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Tanjung Datu National Park

Spend 3 days in one of Sarawak’s most beautiful locations, Tanjung Datu National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to chill on serene beaches, trek in the jungle, and spot some of Borneo’s unique wildlife.

Tanjung Datu may be the smallest national park in Sarawak, but don’t let the size fool you. This incredible location has it all. It is considered one of the most pristine national parks in Sarawak, with white sandy beaches, clear blue seas and a strong wildlife presence.

Because Tanjung Datu is only accessible by boat or a two hour hike, you’ll have a sense of propriety as you wander through the jungle and relax on the beaches away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of the city. At only 2 hours from Kuching and a short boat ride Tanjung Datu is a great escape to the best things Borneo has to offer.

About the Tour:

Our 3 day 2 night Tanjung Datu National Park experience will submerge you in the wild jungle, surrounded by sounds of wildlife and the lapping of gentle waves on the beach. Due to the remoteness of the park, its beaches are pristine and the sea is ideal for swimming.

You will explore the national park together with your guide, who is an expert at spotting wildlife. The trails run for a few kilometres through the different types of forest and along the coastline. After some hours of hiking through the park, you can relax on the beach and work on your suntan or go for some snorkeling. You might spot some baby sharks or even a sea turtle.

Due to its remoteness, Tanjung Datu’s nature and wildlife can live relatively undisturbed. Gibbons howl in the morning, while flocks of Hornbills fly overhead. There are numerous snakes to be found, including multiple species of pit viper and tree snakes. Monkeys are a common sight, and if you’re lucky you will spot a barking deer, a bearcat or the critically endangered Bornean Banded Langur.

At night, you will follow our expert tour guide on a night walk through the jungle in search of wildlife. After that, you will get the exciting opportunity to follow the rangers as they patrol for nesting turtles.

Tanjung Datu National Park is an experience that you will not want to miss!

About Tanjung Datu National Park:

At roughly 14 square kilometers, Tanjung Datu National Park is Sarawak’s smallest. It is located about two hours drive from Sarawak’s capital of Kuching.

The park is wedged between the South China Sea and the hills that divide Malaysian Borneo and Kalimantan, Indonesia. There are various undisturbed white sandy beaches with clear waters and spots of coral reef. The the park is home to a unique biodiversity, with the dipterocarp forest so close to the beaches. The world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, can also be found in Tanjung Datu.

Various trails connect the headquarters to the different beaches through the green jungle, including Pasir Antu Laut. Choose from nice and easy hikes to trails that will lead you to isolated beaches or through pristine dipterocarp forest. No matter which trail you choose, natural beauty and wildlife abound.

During a few months in the year, green sea turtles will come ashore to lay their eggs. You will be able to follow along as rangers patrol the beach each night to make sure the eggs are preserved and baby turtles will make it to the ocean once they hatch.

The accommodation is basic with the park’s “forest hostel” offering 4 bedrooms, each with two single beds. There are also some forest huts, and camping areas. The accommodation is nestled in between the beach and the forest, offering you the perfect opportunity to be immersed in this unique jungle location.

Wildlife in Tanjung Datu National Park:

Top Peak Travel Borneo’s team have traveled to the park on numerous occasions. Every time we go, we are stunned by the wildlife at Tanjung Datu. Even though Tanjung Datu National Park is remote park, we keep coming back.

When you visit the park, you will have the opportunity to see tons of wildlife. Check out the list below for just some of the wildlife you can see:

Mammals:

  • Bornean Banded Langur (Presbytis Chrysomelas): One of the rarest primates in the world, endemic endemic to Borneo. The IUCN has listed the Banded langur or Sarawak Surili as critically endangered, with a population of approximately 200-500 individuals.
  • Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri): A unique primate also known as Mueller’s gibbon. This grey gibbon’s sounds can be heard in the early morning. The animal is listed as endangered by IUCN.
  • Sambar Deer (Ruso unicolor): An impressive deer that roams the jungles of Borneo. Males can reach up to 1.6 meters in height and weigh up to 260 kilograms.
  • Binturong (Arctictis binturong): A hairy bearcat endemic to Southeast Asia. The animal is not related to bears nor cats, but to the civets. Listed as Vulnerable by IUCN.

Birds:

  • Bornean Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron schleiermacher): A colourful and elusive bird endemic to Borneo. The bird can reach up to 50 centimetres in height and has feathers of blue and green colours. The animal is listed by IUCN as Endangered.
  • Hornbills: Various species of hornbills can be found in the park, including the Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), the Oriental Pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) and the White Crowned hornbill (Berenicornis comatus).
  • Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Alophoixus phaeocephalus): A small bird with a colourful belly. The songbird is commonly spotted throughout Malaysia.
  • White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca): A small bird found in the tropical montane forests of Asia.

Marine Wildlife:

  • Borneo Shark (Carcharhinus borneensis): A species of requiem sharks found in the coastal areas of Borneo. The small grey shark has a slender body and long pointed snout.
  • Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas): A beautiful creature found in the seas around Borneo. They travel for hundreds of kilometres to lay their eggs on the beaches of Tanjung Datu National park. Listed as endangered by the IUCN.
  • Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea): The smallest yet most-abundant of all sea turtles in the world. Can be seen laying its eggs on the beaches of Tanjung Datu. Listed as Vulnerable by IUCN.
  • Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris): These dolphins with rounded beaks are found at the river mouths of Borneo. They can be spotted swimming along the boat towards Tanjung Datu. Listed as Endangered by IUCN.

The above mentioned animals are just a handful of the species found in Tanjung Datu National Park. Besides Mammals, birds and marine wildlife, the park is also crawling with insect, amphibians and reptiles.

Tanjung Datu will be one of the greatest destinations in your itinerary and an experience you will not easily forget.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kuching – Tanjung Datu National Park

  • Pick up from Kuching Hotel.
  • Transfer to the coastal town of Sematan (approximately three hours).
  • Arrive at Sematan and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Hop aboard the boat that lies awaiting along the pier.
  • Depart for Tanjung Datu National Park (approximately one hour).
  • Arrive at the national park and check into your accommodation.
  • Explore the surroundings of the headquarters and visit the turtle hatchery.
  • Relax on the beach until dinner.
  • Dinner is served, followed by a guided night walk into the forest.
  • Trek along the beach in search of nesting turtles.
  • Return to the lodge for overnight.

Day 2 Tanjung Datu National Park

  • Wake up and have breakfast.
  • Go trekking in the jungle along the Pasir Antu Laut trail in search of Gibbons, Banded Langurs, Hornbills and other unique wildlife.
  • Arrive at the beach and have a refreshing dip in the sea.
  • Retrace your steps back to the lodge and keep your eyes open for more widlife.
  • Visit the Turtle Beach and be mesmerized with the unique boulder formations on the beach.
  • Return to the lodge for a late lunch.
  • In the afternoon, relax at the beach or go for another hike in search of wildlife.
  • Have dinner followed by a night walk in search of nocturnal animals.
  • Overnight at the lodge.

Day 3 Tanjung Datu National Park– Kuching

  • Wake up and have breakfast.
  • Enjoy some free time for swimming or a short trek through the jungle.
  • In the late morning, hop aboard the boat back to Sematan.
  • Arrive in Sematan and have lunch.
  • Return to Kuching and arrive in the late afternoon.

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