Location : Kampung Pugu, Lundu District, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Most of us must have stood on the Sematan jetty at some point in our lives and wondered what the ‘island’ across the shallow Serayan Besar river mouth was. It is not an island but rather a long and narrow finger like piece of land sandwiched by the South China sea and the Serayan Besar river. Pretty much like the situations of Kellybay and Membakut in Sabah where open sea as well as river activities can be organized from the same vicinities, a rather unique geographical situation. Named after the Malay village of Pugu near Tanjung Batu not far from the more established Pandan beach, Kampung Pugu beach has just only recently been exploited by locals for tourism. The beach was noticeably clean unlike in the seventies up until the nineties where it was full of sawdust. Thanks to the closure of nearby sawmills. Indonesia’s banning of timber from Kalimantan has done a hell lot of good for the beaches here.
Currently, there are 2 operators Permata Pugu Camping Site and Deen Chalet providing camping ground and affordable accommodation to the local tourists.
Besides enjoying the beach visitors can hike up a barren hill at Tanjung Batu but now more popularly called Bukit Gondol. A name given by hiking groups but may not necessarily be known by the villagers around here.
How to get there? Drive all the way to Lundu town and turn to direction of Gunung Gading National Park, pass it and continue on to Pandan beach. Turn left and continue driving till you see Kampung Pugu. There is only one road leading to Kampung Pugu. Have fun.
Kampung Pugu Jetty
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