Region: Borneo

Deramakot Forest Reserve

The huge 55,507 hectare Deramakot Forest Reserve is managed by the Sabah Forestry Department for conservation and sustainable forest management.  Just 10% of the forest is currently set aside for conservation and 90% is destined for reduced-impact logging.  It is hoped that increased tourism will shift the balance and encourage the government to allocate more … Continued

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: A well-designed tour

Very helpful – we went to all the right places, well-designed tour. [Wildlife highlights included:] Orang-utans, gibbons, seeing wildlife unit filming, 5m reticulated python, storm stalks, hornbills, kingfishers, green turtles egg-laying, birdsnest soup caves (but not the cockroaches!), monitor lizards, leopard cats, slow loris, binturong, mouse deer + other deer, fruit bats, black squirrels, some … Continued

The Danum Valley Conservation Area

Covering 438 square kilometres of pristine dipterocarp rainforest, the Danum Valley is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas in all South East Asia. With its towering rainforest trees and stunning landscapes, the reserve holds a vast array of fauna including all ten of Sabah’s primate species, wild elephant, the beautiful clouded leopard and 275 … Continued

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: the memories will last a long time

Thank you for arranging a wonderful tour for us in Borneo – Reef and Rainforest have done it again! The wildlife viewing has been superb. ..all lifetime memories! The food was also excellent and [your representatives] were very efficient and extremely helpful…all the logistics worked very well…the memories will last a long time. Looking forward … Continued

Laban Rata Lodge

Sensational views down Mount Kinabalu and over the surrounding area

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: we shall be back

I would like to express my thanks to you for preparing the splendid itinerary, covering my recent trip to Borneo. I achieved every objective set, from reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu to photographing wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys and crocodiles, not to mention watching turtles laying their eggs and the hatchlings returning to the sea, … Continued

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: Thank you for a wonderful journey

Thank you for a wonderful journey. We had a lovely time in Borneo and when you get to the primary rainforest in the Danum valley it feels like you are in the Garden of Eden. Helen was very helpful in preparing our itinerary, was helpful whenever I phoned and assured us at each step. At … Continued

Gunung Mulu National Park

The World Heritage Site of Gunung Mulu is a breathtaking mix of primary rainforest, limestone pinnacles and huge cave systems. Travel by longboat to see the Clearwater Cave, reputedly the longest in the world, and the Wind and Lang Caves for spectacular formations. Deer Cave is home to millions of bats which emerge at dusk … Continued

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Widely regarded as one of the best wildlife lodges in Asia, set within Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest

Kuching Hilton Hotel

Modern and comfortable Sarawak hotel has 315 guest rooms with nice views over the river and towards the city

Sepilok Forest Edge Resort

A perfect location for visits to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Lankayan Island

Turtles come to nest on lovely Lankayan Island which has a beautiful white sand beach and fringing coral reef. Snorkelling and diving are possible directly from the shore and the accommodation is very appealing.

Selingan Island

Selingan Island lies off the east coast of Sabah and is part of the Turtle Islands National Park where green and hawksbill turtles come to nest on a near-nightly basis. With luck, you can sometimes help release the young hatchlings back into the sea.

Tabin Wildlife Resort

A rainforest haven in a sea of palm oil plantations, the 120,500-hectare Tabin Wildlife Reserve represents a refuge for some of Borneo’s rarest mammals and birds.

Abai Jungle Lodge

One of the most easily accessible forest lodges along the wildlife-rich Kinabatangan River

Lankayan Island Resort

23 detached, spacious chalets dotting the shoreline on a beautiful white sand beach

Sipadan Mabul Resort

Dive resrot with excellent cabins, private facilities, ample fresh water, air-conditioning and verandas

Rasa Ria Resort

Upmarket resort overlooking Dalit Bay near Kota Kinabalu

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: we were looked after so well

We had a great holiday because we were looked after so well. The wildlife viewing was the best possible because of the effort put into it by the guides…We saw more wildlife than we expected or had hoped for. Orang-utans in the wild as well as at Sepilok. The turtle laying and releasing was great. … Continued

Kinabatangan River

At a length of 560km this is the longest river in Sabah and offers a staggering amount of wildlife along its rainforest waterways and within its oxbow lakes. The area around Sukau is particularly renowned for proboscis monkeys which arrive in large groups at the trees of the river banks during late afternoon. Borneo pygmy … Continued

Mount Kinabalu

The Crocker Mountain Range dominates western Sabah and culminates in Mt Kinabalu at its northern tip. At 4,095 metres Mt Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea and provides exhilarating but non-technical mountaineering. At its base, the Kinabalu National Park is one of the world’s most biodiverse reserves, with over 5000 … Continued

Gomantong Caves

Close to the Danum Valley, the Gomantong Caves are surrounded by primary rainforest (orang-utans are common here) and home to millions of bats and cave swiflets. The caves have a remarkable guano-based ecology and, at certain times of the year, local villagers can be observed precariously traversing the high cave walls on bamboo ladders as … Continued

Layang Layang

Layan Layang Island is a diving Mecca on the Borneo Banks, a site famous for fantastic reef diving and the thrill of seeing schooling hammerhead sharks.

