‘Far more than a standard beach break’
Borneo is far more than a standard beach break. The largest island in Asia, divided over three countries (Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia) it provides adventure-goers with a wealth of options in addition to being a perfect place to unwind and relax.
For anyone searching for peace and quiet, and stunning vistas, Borneo’s many beaches will not disappoint. With such variety it may seem difficult to choose between them, but all have their own charm.
Popular stretches include Bakam Beach located a short drive south from the Malaysian city Miri and west of Lambir Hills National Park. It’s a great place to watch the sun set over the South China Sea.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park’s five islands is also a highlight. Choosing which beach to visit can be tough. Thankfully, the islands are close enough together you can enjoy more than one without the need to spend much time travelling.
Gaya, the largest island, is home to Police Bay. It features a perfect quarter-mile strip of sand and water perfect to swim in. Manukan, the second largest island, is also home to some beautiful beaches. The Marine Park is also perfect for anyone who enjoys other activities such as snorkelling and diving.
But perhaps Borneo’s biggest selling point is its lengthy list of places to see if you’re willing to get active. Mount Kinabalu for instance, is Malaysia’s highest mountain and offers some of the most beautiful views of Borneo. Reaching the summit will be a challenge, for trekkers, but it will be worth the effort once you’re able to stop and look over the postcard landscapes.
For those who prefer walking, with jungles, beaches and national parks are also scattered across the island. In particular, if you’ve always longed to experience all that a real equatorial rainforest has to offer, Borneo is a superb place to visit. The island’s jungles bring out everyone’s sense of adventure and appreciation for serenity.
By connecting with Borneo’s natural side you will discover wildly different cultures and lifestyles, as to this day tribes and communities still exist deep in Borneo’s jungles.
Food lovers will also find plenty to keep them occupied in Borneo. As an island split between three nations, it has become a melting-pot of cuisine, with so many cultural backgrounds influencing its popular dishes. Sampling seafood from the South China Sea for instance, is a must, as most places serve fresh produce. You’ll get the best of Malaysian, Indonesian and even Brunei culinary traditions in Borneo, packed with unique flavours.
- The best time to visit Borneo is between March and October, as that is when the island’s weather is hottest and crucially, driest.
- Unwinding on pristine white sand
- Trekking up mountainous regions
- Sampling the best of the three nation’s dishes
- Watching the sun set over the South China sea
- Snorkelling, diving and Surfing off the coast