Introduction

Like Bako National Park 8km to the east, the Santubong Peninsula (also known as Damai) is a 10km-long finger of land jutting into the South China Sea. It was declared a national park in 2007. With some decent sandy strips and a couple of resorts, Santubong is the best place in Sarawak for a lazy, pampered beach holiday. It's a popular getaway for Kuching residents, and being only about 20km from the city it makes for a good day trip or overnight excursion.

The main drawcards here are the beaches, a golf course, rainforest hikes, and the Sarawak Cultural Village, which showcases traditional lifestyles and plays host to the annual Rainforest World Music Festival. The peninsula is also known for a collection of rock carvings within its forested interior that are estimated to be up to 1000 years old.