Who We Are

What started out as a small tour operator of 10 staff back in 1991, has evolved into a huge family of over 150 dedicated team players! With over 25 incredible years of experience under our belt, it's no wonder Borneo Eco Tours is recognised as the Borneo Specialist™, and we can assure you that our impressive team of Tour Consultants and Specialist Guides are committed to making your holiday in Borneo a truly memorable one.

Here at Borneo Eco Tours, we strive to uphold our sustainable development agenda. Together with Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society, we are adopting the Sustainable Development Goals as a guide in not just doing more good, but less harm. This is especially when we develop and implement any community and environmental projects throughout Sabah, Borneo.

We believe that your holiday should be exceptional & unforgettable. It should refresh and inspire you. We call ourselves The Borneo Specialist because we’re passionate about our home Borneo, and after 27 years of providing extraordinary holidays, we have what it takes to delight you.

Our Core Values

Commitment

Make our company a No.1 service provider

Consistent

Through passfion for excellence

Competence

Developing the leadership potential of our staff

Character

Commitment to integrity, good attitude

Care

Concern for the community and environment

Why Choose Us

We believe that your holiday should be exceptional and unforgettable. It should refresh and inspire you. We call ourselves The Borneo Specialist because we’re passionate about our home Borneo, and after 27 years of providing extraordinary holidays, we have what it takes to delight you.

Our Core Values

1.

The Borneo Specialist

As a specialist we can tailor make tours that are personal, great value for money with minimal backtracking. How do we do it? Our director has been in the tourism business for the last 37 years. Everyone from our tour consultants to the guides and captains are highly adept at flexible itineraries and tours. We also keep innovating our tours as facilities change or new products come online. That is why we are the Borneo Specialist.

2.

Ecotourism Pioneers

Through our registered non-profit society, Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society, Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest lodge have been helping local communities since we started business in 1991. Projects include medical camps, supply of water tanks, and providing assistance to produce and promote Virgin Coconut oil, organic farming, forest restoration project, and building capacity through training.

Since the year 1996, BEST Society has received donation from individual donors and corporations amounting to RM 2,433,401.94. Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge also donate to BEST Society for every guest who buy its tours. As of 2018, Borneo Eco Tours have contributed RM 928,912.00 and Sukau Rainforest Lodge with RM 627,829.08 out of the total amount. Every guests who support Borneo Eco Tours also contribute towards this fund. Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies Society (BEST) is a non profit division of Borneo Eco Tours to help implement community and environment projects.

BEST Society
3.

Environmental Standard and Training

We strive to be a low environment impact tour company with our own in-house "green policies" and Code of Practice. An in-house Sustainability team was set up to monitor our green practices. These include supporting hotels and restaurants that respect the environment, support ecotourism education and employ guides who are well versed in local cultures and the environment.

Borneo Eco Tours is the only company to equip our boats for all river cruises with 4 stroke outboard engines and electric motors (Evinrude E-TEC and Yamaha ) which meet the world's most stringent emission standards of the European Union and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so that guests could enjoy a clean and quiet ride without disturbing the wildlife.

4.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge

We own and operate an intimate 40 room multi-international ecotourism award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL), which is a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. SRL underwent a RM3 million renovation in 2011 and another RM9 million in 2018.

SRL is consistently rated no. 1 lodge and awarded the Hall of Fame for being the best lodge five years in a row (9014-18) by Trip Advisor and rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of top 50 ecolodges in the world. SRL was recognised by British Travel Award as the leading green hotel in Asia in 2010, winner of PATA Tourism Inspire award 2015 among others.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge has also been audited and certified as a member of Travelife Gold. Travelife is an internationally recognised accommodation sustainability programme in over 50 countries and 1,500 members who use tools and resources to improve their business's environmental, financial and social impact.

Sukau Rainforest Lodge
5.

100% Money Back Guarentee

Since you only have our word on how good the Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL) is, we will take the risk for you by offering a Money-Back Guarantee (for internet booking only) if you are not satisfied upon arrival at the lodge. Please inform us immediately and we will return you to the port of embarkation at the earliest possible scheduled transfer and refund the cost of your Sukau tour.

