Borneo family tour
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.
6 Reviews of Borneo family tour
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2019 by Melissa Marfleet-CollinsThe 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 Delia MackechnieWe 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 Alex BaseOrang-utans obviously amazing, fire flies amazing as it was a clear night. Turtle beach amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2016 by Martha RutherfordGo for it. It was a great family adventure that we all loved. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2015 by Nikki ShackDon'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 Sarah MadeleyFantastic! 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
PlanetAs 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.
PeopleWe 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!