New Found Popularity for Borneo
Although Borneo rarely appeared as a destination for mass tourism, it has started to enjoy a new found popularity due to the extensive eco-tourism locations and tours it has to offer. When you look at things to do in Borneo details, you will see that they are usually all to do with the natural beauty the island has to offer, or the diverse eco-systems it also has to offer and as the island intends to keep them the same way as you see them, for your children to see them, they maintain a strict eco-tourism standard. All three of the countries that share land on the island, Indonesia, Malaya and Brunei are interested in the benefits that eco-tourism can bring to the island and so between them offer eco-friendly stays and tours that can provide any visitor they opportunity to witness the varied natural beauty that all the eco-systems can provide. A visitor can therefore expect to see some if not all of the many natural sights of the island which include one of the oldest rainforests in the world, one of the longest underground rivers as it cascades its way through an elaborate and impressive cave system that also includes deer Cave which is home to over 3 million bats. The bats have been living in the cave so long that the build-up of bat droppings, now stand at over 100 meters. If the visitor wishes to, they can visit the alpine shrub-lands on the island, which is home to an enormous variety of orchids.
Eco-tourism has placed Borneo on the map far more than mass tourism ever did and so for many, now is the first time that they would have been offered the opportunity to share in the, sometimes rare, natural beauty of the island. Mass tourism, although popular, is a strain on the environments on the habitats where this form of tourism takes place, whereas eco-tourism, because of its nature, puts no strain on the environment at all, often, in many cases, helping to either restore it, not just maintain it. With eco-tourism, a tourist can expect to see glorious natural wonders instead of architectural ones, wild life roaming free and wild in its natural habitat instead of animals confined to cages in zoos, the tourist can also expect to experience exhilarating adventures like cave tubing, zip lining and white water rafting instead of the man-made, energy powered rides of amusement parks. Most of all though, the eco-tourist can enjoy all of these things knowing, that by doing it, they are not disturbing or disrupting nature at its best, even though they may also be enjoying the comforts they are used to anywhere else, those comforts will probably be provided by energy that is renewable, still further, protecting the environment.
The natural beauty that the island of Borneo possesses has been around for thousands of years as if waiting for the advent of eco-tourism to arrive, so that it could share its splendour with the rest of the world.