NEED TO KNOW
LOCATION Almost the entire island of Borneo is covered by first-generation rain forests, all accessible from coastal settlements
VISITORS PER YEAR Fewer than 10,000
DAYTIME TEMPERATURES Jan: 79°F (26°C); Apr: 82°F (28°C); Jul: 80°F (27°C); Oct: 80°F (27°C)
The island of Borneo is shared by three countries – Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia – and has to rank as one of the most out-of-the-way places on earth. This is a truly exotic travel destination – expensive, hot, humid, and primitive to the extreme.
Yet for the adventurous, it can be a paradise. The rain forests here are still amongst the least explored anywhere, and some of the most biodiverse on the planet. And, despite suffering greatly from deforestation in the 1980s and 1990s, Borneo will still reward you like no other spot on earth.
Getting There and Around Borneo is about as remote as it gets, so you will most likely be met by your guide in Brunei or in one of Malaysia’s coastal cities.
When to Go The weather is hot and humid throughout the year, but the best time to visit the rain forests is between March and October when there is less rain.