Your day-by-day itinerary

View of river and city of Kuching

Days 1-3

Culture and Cuisine of Kuching

Kuching, known as ‘Cat City’, is a wonderful place to spend a day or two, the perfect starting point your Sarawak adventure. The city offers a wonderful mix of old and new as well as being a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Take a stroll through the colonial streets and marvel at the Chinese Temples and Mosques at every turn, before heading to spot orangutans swinging through the trees. During your time here we will organise your transfer from both the airport and your accommodation, into the heart of the city, so you can explore at your own pace.

Emerald lake with green islands

Days 3-5

Emerald Lake and Hidden Falls

Visit the remote, emerald green reservoir of the Batang Ai, home for thousands of years to the indigenous Iban tribe. After travelling deep into the forest by longboat, you’ll be spending a couple of nights in a newly built jungle lodge by the river. The accommodation is simple but comfortable, and you’ll be welcomed into the community to learn about life in this part of Borneo.

During your time here, you’ll trek through the dense jungle in search of wild Orangutans, swim in hidden waterfalls and enjoy a BBQ lunch. In the evening you can enjoy the local rice wine and traditional food at a nearby longhouse with the Iban tribe of Sumpa.

Kuching - Sunset River Cruise

Days 5-6

Kuching - Sunset River Cruise

You’ll arrive back at your hotel in Kuching, and in the afternoon you’ll head to the jetty to board the sunset cruise along Kuching’s famous city river. This is a wonderful way to view Kuching from a different angle, and will transport you back to a time when how goods were shipped across the city – before the invention of modern roads. Sit back and relax on the deck, get yourself a drink, and watch the sun go down over the horizon… Bliss!

Orangutan relaxing in Borneo

Days 6-8

Mangroves, Monkeys and Fireflies

Over the next 3 days, you’ll meet Borneo’s iconic Great Apes, sleep in a treehouse and cruise along the river spotting wildlife. Your trip starts with a visit to see the country’s most famous resident at the Semenggoh Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, before checking into a treehouse lodge on the Damai Peninsular. Next up, you’ll take a wildlife cruise on the Santubong River where you’ll try and spot swinging monkeys, beady crocodile eyes and glowing fireflies. If you’re lucky you might also see an Irrawaddy dolphin!

Kayaks and Beaches of Damai

Days 8-10

Kayaks and Beaches of Damai

Over the next few days, you can relax and take it easy with a stay on the golden beaches of the Damai Peninsular – sometimes called Santubong – just north of Sarawak’s capital Kuching. You can swim in the South China Sea, relax with a book by the pool and simply take it easy. During your stay, we’ve included a gentle downstream kayak with a guide on the river. You’ll be surrounded by views of limestone rock formations and lush green rainforest, and can even visit a local Bidayuh tribe.

View across the pier and the beach of Gaya Island

Days 10-13

Gaya Island Getaway

The next three days will be spent relaxing on Gaya island, a 15 minute speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu. This island is the largest in the Tunku Abdul National Park and is vastly covered by jungle and dotted with tropical beaches. During your stay here we’ll provide you with a gourmet picnic basket and you can find your own personal slice of paradise on which to sit and enjoy it.


Speak to our Borneo specialist, Joe

“I loved my first trip to Borneo so much that I recently returned to explore more! Best known for its orangutan, the island is full of adventure and variety. My customers often wow me with their wildlife photos, which makes me want to go back again and again!”

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