SantubongSarawak's finest beach resorts and its famous Cultural Village.
Development of the resorts has been largely slow-paced and sensitive, and further curbs on development can be expected since part of the peninsula was declared a national park in 2007, 50 years after it was first suggested.
By shuttle vanMinivans head to Santubong regularly from the market in Kuching, leaving when full.You can also have the place you are staying on the peninsula send one to Kuching for you by arrangement.
PublicExtremely cheap but unreliable public bus service operated by Petra Jaya transport departs from the market in Kuching and heads to Buntal, on the eastern side of the peninsula, and continues on to Santubong if there is sufficient demand.
Tour busRegular tour buses leave from most of the major hotels in Kuching. Fees are around RM10 per person.
Sarawak Cultural VillageThis living museum depicts the heritage of the major racial groups in Sarawak. Here, it is possible to see Sarawak's ethnic diversity at a glance. The handicraft is both bewildering and tempting. You can also try hands-on with making of these handicrafts. The 45-minute cultural performance of songs, dances and entertainment is something you will not want to miss out during your visit to Sarawak. It is also the site of the annual Rainforest World Music Festival. Besides all this, you can also join their traditional dance and music classes.
Rainforest World Music FestivalInternationally famous festival bringing together musicians from a variety the many tribes of Borneo
Damai BeachKuching's nearest public beach. There is a small section of beach which is free to use by the public and has nice sand with hermit crabs who rush about and burrow under the sand when you approach them! The water is very warm but not particularly clear but gently sloping for safe swimming. Beware of rocks at high tide, though. Parasols and kayaks can be hired. Busy at weekends.
Damai Golf & Country Club18 hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer
Climb Gurung SantubongAn extremely demanding ascent of the 810m summit
Sarawak Jungle TrekShort marked circular trail through relatively level jungle terrain
Damai Beach ResortLarge development including chalets and "ethnically designed rooms"
Damai Puri ResortThis resort fronting Damai Beach has 207 beautiful rooms and a Spa Village, which has secluded massage villas, a yoga pavilion, hair spa, and a tea house that serves organic tea. Damai Puri Resort & Spa also has 2 outdoor pools, tennis courts, a 600-cap ballroom, and meeting rooms, and organizes jungle treks and water sports. Wi-Fi Internet is available.
phone: +60 82 846 166Small luxury hostel located in Santubong Village. There is a pool and shuttle service to all major attractions. Breakfast is included in the room fee and the menu (and the chef) for the other meals is exquisite.