Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) endemic to Borneo, is nicknamed “monyet belanda” or “Dutchman” by the locals due to its large body size, big round pot bellies and striking colours fur coat. But what makes them famous is the huge long nose and a permanently erect bright red penis seen in mature males. The reason is unknown for this permanent erection but with between 20 to 24 females proboscis in a male’s harem, we guess the alpha male needs to.
KOTA KINABALU / TAMPARULI TOWN / NABALU / PORING HOT SPRINGS / TREETOP CANOPY WALK / KUNDASANG
Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation : Kinabalu Pine Resort
Pick up from airport and transfer for Lunch, after Lunch take a drive through scenic countryside of Tamparuli Town. Visit Historical Wooden Shop houses of olden days and walk across the “Jambatan Tamparuli”, a suspension bridge which is the famous landmark in that small town to get a feel of kampong (village) lifestyle. Thereafter, proceed to Nabalu Town.
Journey will take approximately 1 hour passing by villages and paddy fields along mountainous roads that wind along the Crocker range. Nabalu is a place where the local natives gather to sell local produce, exotic fruits, home grown vegetables and handicraft souvenirs. It is also here where you can get lucky to capture unforgettable moments of Mount Kinabalu stunning views.
Check into a mountain resort. You are free to explore the resort at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the Kinabalu Pine Resort.
KUNDASANG / KINABALU PARK / KOTA KINABALU
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Wake up as early as 0600hrs to catch the sunrise. Appreciate the imposing beauty of Mount Kinabalu before your very eyes as it is slowly surrounded by the clouds. After breakfast proceed to Kinabalu Park Headquarter. Enjoy the refreshing and cooling air as you proceed for an educational walk along the nature trails in the Botanical Garden. Kinabalu Park boasts an estimate of 4,500 species of plants which include 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. Visit the Mountain Garden and Exhibition Hall.
Proceed for about 1.5 hour drive to Poring Hot Springs. Lunch will be served at Poring Hot Spring Restaurant. After lunch, a must visit is the Treetop Canopy Walkway which 20 minutes hike is needed.
Experience the height of 41 metres above the ground and length of 157 metres. Visit the next attraction, Butterfly Farm, where it features a garden, nursery and hatchery for education, research and preservation purposes. After which, you may just take a dip in the open air Japanese styled bathtub which the natural hot sulphuric minerals is believed to have therapeutic effects to soak away the sores and aches of your muscles
Proceed back to Kinabalu Pine Resort You are free to explore the resort at leisure till Dinner
Kinabalu Park /Proboscis Monkey & Fireflies at Klias River
Breakfast / Dinner
After breakfast, Check out and transfer to Kota Kinabalu Hotel.
Check in at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu City, Free and easy.
Pick up from your hotel and proceed your journey to Kota Klias Peninsula (approximately 112km from Kota Kinabalu city), passing by some local villages, small towns and local roadside fruit stalls. Klias is located in between the small town as well as district of Beaufort and Kuala Penyu. Upon arrival, you will be served a simple local style high tea before proceeding for the river cruise.
During the river cruise, you will be able to spot many wildlife habitats like the long tail macaque, birds such as Kingfishers, darter, eagle and of course the Proboscis Monkey. You will be able to differentiate the female and male proboscis monkey by their appearance and behavior. As you cruise till darkness set in, witness and be amazed by nature’s Christmas lighting, the fireflies! Depending on weather condition and luck, you might even spot nocturnal animals like the flying fox and night bats. Do bring along binoculars to have a better view of the animals.
After the exciting river cruise, head back to the jetty for a sumptuous dinner spread which typically consists of meats marinated in different styles, rice, potatoes and veggies. After your dinner proceed to another short river cruise to catch the glimpse of fireflies slowly lighting up the mangrove trees like a Christmas tree in a river, after see the lighter mangrove head back to the jetty and back to your coach and depart for Kota Kinabalu and transfer to your hotel
Islands Hopping To Manukan & Sapi
Meet at hotel lobby and transfer to jetty.
Upon arrival at the jetty, hop on for a short 20 minutes boat ride which departs at 08:30hrs to the first island. Start of your activity. Spend designated time on the first island before proceeding to the second island for seafood BBQ lunch.
After lunch, you are free to explore the second island or continue your sea sports activity. You can also laze around the Beach soaking the tropical sun.
Prepare to pack up and standby by the island jetty for return boat ride to Kota Kinabalu jetty and onward transfer to your hotel.
Pick up and transfer to airport.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) consists of a cluster of islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. The five islands of the Marine Park are characterized by shallow waters, sumptuous coral gardens and all boast splendid white sandy beaches. The islands of Sapi, Manukan and Mamutik lure in and tempt tourists from all over the continents, thanks to its colorful coral reefs and diverse marine life. Immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters or bask in the sun with a book in your hand while enjoying the island life.
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