When is the best time to visit Borneo?
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT BORNEO?
In general, the best time to visit Borneo is between March and October, during which time the island is hot, humid and at its driest. This makes it one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations for those of us based in the Northern Hemisphere.
Within this broad range, April to September are historically the driest months, but showers can occur at any time, however the island is sheltered from the worst of South East Asia’s weather.
During late November to February, Borneo experiences a tropical climate, when the Northeast Monsoon comes to replenish the forests. It’s hot and humid, with temperatures averaging 27°C to 32°C, with humidity usually around 80%.
WHICH IS THE BEST MONTH TO GO TO BORNEO?
On a month-by-month basis you will find different changes in Borneo. If you're there during January and February you should expect daily afternoon monsoon downpours. Things then dry up over April, May and June with the awakening of flowers and jungle foliage, which adds a lush and colourful background to any trip or adventure. July is Borneo's high season, as it’s the traditional holiday and festival month. August and September are still relatively dry, but of course you always have to be prepared for the odd shower! October and November is deemed low season as the rains become more frequent, but don't let that put you off as the odd shower means less people and a more intimate experience! December brings us full circle and back into the 3 month monsoon season.
Since our trips are varied from climbing Mt Kinabalu to Biking and Hiking to enjoying the Mammals, Caves and Rivers, there are on occasion other weather issues to consider but in general it’s best to stick to the advice above and avoid the monsoon season as the trails can be muddy, and as much as we like to get out of the rain, so does the Borneo wildlife, making spotting it difficult!