Mari Mari Cultural Centre
Showcasing the tribes of Sabah, the Mari Mari Cultural Centre offers an immersive way of getting to know the cultures of the indigenous people.
The Mari Mari Cultural Centre is a live museum that takes you through an interactive tour of the local tribes’ history and way of life. From exploring tribal homes, food tasting, and taking part in traditional dances, you will spend a delightful and entertaining time at the centre.
Located within the rainforest in Inanam, the centre is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu city centre.
Opening Days and Hours
The centre is open daily with tour sessions at 10:00, 14:00, and 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entry fee, including tour and meal is RM 170 (USD 41.35) for adults, and RM 150 (USD 36.49) for children. On the other hand, the same package costs RM 150 (USD 36.49) for adults, and RM 130 (USD 31.62) for Malaysians. Prices could be cheaper for groups of more than 4 people.
How to Get There
As the site is not accessible by public transport, your best bet is to book directly with the centre and they will arrange for a pick-up at any location within Kota Kinabalu city.
The Mari Mari Cultural Centre is great for travelers of all types and walks of life who are interested in a cultural experience of Sabah’s local tribes.
Time to Spend
Each tour lasts about 3 hours, including a live dance performance and meal at the end of the tour.
Apart from looking at the exhibits, you can take part in many activities like starting a fire with wood, get a henna tattoo, taste some local delights, or participate in a traditional dance on stage.
A meal is included in the tour, so you do not have to worry about securing your food. The eat-all-you-can buffet meal consists of local delights and includes both vegetarian and meat options, plus drinks.
- Gaya Street – 17 kilometres
- Sabah Museum – 19 kilometres
- Atkinson Clocktower – 17 kilometres
- Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre – 15 kilometres
Since the centre will arrange for pickups for you from anywhere within the city of Kota Kinabalu, your accommodation options are plentiful. You can stay in budget hostels, mid-range hotels or luxury accommodations.
Good to Know
If the time is right, the evening tours are the best because bonfires are lit up after the sun has set, creating the perfect mood for the visit. Since the centre is in a rainforest, make sure to bring some insect repellent to avoid being bitten by pesky mosquitoes.