Fancy a fishing holiday? Get hooked on fishing in Miri, Sarawak! Miri is renowned as one of Malaysia’s best fishing destinations and is only two hours away by plane. The waters off the coast offer an exciting experience for fishing enthusiasts, in both the shallow areas and the deep sea. Types of fish species here include giant grouper, yellowfin tuna, barracuda, snapper and giant trevally.
What to consider when booking
The best season for deep sea fishing off Miri is normally from March to October, when the possibility of a trip being cancelled due to bad weather is at its lowest. Also, depending on what’s biting (or not biting!), the fishing guide and captain will take you to another area to increase your chances of reeling in a big one over the course of an expedition.
Those looking to take part in and experience a sport fishing trip can choose from a day trip to overnighting on board the boat. Depending on the vessel, you’ll generally find a range of basic facilities on board. These include cabin rooms that can accommodate up to 12 people, air-conditioning, toilets and showers. Meals can also be arranged for your fishing trip – and what could beat a barbecue of your catch of the day on deck while enjoying a panoramic view of the South China Sea?
How to make the best of your fishing holiday off Miri
- When planning flights, allocate an extra day to prepare
- Safety first! Bring a first aid kit
- Ensure you have enough bait and fishing equipment
- Bring some entertainment on board
- Try to choose a window of good weather when the water will be less choppy
- Stay longer in one good fishing spot rather than moving too frequently
See how you fare against fellow anglers
Want to put your skills to the test? If you’re good enough, you can even sign up to take part in the annual Miri City International Deep-Sea Fishing Tournament. The event, held off the Sarawak coast around the middle of each year, attracts both local and international anglers from countries including China, Brunei and Singapore. It also includes an exhibition of the latest fishing gear.
Miri is Sarawak’s second largest city, with plenty to offer for those who know where to look. Aside from being a fishing destination, the coastal city boasts beautiful seas and beaches, diving spots, golf courses, mountains and cave systems. The Borneo International Jazz Festival is held in May and the Miri Country Music Festival in February. You can now fly direct from Singapore to Miri using Scoot or AirAsia.
For more information on Sarawak, or if you’re looking for authentic Sarawak gifts, visit Sarawak Gallery (Sarawak Trade & Tourism Office Singapore, 80 Robinson Road, #01-02A), Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.
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This article first appeared in the November 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!