The highlight of our travel so far this year has been Borneo. We have posted about it quite a bit recently, and hopefully we have convinced you that Borneo needs to be on your South East Asian bucket list. But in the off chance that you are not totally sold on Borneo yet, let us tempt you with this collection of our 15 favourite photos from our week in Sabah Borneo.
This is the Kota Kinabalu mosque, which was once thought to be the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia. It has been recently overshadowed by the mosque in Kota Terengganu on the mainland, but this mosque is still easily the most beautiful mosque in Borneo. Don’t forget to also visit some of the beautiful and tranquil Chinese temples that can be found in any major town or city.
Incredible Marine Life
Borneo is home to what is considered some of the best scuba diving in the world. If you are a diver, then don’t miss an opportunity to dive in Sipadan. But if you don’t dive, like me, then you will still find yourself surrounded by sea life even at the beaches of Kota Kinabalu.
Support Local Conservation Efforts
Borneo is home to a lot of rare and unique species. Sepilok is the hub for quite a few different conservation efforts in Sabah. You can visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre as well as the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Both are great places to meet these beautiful animals, learn more about them, and help support their conservation.
Discover Tragic War History
Borneo was subject to Japanese occupation during the second world war, and the peoples of the United Kingdom, Australia and the local population all suffered here. The most tragic of the war history in Borneo has to be the Sandakan death marches.
Food, Glorious Food
Don’t look at the following three photos if you are hungry.
There are not many places in the world where you can see this much of a variety of wildlife in it’s natural habitat, all in a one hour boat cruise. We went on three boat cruises at different times in the day while in the jungle along the Kinabatangan river, and we were delighted with what we saw. At times we couldn’t even decide where to point the camera.
Got more time to spend in Borneo? Check out our favourite photos of Sarawak for more Borneo travel inspiration.