Introduction

The quiet fishing town of Sematan is Sarawak’s westernmost town, and the hometown of Adenan Satem, chief minister of Sarawak from 2014, who tragically died in office in 2017.

Most travellers who pass through are on their way to Tanjung Datu National Park, usually accessible by boat but now increasingly reached via a road opened in 2018 that links Sematan to the village of Teluk Melano.

The nearby forested mountains are in Kalimantan, but the border at Biawak is not usually crossed by travellers. Road conditions on the Indonesian side are very poor, and you'll definitely need to arrange an Indonesian visa in advance if you're heading this way.