Borneo, a tropical island for nature lovers

The borneo island It is not a very common travel destination, although there are agencies and operators that organize vacations and tours of its extensive territory. And, although you can think of it as a small island, the truth is that it is the third largest of the world, having dimensions similar to countries like France. It is an area with a lot of charm, especially if you are a lover of nature and of the animals because it is very rich in unique species that can only be seen there. But there is still much more to see and do.


The Island of Borneo is in the South China Sea, in South Asia, its territory belonging to more than one state. In fact, a large part is from the state Indonesian from Kalimantan, while another is from the two states Malaysians Sabah and Sarawak. Further, Brunei It also has another part of the island.

When to visit it?

The island of Borneo has a tropical climate, standing out for the humidity that exists throughout the year. However, as a consequence of the rainsIt is recommended to visit it in spring, although it is possible to go at other times of the year, but always after the rains. The temperature is usually regular, not lowering the minimum of 20 degrees Celsius not even during winter.


The island of Borneo is rich in flora Y wildlife. It is a territory in which there are many native species, some of which, in addition, are very curious. The latest data from different nature organizations and associations reflect that more than 400 species have been identified. It is not in vain, it is one of the major centers from biodiversity Worldwide.

For example, within the fish - there are thirty that are unique - there is the catfish, who has very teeth protruding and a adhesive belly to stick to the rocks, or the tree frog green-eyed who are very bright.

The fish are also very striking Siamese fighters for its iridescent greenish blue color; the miniature fish (measures less than one centimeter), which is the smallest vertebrate in the world, or the river shark, which is in danger of extinction.

Continuing with the animals, other curious species are the red orangutans, which is currently threatened by deforestation, in part produced by the extraction of palm oil.

Within plants, for example, one that should not be missed is a flower call Rafflesia Arnoldiiwhat is the larger of the world (it gets to be 11 kilos of weight and a diameter of more than a meter) and that is characterized by not having a stem or leaves. Despite its beauty, this plant is considered one of the most foreign of the world and not only for its physical characteristics, but because it is considered a parasite.

Other points of interest

In addition to these species and the forests, jungles or the Bako or Kinabalu National Park, among other environments natural, on the island of Borneo there are other attractions that deserve to be visited.

It is the case of Sarawak to live with the local population to know the customs of the tribes, who descend from the authentic ‘Headhunters’, or from more populated and lively cities with a little more hustle and bustle like Sandakam or Kota Kinabulu.

Furthermore, in the region of Sabah, you can visit the orangutan rehabilitation center, apart from being an ideal area to practice some sports, such as the diving, and observe the flouting houses and the fishing activity of which its inhabitants mainly live.

A tropical island for To live adventures in Full nature and spend unforgettable days, away from the madding crowd. Without a doubt, a very different holiday.

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