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Private Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour

From $90.00/person to $305.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Children ages 2 and under are free.
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Private Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour

During this private tour you will feel like you are stepping back in time as you meet descendants of 5 ethnic Sabah tribes and learn how their ancestors lived and worked in the era before modern day luxuries such as electricity.

Your adventure begins with a short ride into the countryside to a village like no other. Upon arrival you will be warmly greeted and taken into the different homes representing each of the 5 tribes: Kadazan, Rungus, Bajau, Lundayeh and Murut. Each home is built according to the tradition of the tribe with its own unique architecture and usage, allowing you an exclusive peek into what their daily life was like.

Learn how the Kadazan and Rungus people farmed rice, hear the sea faring stories of the Bajau and find out how the Lundayeh practiced agriculture. Discover why the Murut were the last tribe to renounce headhunting and the role this practice had in their spiritual, cultural and protective beliefs.

Stop in the demonstration huts and observe ancient activities such as crafting a blowpipe by hand. Watch tattooing as you learn about their symbols and learn how to make fire from a bamboo tree without the use of a lighter.

Reserve your spot now to get a firsthand look and feel for what ancient Sabahan life was like.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair or walker, but those who are mobility impaired must have a companion to assist.
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5 Stars Private Mari Mari Cultural Village TourDecember 11, 2019

Reviewer: Sarah Peterson
An excellent tour. You cross a suspended wooden slat bridge over a clean roaring creek. Lush forest & flowers surround you. Leaves are huge, the size of my torso. Walk "village" to "village" with each depicting a different tribe. The homes/huts are authentically built, chickens are running around, you see a wide variety of foods and rice wines being made over open fires and you can taste any/all for free. One house has the coolest interior trampoline floor, yes the entire floor, made of a bouncy wood. There are large boulders, here and there, with old mossy pictographs carved into them. I learned to successfully make fire with bamboo! Was served a large buffet lunch with chicken, fish, salads and fruits. Traditional dancing and the use of blow pipes for hunting is here for you to learn and try. Wear walking shoes, not flip flops) and learn at an unhurried pace by touching, feeling, trying and doing this is the tour. I highly recommend it!

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