Tamau River and Fireflies Cruise in Kota Kinabalu

Kid Friendly in Kota Kinabalu

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Join the exciting river cruise to discover and explore Borneo wildlife at Tamau River with our professional English speaking guide. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive long-nosed proboscis, long-tailed macaques, birds such as Kingfishers and crocodiles. After dinner, as darkness set in, you will embark on another boat to witness and be amazed by nature’s Christmas lighting, the fireflies!
Our driver will collect you from your hotel lobby in Kota Kinabalu city area around 2:30pm by an air-conditioned vehicle and depart to Tamau River.Travel north of Kota Kinabalu through the countryside for about 90 minutes to Tamau River in Kota Belud, a predominantly Bajau area. Then, embark on a 45 minutes boat ride as you enjoy scenes of village life such as children playing, fishermen returning home or buffaloes wallowing.  Look out birds such as kingfishers and egrets and monkeys such as the macaque and Proboscis monkey.  In the late evenings, possibilities of spotting the monkeys are higher as they settle down to rest for the day by river banks in the riparian forest canopy.After dinner, travel a further 20 km to Rampayan for another short 15 minutes cruise to witness nature's amazing light show.  Flickering fireflies glow in the dark, lighting up the mangrove fringe like Christmas trees and stars illuminate the night skies – a mesmerizing magical moment. Please note that seeing the fireflies is depending on weather condition and luck, you might even spot nocturnal animals like the flying fox and night bats. You will be transferred back to your hotel safely after an amazing experience.

What’s included

  • Refreshment and dinner
  • Rampayan firefly cruise
  • Tamau River cruise
  • Professional licensed English speaking guide
  • Local taxes
  • Hotel round-trip transfer by air-conditioned vehicle

What’s not included

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Dinner included
  • Family friendly