Spend the morning strolling through the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Conservation Area. Initially designed as a bird sanctuary in 1996, this twenty-four hectare patch of mangrove forest aims for education, recreation, and research by acting as a model for wetland conservation. Besides mangroves and mud, the center is home to a myriad of shore birds, including migrating species which are easily spotted from October to April.
Learn of the different types of mangroves and birds which inhabit this area, and how they act as a natural green lung for the city center.
Met by your guide at 8:00 AM for a short transfer to the KK Wetlands. Your guide will give you an introduction to Kota Kinabalu including the area you will be visiting. Venture into the 1.5km boardwalk, and discover the mangrove forest and the critters that live it in such as mudskippers, fiddler crabs and water monitors. Along the way, observe nature and birds, and visit the observatory tower. So far, more than 80 species of birds have been recorded at the KK Wetlands. Most of the birds you will see are waterbirds such as egrets and herons. You can see them walking on the mud during low tides, and during high tides, most will perch on the boardwalk trails. Learn of the importance of mangroves as part of our ecosystem.
After the mangroves, return to the city and visit the local markets to see the humdrum of daily life in the vegetable and fish bazaar – see the daily catches at the fish market, sample tropical fruit in season at the fruit market and marvel at pungent smelling seafood at the dried seafood market. Stop and have a drink of fresh coconut juice before getting dropped off at your hotel by noon.
Return transfers from Kota Kinabalu hotels, guide, entrance to KK Wetlands and drinking water.
Additional expenses at market, tips and gratuities.
Sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, binocular, hat, comfortable walking shoes.
Daily based on minimum 2pax, not available on Mondays.
Families, couples, nature lovers, birders. This program can be tailored to suit bird watchers and bird photographers – ask our travel consultant for a specialised bird guide.