We have decided to head to Borneo sometime in the next couple of months, but have been getting conflicting reports on the weather. Ideally we would like to travel around mid-October, but are concerned that this may be the rainy season. We are planning on climbing Mt Kinabulu, and visting the orang-utans and turtles around Sandakan.
Does anyone have any experience with the weather in October? Would mid-September be much better?
Thanks in advance for your help
Hi - Sorry, we were there in December 2012, not Sept/Oct. We went to Bako and Mulu National Parks, climbed Mt Kinabalu, saw the orang utans in Sepilok and then went to the Kinabatangan River before heading up to Kudat for a bit of beach at the tip of Borneo. It rained one day in Bako and on the climb up,Mt Kinabalu. It would help to go on the climb when it's not raining - of about 150 who set out from Laban Rata on the morning we did it, most turned back, Probably about 30-40 finished the whole climb and the sunrise at the top was non-existent. But it was still a great feeling to have managed the climb.
It you get a chance, Bako, Mulu and the Kinabatangan are certainly worth at least two or three days each. We loved all these places and enjoyed taking photos of all the wildlife - absolutely superb.