4 Days 3 Nights Borneo Coastal & Island Ride Tour ~ Sarawak Borneo


Trip Description

Sarawak is where adventure lives. Join us for the trip of a lifetime, into Malaysia’s largest state, all 48,000 square miles of it. Borneo’s tropical rainforests and climate provides the ideal conditions for a wide variety of species to thrive, including home to some wonderful and highly endangered animals, such as hornbills (Sarawak is called “land of the hornbill”) and primates such as the iconic orangutans.

Borneo Sarawak has an extensive protected area network which includes 44 national parks and 4 wildlife sanctuaries that plays a key role in protecting the natural environment and it’s remarkable biodiversity. Three of the National Park along the coastal region that we will be exploring are:-

Talang-Satang National Park is Sarawak’s first marine national park with the primary aim of conserving Sarawak’s marine turtle population. The park’s four “Turtle Islands” are responsible for 95% of all the turtle landings in Sarawak.

Potential Sightings – Sea Turtle, Lobsters and Migratory Birds

Matang Wildlife Center is a large enclosed area of rainforest is home to many endangered wildlife. The main attraction is the orang utan adoption program, where young orangutans, who were either orphaned or rescued from captivity, are taught how to survive in the wild.

Potential Sightings – Orangutans, Sun Bears, Sambar Deers and Hornbills, Bornean Frogs, Bornean Tarsiers.

Gunung Gading National Park has a very special star attraction – the Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower. Gunung Gading sprawls across four jungle-clad mountain peaks, and its dense primary rainforest is criss-crossed by crystal clear streams and waterfalls.

Potential Sightings – Rafflesia Flower, Hornbills, Pitcher Plants

Sarawak is where adventure lives, join us for the trip of a lifetime. The four days bike safari is an amazing experience to explore the wildlife of Borneo — as well as to indulge in the Sun, Sea and Sand of Borneo.

Biking Difficulty

3/5 (Active)

Paved roads and gravel tracks with some undulations.

Some easy off-road biking.

Destination

Borneo ~ Sarawak ~ Kuching ~ 6 National Parks


Minimum no. of Persons

Min 2 person

Tour Commences
Kuching

Hotel pick up - within Kuching City

Tour Code
PBBM4b

Tour Starts At
8.00am

Duration
4 Days 3 Nights

Bike Hire

Inclusive

Cycling Distance
129 kilometers

No. of Cycling Days

2 full days, 1 half day

Facility & Activity

English speaking guide, bikes and backup support, accommodations and meals, support vehicle, helmet, rain ponchos, drinks & snacks, other non-riding activities as per itinerary and entrance fees.

4 Days 3 Nights Borneo Coastal & Island RideTour ~ Valid Till 31st December 2017 (Rates based on per person per package)

Cycling Activities in Sarawak Rates per person (RM)

4 Days 3 Nights Borneo Coastal & Island RideTour PBBM4b

RM3,797
Includes:
  • English speaking guide, bikes and backup support, accommodations and meals, support vehicle, helmet, rain ponchos, drinks & snacks, other non-riding activities as per itinerary and entrance fees.


Single Supplement

RM 488 / Rider

Minimum Age of participant:

12years

When bookings are made the following information needs to be confirmed :

-Name and Nationality of participant -Height of participant -Email address of primary contact - Mobile number of primary contact - Dietary requirements (if any) -Medical conditions (if any)

Scheduled Departure

23 Mar – 26 Mar 6 Apr – 9 Apr

22 Jun – 25 Jun 20 July – 23 July

10 Aug – 13 Aug 7 Sept – 10 Sept

Itinerary

DAY 1 Transfer, Boat to Satang Island and Cycle to Matang Wildlife Center (29 km)

A splendid day of wildlife spotting, both on land and in the sea. After a car transfer from your city hotel, we cycle to a seaside fishing kampong and take a boat trip to Satang Island for a chance to spot sea turtles as well as enjoying swimming and snorkeling activities. Returning onshore, we continue our cycling to reach Matang Wildlife Center, a home for injured orangutans, and stay overnight in seclusive jungle cabin to enjoy the unique sounds of Mother Nature at night.

