Every family has their own wishlist for what they would love to see and do on their holiday – but for many people sun, a pool, beaches and wildlife are high on that list. Where better to go than Borneo for a holiday that will offer all that, and more?
Travel to Borneo
Borneo is best reached through the Kota Kinabalu airport, which is not far from the state of Sabah. Most of the fun stuff in Borneo is in Sabah, and the airport is served by a lot of good airlines, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting there even with kids. Try to avoid long connections, so that the kids aren’t cranky when they arrive, and try to time your landing so that it’s bedtime in Borneo so that they’re well rested and don’t have jetlag the next day.
Direct flights are a good option, and the new A380s that are run on a lot of long-haul flights are ideal for families because they’re quiet and they have good in-flight entertainment too. Even the economy deck is nice and comfortable, with a place to store your in-flight reading and other goodies, and enough space for most people to get comfortable and rest. If you can get upper-deck economy then you’ll be nice and cosy and you should find that the kids will rest or just watch the TV And play games while they’re flying. Then you’re at the airport before you know it, and ready to get taken to the resort.
See the Amazing Turtles
You can stay on Gaya Island if you want to stop to view the turtles at dusk. The accommodation is a five-star resort. You will need to book well in advance to make sure that you have somewhere to stay. You could see a lot in just a day trip, but the viewing is far better at night. If you have the time, be sure to go scuba diving there to get an even better view of the turtles.
There are also hawksbill turtles on turtle island, and you can get up-close and personal with those if you visit the island. There are landings, and they hatch all year round, but if you visit during July-October then you will have the chance to enjoy the view better because the seas are much calmer.
Resort Hotels: The Shangri La
The Shangri La resort hotel is a good option for families because it has a pool, nice spacious rooms, and a beach nearby. The beach is stunning and there is plenty for the whole family to do in the surrounding area, whether you visit the Rasa Ria nature reserve, or head to one of the national parks to explore and see even more wildlife.
There is an orangutan orphanage at Rasa Ria nature reserve, and the babies that grow up there are released into the park when they are older. Orangutangs are not quite endangered, but there are only around 20,000 living in the wild right now, so the work of the nature reserve is invaluable for protecting the species and ensuring its breeding future.
Borneo is a brilliant place to go with a family. The staff at the resorts love children, the food that is served in most places is a great, mild introduction to Asian food, and you should find that you’ll have plenty to do with the kids. You can play on the beach, relax in the pool, walk through the national parks, educate them with trips to see the orangutans and the turtles, go snorkelling, take part in organised tours and games, or just chill out and sunbathe. Whether you’re there for a few days or for a longer stay aiming to hit all of the attractions, there is something for everyone and this is a rare chance to make special memories and have a lot of fun. Why not start planning your trip now, and take your kids to an unusual, but fun and affordable destination where you will be able to make memories that they will enjoy for the rest of their lives.