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Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Cruise | 1 Day | Sabah, Malaysia

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A combo day tour from Kota Kinabalu combining two great locations – Mari Mari Cultural Village and Klias River Wetlands Reserve. A perfect, great value choice if you are short on time during your holiday in Sabah and wish to learn more about the rich culture of Sabah and have the chance to see wildlife and Fireflies. It’s a long day tour so suitable for families with older children. If you want a bit more of an adventure combo day tour then check out our Kiulu River Rafting & Mari Mari Cultural Village Day Tour.

Private Boat for Klias River Cruise

Pay extra and have a private boat for your river cruise activity during the Klias River Cruise day tour. The charge is for one boat (10 seaters) for the river cruise activity included as part of the tour itinerary.

Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Cruise Tour, Sabah, Malaysia

The Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Cruise Day Tour is an ideal choice for those wanting to combine learning more about the culture of Sabah and also getting the opportunity to join a wildlife tour during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

During the morning you will visit Mari Mari Cultural Village. Mari Mari Cultural Village aims to take you on a mini cultural adventure as you learn more about the culture of five indigenous ethnic groups found in Borneo – the farming Kadazan-Dusun, the bead-making Rungus tribe, the hunting Lundayeh, the sea gypsy Bajau, and the famous headhunting Murut.

Culture & Wildlife – Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Cruise, Sabah, Malaysia

After lunch at Mari Mari Cultural Village, you will then travel to Klias Wetland Mangrove Forest Reserve to join a later afternoon river cruise in search of wildlife. The Klias Wetlands reserve is located ~ 2 hours south of Kota Kinabalu and is home to Proboscis Monkeys, Macaques, Monitor Lizards, Water Buffalo as well as birdlife like the Kingfisher bird, Egrets and Hornbills. You’ll also, after dusk, enjoy a stunning display of fireflies. A beautiful combination.

If you are interested in seeing wildlife during river cruises as part of your holiday in Sabah then you should consider joining a trip to the Kinabatangan River. Choose from a range of Kinabatangan River trios and join river cruises in search of wildlife.

Trip Itinerary – A Combo tour of Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Wildlife Cruise, Sabah, Malaysia

09:15hrs: You will be collected from your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu. You will then be transferred to Mari Mari Cultural Village, a ~45 minutes journey.

10:00hrs: Upon arrival at Mari Mari Cultural Village you will be greeted by the village “Chief” and go through a ‘Welcome Ceremony’. You will then visit the five traditional homes of the following tribes:- Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau and Murut.

12:00hrs: After your cultural village tour you will watch a cultural performance and enjoy a buffet lunch.

13:00hrs: You will depart from Mari Mari Cultural Village. You will be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for the Klias River Cruise section of your tour (your minibus/coach will be collecting other customers from hotels in Kota Kinabalu before departing for Klias Wetlands). You will then travel by coach south from Kota Kinabalu. The journey takes 2 – 2.5 hours passing through the countryside and villages. Upon arrival, coffee & tea will be served with some local, homemade cakes.

16:00hrs: You will board the boat to start your afternoon wildlife river cruise (onboard a comfortable and safe fibreglass boat). The cruise will take some ~1.5 hours journey down the Klias River. Be on the lookout for Macaques, Silver Langur (or ‘Silver-Leaf Monkey’) and the highlight of the river cruise, the Proboscis Monkey. You might also watch the sunset while cruising back to the river lodge.

18:00hrs: Enjoy a traditional Malaysian buffet-style dinner. Catch a glimpse of fireflies slowly lighting up and decorating the mangrove trees.

19:00hrs: Listen to the crickets singing while you walk back to the coach. Depart back to Kota Kinabalu. You will arrive back at your hotel around 21:30hrs.

Trip Pre-requisites – Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Cruise Tour, Sabah, Malaysia

This trip is suitable for all persons. If you have young children you should be prepared for a late finish. Minimum 2 persons booking together.

Trip Inclusions

  • Return transfers from hotels in central Kota Kinabalu.
  • Looked after by an English speaking Guide.
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner.
  • Activities: Mari Mari Cultural Village tour, cultural performance, 1 x afternoon river cruise, sightings of Fireflies (not guaranteed).
  • Conservation & entrance fees for Klias Wetlands Reserve.
  • 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.

Trip Exclusions

There is an outskirt pick up charge of RM30 per person for hotels outside central Kota Kinabalu. There is a surcharge for transfers from hotels outside central Kota Kinabalu.

Recommended Packing List – Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias River Wildlife Cruise

Hat, raincoat, insect repellent, sun cream, comfortable shoes/footwear, comfortable cotton T-shirt with long or short pants, binocular, camera and personal medications (if needed), a bottle of drinking water for the coach journey. Please also take a copy, or photo, of your passport with you in case there are police checkpoints on the way to Klias Wetland Mangrove Forest Reserve.

Notes – Mari Mari Cultural Village & Klias Wetlands River Cruise Tour, Sabah, Malaysia

You might change minibuses in Kota Kinabalu after you arrive back from Mari Mari Cultural Village and before starting your journey for the Klias River Cruise – we will advise you at the time of booking if this will happen for your trip. Please note the Fireflies may not be seen at the Garama River if there is heavy rainfall.

The prices shown are valid for trips up to 31st March 2023. For trips after this date please contact us for a quote.


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