Mangroves and Riverways
If swimming, kayaking, canoes, walking and Barbecues attract then you're in the right place - The mangroves & river ways are a playground for both water based & naturalist activities.
Most of the activities on this page require no more than a reasonable level of fitness & are suitable for children over five years. However, our Cascades Kayak trip may prove a little more demanding to the novice kayaker while our boardwalk excursion is considered easy & ideal for families with younger children.
Our specialist tours of the mangroves are aimed at individuals that hold a particular interest in flora & fauna but are open to aspiring entomologists & botanist alike.
River Kayak with BBQ Lunch
Mild | 6 hrs
Min 2 Adults
Kayak to a picturesque secluded spot of the river for lunch, doesn't get much better than that.
We set sail by boat to the mouth of a small river inlet on the edge of the mangrove forest. From here we transfer you to your kayak for a gentle paddle upstream, at your own pace, to a shallow set of rocky rapids for lunch.
Along the way the stream is lined with a variety of mangrove trees, Nypa Palms and some strange Pandanus Plants. The river also once served as a route for illegal loggers and evidence of their spoils - huge tree trunks some more than 30m in length - can be seen lying along the waterbed.
At the rapids, there is opportunity to walk up the stream to a lovely little spot perfect for cooling off in the refreshingly clear & sparkling waters before returning for your BBQ lunch. After lunch there is time to relax before the boat returns to Tatai.
Cascades by Kayak
Demanding | 6 hrs
Min 2 Adults
If you're feeling in need of a bit of a workout then come Kayak up the river ways and swim in the cascades of mountain fresh waters.
This trip follows the riverbanks of the Tatai River towards the sea before heading up one of the many inlets on the edge of the mangrove forests and where mountain waters enter over numerous cascades. The entire journey by kayak is approximately 10km journey, never fear however, our support vessel & guide is always just a short distance behind you and ready to offer assistance if the going gets too tough.
At the cascades you are at liberty to relax and swim in the cooling & refreshing mountain waters. Then after lunch there is plenty of time to join our guided walk around the rapids before returning by boat.
Mangrove Forest by Kayak
Mild | 6 hrs
Min 3 Adults
Gently kayaking along the river inlets lined with twisted roots of the mangrove trees and clambering onto marshy outreaches is a great way to get up close & personal with this strange & alluring place.
The sheer diversity of the surrounding environment draws you from your kayak to experience by foot some of the more unusual plants, such like the carnivorous pitcher plants that cannot be seen from the river.
Home to many varieties of plants & small animals, the habitat itself is so unusual that for many it will be like nothing they've seen before. Gee Chartier, our resident naturalist, will tell you he loves this place and could happily spend a full week there!
Lunch is taken aboard the shelter or shade of the tour boat or on land if the weather is favourable.
Easy | 3.5 - 4.5hrs
Min 3 Adults
A short drive of approximately thirty minutes and you arrive at Peam Krasop Wildlife sanctuary and the gateway to the Mangrove boardwalks. This sanctuary boasts a unique mangrove ecosystem consisting of 23,750 hectares and has around 10,000 people living within its borders.
It is at this sanctuary that you can experience the tangled structures and intertwined roots and branches that is unique to the mangrove forest, without having to get your feet wet.
A walk along the boardwalks is an easy, pleasant and peaceful way of getting up close with the alluring mangrove forestation that quite literally surrounds you. There is a viewing tower on the walk that provides a bird's eye view across the forest and it's not just roots and branches; there is every chance you will see some interesting and unusual creatures on your trip around.
This activity is a solo tour but can be undertaken with a specialist guide for a supplement of $8 per head inclusive & includes a 30 minute boat tour around the sanctuary.
Specialist Mangrove Exploration
Mild | 4 hrs
Min 3 Adults
This activity is provided through our partner resort of Rainbow Lodge and requires a short boat trip up the river, once at Rainbow Lodge you'll be introduced to Gee Chartier who will be your guide.
Gee is from the UK and moved to Rainbow Lodge several years ago and has devoted much of his time documenting the flora & fauna in our surrounding part of the jungle. His wealth of knowledge is extensive and his recitals on nature are extremely rewarding.
We offer half and full day excursions ranging from gentle saunters surveying the local habitat to deeper exploration of the surrounding jungle. Interested participants should register their interest with management who will arrange a private consultation with Gee to identify your specific areas of interest and develop a bespoke tour to suit your expectations.