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Gayang Fishing Village Tour from Kota Kinabalu

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Key Highlights
  • Discover the peaceful countryside of Borneo
  • Experience the timeless atmosphere of Gayang fishing village
  • Meet the famous ′Sea Gypsies′
  • Have a go at crab catching
  • Experienced English-speaking guide to go with you
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Kota Kinabalu

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Plunge deep into the countryside of Borneo and find out how people live in the rural areas.

    Drive through the fresh green landscape with its paddy fields, rubber plantations, palm trees and villages set against a background of lush forests.

    Then take a river-boat to Gayang – a Bajau fishing village – home to an ethnic group known as ‘Sea Gypsies’ because of their formidable sea-faring skills.

    Observe the quaint houses on stilts above the water, connected by a latticework of wooden walkways, and explore the dense mangrove swamps.

    See the Bajau’s cleverly positioned fish traps and try your hand at crab catching. Find out if you would have the skills to survive as a Sea Gypsy!

    The Bajau also create beautiful batik textiles and you too can try your hand at this craft.


    For your Gayang Fishing Village Tour from Kota Kinabalu you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and taken for a tour through lush green countryside. An English speaking guide will accompany you on this delightful tour.

    On reaching Gayang Fishing Village you will enjoy light refreshments before you take a boat-trip to get a closer look at the dwellings of the Bajau people who live there.

    The Bajau are fishermen renowned for their sea-faring skills and they live in houses built on stilts above the coastal shallows. A network of wooden walkways connects the houses one to another. Fishing boats dotted around the village add to the charm of the scene.

    You will be able to participate in crab catching, one of the economic activities of the Bajau. The traps will be set at the start of your boat trip and at the end you will be able to check the traps to see what you have caught!

    During the boat ride you can observe the vegetation of the mangrove swamps which provides not only shelter for numerous creatures but also protects the river banks and fishing villages against strong winds and tides.

    Upon your return to the jetty, you can watch batik painting, a craft that the Bajau people have quite recently acquired. Try your hand at batik and bring home a piece of art.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • English-speaking guide
    • Light refreshment
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm departure details.

    Surcharge applied exit - outskirt hotels (e.g Nexus Karambrunai, Shang-ri la Rasa Ria, Beringgis etc) will be imposed surcharge as per below rates:

    Coach - MYR 55.00 per passenger (return)

    Private - MYR 85.00 per passenger (return)

    It is essential that you bring along insect repellant, sun block, hat, drinking water, walking shoes or sandals

    and light clothing

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews

      VERY GOOD...

      Tristan Couzens, Australia, 20/Oct/2009

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