This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: BORNEO - Stop #6 - Kinabatangan River...!
As my primary language is not English, there are probably some mistakes in my translation.
Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but Marc Allaria (@marc-allaria), a French guy.
Aurora at anchor
I have just spent 6 months touring the Philippines and another to maintain my sailboat. Many beautiful encounters in this Asia that I am learning to know. If there is one thing that cannot be removed from this part of Asia, it is the kindness of its population. It is also a component that does not leave me since the very beginning of my trip. In spite of everything I keep deep inside me a little frustration that gives me a good reason to leave and go always a little further to see if ... if the waters give me back the pleasure of the dives that I had known in Melanesia.
Because we must admit, Asia is not made for lovers of underwater exploration. As I have already said, here the choice is between a natural reserve, or a devastating overfishing. Bad luck, I do not like either! So I continue my journey south on the east coast of Borneo in the rare places of isolation that no longer offers this part of Asia. Astonishing circumstances, here flows one of the largest rivers of Borneo, the Kinabatangan river, which means ... brown waters!!
I ended up finding a well organized village by the river with pontoon and footbridge to go from houses to houses. I am invited to a fishing trip and a discovery of the river by pirogue. Crab is a abundant in the river. The traps are laid in the evening and the harvest is made early in the morning. It is a very nice moment to share as always since my arrival in Asia. To my amazement and total indifference of my hosts, we meet a trawler in the river ... I know the damage caused by these ships at sea, I dare not even imagine those generated in riverbeds. Other issues and another culture that I still have trouble not judging.
Trawler in river
01: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Funny situations ...! at sea..., by @marc-allaria
02: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The fishing file ...!, by @marc-allaria
03: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Cagayan Islands, by @marc-allaria
04: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Seaweed...!, by @marc-allaria
05: DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: The Bacuit Archipelago, by @marc-allaria
06: BORNEO: Kudat and the technical stop, by @marc-allaria