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Tour Borneo From Tip To Tip

The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.

−Norton Juster : The Phantom Tollbooth
Tour Borneo - Tanjung Datu National Park
Tour Borno - Deer Cave, Mulu
Tour Borneo - Nepenthes at Kinabalu
Tour Borneo - Rungus ladies in traditional costume

Introduction

This tour really does cover the most fascinating sights in Malaysian Borneo from tip to tip. Starting at remote and idyllic Tanjung Datu National Park (where Borneo Begins) and ending at rugged Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (the Tip of Borneo), we explore the unique biological and geological diversity of this vast island, taking in two stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.

We start with Tanjung Datu National Park, an idyllic meeting place of land and sea at the westernmost tip of Sarawak, move on to Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, home to the world’s most spectacular cave system, and Kinabalu Park in Sabah, a hotspot of biodiversity dominated by the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago. We spend our final night in a traditional Rungus longhouse on the Kudat Peninsula, after visiting the dramatic Northern Tip of Borneo. The tour is taken at a leisurely pace and is ideal for visitors of most fitness levels.

Tour Details

Borneo from Tip to Tip - 10 Days 9 Nights

Day 1  Arrival – Kuching City Tour: Meet on arrival at  Kuching International Airport, then proceed for a 3-hour Kuching City Tour  visiting many places of interest, including the Malay Village, the Cat Monument, the city’s oldest Chinese Temple, the City TowerChinatown, the Kuching Old Mosque and the world-famous Sarawak Museum. Transfer to hotel, free at own leisure to further explore this fascinating city, overnight.

Day 2 – Kuching- Semenggoh Orangutans – Sematan – Tanjung Datu National Park (B L D): Depart Kuching at 8.15 for the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to observe the semi-wild orangutans during feeding time (9.00 – 10.00). Over 20 rehabilitated and locally born orangutans roam this forest reserve, and many still return for extra feeding at the stations. Then proceed to the small fishing port of  Sematan (approx. 2 hours).  A one-hour speedboat ride brings you to Tanjung Datu, Sarawak’s smallest and probably most beautiful national park. If the tide is high, just cross the beach to the Park HQ – if the tide is low, walk about 15 minutes from nearby Telok Upas Bay. Check into the Park Hostel and proceed for lunch overlooking the beach, while you discuss with your guide what you want to do for the rest of the day. You can simply relax on the deserted beach, snorkel over the pristine coral reefs, visit the turtle hatchery or hike one of the park’s nature trails. We recommend the short Viewpoint Trail or the leisurely 2-hour Pasir Antu Laut Trail, keeping an eye open for Bornean gibbons, banded langurs, silvered langurs, pig-tailed and crab-eating macaques and various hornbill species. After dinner at the Park HQ,  take a guided night walk in search of the nocturnal wildlife (Bornean bearded pigs, sambar deer, mouse deer, barking deer, civet cats, tree frogs, etc) as well as the remarkable night-blooming Putat tree. Finally, take a stroll along the beach to see if any turtles have come ashore to nest. Overnight at the Park Hostel or, if you prefer, the outdoor camping shelter.

Day 3 – Tanjung Datu – Sematan – Kuching (B L): After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and carry on where you left off yesterday. This is a good time to spot gibbons (or at least hear their whooping calls) and check the beach for turtle tracks. You can ask your guide to arrange a nature walk or simply do your own thing. Around midday, board the speedboat for the ride back to Sematan and enjoy a traditional country lunch at a coffee shop in Sematan. You will arrive back at your Kuching Hotel in the late afternoon. Evening free at leisure to explore Kuching’s gastronomic delights.

Note: You SHOULD NOT swim barefoot around the coral reefs due to the presence of venomous stonefish and cone shells. The chances of being envenomated are very small, but Tanjung Datu is a long way from the nearest major hospital. Please wear snorkelling shoes or similar. 

Day 4 – Kuching – Mulu  Deer & Lang Caves (B L D): After breakfast, depart Kuching in the morning on a direct flight to Mulu, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your preferred accommodation for check in. Lunch will be served at Sungai Pala Café. In the afternoon, transfer to Mulu National Park headquarters for registration, then proceed on a 3 km plank walk through this UNESCO World Heritage Site to Deer Cave. This vast cave is home to 3 million wrinkle-lipped bats, as well as the beautiful Garden of Eden and a striking rock profile of Abraham Lincoln. Next is Lang’s Cave, with its stunningly beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations.  After exploring the caves, proceed to the Bat Observatory to view millions of bats flying out of the cave entrance in the late afternoon (weather permitting). Return via the plank walk to park headquarters and transfer back to your accommodation. Dinner at Sungai Pala Café.

