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Fun Filled Kayaking Adventure in Kuching
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Fun Filled Kayaking Adventure in Kuching

By The Rucksack Rainforest Kayaking
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Ages 5-99
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water and lunch
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Round-trip transfers (select hotels only in Kuching city)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pick up from the hotels at the city center. Private transportation is available upon early booking for 6-9pax.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 34790P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
        • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
        • A minimum of 3 people per booking is required
        • A maximum of 10 people per booking allowed
        • Please bring insect repellent, sun block, a hat, extra set of clothes and small towel
        • Please secure your glasses with straps if you intend to wear one
        • We provide dry bags for our guests who wish to take their belongings with them on the kayak
        • We do not do pick ups from hotels in Damai or Santubong so please arrange for transportation to Grand Margherita Hotel where we’ll meet you instead
        • We will cancel any trip in adverse weather conditions. You will get a full refund if you choose not to postpone it to another day
        • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 34790P2

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        • The Rucksack Rainforest Kayaking
          256
          Kuching, Malaysia
          Joined in July 2011
        • Feinesser007
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          company no longer exists
          caution. After I booked and received the confirmation, I wanted to contact the company. But they don't exist anymore. She still takes the money.
          Written February 9, 2024
        • AbbyIdris
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          It was amazing and I would recommend people go there.
          Sunset cruise. I had a good time in the cruise. They provided us with free flow of orang juice and kek lapis. Oran utan conservatory was a good experience. They were so lany oran utan came out.
          Written June 28, 2022
        • kokjin
          0 contributions
          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          Steep price tag for decent activities
          We had fantastic customer service who responded to our late night texts for more information, helpful driver who is local and was conversant in both English and Malay, and kayak guides who were experienced and clearly knew their stuff. But I would not be honest if I say this was worth the price tag of RM 285 per person: Semenggor Orang Utan Sanctuary: The tour's driver took us to the sanctuary, gave us the tickets and basically left us to our own devices thereafter. I'm not saying that there's more that the driver could've done, but if you have a valid driving licence and could navigate with Google Maps or Waze, there would be no reason for anyone to pay for a tour to see the orang utans. The instructor who did all the explaining about orang utans was from the sanctuary for which the entrance fee was RM 10 each (for foreigners) and RM 5 (for locals). Anna Rais Longhouse: Here, our driver doubled as our tour guide. We had some shots of rice wine which was inexpensive (RM 10 - 12 a bottle). Our driver then took us around the longhouse and gave some introduction and took photos for us as we walked. It was a shame that the driver couldn't provide more explanation than the most basic information about the longhouse and the Bidayuh culture that one could easily find from the internet. It felt like we could've simply driven here and did the visit on our own without needing a tour. Lunch Our lunch was prepared by our driver's sister and was as simple as it can be i.e. 3 dishes and some curry puffs and that was it. Wasn't even worth the time reviewing. Kayaking Absolutely no complaints here. The nature of the activity required experienced guides/instructors who, in our case, did an amazing job looking after us, besides taking plenty of decent photos. Unless you're some kayak veteran or are familiar with the rivers, I would not recommend doing this on your own. All in all, I would suggest that if you're interested in doing all of the aforementioned activities, you probably don't need to pay for a tour save for the kayaking experience. The tour doesn't add any value to your experiences that if you get there by yourself.
          Written December 1, 2019
        • kiwicrusher
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great day out of town on the river
