Culture, Nature, History
Today you choose your adventure! The group will enjoy a hot breakfast before being divided into two groups for a range of activities.
You will be transported via private mini-van away from the land of men and taken into the exotic, wild and untouched beauty of Kinabalu National Park.
Mt Kinabalu (located within Kinabalu National Park) is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo (4,095.2 Metres) and still grows at a rate of 5 millimetres a year! It is one of the youngest non-volcanic mountains in the world and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 800 species of orchid, 600 species of ferns, 326 species of birds, and is the richest place in the world for the Nepenthes insectivorous pitcher plants (five of the thirteen are found nowhere else on earth).
Here you’ll stop to take in the world-class mountain views and hike one of the numerous jungle trails to experience first-hand, the incredible array of rare flora and fauna.
Following your jungle exploration you will recharge with a hearty lunch and will then have time to pay respects at the nearby Kundasang war memorial, built to commemorate lives lost during WWII, including several landscaped gardens that are definitely worth a wander in!
After some time to recharge back at the hotel you will finish the day by heading to Mari Mari Cultural village where you will learn about the exciting tribes of Sabah, learn how to use a blow pipe, light a fire, learn local games and enjoy a cultural show. A full day of unforgettable experiences!
You will be whisked away on a short ride to Jesselton point where we take boats out to Tunku Abdul Marine park. Here you will be sailed out onto the crystal clear water on a snorkeling trip – expect to see colorful fish and coral. We will also visit some of the islands in the park and have a simple lunch.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park comprises a group of 5 islands and is spread over 4,929 hectares, two-thirds of which are covered by sea. Before the Ice age, it formed part of the Crocker Range mass of sandstone and sedimentary rock on the mainland. However, about one million years ago, the melting ice brought about changes in the sea level and parts of the mainland were cut off by the sea to form the islands of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik, Dan and Sulug. Evidence of this can be seen from the exposed sandstone of the coastline forming the cliffs, caves, honeycombs and deep crevices.
After your tropical snorkeling adventure you will return to the hotel for the afternoon before travelling out we travel out to Mari Mari Cultural village where you will learn about the exciting tribes of Sabah, learn how to use a blow pipe, light a fire, learn local games and enjoy a cultural show. A full day of unforgettable experiences!