Overview

Sarawak's Bako National Park and Mulu Caves

This activity trip takes in the highlights of Sarawak’s wildlife and stunning natural landscapes. See the sights of cultural Kuching, see semi-wild orangutans 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 transfer to the World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park to explore some of largest caves on earth and trek through pristine primary rainforest. There is an optional additional climb of Gunung Mulu which is a very adventurous trek that rewards the hiker with beautiful views over the rainforest of Sarawak.

Bako National Park

A birders paradise, this park is on the peninsula slightly north of Kuching and although it is not a big park there is a wealth of wildlife to see and many beautiful trails to discover. Encircled by bays and coves and beaches, there is a huge variety of vegetation at Bako and visitors are almost certain to see wildlife like long tailed macaque monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, wild boar and proboscis monkey. 

Bird species commonly seen include the Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Red-crowned Barbet, Brown Barbet, White-bellied Woodpecker, Black-&-Red Broadbill, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Abbott’s Babbler, White-chested Babbler, Sunda Scops Owl, Oriental Bay Owl and Buffy Fish Owl. 

Mount Mulu National Park

Flying into this park from Kuching, brings the visitor to a special world of waterways and enormous caves which you can visit by boat. Some are show caves, some are adventure caves and they all have their own personality and attractions, including the famous bat exodus every day from the huge Deer Cave. It is a special place to visit, relatively recently discovered and an opportunity to also enjoy kayaking along the quiet rivers which are like green tunnels, and if you are quiet and still, to see and hear the wildlife appear all around you. 

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We can arrange climbs to the rewarding Mount Mulu in Mulu National Park. At 2376m, 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. It is quite a tough treks that Borneo has to offer and adds a four days to your trip. 

 Sarawak Mulu Caves Itinerary

Day  Location
1 Arrive Kuching, sightseeing and local hotel
2 Semenggoh Orangutan sanctuary and river kayaking, back to Kuching.
3 Bako National Park for wildlife viewing and overnight in park. 
4 Bako National Park, and return to Kuching.
5

Fly to Mulu National Park, explore the caves and see the evening bat exodus.

6

Full day exploring Mulu Caves

7 Depart Mulu for flight back to Kuching or Miri

Borneo packing list - Here is a comprehensive look at what kind of kit you need for your jungle adventure. 

BORNEO ADD-ON TRIPS

Before or after your trip there are also a number of optional Add-on trips / activities, or hotels that you may like to take advantage of to extend your holiday, or just to cover accommodation before or after joining us. Some of the options are shortened versions of some of our main Borneo trips, others are adventure or relaxng wind downs in their own right. These can be found on the 'More Information' tab on this trip page and the options include:

  • A 3D2N ascent of Mount Kinabalu.
  • 4D3N trek / climb of Mount Mulu, which is one of Borneo’s toughest - harder and more adventurous than Mt Kinabalu.
  • 3D2N visit to some luxury in the Kawag Nature Lodge in Danum Conservation Area for relaxation and wildlife viewing. 
  • A visit to the tropical islands off the coast of Sandakan including glamping on Turtle Island or Libaran (or a bespoke diving trip to Sipadan Island).
  • 2D2N visit to the Hibiscus Beach Resort, which is a stunning and idyllic boutique beach chalet set in a secluded cove on the Kudat peninsula on the northern tip of Borneo.
  • 3D2N Big Fin Beach resort for snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding or relaxing at this private and secluded beach resort, just off the coast of Kota Belud, near Kota Kinabalu.
  • 3D2N add-on trip to the Danum Valley Conservation Area, staying at the Danum Valley Field Centre, with guided treks through primary rainforest.
  • 4D3N trek into the interior of Sarawak to live with the last nomadic tribe in Borneo, the Penan.
  • 4D3N add-on with visits to the Sepilok Orangutan Centre and the Kinabatangan River for stunning wildlife safaris.
  • 3D2N treat with a night at the prestigious and award-winning Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley Reserve.
  • Additional nights accommodation in Kota Kinabalu or for sightseeing and visiting the islands, staying in the Hotel Sixty 3.

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 so your trip fees are protected.

Bespoke Dates

Bako Park and Mulu Caves Itinerary

Day

 

1

Arrive into Kuching and transfer to the Borneo Tribal Lodge and a free afternoon and evening to explore the lovely cultural sights and Chinese colonial architecture of Sarawak's capital city.

2

An early start to travel to the Semenggoh Orangutan 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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3

After breakfast, drive about 35 minutes to Bako Village and 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.

(B, L, D)

4

After breakfast and a 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 and re-check into the Borneo Tribal Lodge for a free afternoon to explore Kuching's winding streets, visit a museum or take a sunset cruise along the river.

(B, L)

5

Morning flight to Mulu National Park. In the afternoon trek 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.

(B, L, D)

6

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)

7

Check out of Mulu and fly back to Kuching. From here you can extend your holiday to visit another national park or stay in a local resort, or fly to Sabah and explore another part of Borneo.

Sarawak's Mulu Caves Cost £895.00

INCLUDES

  • Accommodation throughout the trip based on sharing twin or double room
  • All meals listed in detailed itinerary (B,L,D)
  • Transport throughout the trip
  • National Park permits & entry fees
  • Park certified guides and trip leader
  • Internal flights to and from Mulu from Kuching

EXCLUDES

  • Dinners in Kuching, additional drinks & snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending Money

 

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.

Choose a scheduled date or contact us to set up private dates or a bespoke itinerary. The minimum deposit is £100.00 and the balance is due six weeks before travel.

Tours from only pp Dates & Bookings
Key Information
  • Days 7 or 11
  • Min People 2
  • Accommodation Guesthouse, homestay, huts