaysian Borneo is a unique and diverse destination where over
50 new species have been found by scientists since 2005. With
beautiful beaches, rainforest lodges and incredible wildlife
(including the endangered orangutan) it is a nature lovers dream.
Not to mention that it is host to some of Asia's finest reefs,
pinnacles and coral gardens as well as wall diving and some of the
best macro sites in the world. Mt Kinabalu is a trekkers' paradise,
and Borneo also has some of South-East Asia's finest family hotels.
Off the west coast of mainland Malaysia, Langkawi is a lush island
just south of the Thai border and Phuket, and the luxurious hotels
here - including long-term favourite the Datai and a new Four
Seasons - are every bit as good as their Thai rivals.
For marine wildlife, the island of
Lankayan has some of the best dive sites in the region, and
Selingan Island is a favourite nesting place for giant turtles
that travel hundreds of miles to lay their eggs on the same beach
they were hatched on years before. And then there is the island of
which offers some of the very best diving on the planet. This
oceanic island rises as a pristine
coral mount from the floor of the Sulawesi Sea to give awesome
2000 foot wall
dives, just 50 feet from the shore. Lying five degrees north of
the equator off the mainland of Borneo; Sipadan Island is covered
with a luxuriant, untouched rain forest surrounded by pristine
Altogether, it would be difficult to overstate the attraction of
Borneo for anyone with a passion for the natural world.