Borneo's climate by region

  • Weather
  • Temperature (celsius)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sabah (East)StormShowersSunny IntervalsSunSunSunSunny IntervalsShowersShowersShowersShowersStorm
Sarawak (West)StormSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunSunSunSunSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsShowersStorm
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sabah (East)282829303130303130302929
Sarawak (West)303032323232313131303030
turtles running from beach to sea

Sabah (East) - when to go

Sabah has two weather seasons, a dry spell from February to August, and a wetter period from September to January. However the weather is unpredictable and is it not uncommon to have bright sunshine followed by a bout of heavy rain. The good news is that these tropical downpours help cut through the humidity and provide welcome relief from the heat. The sun often follows the showers and things dry up pretty quickly.

For those keen to witness turtle hatching on the beaches, the best time to travel is July to October. Out of season there is still a good chance to see the turtles being released, especially on Lankayan Island and Turtle Island.

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Young orangutan in Sarawak, Borneo

Sarawak (West) - when to go

Sarawak expects slightly higher rainfall than it’s neighbouring region, Sabah but has more distinct wet and dry seasons. Temperatures remain hot throughout the year, and the best time to visit the beach is from April to September when it is more likely to be dry.

December and January are generally more stormy than the other months of the year and if you are planning to travel ensure you have plenty of waterproof clothing. Wildlife lodges across Borneo are well prepared for rain showers and most will be able to provide gum boots and umbrellas!

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  • Borneo customer and local woman at market fruit stall
  • Borneo baby orangutan in tree

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  • orangutan in trees in borneo
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View of a jetty surrounded by flowers and aqua blue waters on Lankayan Island, Borneo


Go Robinson Crusoe on Borneo's Beaches
Why not finish your Borneo adventure on a white sandy beach, a good book in hand and a chance to soak up some sunshine on Lakayan Island
Beaches in Borneo

Our Tales

Undiscovered Borneo | Emma’s Sarawak Trip

29th December 2014 by Emma T

Our own Emma T ventured to the less-visited part of Malaysian Borneo: Sarawak. Read about her adventures, from orangutans & river boats to a bat cave visit.

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