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Is that possible that Sabah became the Top Birding Destination in Malaysia?

The Event

The Borneo Birds Festival 2019 will be coming their way in this 26th and 27th October at the city of Sandakan, Sabah Borneo.

Borneo Birds Festival 2019

The festival taking place for its 11th years at the very home ground for the event, which is the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).

Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

For this year’s birds festival, it is usually the same activities that will be going such as the bird race as the main event as well as the bird photo race, which is gaining popularity among some of the birds’ photographer.

Birds’ professional Photographers

Invited VIP’s will officiate during the event to officially opening of the birds festival 2019 event done at the main stage.

This event also includes talks and workshop related to conservation, nature and birding done at the RDC seminar hall.

The Borneo Birds Festival is one of the must-visit events in Sandakan because it is the family-like experience event, welcoming locals and attracting visitors from near and afar.

The event is not only focused on birds watching, but there are also many other different activities related to nature and outdoor.

There are also kid-related events, thus you will see many kids of all ages going to the event. Most of the kids are from primary and secondary schools from around the Sandakan area.


There has seen about ten thousands of people attending and participating Borneo Birds Festival event that held in Sandakan for the past ten years.

Besides, participants have been coming from many different countries such as the United States, Africa, Japan and many more. The locals are dominating the event while there is also a neighbouring state from Sarawak.

There were also participants from the peninsula of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and other Southeast Asia who participated in the event which was familiar to them.

Groups from Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia is confirmed to take part in the bird race and photo race during this October upcoming event (Borneo Birds Festival 2019).


The event is originally started at Sandakan located at RDC Sepilok. Over the past ten years ago, the festival also being held to other cities around Sabah.

Mount Kinabalu has also hosted the festival twice, and in 2017, there were also bird races around Kota Kinabalu and the Crocker Range, which was the dual area event during that year.


If you are locally from Sabah, you can drive by your own to the city anywhere from Sabah. You also need to book for accommodation for a good deal from the lodges or hotel.

For those who are outside from the Sabah area, there are numerous flight to this city with Air Asia, and Malindo Airlines. It takes about 20 minutes to Sepilok from the airport.

Those coming from the city area of Sandakan, it will take 40 minutes to drive one way. It will probably go up to 60 minutes if there are heavy traffics in the city area.

Additionally, there is ride-hailing service at the city such as Grab and general taxi around the city. Also, there is buses service provided to RDC, Sepilok or you can book for car rental services around the city. It is optional.

Activities during the event.

  • Bird Race open category – Open to all teams
  • Bird Race student category – For Secondary schools students
  • Bird Photography Race – All classes, sponsored by Canon
  • General Photography contest -Open to all, register at the event
  • Basic Photography Class – By Canon and Borneo Bird Club
  • Explorace – An “Amazing Race” concept in the forest,open to all.

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There are many accommodations around Sandakan area. By considering your budget, you can choose wherever place you want to stay at Sandakan that is suitable for you.

Here is the list of all lodges, hotels and resorts located around the main event at Sepilok. Some of them are very close RDC while others require a slight walk or a shuttle service provided by the Resorts or Lodges.

  1. Sepilok Bed and Breakfast
  2. My Nature Resort
  3. Nature Lodge Sepilok
  4. Sepilok Forest Edge Resort
  5. Sepilok Jungle Nature
  6. Sepilok Nature Resort

These accomodation is close to the RDC.

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In the nutshell, Sabah already becomes a premier birding destination in Malaysian Borneo for decades. This is possible because of self-initiatives of many bird guides and tour agents.

It goes to show that with passion, passion comes determination, and determination has to lead to success to make it became the top birding destination in Malaysia.

For those who are passionate about birds, those who like to take pictures of the incredible birds and also the nature lover, 26th and 27th of October 2019 is a must-go-to-festival date for Borneo Birds Festival 2019. Book your holiday, come and enjoy the funs.

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