After pickup from Kota Kinabalu Port by your private driver and guide, hop on an air-conditioned vehicle for a comfortable ride to Mari Mari Cultural Village, situated amid a remote rainforest about 25 minutes from central Kota Kinabalu. Against the backdrop of beautiful untouched greenery, visit various tribal dwellings scattering over the village to learn about Sabah’s five main indigenous groups, namely hunters and fisherman (Lundayeh), cowboys and sea gypsies (Bajau), longhouse residents (Rungus), rice farmers (Kadazan-Dusun) and the infamous headhunters (Murut). Observe their megaliths, native houses, and a suspended bridge up close for insights into tribal building techniques. Stop at demonstration stations to experience their traditional customs such as hunting, cooking, and fire starting. At the House of Skulls, marvel at ancient relics from Borneo’s headhunters, including costumes, swords, and even human skulls. Join in with in-house guides on some of their interesting rituals and fun-filled traditions, such as dancing and bamboo shooting.
Afterwards, head back to the city center for lunch, and continue the journey with a visit to the Signal Hill Observatory for incredible panoramic views of Kota Kinabalu City and the surroundings of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. End the tour with a stop at Tanjung Aru Beach, a favorite weekend destination for locals and visitors alike. As the sun begins to set, return to Kota Kinabalu Port in good time for your next shore trips and tours. Trip ends.