Visit the Iban (Sea Dayak), the Bidayuh (Land Dayak) and the inner tribes (Orang Ulu) – the Kenyah, Kayan, Kelabit (in their forested highland home) and the Penan. See how their traditional customs are learning to adapt to changing times. The tribes of Sarawak are varied and while some are shy and others are friendly, all are struggling to adapt to the changes in their environment and the encroachment of Western civilisation, to a lesser or greater extent.
Harvest festivals are a great time to experience the traditional cultures of the tribes of Sarawak. We can arrange private tours to these regions at harvest time and we also plan to have a festival group tour before long.
Wildlife & Nature
Borneo boasts a vast and unique range of wildlife (for example about a fifth of its mammals are endemic). Visit orangutans at Sepilok or Semenggoh Reserve, spot proboscis monkeys, silver-leaf monkeys, Bornean bearded pigs, lemurs, loris, mouse deer and cheeky macaques in the beautiful rainforests of Danum, Deramkot and Bako National Park. Marvel at pygmy elephants along the Kinabatangan or swirls of bats emerging from the world’s largest cave in Gunung Mulu. Borneo also boasts a wide range of birdlife including several species of hornbill, and endemic spiderhunters, Bristleheads and Pittas. Unique plant life abounds including an array of pitcher plants, Rafflesia flowers, the world’s largest, and over 2,000 species of trees and 1,000 species of orchid.
Diving & Snorkelling
Off the East coast of Sabah lies the island of Sipidan with some of the best scuba-diving and probably the best snorkelling anywhere in the world. See turtles, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, shoals of humphead parrot-fish and barracudas in a colourful coral paradise. All levels catered to including complete beginners.
Capital of Sarawak, Kuching is a small, friendly, easy-going city that reflects Borneo’s ethnic diversity. Stroll along the waterfront listening to the sounds of buskers playing guitars and sapes (a traditional Bornean stringed instrument), shop for beautiful textiles and wood carvings, browse fascinating artefacts in its ethnology museum and enjoy the best of Sarawak’s cuisine with a cooking class or in one of its excellent restaurants.
Try white water rafting in the Padas River in Sabah, kayaking in Bario or around Kuching in Sarawak, jungle-trekking in Danum, the Kelabit Highlands, Deramkot or any number of other places, scuba diving or snorkelling off the East coast of Sabah, ideally at Sipidan. Wildlife-spotting opportunities also abound throughout Borneo. Ask us for more details.
Crocker Range Park
Enjoy a day at Crocker Range Park, visit Kipandi Butterfly Park, swim at Manua Waterfall. The park’s main attraction is its immense biodiversity. Its ecosystem has five types of vegetation and much of its rich flora and fauna is endemic.
Take a few extra days exploring untouched cultures and pristine islands just off the north coast of Sabah. Travel by sea and camp on the islands - this is the road less travelled. Spend the day hiking, snorkelling and exploring local caves. Meet local people, cook together, enjoy evening bonfires on the beach and immerse yourself in the serenity of island life.
Stretching from Sabah’s coast and a swathe of rice paddies up into Mount Kinabalu National Park, Kota Belud is the heartland of the Bajau people (on the coast) and the Dusun people (in the interior). Discover sprawling beaches and secluded coves, bustling Sunday markets and quaint foothill villages
For experienced or novice divers and snorkelers, Borneo offers some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling. It boasts a huge array of marine life including barracuda, turtles, manta rays and a wide variety of sharks, including hammerheads. The legendary diving at Sipidan was first made famous by Jacques Cousteau and is still every bit as unique today
Climbing Mount Trus Madi
Located in the central part of Sabah and the region’s second highest peak, Mt Trus Madi, has an abundance of birds, orchids, nepenthes and stunning scenery. Unlike Mount Kinabalu, very few tourists venture here, so a visit will prove to be very special, as well as challenging.
Hiking Maliau Basin
The perfect spot for remote jungle hiking, the Maliau Basin in Southern Sabah is known as the island’s “Lost World”. It boasts a virtually self-contained ecosystem, dramatic waterfalls and a wide range of wildlife.
Santubong Wildlife Cruise
Tour the waterways of the Santubong Peninsula to the mouth of the Santubong River near Kuching. Cruise the rivers and mangroves in search of Irrawaddy dolphins, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles and other wildlife.
Jump in a kayak or paddle a bamboo raft along the beautiful Semadang River in the highlands of Kuching.