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Borneo

Secret Sarawak

Guided Cycling Holiday

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14 days

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Borneo

Secret Sarawak

Guided Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

14 days

Prices from

£2,395 P.P.
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Borneo’s hidden gem is without doubt Sarawak! A stunning and mythical land home to wild jungles, lush tropical rainforests, palm fringed beaches, and seemingly endless cultural delights and wildlife. It’s a place steeped in legend and famed for its tribal headhunters and White Rajahs who have shaped its history.
Following arrival in Kuching we start our journey with a Heritage Tour of the city before heading to Santubong National Park via the small fishing Kampongs (villages) that are scattered around this coastal area.
Next stop is the Sarawak’s most famous National Park Bako, which is reached following a scenic coastal speedboat journey. Once here we have some fully guided day jungle hikes to search out the bizarre looking Proboscis Monkey and tropical birds such as Hornbills.
Once on dry-land our next wildlife highlight is at the wonderful Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which is home to endangered Orangutans rescued from captivity and are now part of a successful rehabilitation program. We end the day, after a great spot of cycling, at a traditional Bidayuh Longhouse where we are treated to a display of dance, music, food and drink.
Next stop is in the Borneo Highlands with its superb early morning vistas over to Indonesia. A spot of gentle kayaking follows for the morning, with the cycling journey then continuing to Siniawan where we enjoy sampling local delicacies at the bustling night market.
The following day we check out the awesome Fairy Cave and Mount Singai before heading to the stunning Satang Island. Here we swap our cycling things for snorkel and fins and also learn about its turtle conservation programme.
A more challenging day on the bike follows, with a great ride from here to our beachside accommodation at beautiful Basaga. The following day and it’s flat all the way to Sematan where we end this incredible cycling journey at its palm fringed beach.
Our final morning is spent relaxing on the beach or poolside before returning to Kuching for souvenir shopping and a final night celebrations and yet more delicious cuisine.

Holiday Highlights

  • Orangutan spotting at Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  • Overnighting at a traditional Sarawak Longhouse
  • Wildlife walks at Bako National Park
  • Stunning Sematan and cycling its palm fringed coastline
  • Beautiful Borneo Highlands and its morning vista
  • Siniawan’s Night Market and its street food delights

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure for Borneo

We leave home for Borneo, arriving into Sarawak’s Kuching International Airport (KCH) the next day.

Day 2
Arrival in Kuching
  • Meals: Dinner

Following arrival we transfer the short distance (20-30 Minutes) to the Heritage Quarter of Kuching. Situated close to the Sarawak River our small boutique hotel is the perfect place to rest-up following your flights. This former boarding school has been beautifully renovated and retains many of the buildings original features as well as a lovely pool for those looking to take a dip or relax.

With most flights from Europe arriving late morning / early afternoon we’ll meet-up as a group for dinner in the early evening, which will be taken at one of the great local restaurants situated close to the hotel.

Accommodation : Heritage Hotel with Swimming Pool – All rooms ensuite with A/C

Day 3
Kuching - Heritage Ride
12.50 Miles / 20 Kms - Flat
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A relaxed start to the day and after breakfast it’s time to properly meet our team in Borneo and spend some time familiarising yourself with your bike.

Soon afterwards we begin our pedal through history on a heritage cycling tour of Kuching. During the ride we’ll learn more about the White Rajah whose influence shaped this part of Borneo whilst discovering the hidden gems of Kuching.

Highlights are numerous and include the livley and exotic open-air market of Kubah Ria where you can see its vividly coloured tropical fruit and discover an amazing array of weird and wonderful jungle produce, vibrant India Street and the Old Town’s bustling Main Bazaar. We’ll also sample a variety of popular authentic Sarawak local street foods and drinks along the way.

A particular favorite is our visit to Fort Margherita, built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his wife. The Fort guarded Kuching’s river approaches from pirates and remains an unmistakable landmark on the Sarawak River. It now contains the Brooke Gallery which houses important historical documents and artefacts from the era of the White Rajahs and is a great place to learn more about this area of Borneo before we set off on our cycling journey tomorrow.

