The largest national park in Sarawak, the Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by three mountains – Gunung Mulu, Gunung Api and Gunung Benarat. Spanning 52,865 hectares of primary rainforest, Mulu is dotted with swiftly flowing rivers, vertical cliffs and jungle streams.
This is Sarawak’s most popular and scenic beach. Damai, located on the Santubong Peninsula, is about 35 minutes away from Kuching. Besides the beautiful sandy beaches to relax on, you can engage in water sports such as jet-skiing and windsurfing. The rich jungle in the background is also suitable for trekking and climbing. Bird-watchers will enjoy sighting a variety of birds such as Sandpipers, Egrets, Terns, Collared kingfisher, the White-bellied Sea Eagle and Brahminy Kites.
This little fishing village is located about 32 km away from Kuching. What make this place historically significant are the archaeological findings in the area. Ancient Hindu and Buddhist rock carvings have been discovered around the Santubong River delta.
Bako National Park is the oldest park in Sarawak, being created in the 1950’s, and offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests and wildlife. It is the home of Proboscis Monkeys, Long-tailed Macaques, Silver leaf monkeys, wild boars, squirrels, monitor lizards, and magnificent bird life. A special aspect of Bako is its plant life.It contains a wide range of vegetation – peat swamp forests, padang (grassland) vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, cliff vegetation beach vegetation, heath, and pitcher plants – it is said that it is possible to see almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo.
Access to the area is only by boat. Bako also has some good white sand beaches. All the beaches are are bordered by limestone and sandstone cliffs. The action of the sea has left some unusual rock formations, such as the well known “Sea Stack”. It is possible to spend a half day, a full day or even a number of days in the area. We recommend that a full day trip be allocated to the area to be able to take in the various diversity of the Park.
Gunung Gading national Park is located in the Lundu District, southwest of sarawak. The Park consists of rugged mountain peaks which provides a scenic backdrop to the nearby beaches at Pandan and Siar. The waterfalls in the upper reaches of Sungai Lundu have become a popular recreational destination for both local and foreign visitors. The more adventurous visitors can take a hike right up to the peak of Mount Gading which is 900 meters high.
Gading is the home to numerous rare plants including the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia tuan-mudae (bunga pakma) At full bloom this giant flower streches nearly one meter in width.
The flowers can be found on specific vines like the Tetrastigma. The spores settle on the host plant and develop into a bud which then becomes a gigantic flower, brownish red in colour. It stays in full bloom for about a week only. The main pollinator for this flower is the carrion fly.