Borneo is the biggest island in Asia; the third largest in the world. Divided into 4 political regions, this sprawling isle is known for its ancient rainforest, its staggering abundance of plant and animal species and its luxurious beach resorts, as well as for its ethnic diversity.

For couples looking for adventure, exoticism and spectacular natural beauty, Borneo makes the perfect destination. From hiking up the slopes of Mount Kinabalu to exploring the vibrant night market in Kota Kinabalu and delving into the caves of Sabah’s Mulu National Park, there is so much to see and do, and so many magical memories to create.

Keen scuba divers won’t want to miss the diving at Sipadan Island, reputedly the best dive location in the world and fiercely protected. Be sure to book in advance and expect rather hefty prices – but once you slip beneath the waves you are bound to marvel at the beauty of the reef and the diversity of its marine life.

For a more subterranean adventure, visit the famous Deer Cave in Mulu National Park, which is so unbelievably large it can fit a number of buildings the size of St Paul’s Cathedral within its ancient walls; but if the main allure of Borneo is its famous, large, flame-haired ape then be sure to head to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, and consider spending part of your honeymoon at the award-winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which offers a 4 day, 3 night Orang Utan Search tour as well as bird watching and wildlife safaris.

What is the currency in Borneo?

The currency used in Borneo is the Malaysian ringgit (RM).

How long does it take to fly to Borneo?

A flight from London to Borneo, with 1 stop at Kuala Lumpur, will last 16 hours 15 minutes or longer.

What is the time difference in Borneo?

Borneo is 8 hours ahead of London.

When is the best time to visit Borneo?

As the weather can change depending on which part of Borneo you visit, and even the wetness of the rainy season can be hard to predict, it doesn’t particularly matter when you visit the island, weather-wise. The peak tourist season runs from May to September so if you want to avoid the higher rates and higher visitor numbers during this period you may want to time your visit during April and October, or even during the wetter months.

What language is spoken in Borneo?

The national language is Bahasa Melayu, otherwise known as Malay, but different ethnic groups speak their own languages/dialects. English is also quite widely spoken on the island.

Do I need a visa to visit Borneo?

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia. Typically, you will be given permission to stay for 3 months on arrival. For up-to-date travel requirements visit the official FCO website here.

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Borneo offers hot weather all year round, with averages between 27 and 32 degrees and humidity is around 80% for most of the year. Most of Borneo’s weather is affected by South China, Sulu and Sulawesi Seas, which can bring monsoons presenting either warm dry weather or heavy rainfall. The rainfall in Borneo can average around 220mm per month.

January is the month where the weather starts to pick up, seeing dryer and warmer weather; February continues to offer plenty of sunshine throughout the island. Excellent weather with sunshine can be seen from March to September and is a great time to visit in this month for hot temperatures. Higher rainfall chances can be seen in the months of November and December.

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