Borneo Bird Festival 2023


The Borneo Bird Festival 2023 is back and held from 21-22 October at the Rainforest Discovery Centre or RDC in Sepilok, Sandakan.

The two-day bird festival is now its 13th year, attracting bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers to the RDC.

Borneo Bird Festival 2023

Every October, the bird festival sees more visitors interested in the avian world, and several are picking up the hobby of birdwatching and bird photography.

While the festival focuses on several elements of birding and nature, many other non-birding activities are available, like nature walks, conservation talks and a local bazaar.

Participants Borneo Bird Festival
The team members, vendors and participants from last year.

Of course, the birding industry players are seen at the main festival grounds, where you will see popular camera and optics brands showcasing their latest products.

Apart from them, you will also see several birding-related resorts, NGOs and even wildlife departments taking part in the largest birding festival in Borneo.

Often, state tourism boards also showcase their individual products related to birdwatching and other nature products.

As for me, I have been participating in and visiting the bird festival here since 2008, and this is the event that turned me into a birdwatcher and photographer.

Contest Borneo Bird Festival 2023
The main activities take place at the bird festival.

Activities at the Bird Festival

The main activities include the Sabah Bird Race and Bird Photography Contest, where you can register at the event or visit the official Facebook page below.

Borneo Bird Festival 2023

Program Borneo Bird Festival 2023
The program for this year's festival in Sabah.


For those planning to attend the Borneo Bird Festival 2023, please make your flight and accommodation arrangements as soon as possible; otherwise, limited rooms will be available.

Those lodges and hotels around the festival area in Sepilok tend to sell out fast; therefore, if there are no available rooms, you may need to stay in the Sandakan city area or around Mile 4,5 or 6. 

I will be there as always, and if you see me, say hello. I look forward to meeting old and new friends there.

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