Sipadan Island

Off the coast of Sabah lies an underwater paradise made famous by Jacques Yves Cousteau who described Sipadan as an “untouched piece of art”. Here you can snorkel and dive with huge shoals of reef fish, large numbers of turtles and the odd shark or two. For competent divers, the ultimate experience is the Turtle … Continued

Borneo guides

All the guides were excellent with a lot of information about the plants and wildlife big and small. They also seem to have an infectious enthusiasm for finding different creatures. Our guide at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge was exceptional going the extra mile to make sure everyone in our small group was happy.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Luxury five-star hotel with beautiful gardens and elevated position overlooking the Melinau River

Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort

Set in a remote forest reserve near an internationally-important wetland, the Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort offers access to an unspoilt region populated by local tribespeople and a wide array of wildlife.

Camp 5

Very simple communal facility located deep within the Gunung Mulu National Park

Deramakot Forest Reserve

One of Sabah’s best wildlife watching destinations. Orang-utan, pygmy elephants, Banteng (wild cattle), proboscis monkeys and clouded leopards are just some of the iconic species that are found here.

In Search Of Borneo’s Rarest Mammals With Private Guide

This is a privately-guided tour for real mammal enthusiasts. As well as Borneo’s iconic headline species including orang-utans and proboscis monkeys, this trip delves deep into some of Borneo’s less visited forests to find some of the real rarities of the island. Many of these are more active at night, so you will spend a … Continued

Tanjung Aru Resort

Enjoys a quiet position by the sea overlooking the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: thank you all for a fantastic holiday

We had no expectations on what animals we would see and how every aspect of the holiday would gel together but it was excellent… We talked to lots of people on our trip and most went to great lengths to book their holiday, trawling the internet for flights, looking at different companies for their tours … Continued

Shangri La Hotel

In the centre of Kota Kinabalu with views towards the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park and Mount Kinabalu in the distance.

Sepilok Nature Lodge

Beautifully set in lush grounds within walking distance of Sepilok’s renowned orang-utan centre, sun bear centre and rainforest discovery centre

Iban Longhouse

A highlight for many visitors to Sarawak, staying with a tribes in a traditional longhouse

Kuching

Often regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in South East Asia, Kuching is a delightful mix of colonial buildings, markets and riverside promenades. Nearby is the Bako National Park, Sarawak’s oldest, with a diverse mix of woodland, mangroves and rugged coastline containing wild pigs, monitor lizards and a large number of proboscis monkeys. … Continued

Borneo Diverse Reefs and Rainforests in Comfort and Style

The tour was excellent. Really well organised at short notice. It was all that we expected. Have already recommended Reef and Rainforest to friends. Danum Valley was the best – close up views of Orangutans, numerous frogs and birds we hadn’t seen before. A monitor lizard in the river by our lodge was about 6 … Continued

Borneo

Best Holiday ever and we have travelled to many countries! Saw most of what we wanted to see: Orang utan, pygmy elephants, red leaf monkey, macaques, many birds, gibbons, hornbills etc etc. Overall it was the most fantastic holiday. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: A most enjoyable tour

A most enjoyable tour, ran smoothly and saw most of what we hoped to see. Borneo people we met were friendly and helpful. Standard of food was far better than we expected and most enjoyable. Would recommend this trip to anyone wishing to visit Borneo for a few weeks. Thanks!

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: Very impressed with the service

Thoroughly enjoyable, the length of time spent at each destination was about right, so we didn’t feel too rushed whilst trying to squeeze in a number of destinations…. Very impressed with the service from yourselves in arranging this (& previous) holidays usually with little “notice” and limited budget. Thank you.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

An ideal base from which to explore the wildlife of the Kinabtangan River.

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: Thanks for arranging a great holiday

We have now arrived back in the UK after a truly memorable Borneo holiday. The tour…was fantastic, we saw a great range of wildlife…It is a tie between the wild orang-utan and the grazing elephants as to the highlight of the holiday. The guides were excellent…The tour has left us with two problems: how can … Continued

Borneo

The prospect of thrilling orang-utan encounters is incentive enough to visit, yet the world’s third largest island has so much more to entice you

Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre

This world-renowned Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre works to rehabilitate orphaned or injured orang-utans back into the wild. Many of the released individuals return to the centre for supplementary feeding, affording wonderful close encounters. There is a resident Sumatran rhinoceros and the surrounding rainforest is home to pig-tailed macaques and large numbers of bird species. On night … Continued

Borneo Tailor-made Tours: The whole team is lovely, thank you

Just want to say a huge thank you for arranging the best honeymoon! We loved the standard of service and accommodation everywhere we went. The destinations and timing at each place was fabulous. We will remember it for the rest of our lives! Truly special – thank you for making it happen! Wildlife highlights: turtles, … Continued

Longhouses

A highlight for many visitors to Sarawak is a stay with one of the tribes in a traditional longhouse, home to many families under one roof. Sarawak has over 40 ethnic groups, each with its own traditions, culture and language. The Iban tribe (also known as Sea Dayaks because of their history as pirates and … Continued

Southeast Asia

The choicest regional destinations with the best conservation ethos

Borneo – Deramakot and Danum Valley Review.

We had a brilliant trip to Borneo and (apart from Clouded Leopard) we saw everything we anticipated and more.  If we were doing it again we would probably add another night or two to Deramakot and leave rest the same.  Deramakot is a fantastic location, so remote and peaceful. Accommodation is basic but adequate considering … Continued

Bunga Raya Island Resort

A beautiful island retreat situated on Gaya Island not far off the coast from Kota Kinabalu