Cruise into the wild heart of Borneo in comfort

One of the last truly wild places on earth, Borneo offers travellers lush forests filled with endemic flora and fauna, untouched coastlines and labyrinthian caves. This 10-day cruise will reveal the cultural and natural treasures of rugged Borneo, skipping between the Malaysian and Bruneian sections of the island on the comfort of the M/S Panaroma II. Spot birds, butterflies and beasts in four different national parks, discover human history in the Niah Caves and taste local delicacies prepared with fresh seafood and produce along the way.


Start
Kuching, Malaysia
Finish
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Destinations
Brunei, Malaysia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
TTBC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • Look for strange and vulnerable wildlife in the thickets of evergreen forests, from swollen-nosed proboscis monkeys to exploding ants and wild boar.

  • See two different sides of Bandar Sei Begawan in Brunei with a visit to the opulent Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque followed by tea with a local in a sleepy water village.

  • Learn how to craft Sarawak classic umai (marinated raw fish and shallots) and the best way to cook sago worms during a demonstration from a local cook.

  • Choose to see the virgin rainforest of Ulu Tempurung National Park from the perspective of the birds during a canopy walk.

  • Wash off the humidity by soaking in both the crystal-clear waters of the ocean and the mineral-rich volcanic mud pools of Pulau Tiga.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • •Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

  • Brunei is a conservative Muslim nation and modest dress is required to be respectful of cultural and religious considerations especially when visiting mosques and royal buildings. Sitting on the equator, it is also very humid so wearing lightweight tops that cover your shoulders (for men and women) and trousers over the knee is the most appropriate.

Boats

Panorama II Adventure Cruising

Panorama II

For all our cruises in Asia and select departures in Greece, your home at sea is the M/S Panorama II.

Itinerary

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Kuching means 'cat' in Malay and the city lives up to its animal namesake – dreamy, sophisticated and just a little bit wild. Meet your fellow travellers and leaders at a central hotel at 2.30 pm and transfer to the port where you will board your vessel, settle in and attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing. With the formalities out of the way, sit down to dinner with your fellow travellers on board and get to know each other. This evening is spent at port.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It is very important that you are at the meeting point on time as we will be collecting insurance details and at this time. Once on board the vessel you will be taken through a safety briefing. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or an Intrepid representative know.

An airport transfer is included if you are arriving today, or if you are arriving earlier and have booked pre-voyage accommodation with Intrepid.
Drive to the Sarawak Cultural Village this morning for a performance
featuring music and dance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Return to Kuching for some free time and the chance for you to explore Kuching. The city is a food capital overflowing withoptions. Perhaps seek out a plate of uwai, a regional dish made up ofraw fish marinated in lime juice and served with shallots. There will be the option to take a sunset cruise along the Sarawak river to enjoy the city skyline.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
A short sail will take us to Pulau Lakei, one of the few swimming beaches in the state of Sarawak. Long popular with deep sea anglers, the island is synonymous with Haji Ibrahim, a hermit who lived here 3 centuries ago. We will have time to swim, and perhaps hike to one of the island's viewpoints for a spectacular view of the South China Sea.
We return to the Panorama II for lunch and a leisurely afternoon of sailing nort towards our next stop, Mukah.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Waking up in Mukah, we will disembark to take a tour of a local village and learn how to make Umai, a local delicacy made from marinated raw fish, shallots, lime juice and chilies. We will have lunch at a local guesthouse before returning to the Panorama II for our overnight sailing to Miri.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we take a drive of about an hour to Lambir Hills National Park. The forest ecosystem in this park is home to the greatest plant biodiversity on the planet as well as 237 different species of bird, flying squirrels, wild pigs, gibbons and other monkeys. We'll explore one of the trails taking a short hike to a waterfall where there is the opportunity for a refreshing swim.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant and we will stop at Canada Hill for panoramic views of the coastline. Return to Miri and enjoy a free evening to
explore the city or relax on board. The city offers a diverse range of
food options for dinner, from chicken and rice to local variations of
laksa.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei and enjoy a half-day city
tour. Visit the Royal Regalia Museum, which is dedicated to the
current Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. You’ll also visit the
opulent Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. With its gold domes and
palatial feel, it is widely considered one of the most arresting
mosques in Asia. After sightseeing among the splendour of the city,
cruise to a more low-key destination – a water village where you will
enjoy tea in a local home. Return to the Panorama II for lunch and
enjoy an afternoon at your leisure on board or in the city. In the late
afternoon, venture on an optional excursion to the Gadong Night Market to try some local dishes. Alternatively, seek out your own foody delights.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend the day in the lush environs of Ulu Tempurung National Park,
a virgin rainforest of the most spectacular order. Take a boat trip
through the tributaries that snake through the forest, keeping an
eye out for colourful butterflies, gibbons and more. You can choose
how to spend the rest of your time in the park. Active types may
want to try a canopy walk. Just keep in mind that in order to access
the bridges in the canopy you will need to climb up more than 700
steps. Those who brave the heights will be granted views of
untouched rainforest as far as the eye can see. Vertigo sufferers (or
those who prefer to relax) may wish to unwind at the Ulu Ulu Resort
or take a short hike to a mini waterfall. This evening enjoy a Captain’
s dinner in Bandar and then sail overnight to Pulau Tiga.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Cruise into Pulau Tiga National Park this morning and start your day
with swimming and snorkelling in clear waters. You’re sure to spot
different varieties of tropical fish darting among colourful coral.
Next, rejuvenate with a wallow in a volcanic mud pool which is said
to help skin conditions. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on the deck of the
Panorama II, soaking up views of the incredible coast. Spend the
afternoon and evening at your leisure. You can either continue to
explore, relax on the beach or enjoy a drink on the deck with
unrivalled views of paradise. Set sail for Kota Kinabalu late in the
evening.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a final breakfast on board, then bid farewell to your crew before being transferred to a central hotel in Kota Kinabalu where your tour will end on arrival. This modern metropolis has rebounded from multiple bombings during WWII and boasts several interesting museums to explore, markets to browse and beaches to relax on. If you plan to spend more time in Kota Kinabalu, you can speak to your Peregrine representative about booking further accommodation.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, Bus, local boat

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 8 nights

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a Twin room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.
Please note, it is not possible to share with a stranger in any double cabin category (as bedding in these cabins is one double bed).

PORT FEES AND GRATUITIES
All Port and National Park fees are included in the cost of your voyage. Gratuities for the ships' crew and any local guides or drivers are also included. A tip for your tour leaders is not included and is at your discretion.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
This trip is run by our sister company, Peregrine Adventures. Your group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from Peregrine.

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