While Borneo is not the first destination people consider when they think about Malaysia, it should be. This wonderful island deserves far more attention from travelers than its peninsular cousins and a quick journey to Borneo with Borneo Dreams will bring you closer to some of the fascinating environmental elements in the world. This article will provide you with information on the top eight things to do when travelling to Borneo for the first time.
1. Visit The City Of Kota Kinabalu
The city of Kota Kinabalu is a small metropolis whose proximity to the famous Mount Kinabalu and several beaches makes it ideal as a starting point for travellers. The city holds different street markets and strolling along the waterfront it is possible to enjoy the view while indulging in fresh seafood.
2. Learning About Borneo History
The tale of Borneo is an interesting an intricate tapestry of human exploration and trade. For centuries, Borneo operated as a trading post for the Chinese and Indian societies but it soon came under British and Dutch control after battles. Nowadays, Borneo belongs to Malaysia; however, the states of Sabah and Sarawak are independent.
3. Hiking Up Mount Kinabalu, The Highest Mountain In Malaysia
Mount Kinabalu is a mountain revered of the dead and is supposedly protected by the spirits of the native Borneo ancestors. It is not an easy task to hike up this mountain, but the views from the top of Mount Kinabalu are worth the effort. Protecting the paths from overuse, the Borneo government has put strict regulations and rules in place about that can climb the path and how many people can travel the path per day.
4. Visiting A Mud Volcano
Visiting one of these mud volcanoes in Palau Tiga is highly recommended as you can soak in the mineral-rich soil reputed to have skin-enriching properties. Besides the attractive island beaches, you can also travel to the nearby Sand and Snake Islands. For television buffs, Borneo should hold a particular appeal as being the filming location of the first season of Survivor.
5. Meeting The Native People Of Sabah
Using a practical cooking class with native inhabitants of Borneo, it is possible to learn how to make the simple cuisine of the Sabah tribe. The dishes originate from indigenous Sabah roots and are highly influenced by Chinese cuisine based on their long trading relationship with the Sabah people.
6. Visiting The Mulu National Park
When visiting Borneo, it is recommended that you visit the Mulu National Park. This park is a heritage site protective for the extensive karst rock formations, forest and cave systems. The cave formations are some of the most beautiful in the world and Mulu is thought to contain the some of the biggest caves in the world. Exploring these areas will provide you with a sense of adventure, but you should try and avoid all the bats flying overhead along with the guano underfoot.
7. Visiting The Librarian Island
One of the most intriguing sights in Borneo is at the Librarian Island where you can see baby turtles hatching on a beach. Preservationists residing on the island do their best to ensure that the turtles hatch in a natural environment and head to the sea with the hope of growing into mature sea turtles. People dedicate their lives to helping baby sea turtles grow and witnessing the birth of these turtles is a sight you should not miss.
8. See An Orangutan
While spotting an orangutan is not guaranteed, the chance of seeing one improves dramatically when at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Borneo. This animal is a highly endangered one close to extinction and their habitat is continuously threatened by the Borneo palm oil industry. Moreover, they are poached for illegal pet trade removing the existing orangutans from their forest habitat. Native people know orangutans as ‘people of the forest’ and believe that they play a crucial role in the health of the country’s ecosystem.