4-Day Permai Rainforest Explorer: group discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: High Level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Embark on a magical mangrove sunset cruise
  • Look out for the proboscis monkey & estuarine crocodile
  • Enjoy a boat cruise along the Damai Peninsula
  • Trek in Bako National Park to explore its flora & fauna
  • Search for the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins

tour details

Travel to Permai Rainforest Resort, a small eco-resort set in pristine rainforest where you may spot the 3 species of monkeys that roam inside. A sunset cruise along the mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park offers chances to spot the proboscis monkey and estuarine crocodile and admire the fireflies that gather in the mangroves. Next, take a boat cruise along the Damai Peninsula and cross Bako-Buntal Bay to Bako National Park. You’ll trek through the park to discover its amazing flora and fauna including odd-nosed proboscis monkeys among various other animals. You’ll later search for Irrawaddy Dolphins and cruise along the mangroves to see the ecosystem of the mangrove swamp. Go snokelling at Satang Island before experiencing the unique Borneo rainforest during a nature walk.

12:30 hrs. - Pick-up from the city hotel and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Permai Rainforest Resort, located about 25 km north of Kuching. Permai Rainforest Resort is a small eco-resort set in pristine rainforest located on the shores of the South China Sea, and at the foot of Mount Santubong. Carefully designed to minimize impact on the natural environment, it offers a great rainforest experience. The 10 treehouses, which are built on stilts 20 feet above the ground, offer you the unique experience of sleeping amongst the canopy of the trees and waking to the sound of the sea lapping against the shore. Besides the treehouses the resort offers 23 cabins spread out through the resort surrounded by lush forest vegetation.
After check-in, the afternoon is free at leisure to use the many facilities of the resort or simply relax at the beach. If you are lucky you get a first glimpse of one of the three different species of monkeys that do occasionally roam in the resort's premises.
17:00 hrs. - Embark on a mangrove sunset cruise. This cruise takes you to the mouth of the Santubong River and along the mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park. Enjoy the amazing scenery of the mangrove swamp and learn how the various animals, like the proboscis monkeys, and the uniquely adapted mangrove trees develop a complex symbiotic eco-system. The Irrawaddy or snub fin dolphins are often seen as well. If the weather permits you will get to see a breath-taking sunset over the unique scenery of the mangrove forest. In the dark you will continue your cruise through the mangroves in search for the estuarine crocodile. Their eyes shine in a bright red colour when hit by the light of torch lights. Another natural phenomenon are the fireflies that congregate in the mangrove trees and let them shine like Christmas trees! After this exciting experience return to the resort for dinner.

Overnight at Permai Rainforest Resort, Treehouse.

Meals included: Dinner
Breakfast at the resort.
09:00 hrs. - This tour starts with a boat cruise along the coast of the Damai Peninsula and crossing the Bako-Buntal Bay to reach Bako National Park. Enjoy a day with plenty of opportunities to trek through the beautiful park and explore flora and fauna at its best. If you are lucky you will get to see the odd-nosed proboscis monkeys that can only be found on the island of Borneo. Besides you might also spot various other animals such as wild boars, silver leaf monkeys, macaques or warans. There are plenty of trails to choose from, so discuss with your guide which one to take.
A simple packed lunch is included.
15:00 hrs. - Return to the resort. Rest of the day free at leisure. Dinner at the resort.

Overnight at Permai Rainforest Resort, Treehouse.

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Breakfast at the resort.
09:00 hrs. - Depart by boat from Permai Rainforest beachfront if sea condition permits, otherwise drive (15 minutes) to the boat landing jetty before your board the boat for an interesting day excursion. If the sea condition is fine you will first look for Irrawaddy dolphins. These dolphins travel in groups of 2 to 6 individuals, but in Sarawak groups of about 10 individuals are often sighted around the Santubong and Buntal coastal areas during fine sea condition. After which, you will cruise along the mangroves and onwards to Satang Turtle Island, which is one of three islands set under protection by the government for turtle conservation. At night, turtles will come to the white sandy beach, which stretches across the entire southern side of this island, to lay eggs. Although it is highly unlikely to see turtles during bright daylight, the soft corals surrounding the island give good opportunities for snorkelling (snorkelling gear provided).
A simple packed lunch is included.
14:30 hrs. - Return to the resort. Rest of the day free at leisure. Dinner at the resort.

Overnight at Permai Rainforest Resort, Treehouse.

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
After breakfast at the resort you have the opportunity to experience the unique Borneo rainforest during a nature walk at the foothills of Mount Santubong. There are two nature trails through the forest which are well marked. One of the trails is a short nature walk of approximately 45 minutes, the other requires trekking for about 3 hours through pristine primary forest.
Check-out at noon time & transfer back to Kuching.

Meals included: Breakfast

includes

  • 3 nights accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees and/or boat fees as stated in the programme
  • Package includes GST 6% (Good and Service Tax)

excludes

  • Domestic airfare and/or International airfare to/from Malaysia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

  • This tour package is only valid from 01. April until 30. September in order to avoid rough sea conditions during monsoon season.
  • Even from 01. April until 30. September we might occasionally experience heavier rain falls and rough sea conditions might occur, which can have an effect on the boat services ex/to Bako & Satang Island. Therefore the guide may at any given time decide to divert to a similar alternative tour if necessary.
  • Sightings of wildlife depend on several natural factors (e.g. weather) and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
Tour code: KCHDS4DPREJ18

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