One of the least explored birding destinations in Malaysia is Sarawak, due to the lack of bird guides and bird tours being offered. Well, I have come up with a list of the best bird watching locations in Sarawak for anyone who plans to visit here.
Also, you should note that there are minimal bird guides in Sarawak and most cases, they are always fully booked for birding trips around the Land of the Hornbills.
Bird Watching Locations in Sarawak
As Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, almost 70% of the land is still covered in rainforest or palm oil estates, but not to worry as the government does monitor the situation here.
This means that bird watching in Sarawak is one of the best in Malaysia, with so much abundance of natural and secondary rainforest found in abundance over here.
While most would know of common places for bird watching around Kuching and Miri, this list aims to provide you with more birding destinations around Sarawak. And just so you know, I have been to only a few of them with a master mission to explore all.
Most of the bird watching locations in Sarawak are also found at the many national parks, which are well spread throughout the state which is also divided into four main areas which are;
Bird Watching in Southern Sarawak
This is probably the most popular place for bird watching in Southern Sarawak. There are many locations found in the vicinity of Kuching and can be done on a day trip and back to the city for a Sarawakian dinner.
The locations below will require transportation to and from best done with a local bird guide, especially if you are non-local.
One of the least explored regions of Sarawak for bird watching is the central region, which is quite vast in terms of open areas. Not much infrastructure could be one of the main reasons. But there are a few notable places to explore.
Bukit Tiban National Park
Upper Rajang River to Kapit (via Sibu)
Bird Watching in Northern Sarawak
This is also one of the popular destinations for bird watching in Sarawak.
The interiors of Sarawak are quite vast, but I have selected the places below due to the infrastructure, accessibility and availability of bird guides there.
Paya Maga Wetlands
Pulong Tau National Park
Before this birding website, I did some articles on my other main site, Malaysia Asia. You can also read my Bakelalan bird watching trip report from 2019, just before the Covid19 pandemic hit the world.
I have also been birding in Bario, the sister village of Bakelalan, and these are the two popular locations in the interior of Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo.
Some of the more remote bird watching destinations in the interior of Sarawak are harder to get to but requires proper planning and a lot more time. They include the villages of;
While most of the bird watching locations above are not fully explored, more people will visit them in the next decade or so. But, again, this also falls back on how many available bird guides will be available.
Sarawak Forestry once participated in hoping to train a special batch of bird guides, but I never got around to find out if this project went through. However, as I mentioned earlier in the article, only a handful of bird guides are available in Sarawak for now.
Hopefully, with this article on bird watching locations in Sarawak, more interest and emphasis are paid to training more bird guides.