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Kenyir Lake ~ Activities

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• Terengganu State Map • Travel-in Terengganu • Stay-in Terengganu •

 • Houseboating • Fishing • Camping & Jungle Trekking • Treks & Climbs • Water Sports •

Surrounded by a lush tropical jungle, the Kenyir Lake is a popular and ideal retreat for nature lovers, anglers, photo enthusiasts and fun seekers. Some of the activities which could be carried out here are fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating, camping and jungle trekking.

House boating
House boating is a unique way of experiencing the sights and places in Kenyir It may not offer five star facilities, but it does furnish a "thousand star" jungle atmosphere minus the need for strenuous trekking and camping.

The standard version of the house boat is basically a passenger boat with sleeping quarters built on top of what was formerly the roof. Cooking, meals, bathing, washing and fishing are conducted downstairs while sleeping, card games, chit-chatting and the like belong to the "living room" upstairs.

As for fishing, different places have different fish and fishes such as jelawat, temoleh, siakap, baung and of course toman are easily caught. The advantage of fishing from a houseboat is that you can go and eat or sleep anytime you want and continue the action later.

It is a natural haven for freshwater fishes. In fact, the place is naturally overflowing with fishes during the wet season. Overflowing means you can literally catch the fishes with your bare hands! At current, there are about 300 different species of freshwater fish found at Lake Kenyir. The many protruding dead trees surrounding the lake serves as the most ideal breeding spot for the fishes. The algae growing on these trees and branches also serve as the major sustenance for the fishes. Good fishing sports are at Cacing, Pertang, Leban, Petuang, Saok, Sg. Terenggan
and many others.

Most of the fish here is game fish especially Toman (Snakehead), Baung (Catfish), Lampan Sungai (Scwanenfeldii’s Barb / Bardboides), Kelah (Malaysian Mahseer), Sebarau (Carp), etc. The rainy season between November to February, is especially favourable for easy fishing. Anglers are advised to arrange for special fishing trips through chalet or private boat operators for the best fishing location. Please be informed that a fishing permit is required from the Wildlife Department.

Camping & Jungle Trekking
Kenyir Lake provides an ideal rendezvous with beautiful mother nature and peaceful camp-sites are plentiful in and around the lake. Popular camping spots are along the rivers of Saok, Lasir, Cacing, Chicir, Leban, Pertang, Terenggan, Tembat and Pulau Pub (KOLA).

Treks & Climbs
Those seeking a more adventurous trekking experience can take up the challenge of hiking up one of eight major peaks in the area, the highest of which is Mount Chergau, which stands at more than 1,375m above sea level.

But many are more keen on hiking up Mount Gagau, to claim the fame of having standing in three different states at once - a possible feat as the borders of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan culminates at its peak. Some of highlands designed for trekking and camping are Mount Gagau, Mount Bongsu and Mount Padang. Just follow the marked trails or if you interested in jungle trekking, It is advisable however to engage an experienced nature guide before going on a trek as they will not only ensure your safety, but will also impart knowledge on the flora and fauna native to Lake Kenyir.

Water Sports

With a sprawling water catchment of some 38,000 hectares, Jet-skiing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, rafting and shooting rapids are among the many water sport activities available here.


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