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Klias Wetlands River Cruise, Malaysian Borneo in Photos

By - June 4, 2013 (Updated: November 11, 2018)

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series CheeseWeb's Asian Adventure 2013.
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Want a full day trip from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to discover Borneo's nature? A Klias Wetlands river cruise is the perfect way to see proboscis monkeys, macaques, lizards, fireflies and more.Want a full day trip from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to discover Borneo’s nature? A Klias Wetlands river cruise is the perfect way to see proboscis monkeys, macaques, lizards, fireflies and more. 

Our trip to Sandakan to see the orang-utans inspired us to discover more of Sabah’s wildlife.

From our base in Kota Kinabalu, we arranged another primate-themed day-trip from our base in the Horizon Hotel.

We would cruise down the Klias River searching for Malaysian Borneo’s other famous inhabitant, the proboscis monkey.

Rather than tell you about our river cruise, we decided to show you what we saw. So come along on a photo tour of the Klias River with us:

After several hours driving through the lovely countryside, we arrived at the Klias River, where our intrepid guide scored us front row seats on our small boat.

Front row seats for cruising the Klias River.

Front row seats for cruising the Klias River.

A group of Chinese tourists filled up the rest of our vessel. Only a few of them spoke English, but everyone was friendly and happy to smile for a photo.

Say 奶酪 (cheese... I think.)

Say 奶酪 (cheese… I think.)

It wasn’t too long before our captain spotted movement in the trees. The proboscis monkeys are quite shy, so we had to look way up to see them in the treetops.

Look up. Look waaaay up. And you may just spot a proboscis monkey.

Look up. Look waaaay up. And you may spot a proboscis monkey.

Mama and baby proboscis monkeys.

Mama and baby proboscis monkeys.

Family group of proboscis monkeys.

There were at least a dozen individuals in this family group of proboscis monkeys.

The proboscis monkeys aren’t the only inhabitants of the Klias wetlands. Our captain spotted this monitor lizard sunning himself on a log.

This lazy lizard wasn't bothered by our presence at all.

This lazy lizard wasn’t bothered by our presence at all.

By far the friendliest and most inquisitive monkeys on the Klias are the macaques. These guys couldn’t wait to climb down and check out our boat.

Macaque on the Klias River

“Who goes there?”

This macaque is enjoying the local produce.

This macaque is enjoying the local produce.

Macaques on the Klias River

“These humans get funnier looking every year…”

Macaques on the Klias River

Monkey spotting on the Klias was a great way to pass the afternoon.

On our return back to our dock, a spontaneous rain storm did its best to soak us. Fortunately, it didn’t last long, and we were treated to a brief but beautiful double rainbow.

Rainbow over the Klias River

Rainbow over the Klias River

Then it was back through the trees to return for a Malaysian buffet dinner.

Cruising through the Klias Wetlands

Cruising through the Klias Wetlands

Check out more great day trips from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo from GetYourGuide:

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Alison Cornford-Matheson
Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian travel writer, author, and photographer. She is the founder of Cheeseweb.eu, a website dedicated to slow and sustainable travel, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and cultural awareness through travel. She and her husband, Andrew, are the founders of RockFort Media, committed to helping entrepreneurs tell their stories online. Alison has visited over 45 countries and, after living in Belgium for 11 years, now lives full-time in a Bigfoot motorhome named Yeti with Andrew and their well-travelled cat.
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