Overview

A tour that takes you from the depths of the seas to the mountain peaks. We start in Kuching and move to the pristine rainforest of Permai. The resort itself has 3 species of monkeys and the area is rich in both flora and fauna to explore. A night walk offers an unforgettable new perspective. We go out into the sea on a kayaking expedition along the coast of the Santubong Peninsula to reach the small remote beach of Teluk Pasir. Camp the night at the beach, start a fire, listen to the birds and enjoy a refreshing sunrise. The return trip is through jungle trekking in the pristine primary rainforest. We go on a mangrove sunset cruise in the forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park. This is where we keep an eye open for the elusive proboscis monkeys & the estuarine crocodile. Watch the spectacular show of fireflies that light up the mangrove trees like Christmas trees. We now shift to the deep dark caves of Mulu, a UNESCO world heritage site holding many records in terms of cave height, width, and length. Understand how they were formed and explore its beauty. We visit Deer Cave, with the largest cave passage in the world, before watching millions of bats exit to hunt at dusk. We also visit a local village by boat before stopping at Wind Cave, the King’s Chamber, and the peaceful Clearwater Cave and Spring. It is time to start our trek up the steep Mt. Api. The view from the top is spectacular, as are the rock formations standing like knives against the hardy mountain trees. These are the Pinnacles. A tour that introduces you to everything Borneo.

6 Nights 7 Days 16 Oct, 17 Oct, 18 Oct, and more Kuching Airport
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • You will enjoy 3-nights in an Air-conditioned hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis. The hotel rooms will have a private bathroom
  • Camp 5 accommodation is basic, 2-nights with shared sanitary facilities
  • Camping at Teluk Pasir – I night
  • Meals are covered as stated in the detailed description
  • All tour and transfers are with local English-speaking driver or guides in as air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the program
  • Drinking water available on the vehicles
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Air-travel Domestic or international to/from Malaysia, this can be quoted separately by us on request
  • Any optional tours you take
  • Charges for arranging guides for other languages if requested
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications – including phone bills, postage, gratuities and the likes
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals and bottled water
  • Porter charges, certificate, and the likes
  • Hotels may charge for early check-in and late check-out, this can be covered only if it is explicitly mentioned in the program
  • Hotels charges for storage of Luggage and use of porter services
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Explore the pristine rainforest by the night, trek in the jungle by day
  • Enjoy sea kayaking along the coast of the Santubong Peninsula
  • Surround yourself with natural beauty as you camp on Teluk Pasir beach
  • Try and spot endangered wildlife while you are on a mangrove sunset cruise
  • Witness some of the world's most spectacular cave scenery at Mulu
  • Climb up Mt. Api and enjoy some breathtaking panoramic views from the peak
Itinerary
Day 1: Kuching – Damai Beach
  • We will have a pick-up arranged from your hotel in Kuching. The trip to Permai Rainforest Resort start at 12:30 in the afternoon and is arranged in an air-conditioned vehicle. The Resort is located about 25 km from Kuching. The resort is a distinctive eco-resort build next to the shores of the south china sea in the middle of the pristine rainforest at the foot of the mystical Mount Santubong. The resort is designed with nature as the muse, everything here minimizes the human impact. It still gives you an experience you will remember for a lifetime. The resort has 10 treehouses, built on stilts 20 feet above the ground. These tree houses offer a unique experience of sleeping amongst the canopy of the trees.
  • Besides the treehouses, the resort also offers cabins designed to host as many as 6 persons each. Enjoy the rich forest views you may even get a glimpse of one of the three different species of monkeys that do occasionally roam in the resort's premises. Once we check-in at the resort the afternoon is free at leisure and we can spend time exploring the resort and its facilities.
  • The evening has a special adventure stored for you, we venture out on a night walk. Exploring the rainforest in the night is a rewarding experience as many of the creatures here are nocturnal. The animals ranging from insects to small mammals can only be seen in the late evening/night. Your guide will teach you how to use your torchlight to spot the animals in the night. The evening adventure ends with a trip back to the resort. Relax at the treehouse or the cabin.
