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Visit National Parks

Visit National Parks

Nature has bestowed splendid beauty and rich biodiversity Sarawak. Jungles, rainforests and national parks in Sarawak are home to many indigenous species of flora and fauna. Variety of palms, rich selection of orchids and ferns; and animals such as Proboscis monkeys, long-tailed Macaques and Bornean Bearded Pig indigenous to the city enrich the wildlife in Sarawak. Landscape of Sarawak is ornamented by the heavily forested slopes and ridges of mountains, vertical and razor sharp limestone cliffs, rocky headlands and stretches of sandy and secluded bays. Swiftly flowing rivers, crystal clear jungle streams and waterfalls add rhythm to the scene. The jungles, rainforests or national parks in Sarawak are famous not only for a rich wildlife but for well-marked, beautiful hiking trails as well! The forests open up several opportunities for adventure activities including kayaking, rafting, cave exploring and river cruising!

Famous National Parks:
  • Bako National Park
    Address: Sarawak, Malaysia
    Tel: +60 11 225049
    Opening Hours: 8.00 am - 5.15 pm, including Sundays and public holidays

  • Kubah National Park
    Address: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
    Tel: +60 82 845033, +60 82 231024, +60 82 231044
    Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

  • Gunung Mulu National Park
    Address: Gunung Mulu National Park, Miri, Sarawak, 98050, Malaysia
    Tel: +60 82 246 575
    Opening Hours: Gunung Mulu National Park Headquarters: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm Daily
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Kayaking

Kayaking in Sarawak is popular especially among the adventure enthusiasts. City's long coast line and river channels near Kuching, Miri and Bintulu provide the best settings for kayaking. The serenity and tranquillity of lush rainforests is best experienced solely while kayaking. A different facet of nature's ornate beauty is unfurled only while you paddle through the waters in Sarawak. Kayaking offers you glimpses of towering limestone rock formations that resemble Centurion Head, Puppy Head, Rhino Head Oriental Lady and so on. Mountains riddled with caves, flora that includes pepper, rubber, cocoa trees and 'Nepenthes' the indigenous and fascinating carnivorous pitcher plant can be discovered in their natural habitat. This adventurous activity manoeuvers you along the paddy fields and the shores of villages like Kampong (Kpg), Danau, Bidayuh, and offers you a chance to get closer to the nature and the dolphins too!

Famous Kayaking Sites:

  • Kayaking tours to Bau
  • Borneo Highlands
  • Permai Rainforest Resort
  • Kayaking to Salak Village
Caving

Caving

Endowed with vast numbers of limestone caves, Sarawak offers uncountable cave exploring opportunities. Home to some of nature's most fantastic and beautiful sculptures, the caves in Sarawak are some of the most ancient and the largest caves in the world. If you want to experience caving in Sarawak, all you need is reasonable fitness, enthusiasm for adventures and an ability and courage to remain under the ground in dark places for hours, squeeze through rocks, crevices, and wade or swim through the rivers, jungle streams! To reach to some of the caves you may also be required to do abseiling and climbing. National parks in Sarawak are the best places for caving as the parks provide the required caving equipments and a licensed park guide. Fairy Cave in Bau is famous for various strange rock formations that resemble birds and animals while Sarawak Chamber, Deer Cave, Clearwater Cave ornate the World's Heritage Sites' list. Exploring some of the world's most ancient caves submerged in folklore and mystery is an adventurous activity to be cherished!

Famous Caving Sites:
  • Deer Cave in Mulu
  • Lang Cave in Mulu
  • Stonehorse Cave
  • Racer Cave
  • Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

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River Safaris/River Cruising

The journey on waters, may it be a river safari or river cruising in Sarawak, takes you through the plush greenery and scenery. The only but immense difference is that safaris include adventurous activities like kayaking, caving while cruises sprinkle extravagance and relaxation over your journey on the waters of Sarawak. Safaris are preferred for exciting experiences of natural obstacles such as swift under-water currents and high water level while cruising is popular for its tranquil journey on calm waters and mild rapids. Choose any, and be sure of having several opportunities to get closer to the nature and Sarawak's indigenous people, their traditions, dancing, music, games and the uses of rainforest plants in Iban culture. No matter where you are, on a boat or a cruise, enjoy scenic views of the city skyline, surrounding mountain ranges, historical buildings and a countryside full of jungle foliage dotted with paddy fields, pepper gardens and rubber plantations. Safaris and cruising, both take you to simple guest-houses where delicious fresh jungle produce is served. Relish your lunch while passing through overhead arcs of dense foliage and the dinner when fireflies light up the dark nights!

Famous Safaris and Cruises:
  • Iban Longhouse River Safari
  • Lemanak River Safari
  • Klias Wetland's River Safari
  • Sarawak River Cruise
City and Heritage Tours

City and Heritage Tours

Sarawak, a city of contrasts inherits unique and diverse cultures. City tours of Sarawak introduce tourists to the city's glorious heritage, culture and history by visiting popular places such as heritage buildings, famous monuments and museums. Tours such as Traditional Bidayuh Village Bamboo Longhouse Tour, Sarawak Cultural Village Tour, Kuching City and Heritage Tour are perfect for those interested in knowing the traditions including dances, culture and lifestyle of people of Sarawak. Replicas of Sarawak's ethnic, large and well-preserved traditional bamboo longhouses which were home to dozens of families are the main attractions. Tourists get a chance to know traditional farming lifestyle of the Bidayuh people as well. Moreover, shopping through colourful central markets, interesting narrow lanes and alleys where crammed shops sell textile and spices, and a short ride on Tambang, the water taxi are not-to-be-missed!

Famous Tours:
  • Traditional Bidayuh Village Bamboo Longhouse Tour
  • Sarawak Cultural Village Tour
  • Kuching City and Heritage Tour
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