From here we cross the river in traditional fashion, in a ‘Sampan’ (flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat) after which it’s a short distance to the hotel. Our evening meal is taken at a small restaurant on the riverfront with the guides on hand to answer any questions you may have about the next few days.

Accommodation : Heritage Hotel with Swimming Pool – All rooms ensuite with A/C

Day 4
Kuching to Santubong
21 Miles / 34 Kms - Flat / Undulating
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Starting out from our hotel we avoid the traffic by making our way through the lanes of the kampongs (village communities) and soon we’ll be cycling beside the mangroves of this coastal area. From here they’ll be great views of majestic Mount Santubong (810m) our final destination today.

Along the way we visit the Malay fishing kampong of Buntal. Its bay is a great place to spot migratory birds (especially in late September / early October) since it is a major stop-off point and refuelling site due to its nutrient rich mudflats, sandflats and mangroves.

From here the cycling gets a little more challenging for the final 9kms to Kampong Santubong where we take lunch at our lovely accommodation. Set amidst lush surroundings its small swimming pool is perfect for those looking for a post ride dip or afternoon spot of R & R.

Late afternoon we take a guided wildlife boat cruise through the spectacular mangroves tributaries close to Santubong. These waters are frequently crossed by the Pink, Irrawaddy and Bottlenose Dolphins so make sure you keep a look-out for them during the journey. It’s also a good place to spot Proboscis Monkeys who head to the edges of the mangroves to eat. Following sunset we grab our torches and spy for Fireflies and Crocodiles (from the safety of the boat!) as they glide through the water in search of food.

Once back on dry land we transfer back to Buntal where our evening seafood meal is taken at great waterside restaurant. Our day ends back at the resort and for those looking for a night-cap the bar is the perfect option.

Accommodation: Resort / Jungle Style Chalets – ensuite facilities – A/C

Day 5
Bako National Park
Non cycling day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After an early breakfast we take our small speedboat that will speed us along the beautiful coastline of Santubong Peninsula and Buntal Bay to Bako National Park (90 mins).

Accompanied by our expert guide we head to the best places to spot wildlife and check out the park’s plant life. Potential wildlife sightings includes Proboscis and Silver Leaf monkeys, Long-Tail Macaques, Bornean Bearded Pigs, Flying Lemurs (Colugo), snakes, tropical birds and numerous Pitcher Plants.

So as to maximize our time both lunch and dinner will be taken in the National Park, with sunset here usually a spectacular sight. Post dinner there is also the option of a night walk to catch sight of the park’s nocturnal creatures which includes the shy Civet Cat (if we are very lucky) and all manner of frogs, insects and creepy-crawlies.

Please Note : During stormy weather the coastal boat will be replaced with inland van transfer.

Accommodation : Basic Chalet Style – ensuite facilities or shared bathroom facilities – Rooms with A/C

Day 6
Bako - Semenggoh Orangutans - Mongkos Longhouse
32 Miles / 52 Kms - Undulating
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our day starts early and at 06:00 we take a 20 minute boat transfer from Bako National Park to Kampong Bako jetty. From here we board our transfer vehicle for the journey (1hr approx.) to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve.

Enclosed in a large area of lush rainforest it is home to endangered Orangutans who have been rescued from captivity & are now part of a successful rehabilitation programme. During the scheduled feeding time, these amazing primates should descend from the canopy to the lower branches of trees, near the feeding area and offer us the chance to see them at fairly close quarters which for many is the wildlife highlight of the trip.

From Semenggoh we have an vehicle transfer (so as to avoid a busy road section) that takes us to a quiet rural junction from where it’s time to start cycling. Using winding backroads, we pedal through a landscape dotted with small kampongs, rice paddies and plantations close to the Penrissen mountains. A tasty noodle lunch is taken at a small rural town after 20kms before we continue to Kampong Mongkos, one of the few remaining traditional Bidayuh Longhouses in Sarawak.

