Top 3 Best Ways to Travel to and Around Borneo

Borneo Island is made up of three nations –Malaysia , Indonesia, and Brunei, with a major part of the island occupied by Indonesia (Kalimantan). Because, Borneo is the world’s third largest island; it is clear that such a large period requires extensive preparation. Crossing the islands involves long distances, so flying by air on long journeys is in the tourist’s best interest. Otherwise, the Borneo transportation system is flexible enough to allow you to hire cars, hire taxis, or travel in buses, charters, boats, and ferries to move quickly.

Air Travel

Since Borneo is dominated by three countries and an incredibly large island, the comfort of an airplane is often a matter of necessity. In addition, the small islands surrounding Borneo are only accessible by helicopter or charter flights. The Malaysian Airlines (MAS) and AIR Asia are open to two major airports at Kuching (Sarawak) and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah). There are also airports in Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Labuan and Lahad Datu. A few rural areas, which are not accessible by road, have airstrips for communication.

Road Travel

In all major cities across Indonesia, Malaysia , and Brunei, busses and taxis are the common means of transportation. While it is not very convenient, it gives the chance to make connections with the locals through local transport. Moreover, a thousand memories are worth the beautiful scenery you capture on the camera. Many overland journeys are long-distance journeys, but the taxi driver proves his determination is worth the tiring exploration. Car rental in major cities such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu is another great option. Tourists can select the size of the car depending on the number of people traveling.

Boat & Ferry

Borneo is surrounded by several small islands including Sipadan, Pulau Tiga and Labuan which can only be reached via ferries and boats. Although some are official, others are not going to go beyond security checks. So, make sure that the boat is authorised for safety reasons. Ensure that all safety precautions such as life jacket, etc are taken by the operators. The boats are used in Sarawak to ferry passengers along the Rajang River to reach the inland longhouse communities. The ferry terminal at Muara is located on Brunei and provides frequent speedboat to Labuan Island off the Sabah coast. Dependant upon fuel, travelers are paid and the number of days used for the voyage.

These are the best three ways to travel to and around Borneo!

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