Set under the spectacularly steep 810 peak of Gunung Santubong, the Santubong Peninsula is home to Sarawak'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.
Extremely 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.
Regular tour buses leave from most of the major hotels in Kuching. Fees are RM 12 p.p. oneway, RM 20 for return. Beware that the schedule found on the Visitor"s Information Centre's map may be outdated. The shuttle from Grand Margherita Hotels leaves at 10:15 every two hours until 16:15, back from Damai the departure times are 11:15 to 17:15 every two hours. So the earliest and latest departures according to the map schedule are canceled.
The peninsula is very rural and undeveloped outside of the resorts. Which is a challenge on several fronts: the main attractions out of walking distance and none of them are next to one another. The best way to get around is to take shuttles from your accommodation. Most are Rm 5 per person.
Sarawak Cultural Village. This 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.edit
Rainforest World Music Festival, . Internationally famous festival bringing together musicians from a variety the many tribes of BorneoRM45-250. edit
Damai Beach. Kuching'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. If you go to Damai Beach by shuttle bus, they will drop you at Damai Beach Resort. You can buy a day visitor's pass for a mere RM 3,- and you can use the hotel's facilities, beach and swimming pool. Notice however that the inside restaurant and shop is pretty expensive, so it may be better to bring your own food. edit
Damai Beach Resort, . Large development including chalets and "ethnically designed rooms"edit
Damai Puri Resort, . This 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.edit
The Village House, ☎ +60 82 846 166 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Small 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.Rooms - Rm240, dorms - Rm88. edit