mari mari cultural village, sabah
A Cultural Excursion in Sabah

Amidst a lush verdant forest of Inanam is Mari Mari Cultural Village, a village-museum that possesses an exclusive ambience of a cultural appreciation, giving every visitor a golden opportunity to embrace Sabah’s cultural diversity in a tranquil and serene settings. The tall towering trees and the rich smell of nature will give a glimpse of a magisterial ambience for all.

Located deep in the countryside, the village offers a private cultural tour of Sabah’s rich diversity and cultural heritage. The village aims to share Borneo’s longstanding history, culture, tradition, and knowledge.

A tour in Mari Mari Cultural Village will bring visitors to the various distinctive folklores of the 5 indigenous tribes in the village. The village also offers a hands-on experience of getting to embrace the ancient life of the 5 tribes from their own descendants; giving a brief exposure to their history, their daily life in the olden days, as well as their spiritual beliefs and traditions.

The tour of Mari Mari Cultural Village is also appropriate for family trips, with the in-house guides are more than happy to help each visitor in embracing the educational trip of culture. Visitors would be welcomed to be involved with exciting and interesting activities such as blowing blowpipes as well as using bamboo to cook and to start a fire.

Apart from storytelling and folklores, the villagers will also showcase their ability of hunting, the unique arts behind tattoo-making as well as other various cultural performances. Don’t forget to taste the different delicacies of each tribe as you take on the trip along the small huts of the village.

"Your short visit to Mari Mari Cultural Village will help the community to preserve the longstanding culture and tradition of Borneo."

The 5 Tribes


The tribe is well-known for its fierce and ferocious ancient tradition of headhunting. The tradition of collecting heads of the enemy was one of the most vital expressions of Murut’s culture, symbolising their spiritual beliefs as well as to ward off enemies from their village. Murut tribe was the last tribe to renounce headhunting in Sabah. One of the most frequented activities by the visitors in Mari Mari Cultural Village is trying the Murut blowpipe.


Lundayeh is a small minority among numerous ethnic groups inhabiting Sabah. Also known as Lun Bawang, the Lundayeh tribe is known for their specialization in agriculture. The name of the tribe translates to upriver people, perfectly describing their practice of livestock farming, fishing, and hunting.


Bajau people of Kota Belud are known as The Cowboys of the East as a recognition to their horse- riding skills while the Bajau Laut, also known as the Sea Gypsies; are known for their seafaring skills. Their life revolves around taking full advantage of the ocean, where their houses are built and where they find their sources of food from fishing, clams and mussels collecting, as well as pearl farming.


Known as the People of the Land, their life revolves around land activities. Kaamatan Festival or the harvest festival is the most important celebration of the Kadazan people. The festival honours the spirit of paddy after a year’s harvest. The tribe also feature a beauty-pageant-like competition, where a native Kadazan will be crowned as the unduk ngadau or the harvest queen.


The ethnic group of Rungus is formerly a part of the Kadazan tribe. Rungus people resides primarily in the northern area of Sabah. Their traditional houses typically have 75 rooms, which could fit 75 families.

Contact Details

Traverse Tours Sdn Bhd
Unit No 132, Block S,
Alamesra Plaza Utama Phase 3,
Sulaman Coastal Highway,
88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

+60 88 381 621

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