Code: KCH 23
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• Based on seat in coach with a min of 2 adults
• Recommended min age for child is 6 years
Tanjung Datu National Park is a national park located in the state of Sarawak on Borneo in Malaysia. It is situated in the far west of the state and covers an area of 14 square kilometers.
Located at the south-western tip of Sarawak on the Datu Peninsula, Tanjung Datu is one of Sarawak’s less accessible natural parks, but its relative remoteness is one of its main attractions. The beaches really are undisturbed, the corals offshore are untouched and the forest trails are virtually untrodden. This seclusion has helped to preserve a wide range of unusual plant species, including the night-blooming Putat tree (barringtonia asiatica), Umbrella Palms and Strangling Figs, whilst the beaches are fringed with purple-flowered Sea Morning Glory.
Tanjung Datu’s animal life is equally rich and varied. Notable amongst the hundreds of bird species are at least three types of Hornbills. Primates include Bornean Gibbons, Pig-Tailed Macaques, Long-Tailed (or Crab-Eating) Macaques, and Silvered and Banded Langurs (or Leaf Monkeys). Bearded Pigs, Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Bearcats, Civet Cats and various species of squirrel are amongst the land mammals that may occasionally be seen here.
Tanjung Datu’s greatest contribution to reptile conservation is its role as a marine turtle nesting site. Highly endangered Green Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtles regularly lay their eggs on the park’s beaches. Therefore a turtle hatchery has been established – a fenced-off area close to the beach which is protected and monitored by park staff. Eggs from nests vulnerable to predators such as pigs, monitor lizards and snakes are relocated here to reduce the high levels of natural mortality. As well as turtles, the waters offshore from Tanjung Datu are home to dolphins, and unidentified whale species have also been reported.
Day 1 : Kuching – Telok Serabang/Telok Melano – Tanjung Datu National Park (Lunch,Dinner)
0900 hours – Pick-up from hotel in Kuching and proceed by road approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Sematan town. Have lunch at a local restaurant / coffee shop then continue drive to Telok Serabang/Telok Melano Malay village to board boat (15 mins boat ride) to Tanjung Datu National Park.
If the tide is low or sea conditions prevent boat landings at the park HQ, arrive at the small bay of Telok Upas and walk 15 minutes to Park HQ.
Arrive at Tanjung Datu National Park HQ and check in accommodation (Twin Room with fan & shared bathroom). Afternoon, hike with your guide to the Viewpoint trails then visit the turtle hatchery. Free & easy, relax on the beach or go swimming.
Enjoy dinner at the park HQ. After dark go on short night walk and search for wildlife such as wild boar, sambar deer, mouse deer, barking deer, civet cats and other nocturnal creatures. Return to the park HQ then take a stroll along the beach to see if any turtles have come ashore to nest. Overnight at park accommodation.
Note: Please note turtle sightings are not guaranteed. Accommodation at Tanjung Datu National Park is very basic (Twin Room with fan & shared bathroom at Park HQ). Park uses solar energy for electricity.
Day 2 : Tanjung Datu – Telok Serabang/Telok Melano Homestay (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
After breakfast, proceed for a jungle trek along the Pasir Antu Laut trail. Enjoy the forest scenery along the 2.7 km trail and keep a look out for wildlife. Gibbons, banded langurs and hornbills are sometimes spotted on this trail. Midway along the trail you will come to a small stream. Take a short break before continuing through the pristine forest to Antu Laut beach. Have a swim at the beach before returning along the forest trail. Half way along the trail turn left onto a small track that leads to the main turtle beach. Huge boulders are found along the coast here where the rainforest runs right down to the beach. Admire the views before walking back along the beach to the park HQ arriving around 1300-1400 hours. Have a late lunch at the park HQ.
After lunch, return by boat to Telok Serabang/Telok Melano Malay village. Check in homestay.
There you are free to explore the peaceful Telok Serabang/Telok Melano beach to witness the sunset or take a swim at the beach.
Dinner will be served at the village lodge, before taking a short walk to see some fireflies. Overnight at village lodge (very basic accommodation. Shared bathroom).
Day 3 : Telok Serabang/Telok Melano –Sematan – Kuching (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, free & easy, relax on the beach or go swimming. Depart Telok Serabang/Telok Melano Malay village and drive to Sematan town. Have lunch in a local restaurant / coffee shop in Sematan. Return to Kuching arriving late afternoon.
Note: Recommended time to travel will be from Mac to Oct. Nov – Feb is the monsoon season so therefore sea condition may be rough. Some activities are subject to weather conditions and may be re-organized to best meet operational situations.
Things to bring / wear: Light comfortable clothing, towel, swim wear, sandals, sun hat, sun block lotion, insect repellent, raincoat and drinking water.
Note: Extra surcharge applies if pick up or drop off in Damai/Permai resorts.