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Borneo, the world’s third largest island, is famed for its ethnic diversity, yet it can be hard to experience traditional life unless you have days—or weeks!—to spare for jungle travel. In just half a day at the Mari Mari Cultural Village, discover the culture of Sabah’s five main ethnic groups—their houses, costumes, practices, and performances—with a local guide. The tour includes a traditional local meal.
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- 1Riverbug AsiaStop: 90 minutes - Admission includedSee details
- 2Mari Mari Cultural VillageStop: 3 minutes - Admission includedSee details
- Explore traditional Borneo lifestyles at the Mari Mari Cultural Village
- Learn the costumes, culture, and practices of five Sabah ethnic groups
- Savor a traditional meal in the dining hall at the end of your tour
- Choose morning or afternoon departures, with or without hotel transfer
What to Expect
If you’ve opted for hotel transfers, your driver collects you from your door. If not, meet your guide at the Mari Mari Cultural Village. See the traditional houses, costumes, and lifestyles of Sabah’s five main ethnic groups: Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, and Murut. From hunting and fishing to trading and farming, from diving for pearls to fighting, learn about their very different ways of life. After enjoying a cultural performance and touring the traditional houses, enjoy a feast of traditional indigenous cuisine for lunch or high tea. Feel free to browse the souvenir shop for local artisan products before you return to your hotel.
- Local guide
- Hotel round-trip transfer (if the hotel transfer package is selected)
- Entry/Admission - Riverbug Asia
- Entry/Admission - Mari Mari Cultural Village
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Personal expenses
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- All our tours are not weather dependent, the tour will proceed as usual
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, sun screen, bottled water and camera
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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There is a meal served. Everything is fried in palm oil so enjoy your clogged arteries. They say that they have vegetarian options, but they do not. The village tour was interesting, so we were happy. Not very far from town, so the trip was not punishing like the poring springs.
Date of experience: January 2020
Response from Riverbug, Reservation Team at Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village from Kota Kinabalu
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Dear GREGORY N, All reviews and feedback are important to us here at Riverbug as we are constantly seeking to improve our products and services, aspiring to exceed expectations! Thank you so much for the kind and motivating word towards the tour you have participated in. Although, we are quite disheartened at the fact you were dissatisfied with the lunch and meals provided for your vegetarian option. As such, we will take suggestion into consideration. In the future, we will strictly ask our guests for their dietary restrictions in a more elaborated manner to further prevent this conundrum from happening again. Thanks again for taking the time to give us your honest review! Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! Sincerely, Riverbug Asia team
We visited the Mari Mari cultural village . It’s was better than I expected . Truly enjoyed the experience . A good way to know about the history and culture of Sabah. Jonathan was a good guide . Fun, informative and friendly . Will being more friends and family
We did the half day mari mari cultural tour and it was brilliant. Our guide was great and it was very insightful to see how the indigenous tribes lived.
Date of experience: December 2019
By showing the different cultural identities within Sabah, this place enhances the visit to Sabah. Without visiting the Mari Mari Cultural Village I think that you have missed out on seeing the remnants of the 'old ways' of Borneo which has a wide variety of peoples living…
Date of experience: November 2019
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