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What a great experience to see the endemic proboscis monkeys of Borneo in just a two hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. The firefly display was also magica...


Trip Starting From: Kota Kinabalu

Trip Location: Kota Kinabalu

About the activity:

-    Witness the rare Proboscis monkey dangling from branches and on the river banks having fun.

-    Enjoy high tea and delicious dinner on board watching the fireflies dance at night.

-    The Klias River Cruise includes Hotel return and boat transfers.

-    An English speaking guide will accompany you for the entire trip.

-    A relaxing river cruise on the river Klias will help you explore the nearby areas, mangrove forest and various species of flora and fauna dwelling there.

About Klias:

A scenic drive for 1.5 hours from Kota Kinabalu will take you to Klias, an extremely picturesque wetland considered to be the biggest peat swamp forest in Sabah. It happens to be the habitat for Proboscis monkey, Silver leaf monkey and fireflies. The tree-dwelling Proboscis monkey re often spotted post-sunset on treetops making merry.  

It attracts thousands of tourist every year who equally enjoy the Klias River Cruise Sabah. Little speed boats cruising across the river Klias spotting monkeys on trees and river banks.

Nights are also enjoyed by watching the nocturnal animals and witnessing fireflies transforming the place into magic. The lush mangrove forest makes for a charming backdrop with serene river water flowing ceaselessly.


2:00pm hotel pick up to Kota Klias
4:00pm arrive at the jetty, coffee/ tea and cakes will be served
4:45pm board for river cruise
5:00pm search the odds nosed monkeys Borneo - the Proboscis Monkeys
6:00pm return journey to the jetty, enjoy the view of sunset in the boat
6:30pm arrive at jetty for hearty dinner overlooking the Klias River
7:00pm enjoy another boat trip to witness the fireflies
7:30pm depart for Kota Kinabalu
9:30pm hotel drop off

Hotel Pick Up Location:

Kota Kinabalu area: 2:00pm
1Borneo, Nexis Karambunai, Rasa Ria Resort, Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort: 2:30pm (surcharge of MYR35 per person, payable directly to the operator)
The operator will contact you to confirm about the final pick up details before the day of the tour
Please arrive at your hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pick up time. For no shows and late arrivals, rescheduling and refund requests will not be entertained
As this is a shared transfer, please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pick up route


  • High tea
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  • Dinner Buffet


  • Cruise
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  • Wildlife sightseeing

Other Inclusions

  • Hotel return transfers
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  • Boat transfers
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  • English-speaking guide


  • Shared Vehicle

Things To Carry

  • Insect repellent
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  • Sunblock
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  • Sunglasses
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  • Raincoat
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  • Camera
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  • Extra cash (for hotel pick up and drop off surcharge if needed)


  • Children between the age of 4 to 10 years will be considered for child tickets.
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  • Children aged 11 years and above will be considered for adult tickets.
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  • Children between the age of 0-3 years can enjoy the trip free of cost.
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  • The Klias River Cruise is not stroller friendly
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  • Hotel pick-up will be done only from Kota Kinabalu area.
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  • Pick up and drop off to and from other places will attract an extra charge which is to be paid directly to the operator.
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  • Please arrive at the hotel 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
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  • For no-show or late arrival at the hotel, cancellations or refund will not be entertained.
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  • As this is a shared transfer, please have patience while other guests are picked up from their respective hotels.

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
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  • If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.

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    What a great experience to see the endemic proboscis monkeys of Borneo in just a two hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. The firefly display was also magical.


    People Also Ask

    1. Where is Klias River located?

      Kilas situated near Kota Kinabalu is an abundance of nature’s gifts in various hues. Kilas Wetland Sabah in the Borneo region is not only a mangrove swamp but also an area decked with magnificent flora and fauna.

    2. Is there any extra charge for hotel pick up and drop off?

      The trip to Kilas Wetland package includes a free Hotel pick-up and drop from the Hotel lobby in Kota Kinabalu area. Hotels in other places other than Kota Kinabalu are charged extra for pick-ups and drop-offs.

    3. What is the pick-up location?

      The Pick-up location for the Kilas river cruise trip is generally from the Hotel lobby of Kota Kinabalu area or any other mutually agreed location as per booking.

    4. What are the different types of packages I can avail?

      There is only a single package available for the Kilas river cruise Sabah Which includes Hotel transfers, experiencing Kilas wetlands and marvel at its beauty, explore stunning mangroves and witnessing the rare Proboscis monkeys hovering over the branches.

    5. What is the child age ticket limit and cost?

      Children between the age group of 0-3 years can avail the trip free of charge. Children between the age group of 4-10 years will be considered for child tickets priced at Rs. 2402/- per head.

      Children from 11 years and above will be considered for adult tickets. Also a child should always be accompanied by an adult.

    6. Where I can redeem my e-voucher?

      The e-voucher or a printed voucher of the confirmed booking can be redeemed the very moment a local guide meets you at the Hotel lobby and guide you towards the Kilas river cruise.

    7. Explain the itinerary in brief?

      The Kota klias river cruise is a one-day fun-filled activity with abundant activities lined up for the day. -

      Hotel pick-up to Kota Kilas at 2.00pm from the Hotel lobby.
      Beverage with snacks will be served on arrival at the jetty.
      Start for the river cruise and scout for Proboscis monkey in their remote habitats
      Return back to the jetty and enjoy a magnificent sunset from the cruise
      After a hearty and flavourful local dinner on the cruise depart for yet another boat ride to witness the fireflies dancing to the tunes of serene water bodies and tranquil environment
      Depart for Kota Kinabalu as the trip finishes with a Hotel drop off.

    8. Are there different pricing for Malaysian passport holder and Non-Malaysian passport holders?

      The pricing is the same for Malaysian as well as for non-Malaysian passport holders.

    9. Which is the best time to visit the Klias river cruise?

      The Kilas River Cruise can be enjoyed any time of the year as the cruise services are open and available throughout the year.

      Though it is advised to avoid the monsoon season as activities on Kilas river might get disrupted due to unavoidable climatic conditions.

    10. What is special about Proboscis Monkeys?

      The Kilas Wetland in Malaysia boasts to home one of the rarest and exotic apes, the Proboscis monkey. This monkey is indigenous to this locality and has a typical appearance with a long probed nose.

      It is endemic to the Southeast Asian Island of Borneo. This reddish-brown arboreal old world monkey is the star attraction during the Kilas river cruise and is often seen hanging from branches or perched on trees in its own comfort zone.

    11. What are the possibilities to spot fireflies?

      The possibilities to spot fireflies are quite high post the sunset provided the climatic conditions are conducive to fireflies to appear.

      It is indeed a rare moment to witness millions of fireflies dance to the secret rhythm of nature.

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