          This is a great day out of the city with a 1 hour drive into the country to the starting point. We were worried as we are not fit and in out late 50's-early 60's, but it is fairly easy as you are paddling downstream with no strong currents or serious rapids - perfect for beginners! The river was a bit low as the rainy season was still to start and we had to maneuver around the shallows from time to time. The three brothers looked after us and learnt a bit about county living and features along the way. The stop for lunch at a village was fine - simple food bit tasty. They take photos as you go so no need for your own camera. Was a great day with very friendly people.
          Written October 10, 2019
        • 240mags
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful time
          Had an absolutely wonderful time from seeing orangutans, one with a baby, to an excellent lunch followed by canoeing for a couple of hours. It was so peaceful. The guides, who are all brothers, were very helpful and informative. Would definitely recommend this trip. Change of clothes is essential but not heavy boots. Only thing I would change would be to bring flip flops or water shoes for the walk to the canoe through some stones which were painful and slippy.
          Written September 12, 2019
        • jaag_8
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Rainforest Kayaking
          Our family had a great day paddling down the river. Our 8 year old daughter rode with a guide and had a blast. Lunch at the village was delicious. We stopped at Semenggoh first in the morning, which worked out well as I would not want to make a trip out there alone. The guides took photos all day which we were able to download afterwards.
          Written September 7, 2019
        • RainbirdM
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A brilliant day out!
          We recently did the Package C day trip which included a trip to the Semenggoh Wildlife Reserve, followed by kayaking 14 kilometres along beautiful rainforest river, a buffet lunch and then a tour of the Annah Rais Longhouse, which was really interesting. We were picked up from our hotel in Kuching and given the most amazing day out by a very knowledgeable guide. All aspects of this tour were amazing and we were very impressed with this company and the good value the trip represented. We would highly recommend this tour company.
          Written September 5, 2019
        • teachersmate
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing, fun filled Day
          This was a good choice. The whole day was well organised and ran very smoothly. Attention was paid to safety and individual needs, The visit to the Orang-outangs was a highlight followed by Kayaking down a river with a stop for an excellent lunch of traditional foods. We also visited a long house. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.
          Written August 25, 2019
        • Nick H
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lovely day paddling down the river
          Extremely enthusiastic, helpful leaders. Great day out paddling down the river, stopping lunch and and swim with the fish. We went in the dry season when the river was low and relaxed. Our guide was desribing how the the river gets to a much higher level in teh rainy season -could be very exciting.
          Written August 21, 2019
        • Moleseyboy
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kayaking through the rainforest - what's not to like?
          About an hour out of Kuching, the chance to kayak down the Semadang river was too good to pass up. No need to fight the current, this is a one-way trip through easy rapids, with the chance to swim in the lazy shallow stream. An excellent lunch is included, cooked by the sister of one of the kayak guides. We did it with a group of others out of Kuching, in double kayaks (parent and child together). 11.5 km stretch with breaks, so pretty straightforward. Our guide told us that it is most fun in January/February during the rainy season! No scares in August but plenty of fun, nonetheless for occasional kayakers like ourselves. Some beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife thrown in for good measure.
          Written August 16, 2019
        • Kyle B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice day trip from Kuching
          Nice day trip - the guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. Saw the orangutans at Semmengoh before the kayak trip. Kayaks were decent, river was a little low as there had been no rain but enjoyable scenery and delicious lunch before the long house experience which was interesting also.
          Written August 13, 2019
        • J C
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Unforgettable time on the Sarawak day tour
