Overview

Sarawak's Mulu Caves

This activity packed trip takes in the highlights of Sarawak’s wildlife and stunning natural landscapes. See the sights of cultural Kuching, see semi-wild Orang Utans in the Semenggoh Rehabilitation centre and set off kayaking through a craggy jungle ravine before staying overnight in the wildlife hotspot of Bako National Park. From here, you’ll visit the World Heritage Site, Mulu National Park, to explore some of largest caves on earth and trek through pristine primary rainforests.

Sarawak- Off The Beaten Track Additions

If this isn't enough, we have two optional four day adventures for the more active traveller looking to delve deep into Borneo's interior.

5 Day Penan Tribe Adventure

From Mulu National Park we can arrange 5 day treks to the remote Penan Tribe in the Upper Baram region in Sarawak. You will have the chance to experience life with one the last nomadic tribes in the world, while trekking to hidden waterfalls and learning traditional jungle survival skills.

4 Day Mount Mulu Summit

Alternatively, we arrange climbs to the little known yet rewarding Mount Mulu in Mulu National Park. At 2,376m, this climb will be a great introduction to trekking and climbing in Borneo and is especially memorable for the virgin rainforest views, prolific orchid and pitcher plant diversity, and spectacular summit views. This is a near 50 km round trip and is one of the toughest treks that Borneo has to offer.

 

Itinerary

Sarawak Mulu Caves Itinerary

Day  Location
1 Arrive Kuching
2 Orang Utan Centre and River Kayaking
3 Bako National Park
4 Fly to the remote Mulu National Park
Full dau exploring Mulu Caves
6 Trip End. Or join one of our 4/5 day Sarawak Extensions
6-11 Penan Tribe Trekking Adventure
   
6-10 Mulu Summit
   

Sarawak Mulu Caves Detailed Itinerary

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Arrive into Kuching and transfer to the Borneo Tribal Lodge for your first group meeting with your tour leader. You will have a free afternoon and evening to explore the lovely cultural sights and Chinese colonial architecture of Sarawak's capital city.

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An early start to travel to the Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre  to see these semi-wild rescue animals on their feeding platform at 9am. From here you will travel to the Semadang River to embark on an afternoon of kayaking through craggy ravines covered in dense rainforest before returning to Kuching.

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After breakfast, meet your pickup from your hotel and drive about 35 minutes to Bako Village. From the village, you will take a 25-minute boat ride (depending on the tide) to the park situated on a peninsula. Bako is one of the best places in Sarawak to see wildlife in a natural setting. The various types of animals that are commonly spotted at Bako include the proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques, wild boars, monitor lizards and numerous species of birds. Forest types range from mangrove to kerangas (heath forest), tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation. There are several trails to follow inside the park depending on level of fitness and interest. The park’s coastline is dotted with small bays, coves and beaches.

You will stay overnight in the National Park so take advantage of the best wildlife spotting opportunities at dusk and sunrise.

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Following breakfast, depart for a final hike on one of the trails spotting rare migratory birds and searching for the rare and elusive proboscis monkey, a primate only found in Borneo. Return to Kuching after lunch. Please note schedule may depend on tide.

On arrival in Kuching you will re-check into the Borneo Tribal Lodge for a free afternoon to explore Kuching's little winding streets, visit a museum or take a sunset cruise along the river.

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After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take your morning flight to Mulu National Park.

 This afternoon, you will treks to the entrance of Deer Cave on a 3km plank walkway. Deer Cave has the world's largest cave entrance and is the largest single cave passage in the world - about 120 - 150 m in diameter, or it can fit St. Paul's Cathedral under its massive archway. The cave has a moon-like landscape and from one vantage point, a perfect profile of President Lincoln can be observed. Most evenings at sundown, a spectacular exodus of about 2 million of bats can be observed as they leave the cave in search of food.

Next to Deer Cave is Lang’s Cave. The stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave are representative of the very best limestone formations in the park. Here you’ll wait for the dusk bats exodus. Trek back to the Park HQ at dusk, freshen up and then head to dinner and overnight.

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A full day exploring Mulu's many waterways and hidden caves. 

Clearwater is Asia’s longest cave at 107km and has its own subterranean river. Wind Cave, which is part of the Clearwater system, is so called due to the cool breeze that is often felt in the narrow parts of the cave. It has many impressive stalactites and stalagmites, flowrocks and rock corals.

Enjoy a picnic lunch and swimming at Clearwater Springs before heading back by longboat to the HQ.

(B, L, D)

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 After breakfast, you will check out of Mulu and the trip finishes.

From here, you can fly back to Kuching, fly to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, or join one of our four day Sarawak extensions to the remote Penan Tribe, or the summit of Mount Mulu!

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

Cost

Sarawak's Mulu Caves Cost £645

 

INCLUDES

  • Accommodation throughout the trip
  • All meals listed in detailed itinerary (B,L,D)
  • 4x4 or coach transport throughout the trip
  • National Park permits & entry fees
  • Park certified guides and trip leader
  • Local staff costs in Borneo
  • UK administration and organisation of your trip

EXCLUDES

  • International flights to Kuching, and onward from Mulu
  • Dinners in Kuching 
  • Additional drinks & snacks
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Visa - please check regulations here.

Payments

We make payments as flexible as possible and give you control over what you pay and when you pay it. A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. Therefore you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality service, visit unique destinations and have an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practise of skimming budgets would result in local staff getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider.

LOCAL PROVIDERS

Our local provider is Adventure Alternative Borneo. Adventure Alternative Borneo complies with UK tourism standards.

Where we do use providers such as hostel and guesthouse owners and homestays these are people our Adventure Alternative Borneo staff have known for years, and spent time with to build up the trust between both parties.

Why Us

Why Choose Adventure Alternative?

  • We have our own company, offices and very experienced western and local staff based in Borneo so we never outsource to other companies. They have years of experience living, working and travelling in Borneo, exploring its attractions, managing logistics in-country and looking after visitors. 

  • Our staff spend time researching new locations and activities to ensure that you will visit the most exciting and adventurous destinations, far from any hordes of other travellers. Our trips are unique and often we are the only company visiting some of our more remote wildlife and trekking areas.
  • Adventure Alternative have responsible and fair methods of working and employment embedded within the company ethos. This extends throughout all aspects of the operation and is not a gimmicky add-on marketing tool.
  • Adventure Alternative are fully bonded through ABTOT so that your trip fees are protected.

  • Ventures provided by Adventure Alternative are independently assessed to conform to British Standard 8848, Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom.

  • We are members of Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.

Adventure Alternative financially supports a tree-planting and re-forestation project in Sarawak through it's clientele and asking people who go to Borneo to raise some money for this Moving Mountains programme. The programme currently provides £8000.00 per year to employ members of the indiginous Penan tribe to collect seeds, nurture seedlings and plant and look after saplings in their native area of Sarawak. (Please see Moving Mountains in Borneo for more information). We currently fund the planting of about 15,000 saplings per year in logged areas.



 

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Key Information
  • Days 7 or 11
  • Min People 2
  • Accommodation Guesthouse, homestay, or climbing huts
  • Activities Trekking, Caves, Kayaking, Wildlife
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