Borneo family holidays

Borneo is a nature lover’s paradise, an island packed full of ancient rainforest, remote river systems and thick jungle that is home to an incredible profusion of species. The star of the show on Borneo family holidays is of course the orangutan. When you get up close it is easy to see why they are known locally as ‘the old men of the forest’, with their wrinkled skin and inquisitive gaze, but you can also find pygmy elephants, turtles, macaques, gibbons and much more.

Borneo Family Holidays - Sitting on the dock of the bay

Relaxing on Pulao Tiga

You can take walks through the forest canopy on an elevated walkway, hop on boat trips deep into the jungle, watch mother turtles lay eggs on a remote island and search for wild orangutans in the rainforest.

Borneo family holidays are not only about the animals though. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mulu is home to the largest cave system in the world and you can wander through giant underground amphitheatres millions of years old. In the foothills of Mount Kinabalu you can stay with a family on a friendly village homestay. Help your hosts with the morning rubber tapping and then take a walk to a waterfall for a swim. Or perhaps spend a day honing your jungle survival skills and learn how to cook a meal without any pots, just using a piece of bamboo and an open fire.

Why take the kids?

A family holiday to Borneo is always a hit with children. It’s not only the chance to head deep into the jungle to spot many different species that appeals, but also the sheer variety of activities on offer. One day you might be crouching quietly on the beach in the moonlight, watching a mother turtle hatch her eggs, whilst the next will see you in a small long-tail boat, following narrow channels into the rainforest to search for wild elephants and orangutans. The day after that you might be soothing your muscles in the pools of a hot spring or helping to make spring rolls with a local family.

Our top activities for a Borneo family holiday include:

  1. Watching orangutans play at the Sepilok sanctuary
  2. Snorkelling in the South China Sea
  3. Exploring the longest cave passage in the world
  4. Staying up late to see turtles lay their eggs
  5. Learning basic jungle survival skills
  6. Following the world’s longest tree-based canopy walk

If your family likes a serious challenge, read Stubborn Mule’s very own Helene Cooper’s account of climbing Mount Kinabalu with her three children, aged 5-8 years old!

For more photos and ideas on what you can do here, check out our Borneo with kids – Top 10 things to do with the family blog.

Borneo Family Holidays - Filipino Market in Kota Kinabalu

Filipino Market in Kota Kinabalu

Example Borneo family itineraries

All of our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family, taking into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on. However, to give you an idea of what you could do on a family holiday in Borneo, have a look at our example itineraries, Active Borneo (2 weeks) and Borneo In-Depth (3 weeks).

Also check out the places that you might like to visit on your trip and if you need further inspiration, have a look at our Borneo photo gallery.

Lastly, don’t forget to check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel. Or simply give us a ring and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best Borneo family holidays.

Borneo family holidays - learning to make a raft

Making a raft on Gaya Island


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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