          My partner and I recently had a great time on the Sarawak experience day tour. We were promptly picked up by the team from our hotel in downtown Kuching on the day of the tour. The pickup time and expectations were well communicated and super simple. We started the day at the Sarawak Orangutan preserve and were greeted by multiple Orangutans as soon as we entered. Our tour guide purchased our tickets and made the process simple. We saw 6 orangutans total, including a mother and her 6 day old baby! Incredible experience. Next up we were driven roughly 45 min through winding jungle to get to the long house. We were greeted with a tasting of local rice wine, then spent roughly an hour touring the long house compound. It was a great insight into the local culture, and a nice learning experience on the trip. Our tour guide then took us to the start of the kayaking portion of the trip, where we had a lovely lunch of local cuisine, cooked by the tour guides sister! It was delicious and filling, and they even were able to accommodate a vegetarian that was part of our group. After lunch we got our life jackets and paddles and walked a short distance down some steps to start the kayak trip. The float was 11 km and took us roughly 2.5 hours, but the float time will vary based on your group and the river conditions. The trip is through beautiful bamboo forests and limestone rock formations that take your breath away. We saw monkeys and birds, and got plenty of great photos taken by our guide. The kayaks are comfortable and water is provided. The trip culminated with a swim in a deep river pool then a short paddle to the pick up area where we were taken back to our hotel after changing clothes. Overall, we loved our experience, the guides were great, and we felt the price was very reasonable for all the activities we got to partake in.
          Written August 11, 2019
        • Claire S
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing day on the water
          We had such a great experience on this tour. We got to see five orangutans at the start of the day, spent several hours on the river, and explored a long house. The guides were helpful, funny, and informative. Would highly recommend.
          Written July 22, 2019
        • RickandJosien
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kayaking
          We booked a combination package, which included: transport, Semenggoh wildlife rehabilitation centre, kayakin, in between kayaking, a lunch at the Bidayuh villagee and swimming (optional). All for a very reasonable price. Everything was well taken care of and the food was delicious. The area is bautiful, the trip fun and photos are taken by the guides while kayaking and sent freely, to your e-mail adress. We have experienced this very positively and can recommend it to anyone.
          Written May 22, 2019
        • Wfong L
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great one day nature experience
          Truly great experience! We booked the Package B trip a day before which very last minute. Lucky there is slot available. The van pick us up around 8am. First stop to Orang Utan place, we are very lucky to be able to see 7 orang utan! Next is to the main activity which is kayaking. Total is 11km length of kayaking which took around 4 to 5 hours with lunch break, river bathing and fish feeding in between. Very beautiful scenery along the river where we kayak. We are all exhausted in the end but is definitely an awesome trip!
          Written May 20, 2019
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        Di and Terry
        8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020
        We had a great day although our backs were a bit tired at the end of the day. Scenery was great. An extra special inclusion was the photos sent to us at the end of the day at no charge. Memories to cherish.
        Written February 4, 2020
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        Rebecca K
        Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2018 • Couples
        Well organised trip. Guides are three brothers and they have very good english. The kayaking is downstream so not challenging although you might get wet getting in and out or in the rapids. There is an opportunity to swim too. Would definitely recommend as a good morning/day activity in Kuching
        Written April 12, 2018
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        Sally Kidd
        18 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2018 • Couples
        I would highly recommend this tour. At all times the company guides were punctual, very kind, entertaining and extremely professional. My husband & I really enjoyed our visit to the Semenggoh Orangutan sanctuary in the morning ( We were fortunate to see at least nine including two babies). The sanctuary tour was informative and very interesting. The work they are doing to rehabilitate the orangutans back to their natural environment is remarkable.
        We then spent a very pleasant leisurely 3-4 hours kayaking through limestone country, tropical rainforest and mountains. We are both 65 and this activity is suitable for young and old. The trip down river was broken by a fabulous lunch prepared by the guides family. Simply delicious and there was plenty for seconds & thirds. We recommended the family open a restaurant it so so flavoursome.
        This tour is an absolute must if you are travelling to Kuching and certainly a highlight for us both.
        Written September 17, 2018
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        walkformilers
        Wolverhampton, UK173 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        If you fancy doing something a bit different this is a really great day out. We did Package B which was Semenggoh and Kayaking.

