Le Cruise De Kota Belud showcases Kota Belud's own wetlands, the nearest place from Kota Kinabalu where one can discover one of Sabah's icon, the proboscis monkeys. This place is still under reported compared with Klias Wetland near Pulau Tiga.
Le Cruise De Kota Belud 是 Kota Belud 其中一个湿地，从Kota Kinabalu计算起是可以看见沙巴象征-长鼻猴最靠近的地方。这地方比起接近Pulau Tiga 的 Klias Wetland来说比较少闻。
|Le Cruise De Kota Belud|
The cruise begins along the Tempasuk river where one will be reeted by the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu at the background and before long the sight of bouncy crowds of proboscis monkeys will engross river cruisers.
|Le Cruise De Kota Belud|
Le Cruise de Kota Belud is very near from Usukan Cove Lodge, estimated the road journey is about 30 minutes. However, if you coming from Kota Kinabalu city, it takes around 1 hour and 18 mins.
Le Cruise de Kota Belud 离 Usukan Cove Lodge 很近，大约30分钟车程而已。但是若你从Kota Kinabalu 市中心来的话，整个行程要花大约1小时18分钟。
They are well-known for their skills in weaving and producing brass bells. Traditionally there are three distinct type of design for their houses: Marigai (equivalent to a palace), Turugan (resthouse for guests), Kampilan (residence for higher hierarchy) and Ubung-ubung (ordinary household).(from: http://www.sabah.edu.my/itma018/Culture/Ethnic%20Profile.htm)
We were served with Pinjaram cake upon arrival. It is Bajau indigenous group of traditional food which normally found in wedding ceremony, celebration and feast. It is made with rice flour, sugar and coconut milk. So it tastes sweet and nice!
When I went in front to take pictures, the friendly Bajau woman asked me to make one myself :) Of course I reluctantly to try it and do one....but the outcome is not guaranteed :P
当我上前拍照的时候，友善的Bajau妇女就问我要不要学做一个 :) 我当然很愿意去尝试...但是不担保产品出来好吃 :P
Somehow I'm serious with it....no play play....learning to make a nice one :) Anyone wants to try my 'product'? :S
可是我是认真的...不是玩玩下...学习如何制作一个好吃好看的 :) 有谁要尝试我的作品吗？ :S
While waiting for our boat, we had some spare time to explore around the place.
Hand made crafts by local community for sales
I'm so curious of the stuff they hanging at the pillars and went to check out one by one. It is actually traditional tools used by different ethnic in Sabah.
This traditional haversack still commonly used today originates from Takutan, a Dusun village in Sabah. Barait was traditionally used by men to carry personal items during hunting trips. It is also used by men when going to the fields to carry food and water.
Basong is lightweight funnel shaped back pack which is normally carried by women to carry mainly fruits, vegetables, paddy and other harvest produce. It is handmade crafted using rattan and bamboo by Dusun, Rungus and Murut people.
Made from thin strips of Bemban stem. Nyiru are essentially shallow oblong or egg-shaped or round trays used as winnows for paddy and other farm and household applications. Rungus, a native indigenous group inhabiting the northern part of Sabah, are well-known for their fine skills in producing these trays.
Sompoton, a traditional Kadazan musical instrument played by the Dusun tribes and it is originally from Tambunan district, northern part of Sabah. It is now prevalent among Dusuns and Muruts.
Wakid is Dusun carrying basket, also known as Balud, is widely used basket carrying a variety of agricultural produce and firewood. During harvesting, it is used to carry paddy stalks. Traditionally, it carried by women as men prefer to carry bigger version of a similar basket type.
The small jetty where we board the boat for river cruise.
The pictures shown above is taken using my smartphone therefore they are unclear and we only allowed to stay on boat and can't walk into the mangrove forest.
I can't catch any great and clear image of the Proboscis monkey. But my friend, Munzir Alawi, writer from Santai Travel magazine who brought along a good camera and sharp lens able to capture very funny and playful act of proboscis monkey. Hehe so I asked for re-shoot from his camera screen so that I have something to share in my blog :)
我没有捕抓到任何清晰的长鼻猴图片，但是来自Santai Travel magazine的友人Munzir Alawi带了非常好的相机和镜头所以拍到的照片非常好看，长鼻猴的逗趣动作全都给他拍下来了。所以我就问他借相机从画面上拍几张以便我可以在这里分享。:)
Proboscis monkeys live in group. They are good swimmers. When they encounter dangers, they will swim..if you are lucky, you have a chance to see it. Our tour guide seen once! I must say he is very lucky. I never know monkeys can swim until he told me. =="
Village panorama along the cruise fascinates me. The local still remains their simple lifestyle.
This is some information of the tour for reference. If you are interested, you can contact with local tour operators.
Package tour includes:
* Land & boat transfer
* Life jacket
* Light refreshment & dinner
* English Speaking Tour Guide
1340-1500 hrs- pick up from hotel (pick up time varies according to hotels)
1600 hrs- arrive at jetty- safety, program briefing, light refreshment
1630 hrs- river cruise in search of Borneo's pleasure- Proboscis monkey & sunset viewing
1800 hrs- buffet dinner will be served
1840 hrs- depart for an evening river cruise to spot the fireflies
1930 hrs- return transfer to respective hotel