Kuantan River Cruise runs two types of river cruises that may be of interest for those after a closer look at the mangroves or to see docked fishing boats along the river.
The pontoon style boat was unavailable when we were there, so the basic open air twin-engine motorboat was our river ride.
The 45-minute daytrip cruises, which run two to four times a day depending on the day, run from the pier out towards the mouth of the Kuantan River, taking you under the Tanjung Lumpur Bridge in the process. They also take you by some fishing villages on the north bank of the river on the way out. Don’t expect great photos if the skies are overcast, but doing this in the midday heat would be of limited pleasure, so if you can, opt for a morning or late afternoon boat. Also bring water as there may be none available at the jetty. A minimum of two people are required for this trip to run. Cost is 20 ringgit for an adult and 15 ringgit for a child. Do note that life jackets are available and encouraged, but proper fitting may not be a priority and that includes children’s sizes.
The evening Firefly Cruise, leaves at 19:45 and takes roughly two hours, goes in the opposite direction heading upriver to areas that are good for viewing fireflies. They require a minimum of four passengers for the trip to go and preferably good clear weather. The staff will not offer a trip if they expect poor firefly viewing due to poor conditions or non-firefly times of the year. Expect to pay 55 ringgit for an adult and 45 ringgit for a child. Do note that you will find a more interesting and lower cost firefly tour in Cherating Beach, if you happen to be heading that way.
By Vanessa Workman
Last updated on 18th January, 2016.