Kuching to Labuan: The Spice Route Adventure
22 June - 4 July 2014
On this cruise you will explore the entire coastline of Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state. Along the way, you will discover its coastal towns, laze on beaches, sail up one of Borneo’s largest jungle rivers and visit Brunei, the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo.
Kuching is the capital of Sarawak and the former seat of the “White Rajahs”, a dynasty started by an English adventurer. Today, Kuching is famous for its bazaars and mouth-watering food. By the way, the Rainforest World Music Festival will be held here from 20-22 June '14!
The majestic Rajang River is Malaysia’s longest and can be navigated by ocean-going vessels all the way to the inland town of Sibu. We will sail up the Rajang, which winds its way through some of the world’s oldest rainforest and through the homeland of hundreds of tribes.
Back on the ocean, we sail past endless beaches, stopping wherever our fancy takes us. Miri in northern Sarawak is near five national parks and is a hub for nature enthusiasts. The Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts the world's largest cave.
Ready to visit the world’s only country with zero public debt? Then welcome to Brunei, this small sultanate that grew super-rich on its oil and gas reserves. Despite its prosperity, Brunei is mostly covered in rainforest and fringed by pristine beaches and coral reefs.
We end our long cruise on Labuan, just north of Brunei. The blue clear water around these idyllic islands is home to one of the world's richest coral and fishing grounds. Labuan has also one of the best wreck diving sites in Asia. Recently, Labuan won the UN’s clean beach award. It is well deserved!