Maliau Basin Trek
Sarawak, Sabah, Borneo
Sarawak, Sabah, Borneo
This fascinating journey through rural and exotic Borneo offers a rich variety of wildlife, such as elephants, proboscis monkeys and, of course, orang-utan. Borneo tribes still practice ancient ways of life in harmony with their pristine surroundings, and rivers snake through the jungle past stunning caves, before finding the South China Sea at idyllic beaches. Start in Kuching Sarawak to Mulu caves and continue to the Tip of Borneo – Maliau Basin in north Sabah –and explore Borneo’s finest remaining wilderness.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: IN MALIAU BASIN AND EXPLORE MALAYSIA'S FINEST REMAINING WILDERNESS AREA.
This comprehensive tour of Borneo starts in the capital of Sarawak, Kuching. Stay at the 4-Star Grand Margherita Hotel. Kuching’s only riverfront hotel and offers unrivalled views of the picturesque Sarawak River and of colourful Malay villages.
In Kuching, take a longboat trip upriver, visiting a longhouse and witness their celebration or gawai for a taste of Borneo. Continue to Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park, where over millennia the flow of water drainage towards the sea has cut deep gorges through the Park’s limestone mountains forming a complex network of some of the most spectacular caves on earth. Explore the various caves and watch the amazing spectacle of a million bats rushing out of the cave.
Next fly to Kota Kinabalu and then drive to the mystical Maliau Basin, one of Malaysia's finest remaining wilderness areas. Bounded by a formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675m the almost circular Basin encompasses over 390 sq km of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem, never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored. The whole basin is a single huge water catchment, drained by one river only, the Maliau River. The region is so remote that it is referred as Sabah’s Lost World.
Nature explorers will simply love the Maliau Basin as it is an excellent site for jungle trekking and bird watching. With your private guide, spend five nights to experience the wonders of this primary tropical forest. Take night drives for wildlife spotting and maybe explore areas where no human has yet set foot.
Max your Awim
If you are looking for a holiday with a difference then combine your Borneo adventure with the sophistication of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. This unique combination provides a memorable experience of lush rainforests, unique wildlife, stunning beaches and vibrant cities.
Time your visit to coincide with the Borneo Cultural Festival, held every July in the small city of Sibu in Sarawak. This 10-day festival is packed with traditional music, celebrations, contests, and even a beauty pageant. It is a great place to learn about Sarawak's indigenous music and culture.
The Borneo International Kite Festival has become one of the most pleasant festivals in Borneo. Hundreds of people gather in late September or early October to fly colourful and intriguing kites, some of which so complex that it require handling teams. The festival is held at the Old Bintulu Airport in Bintulu, Sarawak.
Alternatively, travel to the secret Labuan Island, once known as the "Pearl of the South China Sea". Today, it serves as an excellent stopover for travellers crossing between Brunei and Sabah. Time your stay to visit the Borneo Arts Festival usually held in the month of August.
Walk down its undeveloped beaches most of which, aside from weekends, are usually void of people. For divers, the nearby Pulau Layang-Layang is considered a top diving destination in Southeast Asia. A three-star dive resort offers diving along the wall which drops to a depth of 2000 meters. Hammerhead sharks, tuna, and big-eye trevallies frequent the wall.
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for minor changes to hotels, or hotel add-ons to the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
A number of direct international airlines fly to Borneo’s two main airports; Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The two major airlines; Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia also operate domestic flights linking tourist destinations of interest. This has made getting around Sabah a lot easier and cheaper. With a little preplanning you can find a flight that will rival the local bus prices.