6.

Great Team

We have a team of over 160 highly motivated staff within the group including coach and boat captains, certified eco-guides, naturalists, bird/ orchid / adventure specialist guides, tour consultants, river and jungle guides and wildlife spotters. We don't handle mass tourism market and focus only on special interest tours and small groups.

7.

Great Network of Offices

A specialist on Borneo with Head Quarters in Kota Kinabalu and offices in Kiulu, Sandakan and Sukau, a strong network of partners operating in Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak and Peninsula Malaysia.

8.

Ecotourism Awards

Borneo Eco Tours is highly regarded in the tourism industry and has won numerous international awards. These include the SKal International Award (2012), National Geographic Adventure Magazine (2008), British Travel Awards(2006), Green Globe (1996,98, 2000), IH&RA (1999), Conde Nast (1999) and Travelasia (1999). Sukau Rainforest Lodge has won the most awards in Malaysia for an eco lodge including World Travel Awards (2008,09,10), National Geographic Adventure 2009(top 50 ecolodge), Green Hotelier award 1999, Tourism for Tomorrow award 1997 (best ecolodge for Pacific region).

Our Awards
9.

Welcome Gifts

Our on-time transfers since 2012 are 98.9% for all our guests. Get a free t-shirt if we are 15 minutes late for the airport arrival transfer.

10.

In Time Transfer

We have the largest range of transport consisting of 25 modern air-conditioned coaches, vans, land cruisers, cars, twin engine speedboats and river boats to provide you transport on land, sea and rivers to take you to where your heart desires in Sabah.

11.

Large Range of Transport

All our open sea speedboats are equipped radio communication equipment; the boats are never out of communication with our office. The boats, vehicles, captains and guides are licensed and insured. All boats are equipped with life jackets and our coaches and vans are equipped with seat belts.

12.

No Compromise of Safety

All our open sea speedboats are equipped radio communication equipment; the boats are never out of communication with our office. The boats, vehicles, captains and guides are licensed and insured. All boats are equipped with life jackets and our coaches and vans are equipped with seat belts. We are also covered by Public Liabitiity insurance policy.

13.

Resources

With 42 years of industry experience by our Director (1977), we have accumulated a vast library of resources from postcards, books, slides, digital photographs and promotional materials, equipment, vehicles, contacts all over Borneo to handle most requests. We also publish our own online newsletter for the last fourteen years since September 2005, which was recently rebranded in 2017 as Wild Borneo.

Check out Wild Borneo
14.

Satisfied Customers

We have many satisfied customers including famous guests like Sir David Attenborough, Tim Kelly (President of the National Geographic Society), Jack Hanna, (US TV personality), HRH Prince Henrik (The Prince Consort of Denmark), Theo Allofs (world famous photographer), S Club 7 (English Pop Group), Jeff Corwin (TV Wildlife Biologist), delegates from WWF, Borneo Ecotourism Conference 2005, Asia Pacific Ecotourism Conference 2002, World Ecotourism Conference 1999 and various international media groups.

Read our guest comments
15.

Emergency Evacuation Service

For hard core trekking tours to Crocker Range and Maliau Basin we can arrange for emergency evacuation by helicopter, under guests insurance coverage, if necessary due to illness or fatigue.

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What started out as a small tour operator of 10 staff back in 1991, has evolved into a huge family of over 150 dedicated team players! With over 25 incredible years of experience under our belt, it's no wonder Borneo Eco Tours is recognised as the Borneo Specialist™, and we can assure you that our impressive team of Tour Consultants and Specialist Guides are committed to making your holiday in Borneo a truly memorable one.

Here at Borneo Eco Tours, we strive to uphold our sustainable development agenda. Together with Sukau Rainforest Lodge and Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society, we are adopting the Sustainable Development Goals as a guide in not just doing more good, but less harm. This is especially when we develop and implement any community and environmental projects throughout Sabah, Borneo.

