Agents exploring Borneo with Exotic Holidays Agents exploring Borneo with Exotic Holidays

Best of Borneo

Exotic Holidays’ recent agents’ famil to Borneo highlighted the best of nature, wildlife and culture on the world’s third largest Island.

Rainforests, an abundance of wildlife and a closer look at the ancient tribes of Borneo along with local markets, food stalls and a look at the history of Borneo completed the experience. 

Arriving in Kuching, Sarawak’s capital city, agents learned about the interesting history of the state and the influence of the White Rajahs, Sarawak’s founding monarchy.

They then experienced eating at a local food market offering the best in seafood and local cuisine.

The next stop was a trip to Semenggok Rehabilitation Centre, and the amazing experience of viewing the orangutans in their natural environment.

From there, they made their way to Batang Ai and a visit to a local longhouse, the traditional home of the Dayak natives of Borneo.  

After a scenic boat ride to Bako National Park and a jungle trek viewing Proboscis and Macaque monkeys, snakes, and wild boar it was time to relax over a Malay lunch.

Then it was back towards Kutching and an overnight at the Damai Beach resort.  

An evening boat cruise spotting dolphins and the wildlife and birds of the mangroves and a visit to a local riverside village before returning to the hotel completed the Sarawak part of the famil. 

The group flew from Kutching to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital city, and then had a luxury yacht cruise to Manukan Island Resort for dinner and site inspection.

Located only 10mins by speedboat from KK, Manukan Island Resort is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Day-trippers can use the island for water sports and snorkelling and the resort has its own learn to dive school.

The following day a visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village gave an insight into the different traditions, cuisine and daily life of some of the many tribes of Borneo.

After a scenic flight past Mt Kinabalu to Sandakan, the agents visited the popular Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre for another experience of viewing orangutans in the wild and the nearby Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. 

A boat ride deep into the rainforest and an overnight stay in a rainforest lodge with an evening wildlife cruise spotting more monkeys and a variety of birdlife was a fitting end to this wonderful wildlife experience.

On the return boat journey to KK before leaving for the airport, agents were able to spot a family of the rare pygmy elephant, a crocodile and the elusive hornbill bird. 

Exotic Holidays offers a number of programmes in Borneo from an easy paced, relaxed holiday to a more adventurous jungle trek experience.

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