Kinabalu National Park, is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its “outstanding universal values” and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species Located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, it covers an area of 754 square kilometres surrounding Mt Kinabalu, which at 4,095.2 metres, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo.
KOTA KINABALU / TAMPARULI TOWN / NABALU / PORING HOT SPRINGS / TREETOP CANOPY WALK / KUNDASANG
Lunch / Dinner
Accommodation :Sutera Sanctuary Lodges
Depart from hotel and 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.
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.
After a relaxing soak, transfer to Kinabalu Park and check into Nepenthes Ladge. a mountain resort. This Resort is located inside the park and is manage by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges; you are free to explore the resort and the Park at leisure.
KUNDASANG / KINABALU PARK / KOTA KINABALU & Proboscis Monkey & Fireflies at Klias River
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, check out, 9:00hrs proceed back to Kota Kinabalu City. Check in at Promenade Hotel, 12:30hrs, Proceed for lunch and after lunch departing to Klias for your Proboscis Monkey & Fireflies Tours
Begin 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
Breakfast / BBQ Lunch / Dinner
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.
In the late afternoon, 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 proceed for City Tours, you will visit some of the interesting place in Kota Kinabalu City, like the Sabah State Mosque with its gold inlaid onion dome, the largest dome of its type in Malaysia. Visit the Chinese Buddhist Temple where a huge statue of “Kuan Yin”, the goddess of mercy who welcomes and blesses all who visit the temple.
The tallest building in Kota Kinabalu, Yayasan Sabah Tower, officially known as Menara Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building). Built in 1977, this magnificent 30-storey circular glass sculpture that reaches 122 meters high is one of the few hanging structure type of building in the world. Also, pay a heritage educational visit to Sabah Museum to learn more about its unique culture and history and the Heritage Village on the Museum grounds where you can enter and experience different types of traditional houses of the various indigenous groups of Sabah.
Along the way, drive pass Kampung Likas and the Likas Wetland, which is a natural bird sanctuary. Take a brief stop at Signal Hill, where you will be greeted with a beautiful bird’s eye view of the city skyline and nearby islands, before arriving at Filipino Market where you can pick up cheap and unique handicrafts, souvenirs and foodstuffs. You may wish to bring back some dried seafood from the seafood produce shop. Also The Tanjung Aru Beach, after the city tou , proceed to a Seafood Restaurant for a Sea Food Dinner. After dinner transfer back to your hotel.
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.
Cultural Village Tour At to Monsopiad
Breakfast / Lunch
Pick up from hotel lobby and transfer to Monsopiad Cultural Village in Penampang, a home to the Kadazan people. (Approx. 20 min drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu) On arrival, register at the reception counter, meet the local guide for the village and proceed to the restaurant for a welcome drink.
Visit the legendary house of Monsopiad’s descendent where the 42 skulls of the warrior’s advesaries are kept. Enthralled by the mysteries of Kadazan ancient folklore and see the massive monolith which Monsopiad planted about three hundred years ago.
Watch the Cultural Dance performance by the local villagers in their fascinating traditional costumes to make your visit a more memorable one. Before going for your lunch, take a chance to further explore briefly some part of the Penampang area to witness the changes of the past and present. The houses nowadays are mostly concrete although you could still see some are wooden but a typical Kadazan house is hardly seen.
After lunch, Transfer to Airport for your flight back home
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