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Nestled on the island of Borneo, the pristine Damai Beach is a quiet strip of sand sitting just 20kms to the north of Kuching. The beach is flanked by Mount Santubong, immediately west of Taman Negara Kuching Wetland. This breath-taking beach features several four-star resorts, including the Damai Beach Resort and DamaiPuri Resort and Spa.
Tourists will not be short of things to see and do here. Damai Beach has a plethora of landmarks and activities to entertain visitors for many days.
For a day of culture, tourists must visit the Sarawak Culture Village. It is located near the centre of Damai Beach, in the foothills of Mount Santubong. Most of the resorts are less than 10 minutes on foot from the village. This living museum is a great place to see Sarawak culture at its finest. Everything from dance displays to local clothing is on display here.
Enjoying a hike up Mount Santubong is highly recommended. The climb is a little more than three kilometres, but can be challenging in some parts. Nevertheless, from the peak, hikers will enjoy magnificent views of Borneo and the South China Sea. Jungle trekking through Taman Negara Wetlands is the perfect way to view Borneo’s brilliant wildlife. Camping is available, but daytrips are popular.
Restaurants and Bars
The best places for nightlife are in the resorts. There are bars and pubs in Kuching, but the resorts of Damai Beach have several quiet yet entertaining night spots for guests. Damai Beach Resort’s Santubong Bar stays open until at least midnight each night. The resorts also boast the best dining experiences in Damai Beach. Buffet breakfasts, lunch menus, cafés, and sit-down dining are available here. For a more affordable seafood option, travellers can head into KampungBuntal, which is a village just eight kilometres away. The seafood restaurants in the village are extremely popular.
Damai Beach has some shopping options, but they are rather limited. Damai Central boasts a few stores that sell clothing and souvenir products. The Sarawak Cultural Village is a great place to pick up souvenirs and cultural items. For shopping malls, markets and department stores, tourists should make the trip into Kuching, which is about 20kms south of Damai Beach.