Mari Mari Cultural Villages
Mari Mari Cultural Village tour is located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo so that it is not forgotten.
The village features 5 different ethnic tribes in one village. They are the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.
Booking ONLY through (No individual drop-ins are allowed) :
Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd (KKKP: 3505)Lot 227-229,
2nd Floor, Wisma Sabah,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel: +60 88-260501, +60 88-260502
HOTLINE: 019-8204921 / 016-8321509
Children (5 - 11 y/o)
Children of 4 years & below is F.O.C RM 110.00 RM 140.00
Without Transportation (own arrangement)
Package Rates Malaysian & Non-Malaysian (per pax)
Adult RM 80.00
Children RM 70.00
User Ratings Summary
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Great fun & well conducted cultural tour !
I chanced upon this cultural tour in Tripadvisor and trusted the objective reviews. Our trip to Mari Mari Cultural Village were well conducted. The pick up at our hotel was punctual and the ride from Le Meridien hotel to the cultural village took about 30min.
Upon the arrival, we were greeted and chaperoned by an affable hostess from start to finish. Cultural tours can be stale in some instances...but at Mari Mari (which mean come come, in Malay language) is anything but stale.
Prior commencment of the guided tour, a "leader" will elected to be frontrunner when visiting the Murut tribe - a headhunter tribe. A screaming tribal warrior spring a surprise welcome...while permission "have to be sought" between the tribe leader and appointed visitors "leader" to gain entry. Such is the ethnic tribal customs...interesting ! Especially to the appointed "leader" (that's me, in this case)
We were brought through various villages with their unique tribal culture...even get to get a taste of tribal snack and fermented wine!
There is also a blow pipe session, longhouse visit which features bamboo "trampoline" jumping session, ethic tribal food experience, all culminated with a finale with tribal dance and pole dancing session where visitors can join in, on the stage. The unexpected "highlight" at the end of the visit was a scary but fun moment when our tour van brought us through a path with stream running through. But no worries, it all good and under control.
Children are often the "best" judges for opinion..at the end of the trip, they were happy and animated. That speaks volume.
So for a 2-3 hours trip in Sabah... I will not hesitate to recommend Mari Mari ..."come come" :)