Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre is of the only remains of mangrove forest that once existed extensively along the coastal region of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Previously known as Likas Swamp or Likas Mangrove and later Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary, the Centre came foremost out of 20 wetlands selected by the Sabah Wetlands Inventory Committee in 1986.The Centre is an important refuge and feeding ground for many species of resident birds, as well as several migratory bird species from Northern Asia. In addition, it is a breeding ground for marine life protected by the Fishery Department of Sabah.Apart from providing shelter and food for both resident and migratory species of wildlife, wetlands also prevent salt build-up in surrounding freshwater supplies, stabilising sedimentation, storing nutrients and removing toxins.
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  • This was one attraction that we visited twice during out stay in KK. You have to be patient to enjoy it though; the birds are free to come and go as they please, so you have to wait for them to show u...  more »
  • I really wanted to enjoy the wetland centre, and I truly admire their ethos, trying to improve education on environmental matters and preserve the mangrove swamp. That being said, the place had a very...  more »
  • We thought it would be nice, but’s it’s the complete opposite, board walk is very very old and rotten. Part of the path is just mud and very slippery. Next to no wildlife  more »
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  • Interesting wetlands park just outside the main city. Going in during the dry season we figured the wildlife would be quite scarce and it proved to be but we thought it was ok given the 30 ringgit entry for two of us wasn't too bad. There were plenty of egrets around, a few herons and plenty of mud crabs. Other reviews mentioned unfinished boardwalks but we figured it's actually part of the track for walking amongst the mangroves (just not ideal for the wetter months). All up, okay to fill an hour or two but don't expect too much and keep in mind the time of year you visit affecting what you might see.
  • I really enjoyed the walk. It is not long to complete and it is also interesting. A lot of good information about the animals that inhabit these wetlands, and children would most definitely enjoy it. It's also great for bird watching if that is what you are into. Wildlife is tough to spot though. Mosquitoes are aggressive, bring some repellent. The wooden trail is good until the gravel trail, which is not gravel but mud and dirt. There is also a lot of plastic waste, but overall it is well maintained.
  • This is not a birders paradise. You'll see far more birds, less mosquitoes, down by the sea. But here you will see a few common birds. The long round elevated walk was incomplete when we visited meaning you walk through 40 meters of muck to finish the circuit, or do as we did and back track. I think we saw eight species or so.
  • Interesting site with so much potential - along the wooden boardwalks you can see various species of mudcrab scuttling between twisted tree roots. However, the wetlands are in a severe state of disrepair. The education centre is a rundown disused shack, a lookout tower ominously warns "only 5 people at a time", and most disturbingly, the site is a cesspool of plastic rubbish that is completely interspersed with the environment. All the while, information boards preach the importance of preserving the environment. Given that the wetlands was named a State Cultural Heritage Site twenty years ago and should be a thriving tourist attraction and educational field trip for local schools, its current state is an embarrassment. Time for the government here to act.
  • I enjoyed the cool walk even though it was hot at that time. The wooden pathways enable visitors to walk through the wetland with ease and also choose to walk on the wetland provided appropriate shoes are used. Honestly, the place is a bit rundown, probably the main culprit would be lack of advertising and the public transport availability.
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