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Macaques, wild boars, flying lemurs, monitor lizards, and Borneo's signature long-nose proboscis monkeys can all be seen very close to Kuching. Seek them out in environments from mangroves to cliffs on this day trip to Bako National Park, just 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Kuching but off the public transport map. Besides hotel transfers, boat, and entrance fees, this small-group tour includes a local lunch.
The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is the biggest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak; established in 1975 as a sanctuary for the injured and orphaned orangutans. Together with the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah this is the most well known rehabilitation center for tourists to visit. Tourists should not mistake both Semenggoh and Sepilok as actual tourist attractions
Venture south of Kuching to Semonggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and get an up close look at how dedicated locals and naturalists help to preserve, protect and rehabilitate orangutans that have been injured, orphaned or captured. Watch as these giant primates roam freely and witness rainforest feedings as part of this unique trip, which includes a short trek into the jungle and hotel pick up and drop off.
Touring around the site where a 40,000 years old human remains were discovered, Niah National Park offers jungle walk and caving. The Niah Cave is famous for its edible bird's nest found high-up in the cave about 300 ft from the ground. In the Painted Cave, you are about to see the prehistoric wall drawing as well as the preserved remains of the STONE AGE PEOPLE 40,000 years old. The tour continues by spending your afternoon at Tusan Beach, which is known for its "horse drinking seawater" cliff and the blue tears phenomenon.
The Bario Highlands (Kelabit Highlands) is a highland plateau in the interior of Sarawak in Malaysia. The isolated region bordering Kalimantan, Indonesia, is now very popular for jungle trekking as well as those hoping to get away from it all. Lying at an altitude of about 3,500 feet above sea level in the north-eastern corner of Sarawak is the famous Bario Highland, a Kelabit territory, one of the minority Orang Ulu tribes of Sarawak. Bario means ‘Wind’ in Kelabit language. It is affectionately known as the ‘land of a hundred handshakes’ as this is how friendly locals will greet you as you wander around the community.
Visit two of Borneo’s spectacular caves on a 4-hour tour from Kuching City to Fairy Caves and Wind Caves, where you’ll find limestone formations, bats, and the winding Sarawak River. This 4-hour cave tour includes pickup and drop-off at Kuching hotels, transport by climate-controlled minivan, and entrance fees at both caves, and it’s the perfect way to explore Sarawak’s wild natural landscape. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
If you've got an appetite for adventure then opt for an off-road biking tour of the Bornean jungle from Kuching, an ideal choice for active travelers and nature lovers. Exploring jungle trails with a guide means you won't have to worry about getting lost and you'll maximize chances of spotting native wildlife such as the native proboscis monkeys. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off, and bike rental are included.
This special tour provides the best experience within northeast Sarawak and Brunei. Loads with city and sunset tour, caving, hiking, trekking, river tubing and many other experiences with nature and local culture. "Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime" – Mark Twain
Gunung Mulu National Park is a protected rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. It’s known for its dramatic peaks and caves, including the huge, bat-filled Deer Cave. The cave leads to the Garden of Eden, a hidden valley and waterfall enclosed by limestone cliffs. The Pinnacles at Gunung Api are tall, jagged limestone formations with steep trails and rare orchids. The summit of Gunung Mulu Mountain has views over the park.
Skip the hassle of public buses and relax with pickup and drop-off direct from your hotel as you treat your family to Jong’s Crocodile Farm & Zoo. Around 20 miles (30 kilometers) away from Kuching, this crocodile farm is home to over 1,000 mighty reptiles and a dedicated crocodile museum, plus monkeys, leopards, sun bears, deer, turtles, and more. Don’t miss the feeding sessions and the giant crocodile skull.
Hiking the famous Pinnacles, caving the Clearwater & Wind show caves and trekking the trail to Camp 5. Mulu Pinnacles is consist of a series of 45 meters high, razor-sharp limestone spikes that tower above the surrounding vegetation, mid-way up the slopes of Gunung Api.
Mulu National Park's the ‘Jewels in the Crown’ of Sarawak’s, rich bio-diversity and world-famous caves, Mulu offers the adventurous traveler an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience, possibly unmatched anywhere else on Earth. This excursion offers Deer, Lang, Wind and Clearwater show caves caving and visiting the Penan Tribe handicraft market.
