Cultural diversity and geological phenomena of Sarawak
Rivers and wildlife of Sabah
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 12
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|19 Jul 2019||05 Aug 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $8,705|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Malaysian Borneo and the city of Kuching! Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is divided into 4 states, Malaysian Sabah & Sarawak, the independent Sultanate of Brunei and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan.
This morning we take a walking tour to orient ourselves in the city. Beginning at the waterfront, we visit Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple and the Chinese Historical Museum, Carpenter Street and India Street. We’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise and group dinner this evening. [B,D]
Enjoy the scenic countryside, quaint villages, rice paddy fields and pepper and oil plantations as we travel into the heart of Sarawak to Lubok Antu. We stop for lunch in the town of Lachau before arriving at majestic Hydro Lake, where we’ll board a shuttle ferry to the resort. [B,L,D]
Special Experience: Travel by motorised native longboat across the lake into the Engkari River to experience a cultural performance followed by a blow pipe demonstration.
This evening we’ll take a short nature walk through the rainforest surrounding our resort, exploring the treetops and rainforest canopy as we walk across a walkway suspended 50 metres above the jungle floor! [B,L,D]
Today we travel to Sibu, where our sightseeing begins with a leisurely stroll along the mighty Rajang River. Here we’ll see the floating stores that serve the river communities, explore the streets of the old town and visit Malaysia’s biggest market. Enjoy an evening at leisure. [B,L]
This morning we fly via Miri to Mulu, gateway to the beautiful Mulu National Park. [B,D]
Special Experience: Explore Lang and Deer Caves as you walk along the 3-kilometre plank walk, and see the bats flying out in search of food in the evening.
We have Wind Cave in our sights today, named so for the fresh breezes that blow through it. Travelling by longboat down the jungle river, we’ll arrive in Wind Cave and take the 200 steps that lead up through the forest to the vast Clearwater Cave. Here we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and have the opportunity to swim in its subterranean river. Enjoy a relaxed evening at leisure. [B,L,D]
Relax with a morning at leisure before we fly to the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, Kota Kinabalu. Backed by rainforest and edged by beautiful coastal waters, Kota Kinabalu is known for its bustling markets, beautiful beaches and its stunning waterfront Mosque. Enjoy an evening at leisure. [B]
This morning we head to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village. This living museum preserves Borneo ethnic culture, displaying the daily life, traditions and culture of the indigenous people who lived here prior to the introduction of electricity. [B,L,D]
After breakfast we depart for Sepilok, the world's most famous destination to see orangutans in their natural habitat. This afternoon we'll visit the rainforest discovery centre and walk along the canopy walkway suspended above the rainforest. [B,L,D]
This morning we head to Sepilok where we’ll learn about the work being done by the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, situated on 43 square kilometres of protected land at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Around 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve, with a further 20 or so housed in nurseries. Following this, we head to the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. [B,L]
We start our day with a visit to the Sandakan War Memorial, a site built in memory of all prisoners who died in the Sandakan Camp during the Second World War.
Special Experience: Cruise a tributary of the Kinabatangan River in search of the long-nosed proboscis monkey, endemic to Borneo.
This evening we’ll take a river safari and break for dinner. After dark we'll head out to spot some of the resort’s nocturnal wildlife. [B,L,D]
Enjoy an early start to the morning with a breakfast safari along the river. We’ll meander along the nearby Pitas Oxbow Lake and continue on to visit Kampung Abai, a local fishing village and interact with the local river people (known as Orang Sungai). We’ll return to the lodge to explore the surrounding wetlands for interesting plants, insects and birds in the area, before taking to the water again later to explore more of Kinabatangan and its tributaries. [B,L,D]
Special Experience: Spend 3 nights in the amazing Danum Valley Conservation Area - Sabah's largest protected lowland rainforest.
Consisting of over 43,000 hectares of ancient rainforest some 130 million years old, Danum Valley Conservation Area boasts extraordinary biodiversity. All 10 of Sabah’s primate species, including orangutans and proboscis monkeys, as well as Asian elephants, rhinos, singing treefrogs, clouded leopard and civet cats, mouse deer and much more can be found here. Enjoy a welcome drink at our rainforest lodge before taking an introductory trek along the Nature Trail, making our way across the canopy walkway. This evening we’ll be treated to a guided safari night drive after dinner. [B,L,D]
This morning we trek up to the View Point for a stunning outlook over this truly breathtaking rainforest. We’ll also visit Coffin Cliff - an ancient burial site for the area's Indigenous people, the Kadazan-Dusun. We’ll enjoy a break by a natural jacuzzi, with an opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing water before returning to the lodge for lunch. Take the afternoon to enjoy the lodge and the surrounding rainforest at your own pace. After dinner this evening we’ll take a guided night walk along the nature trail. [B,L,D]
After breakfast we’ll venture back out into the rainforest to see two waterfalls - the delicate Fairy Falls and the beautifully scenic Serpent Falls. After lunch the afternoon is yours to explore or relax and bask in the beautiful atmosphere. [B,L,D]
Today we fly back to Kota Kinabalu to begin our journey home. [B]
Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.