Kota Kinabalu Port is a popular tourist destination for those who want to experience the exotic and tropical adventures of Borneo. Divers from around the world come to explore the coral reefs and abundant marine life, but the area offers many opportunities for adventure. Nature lovers can climb Malaysia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, go whitewater rafting or sea kayaking, or visit orangutans in their natural habitat.
The Monsopiad Cultural Village, about a half-hour from Kota Kinabalu Port, demonstrates the traditional lifestyle of the Kadazan peoples. It also tells the story of a Kadazan head-hunter warrior, Monsopiad, who some three hundred years ago killed 42 men attacking his village. The Hall of Skulls displays the 42 skulls. Direct descendants of Monsopiad built the village on the land where he lived.
About 20 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu Port, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a new park with a zoo and botanical gardens. Covering about 113 hectares, the park is located in the township of Lok Kawi and is home to more than 100 species of birds and mammals, many native to Borneo. Visitors especially enjoy seeing the orangutans and proboscis monkeys, but many other animals can be seen including the Malayan Sun Bear, Malayan Tier, Sumatran Rhinoceros as well as wild cattle, elephants, gibbons, leopards and many more. The botanical garden contains a challenging trail for hikers. Since the park used to be a rubber plantation, some rubber trees still grow there. When visiting there, bring sunblock and an umbrella.
Travelers who want to visit Kota Kinabalu Port and Sabah or Borneo can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.