Sarawak has a coastline that runs 700km along the northwestern side of Borneo. A good place to begin discovering its beauty is Damai Beach, in Santubong. This vacation spot is embraced by the South China Sea and has the majestic jungle-clad Mount Santubong as its backdrop.
Some of the state’s best beach resorts located here are the Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort and Permai Rainforest Resort. A short drive away from this beach is the Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum of various ethnic cultures in the state.
Located about 90km from Kuching are the pristine beaches of Siar, Sematan, Penyok and Bandung, ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Just a 30-minute boat ride away from Damai Beach are the Satang Besar and Satang Kecil islands, sanctuaries for green turtles. Day trips can be made to the Satang Besar Island with the permission of the Talang-Satang National Park office.
Sarawak’s national parks offer a host of adventures for eco-lovers. Tanjung Data National Park, at the western tip of Sarawak, has some of the state’s most beautiful beaches and vibrant coral life. Similajau National Park, in the northeast, features golden sandy beaches that face the South China Sea. In Bako National Park, discover the sandy coastline that is ideal for swimming and sunset watching. Sightings of the long nosed proboscis monkey, a species unique to Borneo will be a memorable experience.
On the northern most corner of Sarawak, the long stretches of beaches in Miri are a popular weekend getaway. The Luak Bay and Hawaii Beach are among the well-known shores in Miri. Miri is dubbed the ‘gateway to adveture’ as it is the take-off point to exciting destinations such as Mulu Caves, Niah Caves, Lambir Hills and Bareo Highlands.
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