Borneo weather & when to go: February

February overview

Weather conditions in Borneo in February are far more favourable than in January. Rain is still to be expected, especially in Sarawak, but not in the torrential downpours experienced last month and sunshine breaks through the overcast skies more frequently.

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Not Advised

Annual overview

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February's weather in detail

Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu NP, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Sepilok, Gaya Island, Lankayan & Selingan Islands, Mabul & Sipadan Islands

The north-east monsoon winds continue to blow across Sabah, however February sees a marked reduction in average rainfall from the previous month. Gaya Island, Lankayan Island and the beaches close to Kota Kinabalu are enjoying the best weather conditions, with relatively dry days (especially as the month continues). Heavy rainfall though is still to be expected in the more eastern areas of Danum Valley, Tabin and the diving haven of Sipadan Island. Visiting towards the end of rainy season does have its benefits, with verdant countryside and rainforest, bountiful rivers and waterfalls. 

Avg daily temp: 28°C; avg monthly rainfall:150mm.

Sarawak

Kuching, Damai Beach, Miri, Mulu National Park, Batang Ai

Whilst rainfall levels across Sarawak have dropped off compared to previous months, the region still experiences fairly persistent, heavy showers during February. However, for hardy travellers there are many benefits of travelling at this time of year: lower visitor numbers can be enjoyed and the National Parks, wildlife sanctuaries, jungle lodges and caves may be far more appealing without the hordes.

Avg daily temp: 27°C; avg monthly rainfall: 520mm.

 Where's the sun and sand?

Kota Kinabalu Beaches, Gaya Island, Lankayan Island

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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

 Chinese New Year

12th February 2021. Chinese New Year is an important celebration in many Asian countries, not just China. It's an extremely busy time of year to visit the region as both Chinese & other local nationalities take advantage of a few days off work and enjoy a holiday. Expect increased numbers of visitors at tourist sights and a hike in hotel rates.

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