In 1947 a chance discovery by a British Pilot unlocked a secluded and biologically diverse area roughly the size of Singapore that remains to this day mostly untouched by humans: Malaysia’s Maliau Basin.
Located on the north eastern portion of the Malaysian island of Borneo, the Maliau Basin is an enormous bowl shaped pocket of pristine old growth jungle that stretches across 390 km until it reaches a natural boundary of cliffs that rise 915 metres above the jungle floor. Imagine the wonder that British pilot might have felt when swooping across the vast Malaysian jungle only to discover an almost perfect circle of land isolated by enormous cliffs.
Because of its unique geography, the Maliau Basin has been virtually untouched and unexplored since the beginning of time. In fact, even today much of the Maliau Basin is unexplored and little more than 2000 people have ever set foot in the Maliau Basin.
However, in an effort to help protect the area, generate revenue and educate people about the importance of the Maliau Basin, it is now possible to explore a specific portion of the Maliau Basin via the Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
The Maliau Basin Conservation Area is composed of various scientific facilities, visitor accommodation areas and jungle trails. Access to the Maliau Basin Conservation Area only possible through the towns of Tawau or Keningau, both a 4 to 5 hour drive away from Maliau Basin Conservation Area.
If you are interested in seeing the Maliau Basin check out our opXpeditions video of team opX Malaysia trekking through the Maliau Basin.