The Tanjung Datu national park lies on the Datu peninsula at the westernmost tip of Sarawak, 100km northwest of Kuching. With just 14 sq km it is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak. The park was opened to the public only a few years ago. It only gets on average 30-40 visitors/month. The park has one very long (1km+) and very nice beach of yellow sand. The seawater is clean but not crystal clear, probably because there are small rivers flowing into it. Tanjung Datu NP has a very nice pristine jungle, with a few trails criss-crossing it. The trails are well kept and marked although they are not on plankways, so can become slippery when it rains. The park is totally free of leeches, so that you can walk around even in slippers without risking to be bitten by a leech. On a cliff inside the park there is a site with Rafflesia flowers.
The park has no own Accommodation, but you can camp in it. To get to the park you need to get a boat from Sematan. Personally I chartered a boat for a day trip from Sematan and was charged RM450 in June 2009. I have read reports stating that you can go to Teluk Melano, a small Malay village next to the park, by joining the boatsmen of Teluk Melano in Sematan when they return home after shopping in Sematan and only pay RM15 for the boattrip. But in that case you will have to spend at least one night in Teluk Melano, because to go back to Sematan you have to wait for the next day when a boatsman from Teluk Melano goes shopping to Sematan.
Beware of travel agencies charging you RM1100 for a tour to Tanjung Datu NP - you can get there for much less - see the link with the report. More information about the Tanjung NP is available on the site of Sarawak forestry and the site of Tourism Malaysia.
01 Beach and rainforest 02 Secondary beach 03 Main beach 04 Main beach and rainforest
05 Main beach and rainforest 06 Main beach and rainforest 07 Main beach and rainforest
08 Creek estuary 09 Creek estuary and boulders 10 Granite boulders 11 Granite boulders
12 Main beach and rainforest 13 Beach and boulders 14 Main beach and rainforest 15 Main beach and rainforest
16 Main beach and rainforest 17 Main beach and rainforest 18 Main beach and rainforest 19 Main beach
20 Main beach 21 Main beach 22 Beach and lagoon 23 Beach and lagoon
24 Main beach and rainforest 25 Main beach and rainforest 26 Secondary beach 27 Promontory
01 Plank way 02 Plank way 03 Park signpost 04 Park headquarters building 05 Park visitor statistic
06 Treetops 07 Pasir Antu Laut trail 08 Jungle ground 09 Rainforest creek 10 Rainforest slope
11 Dipterocarp  tree 12 Rainforest slope 13 Rainforest slope 14 Rainforest slope 15 Rainforest slope 16 Termite nest
17 Termite nest 18 Rafflesia bud 19 Rafflesia bud 20 Rafflesia bud 21 Died rafflesia flowers
22 Died rafflesia flower 23 Rafflesia bud 24 Rafflesia bud
01 Bay 02 Bay
03 Teluk Melano beach 04 Teluk Melano beach 05 Teluk Melano beach 06 Beach and palm trees
07 Teluk Melano beach 08 Teluk Melano beach 09 Teluk Melano beach 10 Village house
11 Village path 12 Coconut trees 13 Coconut trees and path 14 Village house 15 Coconut trees and path
16 Village house 17 Village house 18 Village house 19 Pepper drying in the sun
20 Pepper drying in the sun 21 Pepper drying in the sun 22 Pepper drying in the sun
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