Cultural Exploration at Mari-Mari Village

Cultural Exploration
at Mari-Mari Village

Authenticity in its finest form without exploring the Borneo jungle; Mari Mari Cultural
Village has preserved the true nature of tribe living. A fun-filled and meaningful
concept, where five ethnic minorities showcase their culture in a hands-on way.


Malaysia’s deeply-rooted cultural heritage has long been a key reason for travellers exploring the Sabah side of Borneo. Spread across the vastness of the region, the cultural differences between the indigenous tribes and minorities, the awareness of the interesting sights and sounds of ethnicity slowly moves towards preservation.

With Mari Mari Cultural Village, guests are now able to get a taste of the diversity of the Borneo side of the variety of Borneo without having to travel into all corners and directions and seeking out these interests.

The set-up of this village is centralized around the values of Borneo minorities, each with their specific traditions and beliefs. With three departures each day, planned in such a way that engaged visitors will not miss some of the demonstrations of what is acclaimed to be one of the best set-ups of multi-cultural experiences.


Cultural Exploration at Mari-Mari Village

09:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 21:00

Guests can choose between three departures each day from their centrally-located accommodation in Kota Kinabalu. The short ride, accompanied by an English speaking guide/driver, is 25 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu, towards the greener side of Borneo. The winding road into the lush side of Borneo forms a perfect introduction of what guests can expect here. The village is a collection of tribe-authenticated settings, ranging from houses and communal areas with a non-western touch.

Upon arrival, you are warmly greeted by the team, often natives of one of the five represented minorities. A walking tour among the settlements or Mari Mari is an accurate representation of how these tribes may have preserved in the jungle – it is a step in time and showing visitors a true experience.

Traditions are transferred from generation to generation, documented in Mari Mari not to get lost in times of modern development. It is a hands-on experience that suits the whole family,  including making traditional instruments for the haunt, using nothing but natural sources to start a fire, the art of tattooing and the symbolism that comes with its designs and patterns and more. Including during this 4-hour journey through Sabah, a snack/light meal is included, depending on the time of your choosing. The transfer back at the end of the tour will be moving along the same path, only adding richness in knowledge and appreciation of what Sabah has to offer to each of you.

Your cultural exploration of Sabah’s hospitality, seen through the eyes of its tribes, ends 4 hours later after your departure.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide/ driver. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver cum guide.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Meals (lunch, high tea or dinner) as indicated in the program (food only), depending on the chosen departure time


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis.
  • Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide cum driver only; Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside central Kota Kinabalu.
  • Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation, such as Rasa Ria / Nexus / Beringgis, cruise ports and Kota Kinabalu’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Should you have booked a joint / Seat-In-Coach excursion, we are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.


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