Matang Wildlife Center Meals: LD

We ride into a sleepy fishing kampong facing the South China Sea and start our boat ride to Talang-Satang National Park. Visit the turtle hatchery on Satang Island to get an idea of conservation work being done to help the highly endangered sea creatures such as Green Turtles. Spend time on the island’s white sandy beach or go snorkeling. After a pack lunch on the beach, we arrive back on the mainland and continue our cycling journey to reach Matang Wildlife Center for an encounter with the orangutans as well as other endemic Borneo wildlife such as the Sun Bears, Sambar Deer and Hornbills. For the adventurous, we will venture out into the night jungle to experience the darkness of the rainforest and explore its unique creatures at night.

DAY 2 Cycle to Gunung Gading National Park (64 km)

We pedal hard today on a cross-country coastal ride towards the western tip of Borneo. At Lundu, we stop by Gunung Gading National Park to try our luck to spot the blooming of Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world. The afternoon is free and easy to enjoy the resort’s swimming pool.

Lundu Union Yes Retreat Meals: BLD

We follow the long coastline of West Sarawak dotted with isolated beaches and peat swamp forest. There are great chances to spot a large variety of wetland and coastal birds including many migratory birds temporarily residing in Borneo. Along the way, ride your bicycle up a unique car ferry to cross the Sampadi River. The long flat ride ends with a series of fishing kampongs before we reach the coastal town of Lundu for lunch. After lunch, we venture into Gunung Gading National Park for a chance to see any blooming Rafflesia before ending our ride at a lovely seaside resort for a well deserve cooling off by the pool, and enjoy sunset by the beach.

DAY 3 Cycle to Sematan (36 km)

We cycle along beaches lined with coconut trees leading to the beautiful seaside town of Sematan. Cycle past deserted beaches and paddy fields to reach our last seaside resort.

Sematan Palm Beach Resort Meals: BLD

After breakfast by the pool, saddle up for our final day of great riding. We follow the coastline and ride on mixture of dirt trail and village road towards the picturesque Sematan town. At Sematan, visit the local fish market with fresh catches from the sea before riding to a local waterfall for a picnic lunch. The final bike ride is along another beautiful stretch of isolated white sand beach, and during low tide, you can even ride your bike all the way to reach the seaside resort. Enjoy the cool sea breeze sunset dinner.

DAY 4 Rest and Transfer to Kuching

Make the most of our last day by the beach. After lunch, we drive back to Kuching transfer you back to your city hotel.

Meals: BL

(Extension of the trip to the Tip of Borneo (2D1 N) by boat during the Dry Season is possible from Semantan).

Please note that the above itinerary is subjected to change due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we will always do our best to adhere to this original itinerary.

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What You Should Expect

Our Team: Your local English-speaking tour leader takes great pride in his or her heritage (as well as their own personal story) and are well informed in Borneo’s history, culture and natural wonders of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Along with further support from his or her assistant and / or driver, the tour leader’s aim is to deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience by ensuring- that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries at all.

Bikes and Backup Support: On short tours (those under 3 days) we include bike hire in the tour price, while on longer tours, we offer bike hire as a supplement in case you prefer to bring your own bike. Bikes can be rented from us on an availability basis (please check the factsheet for the hire cost). We provide good condition front suspension mountain bike with lightweight alloy frames, 27-speed gearing, dish-brakes and Shimano components. Helmets are included. Our tour leader carry spares and tools for basic repair.

Support Vehicle: Our bike tours are fully supported by an air-conditioned vehicles, so should you want put your feet up, there will be a seat for you and a place to put your bike. The support vehicle also carries your luggage as well as keep you topped up with water, tropical fruit and snacks.

