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SARAWAK RIVER MARINA (KUCHING) 1°33.536N, 110° 24.304E

In the past, yachts could go up the river to Kuching and anchor right in the middle of town. There are two causeway bridges now, so this is no longer possible. Best option is to motor seven miles up the Sarawak River past the prominent Borneo Convention Centre to the small government-run Kuching Marina with the blue dome roof ashore.

There is space for 20 boats with water, electricity and showers. Customs and Immigration clearing are a short drive away at old Pending Port. There is good transport into town and the Bako National Park is nearby.

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Kuching is wedged between the Santubong and Sawawak rivers and as the capital of Sarawak it has a fascinating colonial history. After years of ownership by the white Rajahs (The Brooke family), the State of Sarawak eventually became part of post-war Malaysia.

There is an excellent museum in the city with such unusual items as shrunken heads and a monster crocodile.

Alternate calm anchorage is west of the Santubong National Park headland on the north coast four miles up the Santubong River at the bridge before the Sarawak Boat Club. Anchor just north of the bridge in 4 metres to use the cheap facilities at the club on the west bank. Diesel can be sourced and the club has great seafood. [/read]

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 Square Tower at Waterfront in Kuching
Square Tower at Waterfront in Kuching | Photo by Elena Mirage/Shutterstock
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