Why Borneo Should Be On Your Gap Year Travel List
Did you know that Borneo is the third largest island in the world? In fact, it’s 3 countries in 1: Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. Because of its scale – the diversity of places, wildlife and people is massive and throw in the consideration of cheap living – you get a perfect backpacker destination.
As a little taster here is some of our favourite places to visit. If Borneo wasn’t on your list…get ready to slide it right to the top…
1. Get lost in the caves at Gunung Mulu National Park
Situated in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, Gunung Mulu National Park is most noteworthy for its dramatic peaks, caves and bat exodus…oh yes, expect to see 1000’s of bats flying out of Deer Cave, at dusk, for a nights hunting. Awesome.
2. See one of the most beautiful creatures up close in the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre
With over 40 sq. km of protected land, no wonder this is orangutan heaven. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans live in the reserve, as well as around 25 little orphans in the rehabilitation nurseries. Best time to visit is at feeding time when you’ll see these playful, adorable creatures come down from the treetops…just to warn you – they’ll steal your heart.
3. Get off the beaten track at Baku National Park
From mangroves to coastal cliffs, sandy beaches to rolling hills, Baku National Park is an extraordinary place, and a must-see. With such a variety of different landscapes, you need time to explore along the 16 different coloured coordinated trails which help you delve deep into the Park.
Baku is known for its high density of the rare proboscis monkey – so keep a lookout.
4. Explore the deep blue by scuba diving off Sipadan Island
Home to thousands of turtles, schooling sharks and and swirling barracuda, it’s no surprise Sipandan is regularly voted the world’s number one dive destination. The Sipidan Barrier Reef is the biggest barrier reef in South-East Asia and also has the worlds biggest marine biodiversity. However, there are so many different islands close by, so make sure you do your research to find out which one will suit you best.
5. Capture the sun rise from 4,095 m, on the summit of Mount Kinabalu
Challenge yourself to take the 3-day trek of “>Mount Kinabalu You won’t regret it. On your second day, you’ll wake up at 2 am to make your way to the summit. The climb is unforgettable as you watch the sunrise over a majestic view of Sabah. Heaven. You don’t need any climbing experience, just be fairly fit.
6. Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
The Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is situated in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. It is by far the most lavish and extravagant piece of architecture around. A large artificial lagoon surrounds the exterior, creating a glittering reflection of the mosque, adding to its magnificence. The interior floor is made from the finest Italian Marble, the chandeliers were handcrafted in England, and the carpets were flown in from Saudi Arabia. Perhaps the most eye-catching is the 3.5 million-piece glass coated in gold leaf, which makes up the main dome. They certainly didn’t hold back!
Seeing is believing
Never have 3 words been so true…Trust us on this one and for starters have a look at our leapers in action ->