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Tanjung Datu National Park

Few visitors make the effort to travel out here, but those who do come away absolutely enchanted.

−Lonely Planet Guide to Malaysia

Tour Details

The point where Borneo begins depends entirely on where you’re coming from, but Tanjung Datu National Park is not only the westernmost tip of Sarawak; it also borders the northernmost point in west Kalimantan, so it’s as good a place as any and better than most. For confirmation, just ask the Crested Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhyncus) who make their first landfall here when they migrate to escape the Siberian winter.
Our tours bring you to a remote and secluded cape where the beaches are free of human footprints but criss-crossed with turtle tracks, the offshore corals are untouched except by frolicking dolphins, and the rainforest trails are virtually untrodden, unless by Bornean bearded pigs. This is rugged, unspoilt Borneo at its very best.

Itinerary - 2 Days 1 Night

Day 1 – Kuching – Sematan – Tanjung Datu (L D): Depart Kuching at 8.30 am and drive to the small fishing port of  Sematan (approx. 2 hours).  A one-hour speedboat ride brings you to Tanjung Datu, Sarawak’s smallest and probably most beautiful national park. If the tide is high, just cross the beach to the Park HQ – if the tide is low, walk about 15 minutes from nearby Telok Upas Bay. Check into the Park Hostel and proceed for lunch overlooking the beach, while you discuss with your guide what you want to do for the rest of the day.  You can simply relax on the deserted beach, snorkel over the pristine coral reefs, visit the turtle hatchery or hike one of the park’s nature trails. We recommend the short Viewpoint Trail or the leisurely 2-hour Pasir Antu Laut Trail, keeping an eye open for Bornean gibbons, banded langurs, silvered langurs, pig-tailed and crab-eating macaques and various hornbill species. After dinner at the Park HQ,  take a guided night walk in search of the nocturnal wildlife (Bornean bearded pigs, sambar deer, mouse deer, barking deer, civet cats, tree frogs, etc) as well as the remarkable night-blooming Putat tree. Finally, take a stroll along the beach to see if any turtles have come ashore to nest. Overnight at the Park Hostel or, if you prefer, the outdoor camping shelter.

Day 2 – Tanjung Datu – Sematan – Kuching (B L): After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and carry on where you left off yesterday. This is a good time to spot gibbons (or at least hear their whooping calls) and check the beach for turtle tracks. You can ask your guide to arrange a nature walk or simply do your own thing. Around midday, board the speedboat for the ride back to Sematan and enjoy a traditional country lunch at a coffee shop in Sematan. You will arrive back at your Kuching Hotel in the late afternoon.

Note: You SHOULD NOT swim barefoot around the coral reefs due to the presence of venomous stonefish and cone shells. The chances of being envenomated are very small, but Tanjung Datu is a long way from the nearest major hospital. Please wear snorkelling shoes or similar. 

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Please quote Product Code ISW-008-21

Itinerary - 3 Days 2 Nights

This itinerary is identical to the 2-day 1-night itinerary described above, plus you get an extra day to enjoy the delightful natural surroundings, with breakfast, lunch and dinner included. There is no fixed programme; your guide is there to assist, guide and advise you whatever you wish to do. If you just want to relax on the deserted beach and finish the huge novel you bought in the airport, that’s fine by us too!

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Please quote Product Code ISW-008-32

What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis unless otherwise indicated. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions and large group rates. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes:

  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers to/from Kuching city hotels.
  • A RM25 surcharge is applicable for transfers to/from Damai hotels
  • English/Malay-speaking tour guide and boatmen.
  • All permits and entry fees.

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Flights/transport to/from departure point (Kuching, Sarawak)
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Alcoholic beverages

Note: Due to rough sea conditions during the rainy season, this tour is only available from April to October (inclusive). Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL


  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

  • Please Bring along: Good trekking shoes, Insect repellent, Sun block, Items of personal use, Swimwear, Snorkelling shoes or similar, Water bottle, Torch light/Flashlight, Camera.
  • There are many colourful bird species in the park – a good pair of binoculars or a lightweight spotting scope are highly recommended.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • The beverage choice is limited in Tanjung Datu. You may need to stock up in Kuching or Sematan. Your guide will advise.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Discover the charms of Sarawak's best-kept secret.

Contact us now to experience the unmatched beauty and isolation of Tanjung Datu.

Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken at Tanjung Datu National Park, and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. All images ©Michael Tsan/Sarawak Forestry.

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