Use our activity ratings to match your ideal tour.
Our activity meter has been designed to help you decide which of our tours best suits your needs.
We do not want to send you halfway up a mountain only to discover this is far more extreme than you bargained for.
Each tour comes with its own physical rating, starting from Leisurely up to Extreme
These levels of endurance have been calculated upon the physical effort required during the said tour.
Each tour has been carefully dissected into the amount of trekking and rigorous activity involved in partaking in the said tour.
Although, everyone has different levels of fitness and their own interpretation on what is easy and hard, our meter is a guideline to give you an idea on what will be required from you to get the most out of our tours.
As a general rule of thumb, you should be in good physical and mental health before you attempt to join any of our tours.
As some of the tours require you to join up with other travellers on the same tour, you also owe it to them to be all at the same level of fitness.
Please ensure you look carefully at the level descriptions below and match your physical abilities likewise.
Before you panic and close the page, help is at hand. Should you have any disconcerting questions regarding your physical ability then either consult your doctor or contact us and see if we can provide you with a more information on the said tour.
In the past, we had a couple of 25-year-old rugby players that only made it halfway up mount Santubong before they decided to give up and come back down. We also had an elderly couple of a mere 77 years that managed to trek all around Bako Np over a weekend and then flew off on the Monday to Bario to trek some more! So, as you can see everyone is different and only you know your limitations.
Expectations: Point to point tour, one or two activities. Standing and walking for extended periods of time or half day tours. With coach or boat excursions. Walking typically on good flat terrain, some stairways, sometimes without handrails or elevators.
Typical tour: “Every day I’m Shuttling”, Sarawak Cultural Village.
Appropriate for: Travelers with good health and the ability to walk over partial rough ground when required to do so.
Travellers who are comfortable participating in at least three hours of activity per day, which may or may not include standing for any length of time.
Expectations: Full day or half day tours with coach or boat excursions. Standing and walking for long periods of time whilst on tour. Outdoor activities. walking over difficult or uneven terrain (e.g. jungle trails, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators, climbing aboard boats with high or low steps.) some longer walks to get to the main attraction. Possible exposure to higher/low altitudes. River cruises may offer a choice of excursions with varying activity expectations.
Typical tour: Wetland Wonders, Wind and Fairy Caves and some overland journeys
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with a full day of touring, being outside and exposed to the local wildlife and climate
Expectations: Most trips will feature a full days tour and a full day with an active itinerary. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and a more active option. Excursions requiring, standing and walking for extended periods of time, more difficult terrain, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, possible overnight accommodation. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travellers may be in remote or rugged regions and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours may feature more active excursions such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkelling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking.
Typical Tour: Kubah & Bako NP and other National Parks Tours, Bamboo Rafting
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, that enjoy The “outdoors” and expect some physical exertion.
Expectations: A demanding daily schedule of physical activities, hiking, trekking, kayaking, rafting, or bicycling. Walking/Hiking tours can be on difficult terrain or even uneven or loose terrain, narrow trails along steep hillsides with no railings. Rafting may be Class I/II rapids. Travellers may be in remote or rugged regions with challenging terrain, possibly at high altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Accommodations may vary from camping tents to deluxe lodges. Travellers carry their own daypack for their daily necessities while support vehicles/boats transport all other gear and supplies. This type of tour can be very physical and run at a very active pace. You may spend time interacting with local tribal people and sharing their dwelling in a jungle environment. Bathroom facilities may be somewhat different to what you are used to. Hot & cold running water may or may not be available. Electricity may or may not be available
Typical Tour: National Parks Tours, Longhouse Tours, VIC2 and Bario
Appropriate for: Travelers who have a high fitness level, expect a vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to eight hours of physical activity per day and enjoy challenging themselves physically.
Expectations: Programs are at a very active to challenging pace, with long travel days away from the city and with demanding/challenging daily schedules of physical activities, i.e. hiking, trekking, kayaking, rafting, or bicycling. Walking/Hiking tours can be on difficult terrain (Possibly on narrow or unmarked trails/roads/rivers with areas of exposure to the elements). Travellers will be in remote and/or rugged regions with challenging terrain, possibly at high altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Hot in the daytime and cold after dark. Leisure time will be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Accommodations can vary from camping under makeshift tents to deluxe lodges. Programs may not offer vehicle support. Electricity may or may not be available
Typical tour: Truly challenging Activities such as Orangutan search & Longhouse experiences
Appropriate for: Travelers who have a very high fitness level, expect a vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to 8 hours of physical activity per day and enjoy challenging themselves physically. A traveller who enjoys the outdoors, comfortable with the local wildlife, not so fussy where they sleep at night and an open mind for adventure. A doctor’s certificate may be required for participation in some of these journeys.
Please Note: Each tour features detailed information regarding its activity level—found on the individual tour web page
Travel to and from the tour is not factored into our activity level ratings. You should take into account your stamina when travelling long distances and/or with multiple flight changes. In addition, you must be able to handle personal hand luggage independently throughout the itinerary. In addition to physical fitness, you should have a strong level of preparedness to handle adverse weather and/or road conditions, and other issues that can be challenging when travelling.