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Port of Entry
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Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, founded by the representative of the Sultan of Brunei, Pengiran Indera Mahkota in 1827. Prior to the founding of Kuching, the two past capitals of Sarawak were Santubong and Lidah Tanah. Kuching is situated on the banks of the Sarawak River on the North-Western part of the island of Borneo.

The limits of the City of Kuching include all that area in Kuching District bounded from Gunung Lasak (Mount Lasak) in Muara Tebas to Batu Buaya (Crocodile Rock) in the Santubong peninsula. As a simplification of the legal statute, the Kuching city limits extend from the Kuching International Airport in the south to the northern coast of the Santubong and Bako peninsulas; from the Kuching Wetlands National Park in the west to the Kuap River estuary in the east. The Sarawak River generally splits the city into North and South.

The highest point in the city is Mount Santubong on the Santubong peninsula, which is at 810.2 m (2,658 ft), located 35 km north of the city centre.


See Malaysia.


Kuching has a tropical rainforest climate, moderately hot but very humid at times and receives substantial rainfall. The average annual rainfall is approximately 4,200 mm or 165 inches. Kuching is the wettest populated area (on average) in Malaysia with an average of 247 rainy days per year. Kuching receives only 5 hours of sunshine per day on average and an average of only 3.7 hours of sunshine per day in the month of January (the wettest month of the year). The wettest times are during the North-East Monsoon months of November to February and the dry season starts from June till August. The temperature in Kuching ranges from 19 °C (66 °F) to 36 °C (97 °F) but the average temperature is around 23 °C (73 °F) in the early hours of the morning and rises to around 33 °C (91 °F) during mid-afternoon but the heat index often reaches 42 °C (108 °F) during the dry season due to the humidity. This temperature stays almost constant throughout the year if it is not affected by the heavy rain and strong winds during the early hours of the morning which could, but rarely, bring the temperature down to 19 °C (66 °F). The temperature could also rise to 38 °C (100 °F) under rare cases due to the haze caused by open burning from Indonesia during the dry season. The haze occurs almost annually around mid-year in Kuching.

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Marinas and Yacht Clubs

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Pulau Satang Besar
Anchorage may be taken on the W side at World icon.png 1°47.03′N, 110°10.13′E 10-15m sand and rock. The N and W sides of the small island are rocky and steep-to. A sand spit extends far S and E as charted. The water can be clear here. The island can visited at night by a busy fleet of small local fishing boats.
Depending on sea state and wind direction safe anchorage also possible to South or East of the island. There is a tidal range of up to 5 meters so take care when anchoring to the shallower South of the island.
The Santubong river provides an attractive and popular anchorage for vessels visiting Kuching. The prominent and mystical Mount Santubong dominates the anchorage's view. As it is close to the site of the annual Rainforest World Music Festival the anchorage becomes especially popular at the time. Entering the anchorage requires crossing the shoals of Kuala Santubong far offshore. The river also has shoal hazards and a bar at the entrance. But the route is used regularly by tugs pulling barges and small shipping.
Begin offshore by approaching World icon.png 1°46.36′N, 110°16.66′E from N or W. Then follow a course of 161ºm magnetic for 3.9nm to waypoint World icon.png 1°42.63′N, 110°17.87′E. It is reported that the minimum depth encountered on this segment in Summer 2010 was 4m at MLLW. A leading mark is charted, and reported on other sources, but was not apparent in Summer 2010. On reaching the waypoint immediately turn port to a heading of 085ºm. A daymark consisting of two poles, one leaning over, will be 0.34nm ahead. Leave this daymark to starboard about 50m. Directly ahead, 1.6nm, on the river bank are leading marks which should be followed. Depths on this segment are reported as greater than 4m at MLLW. When within 100m of the lower leading mark you can steer for the north bank of the river where it is common to anchor.
An obstruction is reported at World icon.png 1°42.92′N, 110°19.56′E. Vessels have been observed anchored as far W as the village through 1nm upstream, past the aquaculture shacks. The river current, tides, wind and different vessel characteristics necessitate giving extra swinging room at anchor. The S half of the river here is frequented by heavy shipping traffic at all hours. The N bank near the village and dock shoals in some places. The N back upstream from the government pier is deep to the mangroves. The aquaculture structures use long heavy moorings 100m or more into the river. The bottom is either mud or hard. Holding, after a time, is reported as good.
The Malaysian fisheries department keeps a large patrol boat here at the government pier. Use of the pier is reported to be discouraged. There is a private floating dock structure W of the government pier. This is not to be used by vessels. However the owner graciously allows it to be used by the dinghies of visiting vessels. The owner operates a Koi farm here. The staff is friendly and derives some income by providing fuel, water, laundry and other assistance to visiting vessels. Visitors may walk through the property to the highway to visit the village of Santubong. There is a bus stop just E of the driveway. Hitchhiking to Kuching is easy. There is a moderately good shopping center about 10km towards Kuching, E across from a Petronas service station. The village of Santubong has some very basic markets and restaurants.
There are large crocodiles living here. There are friendly Irrawaddy dolphins near here. There is a trail to the summit of Mount Santubong. Formalities are to be conducted as for Kuching proper.


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Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
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Bottled gas Give details on cooking gas (Camping Gaz, butane, propane, etc) suppliers. If there are no suppliers in the island just enter "None"
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Repairs Service shop or marina name/wiki/Kuching#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EService_shop_or_marina_name.3C.2Fspan.3EService icon Service shop or marina name [[Kuching#Service shop or marina name|Service shop or marina name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +xx (xxxx) xxxxxx
Internet WiFi in ?
Mobile connectivity Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS on the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlet/wiki/Kuching#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3ERental_outlet.3C.2Fspan.3ECar icon Rental outlet [[Kuching#Rental outlet|Rental outlet]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +xx (xxxx) xxxxxx


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Eating out

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Places to Visit

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