Borneo is the third largest island in the world. It has a constant year round temperature of between 25 and 33 degrees in the day. Temperatures are lower in the mountains and most rainfall occurs between November and January.
The official language is Bahasa Malaysia, however English is widely used including a number of Chinese dialects due to the large Chinese population. There are around 30 ethnic groups living on the island.
A big attraction to Borneo for ecotourists are the ancient forest tours, particularly as they are one of the only places in the world to spot orang utans. The island of Sumatra is the only other place where they live. In the Malay language the Orang Utan term means Jungle Man.
Another attraction is the Danum Valley which consists of tropical rainforests rich in plant, insect and mammal life including giant flying squirrels, Asian elephants, howling gibbons and bearded wild pigs. The rainforests cover 50% of the island and are estimated to be over 125 million years old and contains the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world measuring up to three feet in diameter.
Other ecotourists visit to dive, hike, birdwatch or visit the local Dani villages to learn about the culture.
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Terra Incognita ECOTOURS - Borneo
Our Borneo Red Ape Encounter takes us on a journey covering local cultures, a World Heritage Site, the base of the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, and a trip upon the Kinabatangan River - the river and its surrounding rainforest wetlands make up one of the richest ecosystems on the planet. Vieiwnig of wild Orang Utans are guaranteed. We end with a few days on Lankayan Island, where Sea Turtles share the beach with us and the waters are teeming with tropical life.
Below you can find a collection of resources related to ecotourism issues in Borneo.
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Information from wikitravel.org*
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