We believe that your holiday should be exceptional & unforgettable. It should refresh and inspire you. We call ourselves The Borneo Specialist because we’re passionate about our home Borneo, and after 27 years of providing extraordinary holidays, we have what it takes to delight you.

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Meet The Team

What started out as a small tour operator of 10 staff back in 1991, has evolved into a huge family of over 150 dedicated team players! With over 25 incredible years of experience under our belt, it's no wonder Borneo Eco Tours is recognised as the Borneo Specialist™, and we can assure you that our impressive team of Tour Consultants and Specialist Guides are committed to making your holiday in Borneo a truly memorable one.

The Management

Baton Bijamin

Timothy Teo

Fernando D. Ruloda

Sales and Reservations

Nelly

Rosalind

Hanif

Tracy

Cindy

Oviera

Farah

Sheyron

Jeaner

Faridah

Donna

Selestica

Angelica

Audrey

Ainul

Danella

Tour Guides

Osman Assan

Adrian Chin

Jason James

Hazwan Suban

Hamit Suban

Laurien Yunus

Ahmad Syahfil

Britney

Awards and Recognitions

What started out as a small tour operator of 10 staff back in 1991, has evolved into a huge family of over 150 dedicated team players! With over 25 incredible years of experience under our belt, it's no wonder Borneo Eco Tours is recognised as the Borneo Specialist™, and we can assure you that our impressive team of Tour Consultants and Specialist Guides are committed to making your holiday in Borneo a truly memorable one.

International Awards & Mentions

2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

2015

1st Place Honoree of ETC (Educational Travel Community) Responsible Tourism Showcase

2014

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards - Best in Community Engagement and Development

Best in Community Engagement and Development

2012

SKAL Sustainable Development in Tourism - Best Tour Operator / Travel Agent

Best Tour Operator / Travel Agent

2008

National Geographic Adventure - top 158 Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth

top 158 Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth

2006

British Travel Awards - Finalist/ Most Environmentally Responsible Travel Agent

Finalist/ Most Environmentally Responsible Travel Agent

2000

Green Globe Achievement Award

1999

IH&RA Environmental Award - Environmental awards /1st Runners - up

Environmental awards /1st Runners - up

1999

Conde Nast Traveler Ecotourism Award - Tour Operator/ Honorable Mention

Tour Operator/ Honorable Mention

1998

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) - Green Globe Achievement Award

Green Globe Achievement Award

1996

World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) - Green Globe Achievement Award

Green Globe Achievement Award

1994

European Incentive & Business Travel Meeting (EIBTM)

National Awards & Recognitions

2017

Human Resources Development Awards - SME Service Sector / WINNER

SME Service Sector / WINNER

2009

Sabah Tourism Awards - Best Inbound Tour Company / WINNER

Best Inbound Tour Company / WINNER

2007

Sabah Tourism Awards - Best Inbound Tour Company / Finalist

Best Inbound Tour Company / Finalist

2007

Sabah Tourism Awards - Best Tour Package (Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari) / Winner

Best Tour Package (Kinabatangan Wildlife Safari) / Winner

2005

Malaysian Tourism Award - Best Tour program / Finalist

Best Tour program / Finalist

2005

Malaysian Tourism Award - Best Tourist Guide / Mark Louis Benedict

Best Tourist Guide / Mark Louis Benedict

2005

Malaysian Tourism Award - Best Inbound Tour Company / Finalist

Best Inbound Tour Company / Finalist

2005

Sabah Environmental Recognition Night - Finalist "Outstanding Environmental Friendly Private Organization Award".

Finalist "Outstanding Environmental Friendly Private Organization Award".

