Just as the Bajau tribes of Kota Belud are known for their horse-riding prowess, the Bajau Laut people are known for their seafaring skills. For many years these so-called 'sea gypsies' have subsisted on the ocean and resided in makeshift houseboats — more recently settling into Sabah's coastal region in houses built on stilts. This 5-hour tour of Gayang village includes crab catching and a batik workshop, with round-trip transport from Kota Kinabalu hotels.
After hotel pickup in Kota Kinabalu, take a morning drive to Gayang village — it's one of the places in Sabah where you can observe the seafaring lifestyle of the Bajau people. Upon reaching the village, light refreshments will be served before you embark on the river and participate in crab catching, a staple of local livelihoods that include fishing, collecting clams and mussels, and even pearl farming. The crab traps will be collected after the completion of your boat trip.
Learn from your guide about the vegetation of the mangrove forest, which not only provides shelter but also offers protection against any strong winds and tides. Stilt houses can be seen along the riverbanks along with fish traps that provide the fishermen extra income.
After you return to the jetty, prepare for your next activity: batik painting. Try your skills at one of Malaysia's major cottage industries and bring back your work of art as a souvenir.
Once your 5-hour tour is complete, you will be taken back to your hotel.