The Bidayuh are the second largest Dayak tribe in Sarawak and will be our hosts for the remainder of the day. Our rooms will be in either the village guesthouse / homestay building or in a room of one of the village houses. The rest of the day is spent at leisure and you’ll be free to take a wander around the village, meet the villagers and learn more about their way of life. In the evening we enjoy a Bidayuh dinner served in the Longhouse and are treated to a display of traditional dance and music.

Accommodation : Basic – Homestay – Shared bathroom facilities – Rooms with A/C

Day 7
Mongkos to the Borneo Highlands
25 Miles / 40 Kms - Undulating / Hilly
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our cycling today sees us riding some quiet backroads with a few challenging ups along the way and concludes after 40kms / 25 miles at Tebudu close to the border-post between Malaysia and Indonesia. After a photo-op here we have lunch before transferring (32Kms) to Annah Rais.

It’s here at the Bidayuh longhouse community where you’ll be able to spend some time exploring and have the chance to see the skulls that the headhunters collected during the tribal disputes of the past. You’ll also be able to buy some local handicrafts as well as Tuak, a local sweet rice wine.

Our accommodation tonight is at gorgeous Borneo Highland Resort. Cocooned in lush tropical rainforest and snuggled within the hills at 1,000 metres above sea level it is the perfect place to stay for the evening. Once here it’s time to take in the cool mountain air with a stroll within the beautiful grounds before sitting down to enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal and maybe a glass of Tuak to round off the day.

Accommodation : Excellent – Hotel – All rooms with ensuite facilities and A/C

Day 8
Borneo Highlands - Kayak - Siniawan
18 Miles / 30 Kms - Flat / Undulating
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Rising with the dawn chorus we head to the Kalimantan Viewpoint for what is a spectacular start to the day. From this lofty vantage point you’ll have uninterrupted views over to Indonesia and take in the peaks of the Penrissen poking out from the clouds. There is also the chance to spot the Borneo Rhinoceros Hornbill (the state bird of Sarawak) at this time.

After heading down from our accommodation by vehicle (20 mins), it’s another 20 minutes to the village of Danu where we start our river kayaking. It’s a scenic gentle downstream paddle (around 7kms) that sees us meandering through the rainforest taking in the sights and sounds along the way.

On reaching Semadang by kayak we take time to relax over our delicious lunch before getting back in the saddle. The afternoon ride is around 30kms and takes us along quiet back roads that pass through villages, plantations and farmland. We finish our ride at the historic town and former gold mining settlement of Siniawan for an evening of food and fun at the open-air market.

A firm favourite amongst Skedaddle customers, it’s a place that totally comes alive at night and is a wonderful spot to wander around.

With a bewildering array of delicious ‘street food’ available until late in the evening, you are free to choose your own evening meal and drinks from one or more of the stalls then sit back and take it all in.

Accommodation – Basic Heritage Guesthouse – Shared bathroom facilities – A/C

Day 9
Siniawan - Fairy Cave - Tondong - Mount Singai - Tondong
33 Miles / 53 Kms - Flat / Undulating
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast at a great noodle shop in the old town we’ll be set for a full day of cycling that loops around the town of Bau (the oldest gold mining outpost in Sarawak) and the sacred peak of Mount Singai.

After a photo stop at the Blue Lake (an old gold mine), we continue the ride to the Fairy Cave*.

This is a beautiful limestone cave whose name derives from a stalagmite structure at the entrance that is said to resemble a Chinese deity. Inside, you’ll notice the contrasts between the light entering the cave and its shadowy darkness and be accompanied by bats and swifts.

We then continue our morning ride (around 30kms) along country roads (6kms on a busier section) to the small village of Tondong where our hotel is located. After checking into the hotel, lunch is served at the nearby rustic town.

In the afternoon, we continue cycling around the Singai area with a lovely 20km loop that takes in Kampong Segong and Mount Singai.