  • Meals included: Dinner
Day 2: Sea Kayaking and Camping Adventure
  • The day of adventure starts with an early breakfast at the resort. We have a relaxed morning and we use this time to prepare for the adventure we are going to enjoy in the day.
  • Around 12:00 we will assemble at the beach and our guide will explain in detail the way we kayak in the sea, this will include a safety briefing and a detailed introduction to our equipment. We now start our Kayaking adventure along the coast of the Santubong Peninsula to Teluk Pasir, the very tip of the peninsula. This trip will give you some of the most spectacular views of the pristine lush green rainforest covering the coastline!
  • The Kayaking expedition will take over 2 hours and will take us to the remote beach of Teluk Pasir. This is as remote as we can get in today’s world, solitude in its true sense. This gives the true feeling of being Robinson-Crusoe! Nothing but mother nature around us and of course the guide for a sense of security. It is now time to work with your guide and help set up a small camp and start a campfire. We will use this campfire to cook a simple dinner for us all. Enjoy the natural surroundings after dinner. If the weather permits and the sky is clear lie down on the beach and stargaze. Listen to the melody created by the nocturnal jungle creatures and experience coming together with nature like never before.
  • We spend the night in the temporary camp at Teluk Pasir.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Day 3: Jungle Trekking & Mangrove Swamp & Fireflies Cruise
  • The morning glow and the songs of the forest birds will wake you up early. The rising sun is a sight to behold over the endless South China Sea. It is time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the shallow blue waters while your guide will arrange for a simple breakfast.
  • Once the Breakfast us done its time to break camp and pack-up for the trek back to Permai Rainforest Resort. This is an exciting trek, there are no marked trails and the only way to reach your destination is to rely on the guide. This is classified as real jungle trekking and would take around 3-4 hours for you to complete. The trek will give you a chance to enjoy pristine forest views, sounds, and smells, you may also spot a few of the rare birds like the Hornbill on this trek. You will reach the resort around noon, this way you have time to have a good shower and rejuvenate your self for some more exploring in the later part of the afternoon.
  • In the late afternoon, your guide takes you out on a mangrove cruise which will take you to the Santubong river delta. The route goes through the mangrove forests of Kuching National Park. Be amazed by the breath-taking views of the mangrove swamps and understand how nature has built complex symbiotic relationships between animal and plants of the wetlands. The best-described case if of the mangrove trees and the proboscis monkeys.  If the skies are open, you will witness a beautiful sunset over the mangrove forests of Borneo.
  • As dusk spreads we go deeper into the mangroves in search of the elusive estuarine crocodile. These are the local predators and hunt in the night. They have distinctive eyes which shine a bright shade of red when a torchlight is shown on them.  The other delight of the rainforest is a large number of fireflies which gather around the mangrove trees making them shine like Christmas trees. The evening adventure ends with a trip back to the resort. Relax at the treehouse or the cabin.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Day 4: Damai Beach - Kuching - Mulu Arrival – Mulu Caves Tour
  • It’s now time to wind down our adventure and checkout after a good breakfast at the resort. The transfer to Kuching will bring back memories of the last few days. We take the flight out to Mulu from here. You will be received at the Mulu airport, a quick transfer to your designated hotel follows. Once settled in comfortably, change into your trekking gear. We now move to the Mulu National Park Headquarters for registration. Lunch is arranged at the park’s canteen.
  • We start our adventure with a 45 min walk to the first set of caves. This walk is on narrow forest paths made of wooden planks that take you through riverine and lowland forests on limestone cliffsides.  The first cave we reach is the Lang’s cave which has an exquisite collection of stalagmites and stalactites. You are observing nature at its creative best, we recommend carrying a good camera for some stunning pictures. The next cave we visit is the Deer cave, this is famous for its passage which is the largest for any cave in the world. The Deer cave is also famous for its large (as many as 3 million) populations of bats. These caves are designated as world heritage by UNESCO.
  • Once the exploration of the caves is done we move to the bat observation platform. The site of millions of bats coming out of the caves in the dusk is simply mesmerizing. It appears like black streams emerging from the caves. You will require a good camera as the light is low when the bats finally decide to venture out in the evening.
  • We return to the park headquarters for a transfer to the hotel.
  • Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Mulu Caves Tour – Camp 5
  • Breakfast is followed by check out from your hotel.
