Shore Excursion Details

Tribal Cultures & City Highlights

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Tribal Cultures & City Highlights


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Experience authentic tribal life in a jungle village where the residents still embrace the ancient customs and traditions of their ancestors.

joy an orientation drive through Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton and affectionately called KK, making a couple of photo stops along the way.

Continuing on into the heavily forested countryside, you will soon arrive at the Mari-Mari Cultural Village, where you can savor the soul of Sabah. Different ethnic tribes are represented in the village in a natural environment where their traditions and histories have been well preserved.

During your visit, you have the unique opportunity to acquaint yourself with each tribe as they welcome you into their homes and give you a glimpse of their simple, yet intricate lives. Not only does this village portray these tribes through the architectural genius of their traditional houses, but also through a range of simulated lives of the olden epoch by the residents of the village. You will hear stories of how their ancestors lived, learn about their spiritual beliefs, and see demonstrations that may include fire starting, cooking and tattooing. Tribal traditions are alive and well here.

You will also be treated to an entertaining cultural performance before sitting down to lunch. Some of the dishes have been prepared in cookware made of bamboo cut in the forest.

On the return to the pier, you will stop at a handicraft market known for its selection of beautiful sarongs, cultured pearl jewelry and tribal masks.

Need to Know:

NOTES: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing. There will be some uneven natural surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection, insect repellent and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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