Pesta Benak, or the Tidal Bore Festival, will take place on November 3 to 5 in Bandar Sri Aman about 200km from Kuching City.
A tidal bore is the unique natural phenomenon where incoming tides form waves that travel up a river, in this case the Batang Lupar River in the town.
Thanks to these waves, Pesta Benak is celebrated with tidal bore surfing, water sports like boat races and kayaking as well as food and trade fairs, both day and night, for visitors who are in town for the viewing of the waves.
Pesta Benak happens every year in early November, subject to the tide level.
The Langkawi Development Authority is creating collaborative tour packages with Sarawak and Sabah to lure more tourists, especially from Europe.
The states have complementary tourism strengths, with Sarawak’s Mulu and Niah National Parks being able to complement Langkawi’s island tourism concept, Lada Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Azizan Noordin said.
Accessibility to these tourism attractions has been favourable with the launch of the AirAsia direct flight between Kuching and Langkawi and has recorded a high load factor since it was inaugurated in August.
Direct flights into Langkawi from China as well as future plans for flights from Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and India to Langkawi will also enable tourists from those countries to extend their holiday to Sarawak.
Sarawak will soon have its National Parks and Wildlife Department aimed to better manage Sarawak’s protected areas.
It will focus on wildlife protection and accelerating gazettement of totally protected areas in the state.
The roles of relevant existing departments such as the Forest Department and Sarawak Forestry Corporation are being redefined to make way for it.
Deputy Chief Minister Of Industrial & Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister Of Urban Development & Natural Resources, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this new department would focus on promoting tourism in national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, creating a more coordinated manpower to financially managing these areas.
As Sarawak places priority on conservation, with the state’s gazetting of over 944,000ha to date and involvement in projects like the Heart of Borneo, this new department would work towards growing conservation tourism in the state.
The Borneo International Beads conference will be held on October 13 to 15, at the old Courthouse in Kuching.
The conference aims to increase awareness on the centuries-old craft of beads and beading in Sarawak and Borneo, with stories, myths and history of beadwork in Sarawak to be discussed.
There will also be hands-on bead making and bead working workshops where participants can learn the traditional means of making beads from polymer clay as well as the different traditional and cultural designs in which beads are used.
Showcased in the conference will also be modern fashion incorporating traditional beadwork.
The biggest international event in the Seaside town of Bintulu, the Borneo International Kite Festival, was held at the old Bintulu Airport during the weekend.
Over 400 professional kiters and enthusiasts from 25 different countries participated in the festival. The festival set four Malaysian records on the highest number of kites flown at once since 2005, the latest record achieved being 2,500 diamond kites forming the longest arch kite tunnel of 500 metres.