  • The day’s adventure begins with a half hour long boat ride. Our first shortstop is at a Penan settlement. This is your chance for understanding the old nomadic lifestyle of the people and indulge yourself in the local handicrafts market. The boat ride then takes us to the wind cave. A plank walk leads from the riverbank to the entrance of the Wind Cave. This cave is so named because of the cool breezes which you can feel at the narrow parts of the cave. This cave is part of the Clearwater system and has many impressive stalactites, stalagmites, flowrocks, helitites and rock corals. Some of these are illuminated in the ‘King’s” Room. A short walk takes us to the Clearwater springs, we take a short break here. 200 steps lead up through the forest to the mouth of Clearwater Cave. Clearwater is a fascinating cave system to scroll around, it has its own underground river system. Plank walks, paths and small floating bridges make this an easy and enjoyable experience. There are excellent photo opportunities for those who are bitten by the photography bug.
  • We now climb down the steps to the picnic area for a quick lunch.
  • We now take a one-hour long boat ride to Kuala Litut, this is the starting point for our trek to camp 5. The 2-hour trek will take us to camp 5 which is a large shelter located at the base of Mount Api. Camp 5 is really basic, and you have to carry your own sleeping bag as well. Night stay is arranged at the camp shelter.
  • Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 6: Pinnacles
  • We have a light breakfast and start our climb to Mount Api. Althou gh this is a short distance, it will still take us 4-to-5 hour as this is a steep climb. We recommend that you carry very little (Only essentials) with you along with ample water for the climb. The flora changes with altitude, at about 850 meters you will notice a distinct change in the vegetation. The limestone lowland forest now gives way to the montane forest with pitcher plants and wild orchids. We have now reached the steepest part of our climb. Some metallic steps are placed to help climbers move over the worst of the gaping voids. 
  • The summit is 1710 meters above sea level and once you reach it you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The famous pinnacles are everywhere, they are about 45 meters high and appear as huge knives against the trees that form the backdrop. The forest trees are a miracle in themselves, they hold on in between narrow crevices of the limestone landscape. A simple picnic lunch follows.
  • We now trek back downhill to camp 5. There is just enough time for a relaxing bath in the mountain river before we have dinner and pack for the day. Night stay will be at Camp 5.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 7: Camp 5 – Mulu Departure
  • We start the day with an early breakfast and start our trek down to Kuala Litut. We transfer to a boat for a downriver trip to Clearwater Springs. We stop here for a quick picnic lunch. The boat ride to the town of Mulu will now continue. Your transfer to the airport awaits you. Time to take your flight to the next destination.
  • Meals included: breakfast and Lunch

Notes

  • Monsoon time can impact sea conditions in this part of the world. This is why this tour package is only available from 01. April until 31. October. The monsoons set in from November and continue till March.
  • Sea conditions sometimes deteriorate even between 01. April until 30. September. This has a direct impact on boat services and on the sea Kayaking activity. The tour guide will make informed decisions about any change that may be required in the plans keeping your safety paramount. The changes are only made where necessary.
  • Sightings of wildlife depend on several natural factors (e.g. weather) and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • Some package can be booked on a private basis, but certain services may be on a shared basis only. This is to minimize impacts on the natural environment or if other circumstances require so. These services include boat transfers in Bako and boat transfers & activities in the longhouse.
  • This is a true trekking tour where long hours are coupled with steep climbs that too under tropical climate conditions. The tour is an effort to complete and would require high levels of fitness and good stamina. Be prepared for some hard day’s work on the tour.
  • The tour involves overnight camping and steep climbing, we suggest traveling light when on this tour, as you will have to carry your own bags during the trekking. Your hard luggage can be stowed in Mulu and will be delivered to you at Mulu airport on your return there.
  • Always carry some high-energy snacks for the trekking.
  • Camp 5 is very basic when it comes to facilities, and you have to be prepared for some discomfort. The camp only has temporary electricity (solar powered), pipe water from the river and simple sanitary facilities. We request you to carry your own towels and sleeping bag, the place will not provide any beds either.
Pickup point
Directions.
Kuching International Airport (KCH/WBGG) (KCH), 900B, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia View on Map