Sarawak wildlife & beach vacation

“Balance the wildlife, rivers and caves of Niah, Bako and Mulu national parks against the waterfront and museums of Kuching and the beaches surrounding Kota Kinabalu.”

Highlights

Kuching | Bako National Park | Rajang River | Niah National Park | traditional Iban longhouses | Gunung Mulu National Park | Headhunters' Trail | Deer, Wind and Clearwater caves | Asia's longest underground river | waterfalls and secluded golden sand beaches | Semenggoh Sanctuary | proboscis monkeys and orangutans | night walks with park rangers | beaches and islands near Kota Kinabalu |

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29 Dec 2016
US $ 1995
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05 Jan 2017
US $ 1820
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02 Feb 2017
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09 Mar 2017
US $ 1765
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30 Mar 2017
US $ 1785
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27 Apr 2017
US $ 1785
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11 May 2017
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25 May 2017
US $ 1850
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08 Jun 2017
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22 Jun 2017
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20 Jul 2017
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03 Aug 2017
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17 Aug 2017
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31 Aug 2017
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07 Sep 2017
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14 Sep 2017
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21 Sep 2017
US $ 1785
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28 Sep 2017
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12 Oct 2017
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26 Oct 2017
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23 Nov 2017
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21 Dec 2017
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28 Dec 2017
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04 Jan 2018
US $ 1875
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18 Jan 2018
US $ 1800
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01 Feb 2018
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15 Feb 2018
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08 Mar 2018
US $ 1800
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29 Mar 2018
US $ 1875
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12 Apr 2018
US $ 1875
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26 Apr 2018
US $ 1875
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10 May 2018
US $ 1875
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24 May 2018
US $ 1940
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07 Jun 2018
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21 Jun 2018
US $ 1800
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05 Jul 2018
US $ 1800
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19 Jul 2018
US $ 1940
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02 Aug 2018
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16 Aug 2018
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30 Aug 2018
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06 Sep 2018
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13 Sep 2018
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27 Sep 2018
US $ 1875
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11 Oct 2018
US $ 1875
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25 Oct 2018
US $ 1800
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22 Nov 2018
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27 Dec 2018
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Our top tip:
It will be hot and humid, especially in the jungle. Physical preparation is a good idea as is bringing insect repellent, waterproof bags and a head scarf.
Trip type:
Small group. Max 12. Min age 15.
Activity level:
Moderate. Daily jungle hikes.
Accomm:
2 nights cabin, 2 nights dorm, 1 night homestay (all shared facilities), 4 nights hotel.
Included:
Accomm, transport, activities and group leader throughout.
Meals:
8 breks, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
Solos:
Individuals welcome. Single hotel rooms (only) at a surcharge.
About this vacation company:
In 1988, two Aussies set off for Africa in a modified truck - and realised it was something others might enjoy too. The resulting company has a fun, affordable and responsible ethos with tours in over 110 countries.
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Vacation type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sarawak wildlife & beach vacation

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

On this trip to Borneo travelers will encounter local communities along the riverbanks and stay overnight with our Iban hosts. The benefits of this are obvious for both parties; as well as the financial benefit to the local community, this gives us as travelers a privileged insight into a culture and lifestyle very different from our own. As part of our commitment to traveling without impact, we recommend that our travelers come prepared for this experience and are aware that dress standards are conservative in many rural areas. We recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly in areas outside of the major cities, where much of this trip is spent.

One of the many advantages of traveling in small groups is the flexibility it gives us getting from A to B. We take care to use local transport on this trip, utilising local boats along the coast and waterways of Sarawak and preferring to explore the jungle trails and pathways on foot to make the most of wildlife spotting opportunities. Walking and trekking obviously being the most eco-friendly of transport methods, providing the only thing left behind is footprints!

As a further part of our commitment to responsible travel this trips stays in a combination of small, locally owned hotels, and more basic, dormitory accommodations in Mulu and Bako National Parks. As mentioned above we also have a night in a traditional Iban Longhouse. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team, including group leader from the local community. These small factors not allow us a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

Visits to projects such as the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary and our entrance fees into the National Parks also assist in financially supporting vital conservation projects and preserving the environment for future generations.

As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travelers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

Reviews of Sarawak wildlife & beach vacation

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Definitely climbing Mount Kinabalu. But very closely followed by the wildlife from orangutans, wild elephants to the sea turtles.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for the climb. Do some exercise to get your legs ready for constant up hill (doesn't need to be too extreme just enough to be prepared). The infrastructure and facilities are a lot more westernised than i was expecting, don't go too overboard on packing lots of thing you don't think you can buy... you probably can. Including hats and gloves for the mountain!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The information and advice we were given about local communities, cultures, and ways of life was spot on. I knew how to dress appropriately, how we were benefiting those we were meeting and never felt like we were imposing on others. Everyone greeted us warmly and were so pleased to be our hosts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. A whirlwind tour of Sabah, so never felt too rushed. Plenty of time to take things in and relax but still squeezing in a lot to 2 weeks. Some accommodation was very basic, so be ready for that but in the main it was clean, safe and comfortable. Our tour leader, Stacey, was great. Patient with us all when trying to gather 12 very different people together and always smiling. Having someone who spoke Malay and knew the people we were staying with made it feel very welcoming and organised. You should definitely book on this trip!

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The various methods of travel through Borneo really gave you a sense of traveling like locals and getting the maximum "real life" experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take an open mind and enjoy every moment.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The best travel experience I have had so far!

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