We had a great time with Paradesa Borneo on our Kayak tour! After it being such a great experience, we decided to book our Bako National Park visit with them, too. Both trips were amazing!
Sarawak Rainforest: Kayak & Orangutan Discovery
Perfect Day Trip
Kayak Adventure in Borneo
Borneo Orangutan Tour
Fun river kayaking with an unforgettable orangutan experience
If the thrill of a Borneo kayak adventure through a rainforest isn’t enough, meet mankind’s closest relative—the Orangutan, during feeding time. A full and exciting day of fun and adventure awaits you!
Watch orangutan emerge from the rainforest, descending from the forest canopy
Exceptional kayaking adventure past karsts & dense rainforest
Lunch at the riverbank next to a swinging suspension bridge
Enjoy one of the most popular Kuching outdoor activities
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Adults (13 +): MYR 238
Children (3-12): MYR 119
Children under 2: Free
Please note: Exact timing may differ depending on the tidal conditions. If there is any time change, your guide will inform you at least 1 day prior to the tour.
We’ll meet you at your hotel/hostel
7 days a week, all year round
Update March 02, 2022: Tour temporarily unavailable
Minimum 2 adults
- English speaking guide
- Car transfer
- Kayak and lifejacket
- Lunch and beverage
- Entrance fees
- A great time!
What to Bring
- Wear light comfortable clothes that dry easily: swimsuits, shorts are fine
- Comfortable walking shoes. Flip-flops & sandals are not advisable as some parts of the river is slippery, especially the trek to the small waterfall
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, antiseptic
- A towel, a change of clothes and a plastic bag to keep your phone/cameras dry
- Sun hat/cap and sunglasses
About Your Guide
Our community guides are local and are well trained friendly professionals who give simple safety instructions as well as basic paddling techniques at the beginning of the trip. The guides are happy to provide local knowledge of the Semadang River and its landscape so that you will have plenty of information about your journey in these beautiful waters, and at the same time ensure safety and great FUN on the river!
What You'll Do
The day starts off with a relaxing visit to the wonderful Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary as feeding time approaches. Enclosed in a large area of lush rainforest, the sanctuary is home to an array of endangered Orangutans who have been rescued from captivity & are now part of a successful rehabilitation programme. In response to the calls of the resident park rangers during the scheduled feeding time, these amazing primates will descend from the canopy to the lower branches of trees near the feeding area. This gives us the chance to see them at fairly close quarters which for many is the wildlife highlight of their Borneo trip.
After the feeding time, we continue our journey to the start of our Borneo kayaking adventure. We hop into a kayak on the Sarawak Kiri River and the current will carry you downstream toward Kampung Semadang. You’ll drift past massive limestone formations and dense forestry on either bank. At the halfway point, you’ll have the chance to stop at a Bidayuh tribe’s village to explore how the native’s farm and fish and you can also try to cross the village’s scary looking swinging suspension bridge that the local community still uses for their everyday activities. Lunch is served here by the river or by the beach while you are sunbathing!
After lunch, we’ll continue to paddle leisurely and savor the peace and tranquillity of the rainforest. This serene and smooth flowing river is a great place for friends and family to compete in a fun race and water fights. When water level permits, stopover at a mini waterfall for swimming and river fish feeding before ending the fantastic kayaking tour at the Kampung Semadang.
Join us for this full-day family-friendly tour to enjoy one of the most popular day trips and excursion in Kuching to explore the pristine wilderness of the Borneo rainforest from the vantage point of a river as well as witnessing the natural wonder of the orangutan.
Good to Know
- Reservation recommended to avoid disappointment
- This adventure is suitable for beginners as well as for kids as young as 5 years old with adult guidance
- No lifejacket, no kayak!
- We have a pre-tour safety briefing and mandatory equipment checks
- Rain or shine, we always pedal!
- We recommend guests bring your own refillable water bottles and avoid using one-off plastic water bottles.
- During our tours, we recycle wherever possible, and try to keep our waste as low as possible. We discourage the use of plastic bags, and suggest that you bring your own dry bag or small waterproof backpack.
- Check out OUR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM COMMITMENT.(opens in a new tab)
- Please do not take pieces of coral or other endangered plant life home as a souvenir.
See What Our Guests Are Saying
On our second day we went to visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Reserve, which was definitely a highlight of our tour. Our guide Baku took us to a Longhouse and then we kayaked 12kms down a river which was magical. The stunning beauty of the area was on display and we really enjoyed hearing Baku talk about the different uses of plants in the area and then taking us into experience a natural waterfall. I must also say that the ‘simple’ lunch he offered was absolutely delicious and we loved the variety and local offerings. Also thank you for considering my 8 year old daughter and giving her, her own special meal of Nasi Lemek which was definitely very sweet. We had an amazing time.
We enjoyed a great kayak tour near Kutching, the tour also included a visit to the orang utang center Semenggoh and a longhouse Annah Rais. The tour was well organised and in small group. Good drivers and guides, simple but tasty lunch. The kayak tour was in the afternoon and took us through 11 km of beautifull quiet landscape. The tour was not too difficult, even for the kids 10-13. They very much loved the adventure and swimming in the river. Thank you for this great tour!
We participated in trips with paradesa in Kuching two days in a row with Orangutans and Kayaking the first day and off road biking and Fairy Cave the second day. The advertised content of the trips perfectly matched what we experienced. We were lucky to see nearly 10 orangutans on the day we were there and the subsequent Kayak trip was at a nice comfortable pace with a good impression of the rain forest from the riverside.
Because we were so happy with our first tour, we went back to Paradesa Borneo to organise our next trip which was the orangutan and kayaking. This was my girls favourite day. We had another brilliant guide called Beko. The orangutans were magical and the kayaking down the river was the highlight of our whole trip. We kayaked in warm, torrential rain, we swam in the river, we kayaked into small caves, we stopped at a small village for Kolo Mee and delicious fruit. We felt safe, were comfortable in the mini bus and will never forget this day!