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When is the best season for travel to Borneo?

We recommend travel between April and October. The greatest amount or rainfall comes between November and March and can coincide with the seasonal “monsoons”. Back to Top

Is it safe to travel in Borneo?

Yes, it is safe to travel Borneo. Take the same reasonable precautions you would when traveling anywhere in the world. Back to Top

What are the accommodations like on a Wildland Adventures' Borneo tour?

We arrange our trips with a combination of 3-5 star properties that range from remote jungle lodges to seaside resorts. All of the accommodations are clean, comfortable, and in an ideal location for accessing premier wildlife exploration and cultural interaction. Back to Top

What is the weather like in Borneo and what should I pack for my Borneo tour?

The equatorial rainforest environment of Borneo varies greatly across the island, with temperatures generally ranging from 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit with 80% humidity. Rainfall is usually a daily occurrence with showers coming in a sporadic fashion and then returning to sunshine.

It’s best to dress in light quick dry clothing and always have a light waterproof jacket or poncho with you in your day pack. When hiking in the rainforest, you’ll need waterproof boots with good ankle support, full pants and leach-proof socks. Back to Top

What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to Borneo?

No visa is required to enter any of the three countries that encompass the island of Borneo – Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Currently, all Wildland Adventures to Borneo are in Malaysian Borneo. Passports are required and must be valid up to 6 months after your arrival in Borneo. They are very strict on these passport rules in Malaysia and it’s important to make sure all of your documents are in order. Back to Top

Will I need any vaccinations, immunizations or special medications for a Borneo vacation?

There are no required vaccinations or immunizations for entering Borneo. If you are traveling through or from a “yellow fever endemic area” (some South American or African countries), you will need to present a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate when passing through immigration. Typhoid vaccination is recommended as well as anti-malarial drugs.

When you put down a deposit for any Wildland Adventure, our destination expert Program Directors will provide detailed information about health precautions and possible immunizations for travel to your destination. Wildland Adventures' staff are not licensed medical professionals, however, we do know the exact areas, environments and conditions under which you will be traveling, all of which can affect the relative risk of exposure and help you make a decision concerning immunizations and prescription medicines. All travelers should consult a travel physician and refer to the Center for Disease Control website for complete information on health considerations in your destination. Back to Top

Is Borneo a good destination for family adventure travel?

Travel to Borneo can be an immensely rewarding and powerful experience for family travel. The opportunity to observe diverse and exotic flora and fauna is very exciting for many younger travelers. However due to the heat and humidity and lack of facilities for very young children, we generally recommend our trips in Borneo for travelers over the age of ten. Back to Top

As a single traveler, do I need to pay a single supplement if I am willing to share accommodations?

If we are able to pair you up with another single traveler willing to share accomodation then there will be no additional single supplement. However, if we are unable to find a suitable match prior to your trip departure then the single supplement fee will apply. Back to Top

What is the local currency in Borneo? Are U.S. dollars accepted? Do I need local currency before I arrive?

The exchange rate for the Malaysian ringgit to U.S. dollar is around 3:1. It is easiest to convert your currency in the airport upon arrival and before departing any of the main towns. U.S. dollars can be exchanged at some of the larger hotels, however it’s best to use local currency or a credit or debit card as hotel exchange rates are poor. Back to Top

Can I use credit or debit cards while on a Borneo tour? Are ATMs available?

Many hotels and lodges do accept credit or debit cards. Generally VISA is accepted most widely. ATMs are available in larger towns however Malaysian pin numbers are 6-digits and some travelers have reported difficulty receiving cash from ATMs using 4-digit pins. Back to Top

What is the electrical current in Borneo? Will I need plug adaptors?

The voltage in Borneo is 220-240 volts and the outlet is a type-G British three-pin rectangular pronged plug. You will need a plug adapter and a converter may be required for some American devices, while others (computer, camera, cell phone) usually can handle up to 240 volts. Make sure to double check the voltage requirements of your device and bring a converter if necessary. Back to Top

Can I drink the water when traveling in Borneo?

The tap water is generally safe in many of the lodges and larger hotels however it’s best not to tempt an upset stomach during your Borneo adventure tour. Bottled water is widely available and inexpensive. Back to Top

Is internet service available on your Borneo adventure tours?

Internet service is quite limited in rainforest lodges, but available in the hotels in the main towns and at the Kapalai Island Resort. Back to Top

Will my cell phone work while on a Borneo adventure vacation?

This is a good question for your cell phone service provider. To work internationally, you'll most likely need a cell phone which uses a "GSM" network which is most widely used globally. In the U.S. AT&T and T-Mobile operate GSM networks while Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and several smaller carriers such as U.S. Cellular use the "CDMA" network which has less worldwide coverage than GSM. You'll want to check with your service provider regarding international coverage and make sure you understand exactly what you'll be charged for making calls and, if you have a smart phone, for using data (email/internet). Rates can be extremely expensive and we've heard horror stories of travelers returning home to find unexpectedly large bills for using their phone while traveling. Due to this, we generally recommend you unplug and don't use your cell phone while traveling. Your guides will be able to give you the best options for calling home and loved ones can contact you using the local phone numbers we provide on your final itinerary.We recommend reviewing CNET's World Phone Guide for more information on international cell phone coverage. Back to Top

Do your Borneo tours include international airfare? Do you have recommendations for the best routing and airlines for travel to Borneo?

International airfare is not included in our prices. All of our trips in Borneo begin in Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and the best airlines for reaching this destination are Air Asiana, Cathay Pacific, and Singapore Air. While Wildland Adventures does not book international airfare directly, we are pleased to provide a quote and schedule for your international air with our partners at Exito Travel, a leader in air travel worldwide. They offer highly competitive fares along with the knowledge to book the best airlines, routing and schedule for your Wildland Adventure. Contact your destination Program Director for more information. Back to Top