Day 5 – Penan Settlement  Wind & Clearwater Caves (B L D): After breakfast, transfer by native longboat to the Batu Bungan Penan Settlement, which has a small handicraft market showcasing the remarkable skills of these semi-nomadic people. Continue by longboat to the Wind Cave to view the bizarre and spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, flowrocks, helitites and rock corals which are revealingly lit in the King’s Chamber. Continue to the dry passage of the Lady’s Cave to view the haunting stone figure, then proceed to Clearwater Cave, at 107 kilometres the longest cave in Asia. Venture deep inside the cave, visiting a dark box chasm and the underground Clearwater River. After a picnic lunch at the pavilion outside the cave mouth, take a dip in the Clearwater River or photograph the colourful Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing butterflies that abound here. Return by longboat to your accommodation, then free at leisure to relax or explore the park’s other attractions. Dinner at Sungai Pala Café.

Day 6 – Mulu  Kota Kinabalu (B): After breakfast, free at leisure until departure transfer to Mulu Airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, at 1250 Hrs. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport, direct transfer to hotel for check in. Free at leisure and overnight in Kota Kinabalu. 

Day 7 – Kota Kinabalu  Kinabalu Park (B L D): Early morning pick up from your hotel for a 2 hour drive through the Crocker Range – the backbone of Sabah – passing through remote villages with great mountain scenery. On the way, stop by at Nabalu Fruit Market. On arrival at Kinabalu Park, visit the Mountain Garden and take a guided jungle walk with the park naturalist. There are over 1000 species of plants found on Mount Kinabalu, with an abundance of pitcher plants and orchids. Check into Park Lodge. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Australian War Memorial & Rose Garden at Kundasang. Dinner and overnight at Park Lodge .

Day 8  Kinabalu Park  Poring Hot Springs & Canopy Walkway  Mesilau Pitcher Plants (B L): After breakfast, transfer to Poring Hot Springs (30 mins) to visit the Butterfly Farm and Orchid Conservation Centre. After a refreshing soak in the  Hot Sulphur Springs, observe the tropical rainforest from the Canopy Walkway. Following lunch in a local restaurant, transfer to the park’s Mesilau Station (20 mins) for a 20 minute trek up the West Mesilau River to view some of the world’s most spectacular nepenthes (pitcher plants). Species found here include the world’s largest, the Nepenthes raja, so large that even rats have been found partially digested in its huge 2-liter pitchers. The trail also offers spectacular views of the montane forest canopy, jagged rock faces, cascading waterfalls and the Mesilau Pinnacles. Transfer back to your Kota Kinabalu hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 9  Kota Kinabalu  Tuaran – Rungus Longhouse – Tip of Borneo (B L D): After breakfast, drive approximately 3 hours  through scenic countryside, with  a brief stop at Tuaran, a bustling little town with tree-lined streets. Walk across the suspension bridge and view the distinctive nine-storey Chinese Pagoda, guarded by vividly painted deities. Proceed on to Bavanggazo Longhouse, home to the Rungus community, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Kadazandusun people. Observe their unique bead works, lifestyle and costumes. After a hefty traditional native lunch, continue to the Northern Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea flowing from the east. As you stroll along the beach, feast on the breathtaking views of the dramatic rocky outcrop as the wind blows across the wavetops.

A short drive brings you to Kudat, the original capital of the British North Borneo Chartered Company, to view some of the historic Chinese shophouses. Afterwards, back to Bavanggazo Longhouse. A delectable traditional dinner will be served, followed by a welcome performance of Anggalang Magunatip (a traditional dance performed by Murut tribes to welcome triumphant battle groups or victorious head hunting parties) and various Rungus dances. A highlight is the playing of the nose flute (or Tuahi) by some of the village elders – a very difficult skill to master. Overnight in the longhouse.

Day 10  Sumangkap Gong Village – Gombizau Bee Farm – Kota Kinabalu – Transfer Out (B L): After breakfast at the Rungus longhouse, bid farewell and proceed to Sumangkap Village, famous for its manufacture of traditional brass gongs. The next stop is Gombizau Honey Bee Farm, where you will be able to observe how a bee farm is managed and get to taste raw honey straight from the honeycomb. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before returning back to Kota Kinabalu in the afternoon for transfer out or extension of stay.

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What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis unless otherwise indicated. Indicated prices are for 3-star hotels in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and Sungai Pala Lodge, Mulu. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions, alternative hotels and large group rates. Air fares are not included. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Accommodation  as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers in/out at Kuching, Mulu and Kota Kinabalu.
  • National park entrance fees and activity permits for all activities in the itinerary.
  • English/Malay-speaking tour guide.

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Air fares, airport tax and airline surcharges. Flights can be booked on request.
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Travel insurance.

Note: Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL

Notes 

  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to sun@suntravelborneo.com as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

  • Please Bring along:  Proper hiking shoes, Insect repellent, Sun block, Items of personal use, Swimwear, Extra clothing, Raincoat, Water bottle, Torch light/Flashlight (waterproof and with new/fully charged batteries), Camera, Wide-brimmed hat (to catch bat and swiftlet droppings).
  • If you do not bring a good pair of binoculars or a lightweight spotting scope, you may never forgive yourself.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • Cover up or apply mosquito repellent to prevent getting bitten.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.
  • The tour is not suitable for very unfit, infirm or physically frail guests.

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Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken in locations described in the tour itinerary and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. Images 1 & 2 © Sarawak Tourism Board. Images 3 & 4 © Sabah Tourism Board.

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