Worth the splurge
What we say:
If you're keen to experience breathtaking primary jungle without going all the way to Borneo's interior, an organised kayaking tour out of Kuching is a great way to do it.
The trip typically starts with pick-up from your accommodation at 09:00, followed by a scenic 45-minute drive to the river that takes you past stunning limestone cliffs. Before setting off in the kayak, you're given a safety briefing and life jacket, as well as being asked to sign a disclaimer form.
Then begins a peaceful and exhilarating 11-kilometre paddle down a calm, wide river studded on either side by pristine rainforest that's often shrouded in mist. Landowners along the entire stretch of river are committed to conserving the area's old growth forests, and we've never experienced such a spectacular jungle outside of Borneo's interior. Perfect for kayaking beginners, the difficulty level is low and thrill seekers hoping for white water might be disappointed.
The whole trip should take around six hours and includes a 45-minute lunch break at a tiny riverside village.
Several tour outlets offer kayaking in Kuching; we had a good experience with Semadang Kayak / Adventure Alternative Borneo. The cost was an all-inclusive 188 ringgit -- not cheap by Southeast Asian standards but absolutely worth the money.
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