Enchanting Borneo

ECB-01 9D/8N ENCHANTING BORNEO
SIC Departure: Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Minimum: 02 paxs

Welcome to Borneo! The third largest island in the world consists of the two East Malaysian states of Sabah (the ‘Land Below The Wind) and Sarawak, (the ‘Land of the Hornbill’) and is host to the world famous annual Rainforest World Music Festival held in Sarawak each July. Many parts of Borneo are still covered in ancient rainforests which are rich in biodiversity. For those who appreciate a healthy mix of nature and culture, Borneo remains one of the world’s top travel adventures.

Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state and is steeped in history. The English headed by adventurer James Brooke, made their mark on the local history in the 19th century. Brooke was invited to the island to restore peace between warring factions. In return for restoring peace he was eventually instated as the first white governor. The Brooke dynasty ruled Sarawak for a hundred years and were known as the ‘White Rajahs’.

Gunung Mulu National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. With its deeply-incised canyons, wild rivers, rainforest-covered mountains, spectacular limestone pinnacles, cave passages and structures, Mulu has outstanding scenic qualities that appeal to adventurous travellers. The caves also hold several world records as well.  Sarawak Chamber is considered to be the largest known underground chambers in the world. Clearwater Cave is the longest cave in South East Asia and Deer Cave holds the record for the world's largest cave passage. Above ground, visitors can embark on a trekking challenge to the Pinnacles; a series of 45m-high, razor-sharp limestone spikes that sit majestically on the slopes of Mount Api.

When in Sabah, you have a chance to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world famous Kinabalu Park. Here Mount Kinabalu and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world and well known for the biodiversity of its many botanical and biological species. Some of these are endemic to the park giving them one of the smallest ranges of any species in the world. Scientists have identified some 600 fern species (there are just 500 ferns in the whole of Africa), 325 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species in the park. Of the ferns, 50 are found no where else on Earth. Kinabalu Park is also the richest place in the world for the Nepenthes insectivorous pitcher plants (five of the thirteen are found nowhere else on Earth). These attain spectacular proportions (the largest in the world being the endemic Nepenthes rajah). Species of the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia are also found in the park. The park is known as the world’s richest concentration of orchids with over 800 species identified.

Highlights:

  • Explore the highlights of Kuching, the largest city on the island of Borneo.
  • Discover Bako National Park and enjoy a jungle walk through Sarawak’s oldest national park.
  • Travel to Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Admire Wind Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Visit Clearwater Cave, South East Asia's longest cave passage.
  • Photograph Deer Cave, the world’s largest cave passage.
  • Visit Lang Cave Mulu’s smallest cave but with some of the most beautiful limestone formations.
  • Observe the natural phenomenal of millions of bats flying at dusk in a snake-like formation.
  • Traverse a boardwalk through the rainforest.
  • Enjoy a relaxing river boat journey.
  • Visit Kota Belud, a cowboy town in the ‘Land Below the Wind’.
  • See a Rungus longhouse in a village famous for gong making.
  • Pass through Kudat at the tip of Borneo.
  • See natives harvesting honey.
  • Take a mangrove cruise in search of proboscis monkeys and fireflies.
  • Explore Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

** Sightings of wildlife are not guaranteed.

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The tour operator will be relieved of its obligations hereunder in the event tours or specific itinerary is delayed or prevented in the whole or in part by any cause beyond its control, including without limitation, acts of God, change of law, war, civil unrest, strikes, epidemic, fire, changes initiated by owners/vendors not informed to us or any circumstances beyond the control of the tour operator that makes it impossible for us to operate fully or partially. The tour operator shall not be liable for any claim arising from the above.

Some comments from our Guest Book :

The tour was very well organised and we really enjoyed the museum, longhouse and the orang utan centre.
South Africa, 2009

The sunset at the tip of Borneo is something we will never forget. We saw many interesting sights and the tours provides enough time for ourselves too.
Holland, 2009

Mulu was very interesting and understandably a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
South Africa, 2009

The Longhouse was fascinating!
Germany, 2009

This tour is filled with adventure, we love every bit of it, the cave, the jungle, the longhouse and of course the caves were amazing! We plan to come back again soon.
Spain, 2009

We have never seen the proboscis monkey, it was such a thrill!
USA, 2009

My family, we live in a city and it was very exciting for our children to see nature. The boat ride was most enjoyable. Thank you.
Norway, 2009

We were in a boat of 6 people and our guide spotted a group of male proboscis monkey and they were huge in size with very prominent pattern on their body.
France, 2009