Garama Wetlands is a great location to spot different species of animals endemic to the exotic island of Borneo.
Garama Wetlands is one of the few great locations in Sabah to take river cruise and spot endangered proboscis monkeys, macaques, silver leaf monkeys, flying foxes, birds, and water buffalos. At night, it is a amazing place to see fireflies illuminate trees like Christmas lights.
The wetlands is located along the Penampang-Papar old road, about two hours’ drive from the Kota Kinabalu city centre.
Opening Days and Hours
Garama Wetlands is open daily. The river cruise operate from 13:00 to 19:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
It is free to enter the wetlands but cruise price varies among operators and starts at about RM 180 (USD 43.78) per person.
How to Get There
Although you can get to Garama Wetlands on your own, most visitors will book an all-in package with a tour operator, which includes transportation to and from Kota Kinabalu.
Garama Wetlands is suitable f0r couples, backpackers, seniors, and families with young kids.
Time to Spend
A tour in Garama Wetlands takes about 6 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Garama Wetlands is popular among visitors who are interested to see birds and wildlife in the rainforest. These animals are best sighted during late afternoons.
You can go on river cruises, spot animals, walk on the longest boardwalk in the wetland area, have a buffet dinner as the sunset’s twilight enfolds you, and be amazed at the spectacular sight of thousands of fireflies.
There are a few riverside stalls along the Garama River serving local dishes and drinks. However, most tour packages include an afternoon tea and buffet dinner.
There are many accommodation options in Kota Kinabalu that you can choose to stay in, from budget hostels to luxury five-star hotels. There are also homestays and Airbnb options too.
Good to Know
Remember to put on ample insect repellant and wear long pants if you are allergic to insect bites.