Located on the Klias Peninsula is the Klias Wetland, a Mangrove Forest
Reserve. The Klias River is one of the cleanest rivers in Sabah with abundant
vegetation and wetland swamp wildlife.
A river cruise here will be rewarded with sightings of the bizarre-looking
proboscis monkey, macaques, crocodiles, moniter lizards, tree snakes, birds
and a spectacular fireflies display.
tree-dwelling proboscis monkey normally hunt for food in the evenings.
Crocodile are usually sighted at night. where you will see their eyes
reflecting the light of your torch. Crocodiles in Klias are not known to be
aggressive as there is plenty of fish the river. Usually regarded as the star
attraction of Klias Wetlands, are the volume of fire flies at the Klias River.
On a good day, you will be able to sight fire flies from 6.30 - 7.00 pm
onwards. The best sightings are usually when it is not full moon.
Strongly recommended that you take the night cruise which usually starts at
5.00 pm and ends at 7.30 pm, which will give you a good sighting of monkeys,
birds, Borneon bats and fire flies. A typical visit starts at the Kota Klias
jetty, which is built alongside a traditional Malay kampung where you can have
an original feel of how the local folks live.
River fishing is also popular at Klias. You can rent or charter a boat from
the Klias River and enjoy a day of good river fishing. Many city dwellers come
to Klias for fishing during the holiday seasons.
If you plan to stay overnight after the Klias trip, you can stay at Tempurong
Resort, which is just 20 minutes' drive from Klias. The resort, in traditional
tropical architecture, has cozy, clean rooms with attached bathrooms and hot
water showers. From the timber deck of the main building you enjoy a majestic
view of the South China Sea.
Located 110km south of Kota Kinabalu, Klias is about a 2-hour drive from Kota
Kinabalu City. You may want to arrange your visit with a local tour operator.
One of Sabah's hidden treasures, Weston Wetland is a eco retreat getaway for
A scenic river cruise here offers sightings of wildlife such as proboscis
monkeys, macaques, monitor lizards, giant mudskippers, smooth skin otters,
flying foxes and snakes. Along the way, you may even learn crab-catching the
A hike along the nature trail will lead you to many exotic pitcher plants
growing wild. In the evening, enjoy a panoramic view of the wetlands. When the
fireflies light up the trees, illuminating the stillness of the night.
There are also two highly different water villages here - two communities: the
Bisayas' and the Bruneian Malays'. The first one is right in the thick of the
vast wetland while the other at the waterfront of the Weston town.
The lodge is an establishment built in the heart of Weston's swamp area,
offering plenty to see and do. Lodging is basic and dormitory-style; a wooden
longhouse' with double-decker bunks in 5 rooms with common bathrooms. All the
rooms have mosquito netting and ceiling fans.
There is also a lounge built on stilts over water into the river front with a
adjoining jetty. At night, when all the lights are off, the fireflies are
clearly seen lighting up the surrounding trees. Inspired by local building
materials, the Kingfisher Lounge is where you can have your beers while
watching the amorous fireflies dancing their twinkling courtships.
Weston is at the mouth of Padas River, about 120km in the Southwest of Kota
Kinabalu. You can also reach by 20 minute car journey from Beaufort.
If you are going for whitewater rafting
in the Padas River just conveniently upstream of where Weston is You will
be glad to avoid the tiring journey back to Kota Kinabalu immediately after
your joyful battles with the rapids; and enjoy, instead, whatever Weston has