Borneo weather & when to go: November

November overview

Rainy season hits Borneo in November, with overcast skies and an ever-present chance of thunderstorms. On a positive note, the increased rainfall creates lush green forest, which in turn attracts an abundance of wildlife.

Very Good
Not Advised

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November's weather in detail


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

Throughout November rainfall continues to increase across Sabah and there is a strong chance of thunderstorms, particularly on the north and east coasts. However there will also still be a number of dry days, most likely to occur in the south of the region. Despite the rain, November is still considered to be a good month for diving around Gaya and Lankayan islands. November’s wet weather is not ideal for climbing Mt Kinabalu as paths can be slippery and muddy – best to wait for drier months. 

Avg daily temp: 27°C, avg monthly rainfall: 310mm.


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

November sees an increasing amount of rainfall throughout Sarawak and the ever-present possibility of thunderstorms remains, although these are most likely to occur in the late afternoon or evening. Mulu National Park is not strongly affected by monsoon seasons, but November is quite wet and trekking will not be as enjoyable as in other months.
However, for hardy travellers there are many benefits of travelling in November: 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: 365mm.

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