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Get your fishing high in West Kalimantan's Kapuas Hulu

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, August 15, 2018 | 11:31 am
Get your fishing high in West Kalimantan's Kapuas Hulu

The view of Lake Sentarum National Park from the peak of Tekenang Hill in Selimbau district, Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan. (kompas.com/Yohanes Kurnia Irawan)

For anglers, Kapuas Hulu regency in West Kalimantan offers several spots to enjoy the ultimate fishing high. 

Spanning 29,842 square kilometers, the regency sits on the eastern end of West Kalimantan and borders Sarawak, Malaysia. 

Fishing spots in the area include Lake Sentarum, which is part of the Lake Sentarum National Park, and the Meliau and Lindung lake clusters. 

Lake Sentarum is a large lake, stretching 1,320 sq km, where visitors can fish in different spots while adhering to the conservation rules within the park. 

"A week is not enough time to travel around the lake, which must also be done with a local guide. As a local myself, I still get lost when I go around the wide lake," Kapuas Hulu Regent AM Nasir said at the launch of the 2018 Lake Sentarum Festival in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by kompas.com

The second spot is the Lake Meliau cluster. Meliau is the name of a hamlet that has many lakes with endemic fish. Meliau hamlet is located in Malemba village, Batang Lupar district, Kapuas Hulu regency.

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This destination is a popular fishing spot with a natural ecosystems and endemic fish species, especially arowana (Screlopages formosus) and toman (snakehead).

You can fish in 11 of the lakes that are connected by small rivers and swamps, including lakes Telatap, Lukuk, Kasim, Balairam Besar, and others.

In addition to the fishing experience, visitors can also learn about the local culture in the Meliau region. This hamlet has a betang (a traditional Dayak house), which is 90 meters long and is inhabited by 33 Dayak Iban families.

The third spot, Lake Lindung, is a protected lake where half of it is overseen by the community to harvest fish. The harvest is the best time to visit, where you will see the community gather together harvesting tons of freshwater fish. (liz/kes)

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