Safety Measures: Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures. Your tour leader will conduct a group cycling safety meeting on day one, as well as a trip briefing at the beginning of each day on what to expect during the day’s ride. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree, you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. For non-biking activities such as kayaking, safety measure such as life-jackets are compulsory and a separate safety briefing will be given before the start of each activity.

Food & Drinks: Meals and snacks are included as per the itinerary. We take good care in our planning so it includes the best of Sarawak cuisine, including delicacies from mixture of Dayak, Malay and Chinese cuisine that uses local fresh ingredients from the tropics. Some can be hot and spicy. We eat dinner together Malaysia style by sharing delicious dishes. Alcoholic drinks are available at your own expense, but it might not be served in some Muslim halal restaurants where we will eat.

Accommodation: We have carefully chosen accommodation that is the best available for the location and have friendly local hosts. We strive to offer a good mix of accommodation that is clean, comfortable and representative of the local culture so you have a comfortable night after a hard day in the saddle. The type of lodging can vary depending on location and what is available: local tribal homestay, jungle lodge, national park cabin, historical shophouse and seaside resort. Rooms are based on twin sharing basis with double beds and if you are a single traveler, you might be paired with traveler of the same sex unless you book a single supplement.

Fitness and Cycling Conditions: The tour statistics of cycling days, cycling distances and cycling grades for each tour are listed in the fact sheet. All our trips require basic fitness, preferably acquired through riding your bike. The fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy the riding. However, all of our current bike tours in Sarawak are less strenuous in nature with the average cycling distance of 30-40 km per day and the longest cycling not more than 70km. Most cycling terrains are mainly on continuous paved roads (and limited gravel tracks) with some undulations. It is mostly feasible for the journey to be completed by people of moderate cycling ability.

Your Pre- and Post- Tour Information

Weather: Borneo being on the equator is generally hot (average daily temperatures are around 30 Celsius) and humid, especially during the noon period. Therefore, as much as possible, we like to start our day early and finds points of interest to rest at during the hottest part of the day. Short busts of rain are fairly common during the mid to late afternoon but we provide waterproof ponchos for continuous riding which can be fun.

What to Bring: Once you have booked your tour, we will send you a pre-tour information pack that will have all the information you need to prepare for the tour, such as the packing list and joining instruction etc.

Start & Finish Point: For longer tours of over 3 days, your tour start and finish point is at the Kuching airport and we will transfer you to and from our pre-arranged hotels. For shorter tour, the tour start and finish point is the accommodation of your own arrangement within Kuching city where we will arrange for your pick up on the day the tour starts. Upon your booking, you will need to give us your flight arrival details so that airport transfer can be arranged (for longer tours) or your hotel detail (for shorter tours).

Singles: Sole travelers are always welcome and those who would like their own room have the option of paying -a single supplement. Otherwise, we will arrange for a shared room with another solo traveler (of the same sex) at no extra cost. If there is no roommate available, we will cover the additional cost of a single room.

Money: The official currency is the Malaysian ringgit (RM). Foreign currencies are not generally accepted and currency exchange is only available in Kuching’s major banks as well as larger hotels. Credit cards can be used only in larger hotels and shops. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns, but you’ll need cash in villages to pay for some extra meals, drinks, activities and, of course, shopping. We recommend that you bring an equivalent of US$ 250/- (i n Malaysian ringgit) for incidentals.

Indemnity Form:

Each participant is required to sign an indemnity form before the tour commences.

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

Payment

i. Confirmation more than 60 calendar days before the tour: Full payment must be received at least 60 days before the tour start date;

ii. Confirmation from 60 to 29 calendar days before the tour: Full payment must be received within one week of when the tour is confirmed;

iii. If the tour is confirmed within 28 days before the tour date: Full payment must be received within 3 business days of when the tour is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us in writing either by post or by email.

