Subsequent to a scrumptious Little Italy lunch was the nature and wildlife adventure heading our way. Curiously, we were all excited for our tour in Kota Klias River.
From the city, it took us about two hours driving to the South West Coast of Sabah. Klias Wetland River is a Mangrove Forest Reserve situated on the Klias Peninsula. It is one of the most traveled sightseeing spots in Kota Kinabalu.
Upon arrival, a number of Malay snacks were served to welcome the tourist guests. While taking a short break, the view of the brownish colored river was undeniably noticeable. The dark colored water was a result of the thawed swampy tannins which added character to the exquisiteness of the river.
Nowadays, Klias Wetland River Cruise has become a prominent escapade among foreign tourists. Comfortably seated on a fiberglass boat, around 15-20 adventure-seekers eagerly wait to see the abundant wildlife wandering around the peninsula.
One of the famous wildlife typically seen is the outré -looking proboscis monkey (Nasalis Larvatus). Normally referred by locals as “Dutch monkeys”, the huge drooping fleshy nose of these monkeys; funnily epitomizes the Dutch owners on the area.
Endemically populating all over the reserve region, these tree-dwelling and leaf-eating monkeys are also considered as endangered species. Luckily, we were able to get ourselves acquainted to these rarely seen animals. Other amazing wildlife like crocodiles, monitor lizards, tree snakes and water buffaloes, were also spotted during the boat ride.
Lastly, as the darkness fully fancied the night, the grandest show of the trip started. While we spent eating dinner at the quayside, hundreds of tiny sparks of lights were glimmering on the trees. These awesome lightings were flocks of fireflies showing off the small lighted butts. Commonly referred as “Kelip-Kelip” in Malay, these fireflies habitually emit lights on trees facing the riverside; giving an added attraction in the peninsula.
Truly, it was another mesmerizing experience culminating our wildlife adventure in Klias River. Thanks to those wonderful faunas that welcomed and entertained us.
More on our Kota Kinabalu vacation HERE.