At the 10km point we switch into our sneakers and head up to the Bidayuh Pilgrimage Centre that is situated part way up Mount Singai. This is the birthplace of Christianity among the Bidayuh community and was established as a settlement as it provided an impregnable buffer against the frequent attacks by their enemies. The hike up the 230m staircase to the pilgrimage centre takes around 30 minutes and is well worth the effort due to the superb vistas along the way.

After the hike, it is riding all the way back to the hotel and where we take our evening meal. *Should Fairy Cave be closed we will visit the equally spectacular Wind Cave.

Accommodation: Modern Hotel – All rooms with ensuite facilities and A/C

Day 10
Tondong - Satang Island - Matang
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A well-deserved rest day that starts with a transfer (1hr) to the sleepy fishing kampong of Telaga where we take a fun boat journey to over to Satang Island.* Once on the island we visit the turtle hatchery to find out about the conservation work being carried out to help endangered Green Turtles. It’s a lovely setting and with this in mind we have set aside time to relax off the island’s white sandy beaches and to enjoy a spot of snorkelling in its tranquil clear waters.

Lunch is taken on the island and once back on the mainland we board our transfer vehicle and after a pit-stop at Serapi, for a delicious coconut shake we head to Matang Wildlife Centre.

Matang is home to Orangutan adoption programme, where young Orangutans, who were either orphaned or rescued from captivity, are taught how to survive in the wild. In addition endemic Borneo wildlife such as the Sun Bears, Sambar Deer and Hornbills are ‘housed’ here.

Our delicious evening meal is barbeque style and taken at the accommodation, accompanied by the sights and sounds of the jungle. For those interested, there should be (dependent on the Centre’s staff schedule) the option to take an evening walk to try and see some of the areas rare and unique frogs.

*NB. In the event of stormy weather that makes it unsafe to cross over to Satang Island National Park we will instead visit by boat to a beautiful deserted village fronting the ocean.

Accommodation : Basic Chalet Style – ensuite facilities – Rooms with A/C or fans

Day 11
Matang Wildlife Centre - Gunung Gading National Park
40 Miles / 65 Kms - Undulating / Hilly
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A fairly challenging day of coastal cycling as we head towards the western tip of Borneo. Our ride today follows a coastline that is dotted with isolated beaches and peat-swamp forests and gives us a great opportunity to spot wetland and coastal birds.

During the ride we take a small ferry across the Sampadi River and pass by some of the small farms that are dotted along the road and cultivate papaya, coconut, and palm oil. At the village of Rambungan we’ll learn about Stingless Bees at a local Honey Farm with snacks and refreshments taken at Sempadi village.

Late lunch is at the coastal town of Lundu and just a few pedal strokes later we pass-by Gunung Gading National Park which is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, which can grow up to one metre in diameter. Owing to the Rafflesia’s rarity and brief flowering period, we’ll be checking-in with the park staff to see if we are in luck!

It’s just a few rolling kms from here to Basaga and our wonderful accommodation. Situated right on the beach and with a superb pool and bar area it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day in the saddle and enjoy the sunset with a chilled beer.

Accommodation : Beachfront Resort with pool – All rooms ensuite with A/C

Day 12
Basaga - Sematan
22 Miles / 36 Kms - Flat
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a lazy poolside morning it’s time for our final day of cycling and what a day it is!

This is a wonderful day riding through tiny villages and beside deserted beaches lined with coconut trees. We follow the coastline for much of our time, cycling on a mixture of tranquil village backroads as we head to the picturesque town of Sematan.

Following a crossing of the river mouth of Sungai Serayan Besar we arrive at Sematan where we visit the local fish market to check-out its fresh catches before continuing to a small waterfall that is great for a cooling dip in and is the perfect location for our picnic lunch.

In Kampong Pueh we stop by the Iban Selako Longhouse of Kampong Pueh before a final few meandering kms to our accommodation.

Beautifully positioned in front of a huge stretch of unspoilt white sandy beach it’s a wonderful place to end our biking in Borneo and celebrate our cycling achievement. Sunset is usually pretty special here so time to watch the sun drop over the horizon and round-off the day with some delicious food and your favourite tipple.

