It’s strange that Borneo, the big island in Asia and the third largest in the globe, is home to some of the world’s’smallest’ animals. The Bornean pygmy squirrel, for example, grows to 7.5cm in length and weighs only 20 grams! The typical squirrel stands 18cm tall and weighs 400-600 grams.
Apart from that, Borneo is home place to the renowned Bornean pygmy elephant and the Bornean sun bear, which are the world’s shortest elephant and bear species.
The 130-million-year-old rainforests are home to over 15,000 species of plants. Hundreds of creatures flourish in the deep woods, including animals and proboscis monkeys.
Here are some of the best activities you can experience in Borneo.
The Kinabatangan River is really a remarkable habitat with tropical lowland rainforest flora. It’s a great area for animal viewing. It’s the longest river in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
If you are planning to visit the lush green region, when you are traveling to visit Kinabatangan River, Borneo Kinabatangan river cruise is one of the best activities you can’t afford to miss.
Best thing about the Kinabatangan River is, it can be visited all around the year.
However the recommended time to visit Kinabatangan River is November to March
Scale Borneo’s tallest mountain
The highest peak between New Guinea and the Himalayas is Mount Kinabalu.
The granite monster dominates Sabah’s skyline at 4,095 meters (13,435 ft).
This peak is commonly included in itineraries to Malaysian Borneo. Adventurers make the top in two days and spend the night in a hillside hostel.
The next day, trekkers rise at 2:00 a.m. and make their way to the summit in early for sunrise view.
Mount Kinabalu has to offer more than just the challenge and amazing views.
Primate With The Longest Nose
This Borneo-only monkey, recognized for its distinctive nose and the alpha male nose, may grow to be as large as 18cm in length.
The Proboscis monkey is a strange sight to witness and is likely to leave an impact. The monkey is found mainly in Borneo and is notable for its very large snout. Only men, however, have a long, big nose, and the greater the nose, the more attracted ladies are to them. The male nose may grow to be up to 18cm long!
Borneo is home to one of the world’s largest subterranean cave chambers!
Borneo would not be completed as a big tropical island without its enigmatic caverns, and while it has a lot of them, it also contains one of the world’s biggest subterranean cave chambers! The Sarawak Chamber sits peacefully amid the Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. Imagine eight jumbo aircraft exactly aligned within the span of the chamber—how that’s big this cave is.
World’s Oldest Rainforest
ne of the oldest forests in the world, Borneo’s rainforests are roughly 140 million years old, making them older than the Amazon rainforest, which is just 55 million years old.
Being an oldest forests in the world, Borneo’s rainforests are roughly 140 million years old, makes them older than the Amazon rainforest, that is 55 million years old. This explains why the island is a stunningly mega-biodiverse region wherein new species are often found. In places like Danum Valley, Deramakot, Crocker Range, and Tabin, visitors may get a glimpse of Borneo’s magnificent rainforest.