Visit Borneo

The third-largest island in the world, Borneo is abundant with wildlife, flora and fauna and dense rainforests. It is surrounded by powder-white beaches, making it a perfect place to escape and explore. Borneo is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. With around 70% of the island Indonesian territory, though most tourism takes places in the Malaysia territory to the north.

The island is home to a fragile ecosystem under threat from an increased demand for palm oil. Due to this demand, deforestation is devastating a once thriving island. This is leaving many already vulnerable species at risk of extinction, including the beloved orangutan whose numbers have decreased dramatically in recent years.

Find out how you can visit the island and contribute towards restoring it to its former glory for future generations.

What’s at stake?

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The orangutan, amongst other species, are the most affected by the destruction of the rainforest due to illegal palm oil plantations. By avoiding products that contain palm oil (as much as possible), we can decrease the demand for the oil. This will encourage manufacturers to source a sustainable or alternative option.

The Bornean orangutan population has declined by over 50% in the last 60 years. With the Northwest Bornean orangutans being the most threatened with only around 1,500 left in the wild.

How can you help?

 Visitors to the island of Borneo can help in many ways. First, by simply booking a trip to the island, you are not only contributing to its economy, but will boost awareness of an ever-growing issue.

Stay educated

By using reputable suppliers and travel agents, travel responsibly and look after their environment as much as possible. Shop locally for responsibly sourced products with a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) label.

Volunteer at an orangutan sanctuary

By volunteering, or even just visiting a sanctuary, this will help in the conservation efforts around the island. You will also be helping orphaned and injured orangutans and enabling them to be released into the wild safely.

Pay a visit to the national parks

There are numerous national parks around the island, where you will be on guided tours and paths to ensure their preservation. By paying an admission fee, visitors to the national parks contribute to their upkeep and protection.

Help from home

By being mindful of the products that we buy in our supermarkets. Although it may be difficult, we can cut down on the products that palm oil is typically found in.

Adopt!

Many animal charities offer the opportunity to adopt endangered animals. By adopting a critically endangered species such as the orangutan, your contribution will go towards helping their conservation and the people who help them on a daily basis.

Where to stay in Borneo?

The majority of tourism takes place in the Malaysian state of Sabah. This is where visitors can find a large selection of hotels and resorts. Many of the hotels in the region are eco-friendly, and pride themselves in keeping their environment pristine.

By staying in reputable hotels and lodges, tourists to the island can ensure they are booking excursions and tours with local tour guides and can contribute to the island’s economy.

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Visit the lush rainforest by booking a stay in a remote lodge, listen to the sounds of nature all around and soak up the serenity surrounding. If being at one with nature isn’t your thing, head to the coast and enjoy the crystal clear waters, while relaxing on the deck of your very own water villa. Borneo can cater for all travellers, the explorers and the sun seekers, so what better place to visit? Help the environment and enjoy one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet.

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