I signed up for Mangrove Kayaking on Saturday, March 1, 2013. Overall, the experience was just ok. I can say that our main guide, Sebastian, was good. He seemed passionate and knowledgeable. The other guide, Atika, was not as professional. She didn't speak clearly and many of the people on the trip couldn't understand her.
Although the trip was supposed to take 4 hours, we were back in 3, which meant that we really only had 2 solid hours to kayak. (The briefing and loading of the kayaks took about an hour.) For S$60 per person, it didn't seem like this was great value.
I know that seeing animals and birds can be a bit of luck of the draw, so even though we didn't see many, I was fine with that. The most disappointing part of the trip by far was the garbage. There was a ton of litter everywhere in the mangrove. It was pretty gross. Sebastian said that the company had done a big clean up right before Christmas, but I would think that as nature lovers the guides would stop and scoop up at least some of the refuse on each trip instead of just paddling over the plastic bottles and shopping bags.
I was disappointed with this trip. If Singapore wants to develop more of an eco-tourism scene, they have a long way to go.
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