Tour Code: KK8
Duration 6 hours

Drive north passing-by scenic paddy fields, rubber plantations and native houses with majestic Mount Kinabalu as the background. Arrive at Kota Belud, the rice bowl of Sabah. The tamu becomes the busiest spot of Kota Belud in Sunday morning. Tamu trade is carried out under the tree shade, so you will see some big trees around.Try your bargaining skills at the open market and observe the natives engaging in trade. Chickens, goats, ducks, fish and crabs are sold side by side with handicraft and foodstuff.
Majority of population in Kota Belud is Bajau, who is also known as Cowboy of the East, due to their excellent horse-riding skill. The best time to appreciate their rich culture is in annual Tamu Besar (Big Tamu Festival).

During the festival, you will see Bajau people dressed in bright-colored costumes. Some of the interesting activities in the Tamu Besar include a Beauty Pageant, Buffalo & Horse Racing, Cultural Performances and the highlight is Bajau Horsemen Parade. Even the horses and ponies are dressed up in this yearly event.

Drive south to Mengkabong water village, home to the Bajau fishermen whose houses are built on stilts over the water. Explore the village on foot to feel the authentic lifestyle of fishermen before you retrace your route to Kota Kinabalu. (Lunch included)

Note that the Tamu (and therefore this tour) only operates on Sundays


Tour Code Destination Duration Inclusions 1 Person 2 People 3 People
KK8 Kota Belud Tamu 6 hrs (Sunday only) Lunch $315 $158 $158

Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Photograph courtesy of Borneo Eco Tours and Sabah_Tourism-Clement Liew (cover)