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Best Time to Visit Borneo, Malaysia

I would welcome any advice on the best time of year to visit Borneo (in particular Sabah, Malaysia). I'm getting some conflicting reports when I do research. Also, I know the region is potentially dangerous, but if anybody has advice about safety measures that would be great. Particular places to avoid? I'll be doing a lot of hiking and some scuba diving...


  • November to March is the rainy season in Sabah, so that's the time to avoid. Although some budget travellers do choose to visit during the wet season. I gather that if you're diving, however, the rainy season is not a good option because the water gets murky.
    As far as travel advice is concerned, have a look at the British FCO guide to safety in the region:
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