Your day-by-day itinerary
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 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
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!
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
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.
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.