My husband and I along with 2 other couples recently cycled our way from one National Park to another across the coastal region of Sarawak. The team to support and guide us was exceptional. The pace was relaxed and the daily distances challenging but achievable.
4-Day Borneo Coastal & Island Ride
See Turtles & Orangutans
Cycle Along Borneo’s Western Coastline
Snorkel in Borneo’s Pristine Waters
Cycle along Borneo’s idyllic coastline, visiting a range of islands where we indulge in snorkeling, exploring deserted beaches, and learning about the local wildlife. Not only will you see orangutans and sea turtles, but you’ll also visit local fishing villages and learn about the coastal culture. Cycle into one of Borneo’s most beautiful national parks, Gunung Gading, for a chance to see any blooming Rafflesia, the largest flowers in the world.
Catch a boat to the Bird Island and Turtle Island for a chance to snorkel on isolated beaches.
Cycle along Borneo's picturesque coastline for a chance to spot the blooming Rafflesia flower, and even an optional ride to the tip of Borneo.
Catch sight of indigenous orangutan, sea turtles, and a wide variety of wetland coastal birds.
Learn about the abundance of endemic tropical plants.
Get an understanding of the fishing culture and traditions from sleepy fishing villages.
Enjoy delicious, local cuisine, especially the freshly caught seafood.
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- Adult (12+): MYR 4025.00
- Single supplement (for solo travelers who want their own room): MYR 488.00
Your hotel lobby
- 27 Aug – 30 Aug 2020
- 7 Sept – 10 Sept 2020
- 25 Mar – 28 Mar 2021
- 8 Apr – 11 Apr 2021
- 24 Jun – 27 Jun 2021
- 19 Aug – 22 Aug 2021
- 9 Sep – 12 Sep 2021
- 24 Mar – 27 Mar 2022
- 7 Apr – 10 Apr 2022
- 23 Jun – 26 Jun 2022
- 11 Aug – 14 Aug 2022
- 8 Sep – 11 Sep 2022
Contact us if the scheduled dates don’t fit your schedule and you would like to customize your tour to an alternative date.
4 days, 3 nights
Number of Cycling Days
2 full days, 1 half day
Minimum 2 adults, for groups of more than 6, please inquire for a special price
3/5 Active: paved roads and gravel tracks with some undulations and some easy off-road biking
- Local, English-speaking guide
- Bikes, helmets, and backup support
- Support vehicle and all luggage transfers
- Rain ponchos
- Drinks & snacks during the rides
- Other non-riding activities as per the itinerary
- Entrance fees
What to Bring
- Multiple sets of cycling or sporting clothing
- Multiple sets of spare casual clothing, including long trousers and shorts, hat/cap, swimming costumes, sandals, and extra walking shoes
- Cycling gear: gloves and sunglasses
- Personal care: small towel, toiletries, personal medication, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent
- Camera and chargers, dry bag, and torchlight
- Extra cash/credit card
- Passport with 6 months validity and spare pages (additional immigration check at Sarawak’s entry points) and travel insurance details
For More Comfort
- Padded bike shorts with something to put on over the top when not on the bikes
- Cycling shoes or comfortable sports shoes
- Your own personal helmet, water bottle, and raincoat
About Your Guide
From start to finish, your trip will be led by 1 or 2 English-speaking cycling tour leaders, depending on the size of the group. Along with further support from an assistant and support vehicle driver, the team’s aim is to deliver a comfortable, safe, fun, and enriching travel experience by ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Our local, English-speaking tour leaders take great pride in their heritage (as well as their own personal stories) and are well informed on Borneo’s history, culture, and natural wonders.
Good to Know
- Our tour leaders carry spare parts and tools for basic repair
- Age restriction: all participants must be aged 12 and over
- For correct bike sizing, please provide personal height measurements during the booking process
- Tell us your food preference, accommodation preference, and any other personal request, etc
- Come into our shop a day before the tour to meet your tour leader and test out your bike, and for fixing your personal saddle, clips, bike bag or phone rack, etc, if any
What You'll Do
DAY 1: Transfer, Boat to Satang Island & Cycle to Matang Wildlife Center (29 km)
We ride into a sleepy fishing kampong facing the South China Sea and start our boat ride to Talang-Satang National Park. Visit the turtle hatchery on Satang Island to get an idea of the conservation work being done to help highly endangered sea creatures such as the green turtles. Spend time on the island’s white sandy beach or go snorkeling. After a picnic lunch on the beach, we arrive back on the mainland and continue our cycling journey to reach Matang Wildlife Center. Here we encounter orangutans as well as other endemic Borneo wildlife such as the sun bears, sambar deer, and hornbills. For the adventurous, we will venture out into the night to experience the darkness of the rainforest and explore its unique, nocturnal creatures.
Accommodation: Matang Wildlife Center
Meals: Lunch and dinner
DAY 2: Cycle to Gunung Gading National Park (64 km)
We say goodbye to the orangutans and follow the long coastline, dotted with isolated beaches and peat swamp forests. There are opportunities to spot a large variety of wetland and coastal birds, including many migratory birds temporarily residing in Borneo. Along the way, ride your bicycle onto a unique car ferry to cross the Sampadi River. The long, flat ride ends with a series of fishing kampongs (villages) before we reach the coastal town of Lundu for lunch.
