4-Day or 9-Day Ultimate Borneo Wildlife Bike Safari

Visit Sarawak’s Best Wildlife Parks

Meet Orangutans & Other Local Wildlife

Cycle, Trek, & Boat Through Borneo’s National Parks

Choose from either our 4-day or 9-day trip to delve into the world of Borneo’s idyllic national parks and wildlife reserves. We promise you a cycling adventure through the rainforest and down to Borneo’s picturesque coastline. Snorkel on Satang Island, help preserve the indigenous green turtle, spot a crocodile or migratory birds along the rivers and shoreline, and hike through national parks, stopping for refreshing dips in hidden waterfalls. What more could you ask for?

Tour Highlights

Pedal your way to some of Sarawak’s best wildlife parks to meet the famous orangutans and big-nosed proboscis monkeys that live here.

Discover the huge variety of flora and fauna indigenous to the island.

Cross rivers, ride boats, and trek through rainforests, in daylight and darkness, as you cycle from one beautiful national park to the next.

On the 4-day tour, enjoy not only cycling but also spectacular boat trips in six of Sarawak’s best-known national parks.

On the 9-day tour, enjoy an extended cycle along Borneo's picturesque coastline for a chance to spot the blooming rafflesia flower and an optional ride to the tip of Borneo.

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4-Day Tour Trip Details
Price
  • Adult (12+): MYR 4133.00
  • Single supplement (for solo travelers who want their own room): MYR 460.00

If you have a group of more than 6 pax, ask for our group pricing!


Departure Time

8:00 AM


Meeting Point

Your hotel lobby


Availability

2020

  • 24 Aug – 22 Aug 2020
  • 4 Sept – 7 Sept 2020

2021

  • 22 Mar – 25 Mar 2021
  • 5 Apr – 8 Apr 2021
  • 21 Jun – 24 Jun 2021
  • 16 Aug – 19 Aug 2021
  • 6 Sep –  9 Sep 2021

2022

  • 21 Mar – 24 Mar 2022
  • 4 Apr – 7 Apr 2022
  • 20 Jun – 23 Jun 2022
  • 8 Aug – 11 Aug 2022
  • 5 Sep – 8 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.


Duration

4 days, 3 nights


Number of Cycling Days

2 full days and 1 half day


Distance

107 km


Group Size

Minimum 2 adults, for groups of more than 6, please inquire for a special price


Difficulty Level

3/5 Active: paved roads and gravel tracks with some undulations and some easy, off-road biking


Included
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Bikes, helmets, and backup support
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Support vehicle and all luggage transfers
  • Rain ponchos
  • Drinks & snacks during the rides
  • Other non-riding activities as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees

Not Included

Travel insurance


What to Bring

Essential Items

  • 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 - 4-Day Tour
DAY 1: Cycle to Bako National Park (32 km)

We ride out of the city center through quiet kampong lanes. Our destination this morning is the fishing village of Kampang Muara Tebas, surrounded by a mangrove swamp. It’s a great place to spot wild birds and collect wild ferns. Visit a century-old temple overlooking the spectacular Bako Bay, before walking around the villages to observe traditional, local commerce such as drying shrimp paste or harvesting jellyfish. A delicious seafood lunch awaits at a local fisherman’s stilt-house restaurant. After lunch and a short rest, we continue our short ride through the mangrove swamps to Kampong Bako jetty where we take a 20-minute boat trip along the coast to Bako National Park for a full day of trekking and wildlife spotting.

Our expert park guide will take you to the best places to see animals in the wild, including spotting herds of the big-nosed proboscis monkey jumping from tree to tree. After dinner, we take a night walk on a different trail to see night creatures. Enjoy your first peaceful night in the national park’s cabin accommodation.

Accommodation: Bako National Park

Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 2: Boat to Santubong National Park (3 km)

Two spectacular boat trips today. In the morning, we depart from Bako National Park heading towards Mount Santubong. This is a great opportunity to spot many migratory birds along the coastline. During stormy weather, this coastal boat trip may be replaced with an inland river route, but as compensation, you might have the chance to spot a crocodile instead.

After checking in to the jungle resort by the beach, we cycle to a food center for lunch. Next, we head to the Santubong National Park to hike the waterfall trail for a cooling dip. In the evening, we take the second boat cruise of the day through the spectacular mangroves tributary to see more exotic birds and animals.

Accommodation: Permai Rainforest Resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 3: Cycle to Kubah National Park (43 km)

After an early morning breakfast at the beachside restaurant, we get back into the saddle for a day of cycling along the mangrove coast. We reach Kubah National Park for lunch before embarking on the waterfall trail, where we will spot different species of pitcher plants and wild orchids.

Take a cooling dip in the waterfall before returning to the park chalet for an early dinner. In the evening, take a night stroll to the jungle stream to spot colorful Bornean Frogs.

Accommodation: Kubah National Park

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 4: 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 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 for an encounter with the orangutans. At the end of the tour, we transfer you back to your city hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

9-Day Tour Trip Details
Price
  • Adult (12+:) MYR 8242.00
  • Bike hire: MYR 508.00 per bike
  • Single supplement (for solo travelers who prefer their own room): MYR 1133.00

Contact us if you have a group of more than 6 pax to ask for our group pricing!