Visit Gunung Gading National Park on a full-day nature tour from Kuching city, with a jungle trek to search for the parasitic rafflesia, among the world's largest flowers. You’ll hike past scenic waterfalls, following trails lined with thick foliage, with time to swim in a chilly forest pool. This full-day national park tour includes pickup and drop-off at Kuching city hotels and entrance fees, and it’s the perfect way to explore Borneo’s spectacular wilderness.
Get up close to Malaysia’s native Orangutans, then take a walk on the wild side on this 6.5-hour tour of the Kubah National Park from Kuching, including lunch. Start with a visit to the Matang Wildlife Center, where you’ll also have chance to spot sun bears, bear cats, porcupines and crocodiles, and learn more about the center’s preservation and rehabilitation efforts. Next, enjoy a short hike through the lush rainforest of the Kubah National Park, stopping to admire jungle waterfalls, rare orchids and colorful birds along the way.
Spend an active but relaxing day in nature on this kayaking day trip in Kuching. Your local guide will navigate you safely down the Sungai Sarawak Kiri River while pointing out the wide variety of tropical plant and flower species found here. Have plenty of swimming and photo stops, plus eat lunch in a local village. Kayaking is suitable for various experience levels, including kids over five.
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Satang Island consists of Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil. Journey through its pristine waters and visit a turtle hatchery, where you’ll learn about conservation efforts, and have the chance to journey into an underwater world on this Satang Island Turtle Conservation and snorkeling day trip. Enjoy the calm relaxation of traveling across the South China Sea, snorkel and swim in clear blue waters amid colorful fish and gain a deeper understanding of conservation efforts being made to preserve and protect sea turtles on this popular day trip from Kuching.
Discover the sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest at night on this guided walking tour of Kubah National Park. Search for over 60 species of frogs—of all colors, shapes, and sizes—that live in the park in jungle streams, ponds, and more. Along the way, see carnivorous pitcher plants and a wealth of aquatic life. Your tour includes door-to-door round-trip transfers.
Seeing a blooming rafflesia is certainly the highlight of a trip to Gunung Gading, but the Park and the whole Lundu area are well worth visiting anyway. The rugged mountain peaks that make up the Park provide a scenic backdrop to the nearby town of Lundu, and the nearby beaches at Pandan and Siar. Gunung Gading also has some enjoyable walks and a challenging jungle trek.
Sarawakian’s rich cultures and customs, unique traditional rituals, dances, foods, and costumes are among the things that continue to intrigue and fascinate visitors and researchers from around the world. Their warm hospitality and simple ways of life are also some of the traits that many visitors find endearing.
I guess, the fascination for this exotic destination also stems from interesting stories about the headhunters of Borneo. Images from National Geographic or Discovery Channel showing small dark people with tattooed bodies donning fancy headdresses of exotic bird feathers must have also fuelled the curiosity of our foreign visitors.
From the flicker of fireflies in the mangroves to fat-bellied, long-nosed proboscis monkeys swinging through the trees, the Santubong River has a special kind of magic. Discover it on an evening boat cruise with transfers from Kuching—in a group capped at just eight travelers. Wildlife sightings aren’t guaranteed, but other possible spots run from the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins through to primates, sea eagles, and kingfishers.
With its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails, Bako National park offers visitors an excellent introduction to the rainforest of Borneo. Bako may not have an instantly recognizable star attraction but there can be very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited area, all just 37 km from Kuching. Its accessibility – and its sheer range of attraction and activities – have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak.
Gazetted as a protected area in 1957, Bako is Sarawak’s oldest national park, covering an area of 2,742 hectares at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula. It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. A well-maintained network of trails - from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment.
Visit Semenggoh Orangutan Centre, a wildlife centre dedicated to rehabilitating orangutans, on a half-day tour from Kuching. Alongside your guide, you’ll embark on a short hike through the rain forest in order to watch the semi-wild orangutans at feeding time. Learn about the 20 orangutans who live in the surrounding forest, many whom arrived injured or orphaned, and admire the surrounding fauna. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
Kubah National Park is an easy and enjoyable day trip from Kuching. Situated on a small sandstone plateau, this small park boasts crystal clear streams and a host of small waterfalls and bathing pools. Kubah is mostly covered by mixed dipterocarp forest, but it also has one of the widest selections of palms and orchids in Borneo. The varied wildlife includes bearded pig, mouse deer, black hornbill and many species of amphibians and reptiles. However, Kubah’s wildlife tends to stay deep in the forest so it is not really a park for “wildlife encounters”. The appeal of Kubah National Park lies in its rainforest scenery, its waterfalls, streams and bathing pools and the 93 species of palm found within its boundaries.