After lunch, we venture into Gunung Gading National Park for a chance to see any blooming Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world. We then end our ride at a welcoming seaside resort, where you can enjoy a well-deserved plunge in the pool and watch the sunset from the beach.
Accommodation: Lundu Union Yes Retreat
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
DAY 3: Cycle to Sematan (36 km +28 km additional option to the tip of Borneo)
After breakfast by the pool, saddle up for our final day of great riding. We follow the coastline and ride on a mixture of dirt trails and village roads towards the picturesque Sematan town. At Sematan, visit the local fish market to check out the fresh daily catch. We then ride off to a local waterfall for a picnic lunch. The final bike ride is along another beautiful stretch of deserted white sand beach, and during low tide, you can even ride your bike all the way to reach the seaside resort. Enjoy the cool sea breeze during our sunset dinner.
There is an option to ride an additional 28 km to the tip of Borneo on this last riding day.
Accommodation: Sematan Palm Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
DAY 4: Rest and Transfer to Kuching
Make the most of our last day by the beach. After lunch, we drive back to Kuching and drop you back to your city hotel. A further extension of the trip, by boat, to the tip of Borneo (2 days and 1 night) is possible during the dry season from Semantan.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the support vehicle do?
Our bike tours are fully supported by air-conditioned vehicles, so should you want to put your feet up, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. The support vehicle also carries your luggage, as well as keeping you topped up with water, tropical fruit, and snacks.
What safety measures do you take?
Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures. Your tour leader will conduct a group cycling safety meeting on day one, as well as a briefing at the beginning of each day on what to expect during the day’s ride. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue but, to a certain degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. For non-biking activities such as kayaking, safety measures such as life-jackets are compulsory and a separate safety briefing will be given before the start of each activity.
What kind of food will we be eating?
Meals and snacks are included as per the itinerary. We take care in our planning to include the best of Sarawak cuisine, including delicacies from a mixture of Dayak, Malay, and Chinese cuisine that all use local, fresh ingredients from the tropics. Some can be hot and spicy. We eat dinner together, Malaysian style, by sharing all of our delicious dishes. Alcoholic drinks are available at your own expense, but they might not be served in some Muslim halal restaurants.
What will our accommodation be like?
We have carefully chosen the best available accommodation in different locations with friendly, local hosts. To ensure your comfort after a hard day in the saddle, we strive to offer a range of accommodation that is clean, comfortable, and represents the local culture. The type of lodging can vary depending on the location and what is available: a local tribal homestay, a jungle lodge, a national park cabin, a historical shophouse, and seaside resorts. Rooms are based on a sharing basis with double beds and if you are a single traveler, you might be paired with another traveler of the same sex unless you pay the single supplement.
How fit do I need to be for the tours?
The details of the number of cycling days, cycling distances, and difficulty levels for each tour are listed in the fact sheet. All our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through cycling. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the riding. However, we try to make our Sarawak bike tours as accessible as possible with the average cycling distance of 30-40 km per day and the longest distance no more than 70 km. Most cycling terrains are on paved roads (and limited gravel tracks) with some undulations.
What will the weather be like?
Being on the equator, Borneo is generally hot (average daily temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius) and humid, especially around noon. Therefore, we like to start our day early and rest at points of interest during the hottest part of the day. Short rain showers are fairly common during the mid to late afternoon but we provide waterproof ponchos for continuous riding, which can actually be very entertaining.
What do I need to bring with me?
Once you have booked your tour, we will send you a pre-tour information pack that will have all the information you need to prepare for the tour, such as the packing list and joining instruction, etc.
I am a solo traveler, can I join this tour?
Solo travelers are always welcome and those who would like their own room have the option of paying a single supplement. Otherwise, we will arrange for a shared room with another solo traveler (of the same sex) at no extra cost. If there is no roommate available, we will cover the additional cost of a single room.
Do I need insurance?
We include very limited corporate insurance coverage with minimum coverage. It is a condition of participating in a Paradesa Borneo that each traveler holds his or her own travel insurance for the duration of the trip. It needs to include coverage of medical expenses, emergency evacuation, personal liability, and accident insurance. You should email us a copy of your insurance coverage for our reference in case of an emergency.
Which currency shall I bring with me?
The official currency is the Malaysian ringgit (RM). Foreign currencies are not generally accepted and currency exchange is only available in major banks, as well as larger hotels. Credit cards can be used only in larger hotels and shops. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns, but you’ll need cash in villages to pay for some extra meals, drinks, activities, and, of course, shopping. There will be limited opportunities to spend money whilst cycling through rural areas outside of personal items, extra snacks, drinks, and the odd souvenir. Tipping at restaurants and for local guides and support staff is uncommon. Should however you feel the staff/guides have provided excellent service you may wish to give them some form of gratuity. We recommend that you bring an equivalent of US$ 400 (in Malaysian ringgit) for incidentals.