Sarawak Islands and Beaches
Sarawak, Land of the Hornbills, is the largest state in Malaysia. Its colourful history under the rule of the White Rejahs, a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions, spectacular natural attractions and fascinating wildlife make the state a riveting land of adventures.
Sarawak has a coastline that runs 700 km along the northwestern side of Borneo. A good place to begin discovering its beauty is Damai Beach, in Santubong. This vacation spot is embraced by the South China Sea and has the majestic jungle-clad Mount Santubong as its backdrop.
Some of the statâ€™s best beach resorts located here includes the *Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort (changed name recently as pointed out by Irene). A short drive away from this beach is the Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum of the various ethnic cultures in the state.
Located about 90 km from Kuching are the pristine beaches of Siar, Semantan, Penyok and Bandung, ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Just a 30 minute boat ride away from the Damai Beach is the Satang Besar and Satang Kecil islands, sanctuaries for green turtles. Day trips can be made to Satang Besar Island with the permission of the Talang-Satang National Park office.
Sarawakâ€™s national parks offer a host of adventures for eco-lovers. Tanjung Datu National Park, at the western tip of Sarawak, has some of the stateâ€™s most beautiful beaches and vibrant coral life. Similajau National Park, in the northeast, features golden sandy beaches that face the South China Sea. In Bako National Park, discover a sandy coastline that is ideal fro swimming and sunset watching. Sightings of the long nosed proboscis monkey, a species unique to Borneo will be a memorable experience.
On the northernmost corner of Sarawak, the long stretches of beaches in Miri are a popular weekend getaway. The Luak Bay and Hawaii Beach are among the well-known shores in Miri. Miri is dubbed the â€œgateway to adventureâ€ as it is the take-off point to exciting destinations such as Mulu Caves, Niah Caves, Lambir Hills and Borneo Highlands.
Malaysia Airlines and budget carrier Air Asia operate direct and connecting flights to Kuching, Miri, Bintulu and Sibu.
Malaysia Islands and Beaches