Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour is an ideal choice for those wanting to learn more about the leading tribes of Sabah and have a fun cultural adventure during a holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The Tour can be joined as a morning tour, afternoon tour or evening tour of Mari Mari Cultural Village.
Mari Mari Cultural Village is located in the beautiful Sabah countryside, away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. Mari Mari Cultural village aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and traditions of Borneo with you. The tour offers you the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live in the olden days. The village features five different ethnic tribes in one village – the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsy Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.
Experience and Learn Sabah’s Culture – Tour Mari Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu
You can choose to join either a morning or afternoon session at Mari Mari Cultural Village. The Mari Mari Cultural Village Tours start at 10:00 and 14:00 (with earlier collections from hotels in central Kota Kinabalu).
If you want to experience more of the culture of Sabah, check out our fantastic tour to Orou Sapulot, where you experience the culture of the Murut tribe. You can also enjoy cultural activities during the family-adventure 3-day Trek and Rafting tour.
Trip Itinerary – Half Day Tour Mari Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
09:20hrs / 13:20: 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 from central Kota Kinabalu.
10:00hrs / 14:00: Upon arrival at Mari Mari Cultural Village, you will be greeted by the village “Chief” and go through a ‘Welcome Ceremony’. Once welcomed into Mari Mari Cultural Village, you will visit the five traditional homes of the following tribes:-
- Dusun House. Here, you will be briefed on the tools used in the olden days and the materials of the house itself. You will learn about bamboo cooking and Montoku (rice wine) processing.
- Rungus Longhouse. Here, you will learn how to start a fire without lighters and look into the typical room of the tribe.
- Lundayeh House. Demonstrations of producing ropes, vests, floors, walls and etc., from tree barks.
- Bajau House. Watch the locals prepare Jala (local cake) and Pandan juice.
- Murut Longhouse. Watch a demonstration of blowpipe making and tobacco cutting. Watch the locals as they tattoo their bodies ‘manually’.
12:00hrs / 16:00: After your Mari Mari cultural village tour, you will watch a cultural performance, including some traditional dances from Sabah, and enjoy a buffet lunch before being transferred back to Kota Kinabalu.
13:30hrs / 18:00: Arrive back at your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu.
Trip Pre-requisites – Mari Mari Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The Mari Maru Cultural Village tour is suitable for all persons. It is a lovely trip for families with children as there are lots of fun cultural activities for the children to watch and join in. Bookings are based on a minimum group size of four people.
- Return transfer from central Kota Kinabalu.
- Guiding by an English-speaking licensed Guide.
- One meal (lunch/high tea/dinner).
- Cultural Village tour and cultural performance.
- 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.
There is an outskirt pick-up surcharge for hotels south or north of central Kota Kinabalu (e.g. Beringgis Resort).
Recommended Packing List For The Trip
Hat, raincoat, insect repellent, sun cream, comfortable shoes/footwear, casual wear, camera and personal medications (if needed), and a bottle of drinking water for the coach journey.
Notes – Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour, Sabah, Malaysia
The trip price is valid for tours up to 31st December 2023.
Is the Mari Mari Cultural Village entrance fee included in the trip price? Yes!
The Mari Mari Cultural Village price includes the entrance fee to the village as well as return transfers from hotels in central Kota Kinabalu, a village tour and a meal.