Sarawak Itineraries, Sarawak

Beaches, Rainforest, Rivers & Culture 8D7N

Price from MYR 4200 per person
Duration 8 days, 7 nights
Visit beautiful Tanjung Datu, meet the Iban people, experience the Borneo rainforest, enjoy upriver travel and historic Kuching on this 8 days, 7 nights trip

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kuching

Arrive in Kuching. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to discover historic Kuching. Overnight at Pullman Kuching Hotel (or equivalent).

Day 2 Kuching – Sematan – Tanjung Datu National Park (B/L/D)

Tanjung Datu comprises a narrow strip of forested hills and stunning beaches with clear emerald green waters. Located at the southwestern tip of Sarawak, Tanjung Datu is one of Sarawak’s smallest national parks but it is perhaps the most beautiful.  A key attraction is its seclusion. The park’s remoteness means that the beaches are pristine and the rainforest intact.  The park is home to a variety of wildlife include Bornean gibbons, pig-tailed macaques, long-tailed macaque monkeys, silver-leaf monkeys, civet cats, bearded pigs, diverse birdlife and more. Green turtles also nest on the park’s beaches from April to September.

0850-0910 hours pick-up from hotel in Kuching and proceed by road (approx. 2 hours) to the small coastal town of Sematan. Have an early lunch in a local coffee shop or restaurant. Around 1200-1230 hours take a boat (approx. 60 mins) to Tanjung Datu National Park. Arrive at Tanjung Datu National Park HQ around 1330 hours, walk across the beach and settle in at the campsite. (Note: when the tide is low or sea conditions prevent boat landings at the park HQ, arrival is at a nearby small bay (Telok Upas) followed by a 15 minutes walk to the Park HQ.) The rest of the day is at your own leisure. Relax on the beach, hike the Telok Upas or Viewpoint trails, have a swim or visit the turtle hatchery. Enjoy dinner at the park HQ. After dark go on short night walk and search for wildlife such as wild boar, sambar deer, mouse deer, barking deer, civet cats and other nocturnal creatures. Return to the park HQ then take a stroll along the beach to see if any turtles have come ashore to nest. Please note turtle sightings are not guaranteed. Overnight at park HQ room or camping shelters.

Day 3 Tanjung Datu National Park (B/L/D)

After breakfast, around 0800 hours go for a jungle trek along the Pasir Antu Laut trail. Enjoy the forest scenery along the 2.7 km trail and keep a look out for wildlife. Gibbons, banded langurs and hornbills are sometimes spotted on this trail. Midway along the trail you will come to a small stream. Take a short break before continuing through the pristine forest to Antu Laut beach. Have a swim at the beach before returning along the forest trail. Half way along the trail turn left onto a small track that leads to the main turtle beach. Huge boulders are found along the coast here where the rainforest runs right down to the beach. Admire the views before walking back along the beach to the park HQ arriving around 1300-1400 hours. Have a late lunch at the park HQ. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Go snorkelling near Telok Upas or alternatively go for another walk or relax on the beach. Dinner at the park HQ. After dinner take a stroll along the beach to see if any turtles have come ashore to nest. Overnight at park HQ room or camping shelters.

Day 4 Tanjung Datu National Park – Sematan – Kuching (B/L)

After breakfast, free & easy, relax on the beach or go swimming. At 1100 hours board a boat and return to Sematan. Have lunch in a local restaurant / coffee shop in Sematan. Return to Kuching arriving late afternoon. Be dropped off at your hotel in Kuching. Overnight at Pullman Kuching Hotel (or equivalent).

Day 5 Kuching – Nanga Sumpa (B/L/D)

0800 hours pick up from hotel in Kuching and drive to Batang Ai reservoir. Along the way stop at Lachau Bazaar. Stroll around the shops and the small native market and have an early lunch in a local coffee shop. Then continue your journey, arriving at Batang Ai Lake around 1330-1400 hours.  Board a longboat and travel upriver to Nanga Sumpa, arriving at approx. 1530 hours, although the exact time will depend on river conditions. Settle in at Borneo Adventure’s lodge and have dinner. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Relax on the ruai (common verandah), spend time with the Iban people and enjoy some local rice wine. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge

Day 6 Enseluai Waterfall – Nanga Sumpa (B/L/D)

Following breakfast hike the jungle trails along the river. Then continue upriver by longboat. Our destination is the scenic Enseluai waterfall. Along the way (if conditions are suitable) your boatman may stop to demonstrate fishing Iban-style using a jala or throw net. Arrive at the waterfall and have time to relax, swim and enjoy the rainforest surroundings. Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch prepared by your Iban hosts. Return to the lodge. After dinner visit Nanga Sumpa longhouse. Overnight at Nanga Sumpa lodge.

Day 7 Nanga Sumpa – Kuching (B/L)

Breakfast in the lodge. 0900 hours travel downriver to the Batang Ai Lake jetty, arriving around 1030-1100 hours. Then travel overland back to Kuching with lunch enroute. Arrive in Kuching approx. 1630 hours and be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight at Pullman Kuching Hotel (or equivalent).

Day 8 Semenggoh Orangutan – Depart of Extend Tour (B)

0745-0800 hours or 1340-1400 hours pick up from hotel. Located 24 kilometres from the centre of Kuching, the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre provides an excellent opportunity to view semi-wild orangutans in a natural setting.  This orangutan rehabilitation centre receives orphaned or rescued orangutans and trains them to survive in the wild. Over 20 orangutans live in forest within the nature reserve and they often return to the centre to receive supplemental feeding. The feeding area is set in a natural amphitheatre where it is possible to observe the orangutans coming down from the surrounding forest for the food provided. The rangers provide a briefing on the purpose of the centre and the conservation objectives. Return to hotel by 1100 hrs. Check out and transfer to the airport for departure or extend tour.

Note: This tour is available from April to September as Tanjung Datu is not accessible during the monsoon months owing to high seas. Some activities are subject to weather conditions and may be re-organised to best meet operational situations.

Trip Notes

Includes

Tours, transfers and activities as per itinerary above, 3 nights in 5* hotel in Kuching, 2 nights accommodation at camping shelters at Tanjung Datu, 2 nights stay at Borneo Adventure lodge, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), park entry fees for Tanjung Datu & Semenggoh, English speaking guide. 6% Goods & Service Tax.

Excludes

Juices, carbonated and alcoholic drinks

Minimum

2 adults per order

Accommodation

Note: Accommodation facilities at Tanjung Datu National Park consist of raised camping shelters. Mattresses, bedding and mosquito netting are provided. There are showers and flush toilets at the park HQ.

Note

These tours operate on the principle that you may be in a small group of other people.

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