Wetlands Wildlife Cruise

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Kuching Wetlands Tour

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Awesome nature day trips from Kuching

Watch for Irrawaddy dolphins, shorebirds, monkeys, and more as you cruise through the flooded mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park on a half-day wildlife excursion from Kuching.

Explore a fascinating estuary where two rivers (the Santubong River and Salak River) meet and traveling by cruise boat for up-close views of the homes of an amazing variety of plants and animals.

Tour Highlights

Scenic cruise of the Santubong River and Salak River

One of the best places in Sarawak to view the unusual looking Irrawaddy dolphin

Learn about the diverse species of plants and animals in the mangrove forest

The other star of this fragile ecosystem is the estuary crocodile

Morning or Afternon Options Available

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Morning Cruise Details

Trip Details - Morning Cruise

Price

Adults (13+): MYR 171.00
Children (0-12): MYR 85.00


Departure Time

09:00 AM


Meeting Point

Hotel/hostel pick up


Availability

7 days a week, year-round


Duration

4 hours


Group Size

Min 2 adults


Included

  • English speaking guide
  • Land transfer
  • Sightseeing mangrove cruise
  • Refreshment
  • A good time

What to Bring

  • Wear light comfortable clothes that dry easily, shorts are fine
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, antiseptic
  • Raincoat or poncho and plastic bag to keep phone/cameras dry
  • Sun hat/cap and sunglasses

About Your Guide

Our community guides and boatmen are from the local villages and more than willing to share their knowledge of local culture and the remarkable diversity of local fauna and flora.

We want you to have plenty of information about your journey in this beautiful natural area, and at the same time ensure safety and great FUN in this remote area!

What You'll Do - Morning Cruise

Kuching Wetlands National Park, covering 6,610 hectares, is included in the list of Wetlands of International Importance treaty signed in Iran in 1971. It is an area rich in wildlife and vegetation demonstrating the biodiversity of a mangrove ecosystem. The star attraction of this fragile habitat is undoubtedly the Irrawaddy dolphin and the estuary crocodile.

Depart Kuching for a 35 minutes short drive to a local Malay village located within the Kuching Wetlands National Park. Board our boat and cruise along the mangrove river towards the South China Sea on the look-out for the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin (sightings are dependent on tidal conditions). The Irrawaddy or snubfin dolphin inhabits the estuaries and shallow coastal areas and the Santubong area remains one of the best places in Sarawak to view this unusual looking marine mammal. When seen, they swim and dive around open waters less than 30 meters deep. Visitors will need a keen eye to spot the dolphins as they are best seen when they frolic near local fishing boats that are hauling in the catch!

The boat will continue to cruise along tributaries of the Salak River Delta for the opportunity to spot Proboscis monkeys and crocodiles and learn about the wildlife and vegetation that make up this complex mangrove ecosystem. The heavily silted mangrove swamp is also a haven for water monitor lizards, otters, mudskippers, mangrove crabs, prawns, edible jellyfish, shellfish, and more. A range of birdlife including kingfishers, white-bellied sea eagles, and other shorebirds can also be found there. The swamp sustains many different species of trees, the most important being the black and red mangroves, locally known as “Bako’.

After reaching the layback village of Kampong Salak, the boat made a U-turn and returned back to the jetty before the land transfer back to Kuching.

Trip Details - Evening Cruise

Price

Adults (13+): MYR 196

Children (0-12): MYR 98

 


Departure Time

16:00 PM


Meeting Point

Hotel/hostel pick up


Availability

7 days a week, year-round


Duration

4 hours


Group Size

Min 2 adults 


Included

  • English speaking guide
  • Land transfers
  • Sightseeing mangrove cruise
  • Refreshments
  • A good time

What to Bring

  • Wear light comfortable clothes that dry easily, shorts are fine
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, antiseptic
  • Raincoat or poncho and plastic bag to keep phone/cameras dry
  • Sun hat/cap and sunglasses

About Your Guide

Our community guides and boatmen are from the local villages and more than willing to share their knowledge of local culture and the remarkable diversity of local fauna and flora.

We want you to have plenty of information about your journey in this beautiful natural area, and at the same time ensure safety and great FUN in this remote area!

What You'll Do - Evening Cruise

Watch for Irrawaddy dolphins, shorebirds, monkeys as you cruise through the flooded mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park on a half-day evening wildlife excursion from Kuching. Explore a fascinating estuary where two rivers (the Santubong River and Salak River) meet that’s home to diverse species of plants and animals, traveling by cruise boat for up-close views.

For the evening tour, the boat will wait until nightfall to venture further into smaller tributaries of the swamp to witness the flashing fireflies that congregate in the mangrove trees, at times, much like a Christmas tree. The sharp-eyed boatman will also search for the Estuarine Crocodile in the dark, which are often seen during low tide. Their eyes shine a bright red color when hit by the light of a torch. At the end of the tour, return to the boat jetty for transfer to your hotel.

After departing Kuching, we’ll enjoy a 35 minutes short drive to a local Malay village located within the Kuching Wetlands National Park. Board our boat and cruise along the mangrove river towards the South China Sea on the look-out for the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin (sightings are dependent on tidal conditions). The Irrawaddy or snubfin dolphin inhabits the estuaries and shallow coastal areas and the Santubong area remains one of the best places in Sarawak to view this unusual looking marine mammal. When seen, they swim and dive around open waters less than 30 meters deep. Visitors will need a keen eye to spot the dolphins and they are best seen when they frolic near local fishing boats that are hauling in the catch!

The boat will continue to cruise along tributaries of the Salak River Delta for the opportunity to spot Proboscis monkeys and crocodiles and learn about the wildlife and vegetation that make up this complex mangrove ecosystem. The heavily silted mangrove swamp is also a haven for water monitor lizards, otters, mudskippers, mangrove crabs, prawns, edible jellyfish, shellfish, and more. A range of birdlife, including kingfishers, white-bellied sea eagles, and other shorebirds can also be found there. The swamp sustains many different species of trees, the most important being the black and red mangroves, locally known as “Bako’.

Good to Know

  • Reservation recommended to avoid disappointment
  • Suitable for families and visitors of all ages
  • Occasionally, some evening tours may be affected by high waves or thunderstorms that make the boat cruise unsafe. The trip would then be canceled and the tour refunded

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