Sabah is the homeland of many wildlife species; the proboscis monkey is one of them. I went on a proboscis monkey tour at Kota Kinabalu because if I don’t see it at KK, where else am I gonna see it ? The tour is also combined with a firefly tour. You don’t have to make prior arrangements for the tour because there will be lots of tour booths in town; you can easily book it the night before or even on the morning itself because the tour only starts at 2 pm (RM 180 per pax with to and fro transport in mini van).
The mini van picked up a few people from different hotels and two hours later we arrived at the banks of Klias River.
Coffee, tea and snacks were provided before the boat ride.
The weather on that day wasn’t the greatest. I think even the proboscis monkeys were hiding somewhere to stay away from the drizzle. We cruised along the river for some good 40 minutes without seeing anything.
When we finally saw something, there were about 5 monkeys in total. The guide explained to us that this is not the usual case because on a sunny day, we would have been able to see the monkeys earlier in greater numbers. So lessons learnt here today is that don’t go on a proboscis monkey tour on a rainy day !
I was expecting to see something like this – monkeys with big bellies, prominent noses and uumm, other prominent features.
But obviously I wasn’t thinking right because the monkeys were so high up in the trees I could hardly see them. They just looked like normal monkeys from afar.
I was a little disappointed, the tour nonetheless allowed us to view the monkeys in their natural habitats without disturbing them. You might want to bring your binoculars along to see the monkeys better.
The boat cruised far enough to the estuary and let us off for a short walk, before taking us back to the river bank.
We got on the minivan again, drove for another 1 hour for the firefly tour.
It was my third time seeing fireflies, but I still loved it with the fireflies shining and dimming like Christmas lights.