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Kota Kinabalu Bird Sanctuary Exploration

Pick up from Kota Kinabalu

Tour Code: BKI-02 Duration: Approx 3 Hours

Greet the city's feathered friends as you embark on a tour of the wetlands not far from the city.


  • Observe Brilliantly Coloured Birds at the KK City Bird Sanctuary
  • Learn More About the Numerous Species of Birds
  • Spot Rare Birds and Glimpse Other Wildlife at the Mangrove Forest

Tour Description:

The Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary is a 24 hectares patch of mangrove wetlands that provides a safe environment for local wildlife and international birds alike. The sanctuary acts as a centre for environmental education and promotes eco-tourism. So this is where visitors can discover a genuine appreciation for nature.

The birds here are free to come and go as they like. This allows them to be in a habitat that really aims to simultaneously protect and respect. What is extremely important about this sanctuary is that it is the only remaining area of widespread mangrove forest that was once part of the city’s simpler days. Because of this, the 1996 state government transformed it into a bird sanctuary in the hopes of educating people about the importance of wetlands. It was honourably acknowledged as a State Cultural Heritage Site in 1998.

Bird watching is an immensely popular activity here as the nature reserve is home to at least 80 species. The best time to do this is at dawn, before the birds take flight in search of food, or when they return home at the end of the day around dusk. Interestingly, many winter visitors are attracted to roost here.

Common feathered friends include those from Siberia, the Greater Sunda Islands, Europe, and the regions just beyond Antartica and Australasia. There are birds that migrate from all across Asia, too. If you are very lucky, you might catch sight of the Nankeen night heron or the lesser adjutant stork. Besides housing guests, the sanctuary is also home to year-round residents. These colourful tenants range from yellow-bellied prinias to green pigeons. Other wildlife is also found here. This includes water dwellers like jellyfish, water snakes, fiddler crabs and mud lobsters.

Cancellation Policy:

Please refer to our refunds policy under Terms of Use section.

Pick-Up Time:

  • 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

What's Included:

  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Hotel Return Transfer
  • Entrance Fees

What's Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Any Items Not Mentioned

Additional Information:

  • The Kota Kinabalu City Hall authority does not allow big coaches to go up Signal Hill due to safety reasons
  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeings
  • Sanctuary closes on Monday
  • Child prices apply for children of ages 2 to 11. A minimum of two (2) adult tickets are required to be eligible for child ticket prices
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own

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Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up location(s) that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.

List of Location(s):

    Pick up is also available for other location(s) under the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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