2003

Malaysian Tourism Gold Award - Best Tour Package / Merit

Best Tour Package / Merit

1997

Malaysian Tourism Gold Award - Best Tour Operator / Merit

Best Tour Operator / Merit

1997

Malaysian Tourism Gold Award - Best Tour Package / Merit

Best Tour Package / Merit

1997

Sabah Tourism Awards - Best Tour Operator

Best Tour Operator

1992

Malaysian Tourism Gold Award - Best Incentive Package / Merit

Best Incentive Package / Merit

1990

Sabah Tourism Gold Award - Best Tourism Publication

Best Tourism Publication

1990

Malaysian Tourism Gold Award - Best Tour Package / Merit

Best Tour Package / Merit

1990

Malaysian Tourism Gold Award - Best Publication / Merit

Best Publication / Merit

1990

Sabah Tourism Gold Award - Best Photograph

Best Photograph

Awards Won by Sukau Rainforest Lodge

2015

PATA Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015 - Best Independent Accommodation

Best Independent Accommodation

2015

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame (Five-Time Winner of the Certificate of Excellence from 2011-2015)

Five-Time Winner of the Certificate of Excellence from 2011-2015

2014

Malaysia Tourism Award - Winner for Best Hotel Services (3 Star & Below)

Winner for Best Hotel Services (3 Star & Below)

2013

Sabah Tourism Awards - Winner / Best Nature Lodge

Winner / Best Nature Lodge

2013

Wildasia Responsible Tourism Awards - Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider

Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Accommodation Provider

2010

17th World Travel Awards - WINNER / Asia's Leading Green Hotel

WINNER / Asia's Leading Green Hotel

2009

Sabah Tourism Awards - Finalist, Excellence in Hotel Services - Nature Lodge

Finalist, Excellence in Hotel Services - Nature Lodge

2009

16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges

Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges

2009

16th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia's Leading Eco-Lodges

Finalist / Asia's Leading Eco-Lodges

2009

National Geographic Adventure's Magazine (Top 50 Ecolodges / Jungle Category)

Top 50 Ecolodges / Jungle Category

2008

15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / Asia Leading Green Hotel

Finalist / Asia Leading Green Hotel

2008

15th World Travel Awards - Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges

Finalist / World's Leading Eco-Lodges

2006

ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Awards - 3rd Prize Winner

3rd Prize Winner

2006

First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards - Highly Commended/ Best small hotel

Highly Commended/ Best small hotel

1999

IH&RA Green Hotelier Awards - 1st Runner-up

1st Runner-up

1999

Top 10 Ecotourism Hotspots by ShermansTravel.com

1999

The Green Hotelier of the Year 1999 Award - Winner

Winner

1997

British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award - Best Lodge Pacific Region Winner

Best Lodge Pacific Region Winner

Awards Won by BEST Society

2014

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards - Finalist of "Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiatives"

Finalist of "Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiatives"

2013

UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations

Career with Borneo Eco Tours

Our strengths rely on our dynamic crews, positive company culture, susceptible to changes and always willing to go the extra miles. Each and every BET team player has the opportunity to grow their potential. In house trainings are conducted on a regular basis in different aspects of personal development including financial planning, leadership, public speaking and self-confidence.

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Current Job Opening

  • Vehicle Captain (1 Position)
  • Explorer Guide (3 Position)
  • Spa Therapist (1 Position)
  • Tour Consultant (2 Position)

Internship Programes

Scholarship Programs

Tourism Undergraduate Scholarship

Our Tourism Undergraduate Scholarship provides a one-off financial support to native Sabahan students of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) who are in their second or final year, studying Bachelor Degree in Tourism field with minimum CGPA of 3.5 and above. Upon completion of your studies and the success of your application, a grant of RM3000 will be granted to the beneficiary where he/she commences an internship at BET for 3 months. The beneficiary then may be absorbed as full time employee, subject to their performance and vacancy.

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Guide Apprentice Program

This program calls for students who are outdoorsy; fun, adventurous and love to travel; great in story-telling; caring and hospitable; and has a big heart in sharing with tourists about Borneo and its wonders. Borneo Eco Tours (BET), a leading tour operator in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo is offering University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students the opportunity to kick-start a career in tour guiding by becoming an apprentice guide through this program. The Guide Apprentice Program is open to native Sabahan undergraduates studying Conservation Biology in UMS.

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