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5 HUGE Reasons Why NOT to Visit Borneo

(or maybe reasons TO Visit!)

After almost 35 years of providing spectacular adventures and itineraries to new and returning visitors of Borneo, I thought it would be a great idea as to why some people are missing should they be the wrong type of person to visit this beautiful area.  Yes, it may seem strange to write a ‘why not..’ post but I have put this together having had messages from people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and whom are looking for different things from their vacation or holiday.

We are, of course, very proud of our Borneo travel itineraries and what we offer to all people coming to visit us here.  There are some people that may be looking for something else and some people that really will appreciate this great place, the amazing people and the fabulous wildlife.  I am sure that if you are reading this then you are one of those people – and if so Borneo welcomes you.  But just in case, please do read our 5 huge reasons why not to visit us here in Borneo:

1 – You are NOT after a Unique Borneo Adventure

This is number 1 for a very good reason.  One of the greatest things we love, and hope you do too, is the fact that any visit to our beautiful Borneo is not just another ‘trip’ – it will be unique to you.  We have people coming time and time again with us here are Borneo Travel, after that unique adventure that is so different from their previous visit.  Borneo offers you so much more than just beaches to relax upon.  It offers excitement, variety, diversity and more.  Borneo can give you memories that really do last a lifetime – but more than that.  We help you to create those memories that are unique to you and your travels.  Our itineraries are made with you in mind but also taking into consideration the views and wishes of past travellers that have come before you and will, of course, return too.  With our 35 years in this industry – we are still around for a reason!

2 – You are NOT Eco-Friendly

Here at Borneo Travel and in Borneo as a whole, we are proud of our ability to work in an eco-friendly way.  We encourage and plead with any visitors to uphold our strong beliefs in the need to secure this habit, the wildlife and the ways in which we live – our culture – for generations to come.  If this is something that you will find difficult to abide by then maybe Borneo is not for you?  For many years there have been problems across the world with increased tourism that is not done so in an ethical or moral way – getting rid of jungle, habitats and more to make way for those tourists.  We are different – or at least we try hard to be.  So, join us in that mission and you’re welcomed with open arms!  Many of our visitors do partake or at least engage in this philosophy which really does help us to maintain this beautiful land.

3 – You are NOT a Fan of Wildlife

Sorry but Borneo is full of wildlife, from the famous Orangutans to the Pygmy Elephants.  Of course, we can’t guarantee you will see animals in the wild, but Borneo has some amazing ways to see the wildlife at its best – when it is truly wild.  We also have some amazing sanctuaries that work hard to protect all the species, including the endangered ones.  Borneo is home to some amazing animals which we love dearly and try our best to protect, hence another reason why the ‘eco-friendly’ part of our post and ethos is so important.  We know that wildlife is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but we really want you to see what Borneo is all about, how the wildlife lives alongside the human population and how this can be an amazing part of your Borneo travel experiences and holiday/vacation.

4 – You JUST Want to Relax

Okay – so we admit that Borneo, of course, offers the ‘relaxing’ part of any itinerary – if that’s what you want!  There are plenty of holiday companies out there that offer this too, the same standard trips that you can take time out and ‘relax’ to your hearts content……but what about adventure?  How does cycling around islands, taking in wildlife, mountains….meeting the true locals or diving in the beautiful waters off the coast sound?  Are you coming to do something you can do in any other part of the world or are you coming to Borneo to do something that you will want to talk about when back home?  Something that will make you want to come back for more……adventure.  There will always be time to read that book in between adventures…..maybe!

5 – You are NOT open to Cultural Experiences

This is last on our list as we know that not everyone is open to new experiences or socialising with the local population be we love to meet you!  We love to share what it means to be living in this wonderful landscape, to be part of this amazing place you want to visit.  The majority of people that have booked with Borneo Travel time and time again do so because they not only love visiting Borneo but they love the people too.  Real people, sharing real experiences about their lives in Borneo.  Real villagers that strive to live in what can be a difficult environment at times but that hold on to their cultural beliefs whilst being open to visitors and their beliefs and culture too.  You will find us to be friendly and engaging, honest and hard-working – welcoming you with open arms and sharing what it is to live in Borneo.

So, I hope, after reading this small post, you can see why people come to Borneo and why some people are best suited to…let’s say alternative……holidays.  We don’t promise you the earth…..but we do promise you that it’s a beautiful part of it.  We have itineraries to suit all needs and can certainly talk to you about different ideas should you not be sure what you want or not see it on our website.  You will find us to be open and friendly and more than just a travel company – we actually live and breathe Borneo and that’s what makes us different.

Come and travel to Borneo and see for yourself what it’s all about!

Deep sea Divers from Flores to Papua, from Bunaken in North Sulawesi to Derawan in East Kalimantan have often spotted giant whalesharks migrating with the ocean currents from Australia swimming up north, to later return south again. But lately, it seems, these huge mammals have decided to linger longer in these warm tropical seas presumably since they find food more easily here and feel unthreatened.

And indeed, the Indonesian Government has by Decree of the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs No. 18 of the year 2013 proclaimed Whalesharks  as protected and endangered species, and are prohibited from being hunted and caught.

Villagers in the district of Bone Bolango in the province of Gorontalo in the northern arm of the island of Sulawesi have noticed that since last year the whaleshark population in these waters has increased, so much so that it has become the latest craze for divers both Indonesian and from overseas to get up close and personal here with these fantastic creatures. Despite their size, nonetheless, whalesharks do not attack humans, since they survive only on plankton and small fish.

Minister for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Susi Pudjiastuti decided recently to plunge herself into the deep here to view the situation. Emerging from the sea, Minister Susi reminded that although the whalesharks are allowed to be observed for tourism activities, they should nonetheless still be protected.

“Yachts and boats carrying tourists must be limited in their numbers since a too large number of people and boats will put great stress on these fish”, reminded Minister Susi.

Whalesharks belong to one of the largest fish species in the world, growing to a length of 12 meters to 18 meters, and can live to between 60 to 100 years. They breed slowly, however, starting to breed only from the age of 25 and produce only one fish per productive period.

The village of Ulele, where these whalesharks are frequently found has been designated a regional conservation area by the local government of Bone Botango.

Besides gathering by the Bay of Gorontalo and the Bay of Tomini, whalesharks are also found in the Bay of Cenderawasih in north Papua, and are often spotted north of the Derawan Islands in East Kalimantan. In Sabah too, especially at Lankayan, whale sharks pass by between April til June and early booking is essential if you would like to see this unique species whilst jungle trekking in Borneo.