Days prior to trip start / Cancellation fee per person:

 < 24 hours or No show: No refund 100% of tour price

 1-3 days: 50% of the net rate

 4-7 days: 25% of the net rate

 > 7 days: Full refund

Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies or civil unrest. There is also no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Single person supplements, bike rental and additional services are considered part of the trip price and are subject to cancellation fees. Tour Operator is not responsible for expenses incurred by the Customers in connection with or in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets. Customers who fail to provide a signed "Waiver and Release of Liability" will not be allowed to join the trip and the cancellation policy applies.

Cancellation or Alteration by the Tour Operator

Tour Operator reserve the right to alter itineraries or to cancel tours at short or no notice when it is necessary or advisable. The Tour Operator reserves the right to make route and hotel modifications as needed at it’s discretion. If the Tour Operator cancel a tour, the Customers willbe offered at least one of the following options, the choice of which will be at Customers discretion:

1) To join the requested tour at an alternative time or at an alternative date;

2) To join an alternative tour to commence within 13 months of the date the first tour was due to commence. The Customers will need to cover any price difference.

3) To receive a full refund from Tour operator, ie. all payments received to date will be 100% refunded.

Other Circumstances of Cancellation

Tour Operator reserves a right to terminate a Customers's trip immediately due to his inappropriate conduct or behaviour, dress or appearance. This may include occasions where the Customer is drunk, in possession of, or taking or dealing in narcotics, or uses threatening,abusive, insulting or violent behaviour to any of our staff or third parties or other Customers or any behaviour detrimental to the enjoyment of the majority of the group.

Tour Operator strongly advise that Customers have full personal travel insurance that covers for the refund of monies paid in case either party cancels the tour for any reason.

For damages where Tour Operator is responsible, it’s liability is strictly limited to twice the total price of the tour.

Force Majeure

If, before the start of the tour, Acts of God, political incident, Force Majeure or heavy weather covering the tour route should render cycling inadvisable or dangerous to the life or health of the cyclists or cause damage to the bikes, with or without consultation, Tour Operator shall have the right to delay, alter or postpone the tour. Likewise, in the course of the execution of the tour, should heavy weather or Force Majeure events occur to make it inadvisable for cyclists to cycle, the Tour Leader shall have the right to delay, alter or postpone cycling until the conditions permit the parties to make adjustments to the itinerary including cancellation of routes through certain areas. Tour Operator shall not be liable for any failure or delay in performance of its obligations which results directly or indirectly from any cause or circumstance which is beyond its reasonable control. The following shall be regarded as examples of such circumstances: act of God, outbreak of hostilities, outbreak of infectious or contagious disease, riot, civil disturbance, acts of terrorism, revolution, the act of any government or authority (including but not limited to refusal or revocation of any licence or consent), fire, flood, lightning, explosion, fog, landslide, subsidence or bad weather, interruption or failure of a utility service (including but not limited to electricity, gas, water or telecommunications), renovations undertaken by the hotel, strikes, lockouts or boycotts, embargo, blockade in the country visited or elsewhere.

Others

Documentation

Customers must be in possession of a valid passport and all the visas and permits required for the tour. This includes any medical certificates that are required. The Customers accepts full responsibility for obtaining any and all such documentation. bout their immigration / transit policies.Tour Operator does not accept responsibility if Customers documentation is not in order.

Information provided by the Tour Operator about these matters and other related items (clothing, baggage, climate etc.) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.

Travel Insurance

Tour Operator has its own insurance policy but with limited coverage. Tour Operator strongly advise that the Customers arrange their own policy to suit their own requirements that include adequate cover for personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, injury, illness, death, Customers property and repatriation of the Customers and any Customers property. Insurance should also provide cover for cancellation or curtailment of the holiday and any consequential loss any liability to third parties. Customers should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for any dangerous or unusual activities that might be included in their tour.

A copy of the travel insurance should be given to Tour Operator prior to departure of the tour. The Customers can either mail, fax or email it to the Tour Operator or give it to the Tour Leader before the tour,.

