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New frontiers: 6 adventurous destinations to visit by superyacht

New frontiers: 6 adventurous destinations to visit by superyacht

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Borneo, Malaysia

Safety concerns have previously dissuaded superyachts from heading to the crystal clear waters and rich wildlife of Borneo. But last December Lloyd’s Joint War Committee removed North Borneo, East Borneo and the South Philippines from its Listed Areas. This means it is no longer necessary for vessels to acquire special permission from insurance underwriters to visit the region. Several superyachts have seized the opportunity with three spotted in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, in June.

What to do and see: “First and foremost, Borneo is a nature destination,” says Raymond Heer, captain of 42.5 metre Angiamo. “A boat safari on the Kinabatangan River is the best way to see orangutan, pigmy elephants and proboscis monkeys. Or if pristine primary rainforests are your thing, head for Danum Valley.”

The delights continue underwater. Barracuda Point in Sipadan is packed with turtles and Layang-Layang is best for spotting hammerhead sharks.

When to visit: “The north of Borneo is called ‘the land below the wind’ because the area is below the belt of typhoon all year long,” explains Captain Jean-Francois Cormerais, from Asia Pacific Superyachts. As a result it is best to plan your timings around your priorities. March to December is the best time to spot orangutans, April to December is good for diving, while March to May is the season to see whale sharks.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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