Departure Time

To be arranged post-booking as it depends on the flight schedule


Meeting Point

Kuching Airport


Availability

2020

  • 23 Aug – 31 Aug 2020
  • 3 Sep – 11 Sep 2020

2021

  • 21 Mar – 29 Mar 2021
  • 4 Apr – 12 Apr 2021
  • 20 Jun – 28 Jun 2021
  • 15 Aug – 23 Aug 2021
  • 5 Sep – 13 Sep 2021

2022

  • 20 Mar – 28 Mar 2022
  • 3 Apr – 11 Apr 2022
  • 19 Jun – 27 Jun 2022
  • 7 Aug – 15 Aug 2022
  • 4 Sep – 12 Sep 2022

Duration

9 days, 8 nights


Number of Cycling Days

3 full days, 3 half days


Distance

219 km (+28 km additional option to the tip of Borneo)


Group Size

Minimum 2 adults, for groups of more than 6, please inquire for a special price


Difficulty Level

3/5 Active: paved roads and gravel tracks with some undulations and some easy off-road biking


Included
  • Airport transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Helmets
  • Accommodations, including the night of arrival and pre-departure night
  • Meals
  • Support vehicle and all luggage transfers
  • Rain ponchos
  • Drinks & snacks during rides
  • Other non-riding activities as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees

Not Included
  • Bikes, for the longer tours we offer bike hire as a supplement in case you prefer to bring your own bike
  • Bikes can be rented from us on an availability basis – we provide front-suspension mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 27-speed gearing, dish-brakes, and Shimano components, and all are in good condition 
  • Travel insurance

What to Bring

Essential Items

  • 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 aims 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
  • Bike hire is an additional charge for this tour – for correct bike sizing, please provide personal height measurements during the booking process (for rental bike only)
  • Tell us your food preference, accommodation preference, and any other personal requests
  • Come into our shop when you arrive to meet your tour leader and test out your bike – this is a good time to fix your personal saddle, clips, bike bag, or phone rack
What You'll Do - 9-Day Tour
DAY 1: Arrive at Kuching, Cycle the Heritage Trail (12 km)

Pedal into history on this heritage tour of Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Explore the main bazaar in the picturesque old town, and stop at the square tower at the ‘stone jetty’. In the early days of the Brooke Rajah, this fort and a nearby courthouse were the full extent of the government buildings.

Cross the river in traditional fashion, on a ‘sampan’ ferry deftly steered with oars, to visit Fort Margherita, built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his bride. The fort’s cannons were trained on the river, both a traffic route and a possible source of an enemy attack. After substantial renovations, it is now a museum of Brooke memorabilia.  

Accommodation: Basaga Hotel

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Cycle to Bako National Park (32 km)

We ride out of the city center avoiding the worst of traffic through quieter kampong lanes. Our destination this morning is the fishing village of Kampang Muara Tebas that is surrounded by mangrove swamp, a great place to spot wild birds and collect wild fern. Visit a century-old temple overlooking the spectacular Bako Bay before walking around the villages to observe some local traditional commerce such as the drying of shrimp paste or the harvesting of jellyfish. A delicious seafood lunch awaits at a local fisherman’s stilt house restaurant.

After lunch and a quick rest, we continue on a short ride through mangrove swamps to Kampong Bako jetty where we take a 20-minute boat trip along the coast to Bako National Park peninsular for a full day of trekking and wildlife spotting. Our expert park guide will bring you to the best places to see the wild animal in the wild, including spotting herds of the big nose proboscis monkey jumping from tree to tree. After dinner, we take a night walk on a different trail to catch sight of breathtaking night creatures. Enjoy your first serene and peaceful jungle night in the national park’s cabin accommodation.

Accommodation: Bako National Park

Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 3: Boat to Santubong National Park (3 km)

Two spectacular boat trips today! In the morning, we depart from Bako National Park heading towards Mount Santubong. This is a great opportunity to spot various migratory birds along the coastline. During stormy weather, this coastal boat trip may be replaced with an inland river route but, as compensation, you might have the chance to spot a crocodile instead. After checking in at the jungle beach resort, we cycle to a food center for lunch before heading to Santubong National Park to hike the waterfall trail and enjoy a cooling dip.

In the evening, we take the second boat cruise of the day through the spectacular mangroves tributary to see more exotic birds and animals.

Accommodation:  Permai Rainforest Resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 4: Cycle to Kubah National Park (43 km)

After an early morning breakfast at the beachside restaurant, we get back into the saddle for a day of cycling along the mangrove coast. We reach Kubah National Park for lunch before embarking on the waterfall trail to spot different species of pitcher plants and wild orchids. Take a cooling dip at the waterfall before returning to the park chalet for an early dinner.

In the evening, take a night stroll to the jungle stream to spot colorful Bornean Frogs.    

Accommodation:  Kubah National Park

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 5: 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 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 have an encounter with the orangutans, as well as other endemic Borneo wildlife such as the sun bears, sambar deer, and hornbills. For the more adventurous, we will venture out into the night to experience the darkness of the rainforest and its unique, nocturnal creatures.  

Accommodation: Matang Wildlife Center

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 6: 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 see the sunset from the beach.  

Accommodation: Lundu Union Yes Retreat

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

DAY 7: 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 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 which boasts fresh catches and delicious local produce. Next, we ride to a local waterfall for a picnic lunch. The final bike ride is along another beautiful stretch of isolated, 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 28km to the tip of Borneo on this last riding day.

Accommodation:  Sematan Palm Beach Resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 8: Rest and Transfer to Kuching

Make the most of our last day by the beach. After lunch, we drive back to Kuching to check-in to the hotel before our farewell seafood dinner. An extension of the trip to the tip of Borneo (2 days, 1 night) by boat during the dry season is possible from Sematan.  

Accommodation:  Basaga Hotel/The Marian

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 9: Tour Concludes in Kuching

Today the tour concludes. For those who are not in a hurry to leave, the interior of Borneo awaits. For information on these and other destinations to extend your holiday, please ask our team at the time of booking. Transfer to Kuching Airport for a flight home.   

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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