Accommodation – Beachfront Resort with pool – All rooms ensuite with A/C

Day 13
Sematan - Transfer to Kuching
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Time to take it easy and relax and reflect by the beach or poolside in the morning prior to our midday transfer back to Kuching (2hrs).

Once back and checked in to our hotel the remainder of the day is yours to take at leisure. There’s lots to see here so whether you are a museum aficionado, like to watch the world drift by downtown with a coffee or a beer, need to stock up on souvenirs and handicrafts or fancy one more bowl of lovely Laksa you’ll not be disappointed.

We round-off the day with yet more delicious Sarawak cuisine at one of Kuching’s best loved restaurants in Bukit Mata before heading into Chinatown for a nightcap.

Accommodation : Heritage Hotel with Swimming Pool – All rooms ensuite with A/C

Day 14
Departure
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time for one more bowl of noodles before we head to Kuching Airport (KCH) for onward flight connections.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The cycling terrain on this tour is roughly 90% on sealed roads and 10% on dirt roads and non-technical tracks and trails and varies between flat / undulating terrain with hillier (but not overly challenging) sections on certain days.

Traffic is extremely light and whilst the cycling is done at a relaxed pace you need to be alert for surprises along the way such as unexpected un-surfaced road sections, potholes, animals, vehicles and people.

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Cycling Adventures Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

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Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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15/05/2021
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11/09/2021
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02/10/2021
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09/04/2022
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14/05/2022
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10/09/2022
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14 days
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Whats Included Tick

A) All Accommodation (see specific accommodation section)

B) Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Entrance fees to attractions during Heritage Ride (Day 3)

D) Entrance fees to National Parks as per the itinerary

E) Entrance fees to Semenggoh Nature Reserve (Day 6)

F) Mongkos Cultural Show (Day 6)

G) Kayaking – Danu to Semadang (Day 8)

H) Entrance to the Fairy Cave or Wind Cave (Day 9)

I) All boat journeys / river crossings (as per the itinerary)

J) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

K) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

L) Support vehicle(s) and all luggage transfers

M) Airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure days

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and bike carriage charges (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available on request)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, etc.)

H) Airport transfers on non-scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Our tour starts in Sarawak following arrival at Kuching Airport (KCH). Although there are no direct flights to Kuching from the UK / Europe you may fly via Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with Malaysia Airlines or Singapore with Singapore Airlines (SIA) from London Heathrow (LHR). Emirates also offer options from UK regional airports via Dubai (DXB) / Kuala Lumpur (KUL).

Accommodation

Unlike the neighbouring state of Sabah, tourism is very much in its infancy in Sarawak and adds to the lure and attraction of this unique area of Malaysia.

In Kuching our hotel is the Marian (www.themarian.com.my) a beautiful Heritage Hotel (with pool). In Santubong we are at a wonderful Bali-style chalets (with pool) – www.villagehouse.com.my and during our time in the Borneo Highlands we stay at a superb mountain eco-resort – www.borneohighlands.com.my

Our time on the coast at Basaga – www.basaga.com and Sematan – www.spbresort.com are both situated beachfront with swimming pools.

In Bako National Park accommodation is more basic but situated in a superb location that has been chosen so as to be close to wildlife spotting opportunities and rainforest / wildlife walks.

We also stay at a homestay at a traditional Sarawak Longhouse to learn a little more about the way of life of the Bidayuh people, a heritage guesthouse in Siniawan.

Please contact us should you require a full accommodation listing for a specific date.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have suitable bikes available for hire in Kuching.

Our bikes for this trip are hardtail mountain bikes with front suspension, Shimano gears and hydraulic disc brakes. Most are fitted with 27.5” wheels, however depending on the group size/make up some taller and shorter people may be on bikes with 26” wheels due to availability of bikes in Borneo.

If you decide to hire we will provide all the necessary spares. If you prefer to bring along your own saddle and pedals then this is fine, just let us know upon booking.

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