Mangrove Cruise and Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching Cruise

Day Trips & Excursions in Kuching

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This trip cruises along the Santubong River and plies the Salak River Delta systems, of which both flow into the South China Sea.
In both, one experience a close-up view of the heavily suilted mangrove swamp, a haven for its inhabitants from reptilians to crustaceans and fishes: crocodiles, water monitor lizards, otters, mud skippers, mangrove crabs, prawns, edible jellyfish, shell fish and more. The swamp sustains, many different species of trees, the most important being the black and red mangroves, locally known as “bakau” or “Bako”.  It’s used as piling in construction and is also processed as charcoal. Easily mistaken as wasteland, the area experiences tidal rises that leaves rich silts on which the mangrove thrives, giving rise to a symbiotic relationship affecting all flora and fauna, aquatic life and coastal organisms. The Irrawaddy or snubfin dolphin inhabits the rivers, estuaries and shallow coastal areas.   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 metres 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! At the end of the tour, return to the boat club for transfer to your hotel. Note : Dolphins, crocodiles and fireflies are wild creatures, and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed, although we usually enjoy a high success rate.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Driver/guide

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities