Borneo, one of the largest islands in the world, is an exotic travel destination popular for its spectacular beaches, luxuriant jungles and incredible wildlife. Its amazing coastline offers stunning scenic beauty as well as immense scope for water activities such as kayaking, river safaris, snorkelling and much more. The island is particularly visited by foreign tourists for its dense and largely unexplored rainforests, which have amazing biodiversity. The rainforests shelter lots of rare flora and fauna and its jungles are great for trekking excursions. It offers great value to nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts.
Take a look at some popular adventure tourism experiences in Borneo.
Walks and Treks
Exploring the island on foot is one of the best ways to experience its natural beauty. Lush national parks and mountains provide an excellent opportunity for travellers to go on rejuvenating walks and strolls or adventurous jungle trips and mountain treks. Travellers can explore the incredible vegetation and exotic animal and bird species of the island during their treks. The Batang Ai National Park and Bako National Park have extensive well marked trails for long walks as well as full-day hikes and overnight camping excursions.
The Gunung Murud and the Batu Lawi mountains offer great mountaineering experiences to adventure enthusiasts. However, both mountains are meant for serious expeditions and travellers need to hire guides and mountaineering equipment.
Bau caves are home to two stunning limestone caves that are famed as important rock climbing destinations in Kuching.
Sarawak in Borneo is home to hundreds of world class caves, with more than 500 cave entrances identified in the Kuching region alone. Caving experiences in these caves range from one-day excursions to multi-day expeditions, and encompass easy caving as well as difficult caving, depending on one’s fitness levels. Travellers on caving adventures can marvel at the huge chambers, calcite formations, cave wildlife and beautiful cave paintings.
Diving & Snorkelling
The Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park has many popular diving spots owing to the presence of abundant pristine patch reefs in the area. The area also has a few exciting wreck dives. Snorkelling is also popular there as the visibility of the waters is excellent in the area. Divers get to see amazing marine life and fantastic corals during their dives.
White Water Rafting
Travellers looking for more adventurous wet and wild fun can try white water rafting on the raging Padas River. The rafting excursion is spread over around 30km, which makes it the longest rafting route in the country. Rafting on the river is rated safe for people aged 12 to 55.