Tour Authority

Upon signing up for a tour Customers must agree to accept the authority of the tour leader who is the representative of the Tour Operator. At all times the authority of the tour leader will be final when concerning matters likely to endanger Customers own health or safety or in regard to behavior or ill health that is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or disturbance to the group and the well-being of the tour. Failure to abide by the authority of the tour leader could result in the immediate termination of Customers participation in the tour. In such circumstances

Tour Operator reserve the right to terminate all travel arrangements without liability on the part of the company. Customers must always comply with the local law, customs and drug regulations of Malaysia. Failure to do so may lead to Customers being ordered to leave the tour without recourse to any refund or any legal claim against the company.

Flights or Delays

Tour Operator will not accept any liability for any delay in Customers outward or inward flight/s, whether the cancellation or delay is caused by the weather, airline rescheduling, industrial action or mechanical failure. Tour Operator will give no refunds or compensation for lost time and services from the itinerary.

Complaints

Should Customers have a complaint while on tour, he or she must notify the tour leader, or the Tour Operator, at the earliest opportunity, so that they can do what they can to immediately rectify it. Failure to do so will result in the limiting of a Customer's ability to claim compensation. If the problem is not brought to Tour Operator attention, the company will have no opportunity to rectify it. Any complaints should be sent to Tour Operator in writing, or by email, not more than 28 days after the tour ends.

Limited Liability

Unless where caused by an intentional or negligent act on Tour Operator part, Tour Operator is not liable for illness or bodily injury or property damage as a result of (but not limited to): insect bites, food poisoning or animal attack or criminal attack, physical exertion for which a guest is not prepared; forces of nature; travel by plane, train, auto, boat or other conveyance, or by bicycle, kayak, foot or other form of active or adventure travel; consumption of alcoholic beverages or narcotics; civil unrest; terrorism; breakdown of equipment; high altitude; lack of or limited access to medical attention in remote locations; and the adequacy of medical attention obtained or provided.

Tour Operator is also not liable for: expenses (e.g., meals, transportation or hotel costs) that are not specified as included in the trip cost but may be required to get to or from a trip start or end.

Tour Operator reserves the right in its discretion to make route and hotel modifications as necessary to improve the trip quality or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.

Customers will be asked to sign Tour Operator’s Waiver and Release of Liability form before the start each tour. The person who signs the booking form (which incorporates these conditions) warrants that he / she does so, with full authority on behalf of all those whose names appear thereon, and confirms thereby that all such persons accept and are fully aware of these conditions.

Climate, Health, Pregnancy

Customers should be prepared for climates in Malaysia, and should pack accordingly. Customers may suffer from insect bites and stomach upsets and diarrhea and should carry medicine to deal with these routine matters. Customers should obtain all necessary inoculations prior to departure and should consult a hospital or doctor for advice on what inoculations you should have. Customers are asked to advise us specifically if they have any handicap, disability, disease, allergies or health problems or dietary requirements. Tour Operator expect Customers to disclose these frankly, so that Tour Operator can consider whether any additional arrangements ought to be made in Customer’s own interests, or whether Tour Operator can agree to accept Customers for the trip.

Tour Operator do not accept any females Customers who are more than three months pregnant.

Youth on Tours

Youths from age 14 on up are welcome on standard bike tours. Children under the age of 14 will be considered on a case by case basis. If a family with younger children wishes to join a date, Tour Operator will contact guests already registered on that date and with their OK, will accept the family's booking. Youths must share a room with a family member or have a private room

(single supplement applies).

Customers grant Tour Operator express permission to take photographs or make film records of its trips for promotional and commercial use, as well as approve such use by third parties with whom Tour Operator may engage in joint marketing, without financial remuneration. Any intellectual property rights in such photos or films shall belong to Tour Operator.

Privacy Policy

Tour Operator respects Customer's right to privacy. The personal information gathered from Tour Operator website and from any printed applications or questionnaires is used solely by Tour Operator for the registration and operation of the tours. Some personal information, such as addresses, maybe exchanged with banking institutions while processing payment. Email address will not be shared with anyone.

Governing Law

This Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Malaysian Law