Spotlight On: Borneo

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Rugged, remote and expansive, Borneo is famous as the world’s third largest island. Shared by a trio of nations, it’s a melting pot of Asian cultures, with the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesia’s Kalimantan and the pint-sized nation of Brunei. Home to biodiverse rainforests, dreamy tropical beaches, towering mountains and world-class dive sites, it’s a traveller’s paradise.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our favourite highlights…

Hanging with orangutans

These not so gentle giants are Borneo’s undisputed national treasure, and are an exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. They’re found only in the lush rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra, but in places like Kuching and Sepilok you can get up close and personal at rehabilitation centres. And if orangutans don’t do it for you, check out the weird and wonderful proboscis monkeys…

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Summit Mt Kinabalu

Rising 4095 metres above the oceanside city of Kota Kinabalu, this giant is the 20th most prominent mountain on the planet, and has earned itself UNESCO World Heritage status. You’ll need to be fit, but if you make it to the top for sunrise we promise it’s well worth the hike!

Diving Sipdan Island

Reaching 600 metres to the surface, Sipidan Island is a kaleidoscopic tower formed on an extinct volcano cone. Its position in the Celebes Sea has created a diver’s nirvana, with huge groups of shoaling fish, barracuda vortexes, hammerhead sharks and turtles cruising past overhead. Not to mention occasional whale shark sightings!

Explore new sights and cultures

If you would like to explore the culturally diverse lands of Asia, get in touch with the Cruise 1st team today.

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Alyssa Beit

Alyssa lives in Sydney, NSW. Born on the 14th October and is a Social and Human Service Assistant at Cruise 1st Australia. She is in her early 40’s and loves tranquility on luxury cruises.

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