        Don’t be put off by the Kayaking the guides are excellent and are always on hand the help you out

        Also, as it was torrential rain in the morning and we didn’t see any Orangutangs they offered to drop us back off at the sanctuary on the way back so we could, which was really nice of them

        Don’t get me wrong... it’s not a easy morning but the efforts and the aches are worth it
        Written October 1, 2019
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        Hi! Really appreciate your review. Glad that you had time to go back to Semenggoh and able to see the Orang Utans. Assuming it didn't rain that afternoon. Hope you had a great time is Sarawak. Do tell friends about our state! :)
        Written October 8, 2019
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        Louis Tengoku
        2 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Couples
        1. Photographs were taken from a camera with outdated technology, photo quality is way below average.

        2. Could swear a trip to the waterfall was promised however there was not even a glimpse of it

        3. The lunch was poor and made up of tasteless chicken, dessert and vegetables. The free durians from the rainforest made up for it, but hey, its free? What about quality local food?

        4. It is obvious that no one wants to work on New Years' Eve.
        Written January 4, 2019
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        XYC
        19 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Family
        We made this trip with our 9yo daughter, and had a great time. All of us agreed that this is certainly the highlight of our Sarawak trip! The kayaking spans 11km and took about 4 hours to complete (including lunch stop and a detour to a small waterfall). But since we are kayaking downstream, the paddling is fairly effortless. The river view is great, and the water is mostly very shallow. In any case, we are in safe hands as we are accompanied by two very friendly and helpful guides who took lots of photos for us. Definitely recommended!

        The only shortcoming of the activity is that we should be more amply cautioned before the trip about how some of the areas that we stopped (for lunch and for trying the durians picked by the guides!) are full of mosquitoes and sandflies. As a result, we were badly bitten and are still suffering from the terrible itch a week after the trip. For those who read this, it is a good idea to spray a lot of insect repellent and possibly wear long pants (the type that could withstand wet condition) for the kayaking.
        Written December 27, 2018
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        Brocklar
        Luang Prabang, Laos10 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Couples
        My partner and I had a day free in Kuching and wanted a kyaking activity. The Tourism info center recommended two tour companies and we chose Rucksack Kyaking.
        We could not have been happier.....the guides and itinerary were fantastic. First we went to Semongoh to view the orang utans. We did not see any but were pre warned that there was no guarantee...the reason being as it was the fruiting season the orangs were less likely to be enticed to visit the feeding area. This was fine as it demonstrates a successful re introduction to the wild.
        Next we visited a traditional longhouse. I have viewed a few long houses before but this one felt more authentic and an opportunity to support the locals in sustainable eco tourism although there was zero pressure to purchase.
        The rest of the day was kyaking along one of the tributaries of the Sarawak river accompanied by friendly and knowledgeable guides. It was great to experience such a beautiful river so close to Kuching
        I definitely recommend this company and experience
        Written December 15, 2018
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        AnnArmstrogn
        Kuching, Malaysia75 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2018 • Family
        Last week, students from St Joseph International School had a day of firsts.

        For many it was their first visit to a Bidayuh longhouse, Annah Rais. The knowledgeable guides opened their eyes to the traditional way of life and how this has been become part and parcel of the 21st century. But for many, their first kayaking trip down the left branch of the Sarawak River was the highlight.

        Safety was paramount. The students learned how to paddle a kayak, get in and out of one, and how to get themselves to safety. At all times they wore life jackets. But, this did not stop the fun. Laughter lingered as the students learned how to paddle (and a couple of them kept heading into to the riverbanks), slid through the rapids, beached the kayaks on purpose and accidentally, splashed water and dunked into the cooling waters. To say that the trip was fun is the understatement of the century.

        As the approximate four-hour trip came to a close, each person, in the party of 23, hoped to keep paddling past bend after bend.
        Written July 4, 2018
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        Peter2012Jakarta
        Canberra, Australia78 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We had previously done kayaking trip in Australia and when we saw this tour decided we must do it. We have a 12 and 10 year old. On the tour there were younger children. We all had a great time. It was one of our highlights in Kuching.
        Written April 7, 2018
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        Melissa R
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020 • Couples
        This was my second time doing the kayaking trip and this time it was pouring rain and we absolutely loved the view in the rain. It felt like we were experiencing the "real" Borneo in the rain with mist all over the hills! I recommend this trip to everyone who visits Kuching!
        Written January 9, 2020
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        Hi Melissa! Welcome back. So glad to have you again. Too bad I missed the mist and experiencing natural rain shower in the jungle, when some of us make man made rain shower in our bathrooms. Haha! Hope to see you again one day. Happy New Year! :)
        Written January 12, 2020
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