Borneo family tour

“Seamlessly organised, this tailor made family adventure removes any hassle leaving you free to dive in and enjoy all of the incredible activities that Borneo has to offer.”


Kota Kinabalu | Kinabalu Park | Poring Hot Springs | Traditional tea plantation visit | Longhouse village stay | Selingan Island | Kinabatangan River Cruise | Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary | Rainforest Discovery Centre | Pulao Tiga

Description of Borneo family tour

This two week, Borneo family tour lets you slip into the jungles and beaches of this fascinating island, packed with activities and wildlife adventures. From the safe forest reserve of Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to watching turtles lay their eggs by the light of the moon on Selingan Island, this family holiday is certain to stay in the memory long after the tans fade with tea plantations, hot springs and river cruises adding to the mix.

Not many kids can say that they’ve spent the night on a traditional longhouse or explored in the realm of Borneo’s headhunter tribes. However, this two week tour lets them do just that as well as spotting pygmy elephants and wild gibbons as part of the bargain. Wash away your worries on wild sandy beaches and journey down river onboard a wooden long tail boat; whatever you do, don’t miss out on Borneo especially if your family is able to visit in the peak months from March to October.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Never think your query or question is too small - tailor made trips are about what's right for you.
Trip type:
Tailor made to your preferences and budget.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate - you can do as little or as much as you like.
12 nights hotels, local lodges and homestays.
This is a family holiday, but single rooms are available at hotels.
All breakfasts.
Accommodation, domestic flights, transfers, listed activities and tour guides, some meals.
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travellers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveller with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

As mentioned in the community promise, our tours in Borneo are operated in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental and social values and who actively seek ways to operate in as responsible way as possible. Where possible we use small locally owned hotels that have been built and furnished using locally sourced materials.
One of the main reasons to visit Borneo is to gain an insight into the unique eco-system that can be found there, and one of the main tasks of our local guides is to ‘bring the envirnment to life’ for all travellers but particularly children. We often find that a visit to Borneo creates a really strong environmental focus with younger visitors, who return home with a detailed understanding of the importance of preserving the environment all over the world. As an example, in the Kinabalu National Park our ranger guides are particularly keen to show off some of the most threatened species and to explain their importance in the overal health of the rainforest in the area.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

The Impacts of this Trip

We operate all of our tours in Borneo in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental and social values and who actively seek ways to operate in as responsible way as possible. As an example, we often send travellers to spend the night in a tribal Rungus Longhouse in the north of Sabah. Our partners have a long-standing relationship with the village elders in this area and have been instrumental in ensuring that this kind of village based tourism is conducted in a responsible manner and one which is welcomed (rather than resented) by the local population. They also contribute financially to the upkeep of the long house that is used to accommodate our groups (in addition to the ‘per person’ payment that is made by each guest).
All of our tours in Borneo are run in a way that maximises the interaction with local communities. Families are generally accompanied by a local guide, who will provide them with a detailed understanding of the local culture and ensure that they understand how to behave in an appropriate manner, for example removing shoes at the entrance to the longhouse. The guides will also arrange visits with local families where this is possible. Our travellers love this as it provides an excellent opportunity to teach their own children about the local way of life and explain that not everyone has quite so many material goods!


6 Reviews of Borneo family tour

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2019 by

The highlights our holiday were the stay with the host family, the wildlife, a range of experiences such as river safaris and the historical monuments. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2018 by

We will be talking about this holiday for years to come. Everyone had their own favourite moments, and the mix of adventure, wildlife and culture was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 May 2017 by

Orang-utans obviously amazing, fire flies amazing as it was a clear night. Turtle beach amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2016 by

Go for it. It was a great family adventure that we all loved. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2015 by

Don't be put off by having a guide, we thought we would feel less intrepid but we learnt and laughed so much. Be prepared for the unexpected! Amazing fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

Fantastic! We constantly remember different things and look at the photos. Staying with a local family - our daughters got so much out of it. Read full review

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