Marampayan Mangrove and Fireflies River Cruises (Day Trip)

Marampayan Mangrove and Fireflies River Cruises (Day Trip)

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Departing KK City early afternoon, you visit an unspoilt natural kampung (village) environment. There are two cruises, the first to search for wildlife and enjoy the mangrove. After a local Malay buffet dinner the second cruise at dusk allows you to experience the amazing light-show that the fireflies produce.

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Marampayan Mangrove and Fireflies River Cruises (Day Trip) (Adult £49, Child £39)

Day Trip - Marampayan – Two river cruises (searching for wildlife and experiencing the fireflies) (May Hi-Tea & Malay Buffet Dinner)

Your Blue Kinabalu tour guide will pick you up from your Kota Kinabalu city hotel at 1:30 p.m. (additional charges applicable for pick-up outside the city) and head north to the kampung (village) of Marampayan which is around 90km / one-and-a-half hours north of KK near the town of Kota Belud. Marampayan lies on land that sits between the picturesque Sungai Nanamun (River Nanamun) and South China Sea.

Upon arrival at our base, Habib Beach House you’ll be served a local Malay hi-tea and then we’ll take the five minute drive to the private jetty to take the first of two river cruises. Here, there should be an opportunity to view mangrove (subject to tide) and the beautiful unspoilt river system here. There’s wildlife in the area including long-tail macaques, proboscis monkeys and monitor lizards and your local guide will know the best places to look for these however as in all things natural there’s no guarantee of seeing wildlife. If it’s a clear day you’ll also enjoy an imposing view of majestic Mount Kinabalu.

Returning to Habib Beach House a Malay buffet dinner will be served and assuming it’s a nice day make sure you take a stroll onto the adjoining beach to enjoy the magnificent sunset. Then, after dusk  we return to the jetty for the night river cruise where we’ll look for fireflies (that are actually winged beetles) that congregate and flash in the mangrove to create displays that have been described as a “Summer Christmas Tree”. You’ll be amazed by the show that they put on however, as with all wildlife in their natural habitat there are no guarantees and the above is a sample itinerary. We will depart Marampayan around 7:30 p.m. arriving back at your KK city (additional charges applicable for drop-off outside the city) hotel around 9:00 p.m..


Ground transportation as described, Meals as described, River Cruises as described, guide fees, tipping for Tour Guide & Driver.


Travel Insurance and additional activities or any that are not stated on the itinerary


As part of the reservation process you advise us of the date you’d like the tour to commence (we’re very flexible but if your tour commences within 21 days we suggest you advise us by email first)

Please note that this tour is on general sale and accordingly there may be other guests on the tour. 

If you’d like to request a bespoke or private tour, please complete your requirements in Bespoke Tours of Sabah and Blue Kinabalu will be happy to provide you with a quotation.