A two hours drive south of Kota Kinabalu, to a historical town called Weston, here one can go on a river cruise to explore the wetland. Proboscis monkey, silver leaf monkey, and crocodile are just some of the wildlife one will see. The fire flies at night is also spectacular site.
Kunang-Kunang simply means fireflies in the local language, and a good place to see fireflies in northern Borneo is at the Klias Peninsular. Lies at the heart of the Klias Peninsular is the mocha colour Klias River, which flows south and eventually reaches the sea at a small town, called Menumbok. At the Klias River, the term Kunang-Kunang is also the name of an eighty feet long house boat, which brings guests on a deluxe cruise to discover the beauty and wonders of the Borneo Mangrove Wetland. Kunang-Kunang is one of the largest boats on the Klias river, and it can accommodate up to fifty persons. Types of animals and primates that one will be able to see along the river include the Proboscis Monkey, Silver Leaf Monkey, Long Tailed Macaque, Monitor Lizard and the Borneo Water Buffalo. Birds are also commonly spotted on the trip.
Sabah is located on the northern part of the Borneo Island, the third largest island in the world. It has a land mass of 73,619 square kilometres, which is just slightly bigger than the Washington state of USA. Two thirds of Sabah shoreline are surrounded by seas and with its long shoreline, it also comes with many tropical islands, as many as one hundred, which range from the habitable big ones to exotic tiny ones.
Last century a prize winning book called “Land Below the Wind” which was written by celebrated American writer Agnes Keith, has created a lot of interest from the Western world to explore this wonderful mysterious land. Today with avid promotion done by the state government in many developed countries and also via words of mouth, Sabah is fast becoming the popular choice for an ultimate tropical vacation.
Go for an adventurous white water rafting at Kiulu river deep in the forests of Sabah.Kiulu is located at a valley, where most of its inhabitants are farmers. A few rows of small wooden shops, a clinic, a community hall and a big secondary school are the main structures that make up the Kiulu town centre. This area is hardly visited by outsiders until a tar road was completed in the 90s. A journey to Kiulu town will allow someone to get a glimpse of what rural Sabah is all about. Features like suspension bridges, small villages, green padi fields, and hills after hills of tropical rain forests are the common scenery.
Today going for an adventurous white water rafting at the Kiulu River is the main attraction here. The white water rafting ride at Kiulu river is rated with grade one and two, which is great for beginners and groups with small children. This one and a half hours river rafting will bring participants journeying through many of the beautiful scenic views of the Kiulu river.
A mere two hour drive down south of Kota Kinabalu, will bring one to the Klias Wetland. Located at the south west corner of Sabah, Klias Wetland is surrounded by mangrove forests and is home to a variety of wildlife that thrives in their natural habitat. A one and a half hour cruise along the Klias River will give visitors a chance to encounter with monitor lizards, macaques, otters, crocodiles, water buffulos, and birds. And not forgetting the highlight of the visit, the proboscis monkey. The best time to watch them is in the late afternoon.
Kinabatangan river, with a length of 560km, is the longest river in Sabah. It stretches, from the interior of Sabah all the way to its river mouth which opens out to the Celebes sea. The river runs eastward most of the time. The floodplain of Kinabatagan, the largest in Malaysia, is a refuge to the many wildlife in Sabah, as most parts of Kinabatangan forests have been converted to palm oil plantations. These small corridor of riverine forests are all but the only place left for the wildlife to move around. WWF, a conservation organisation, reckons this is one of the two places on earth where one can watch 10 primate species at a single place, some of these animals like Proboscis monkey and the Borneo Pygmy Elephants are endemic to the Borneo Island. Lonely planet guide book even mentions that Kinabatangan area is Malaysia’s gift to the world for its wildlife and nature. This is of no surprise that in 1920 the Johnson family from Kansas, USA came to Kinabatangan, North Borneo (now Sabah), to document and film the wildlife and native people.
Moroli River Fish Therapy is the latest tourists attractions in Sabah.Hat off to the village people of Luanti Baru near Ranau town for in the year 2006, they had won the much coveted prize, the best River Care Award in Malaysia. It is not a simple achievement as there are more than 364 river catchment communities competing for the honour in the whole of Malaysia. With the prize money and the effort of the village community, they have turned the Moroli river into Sabah latest and most unique tourist attraction which is fish therapy by the river.