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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  • Quite dirty with a lot of rubbish around. Not really worth it to be honest. We went to the kinabatangan region after (river and wetlands) and it was much much better. We didn't see a lot of birds at t...  more »
  • Very interesting Center. About webs, you can walk through the mangroves and watch a lot of animals. Since I was on a rainy day there, I've seen little birds. However, I have seen many different cancers in the mud beneath me. At the entrance, you get some laminated photos which you can determine the animals as a visitor. I think personally very well. Unfortunately, you can see in the mangroves are very much rubbish. This does not come but from the visitors, but is repeatedly washed ashore by the tide or flood... On the way back you can walk back BB´s then still directly on the floor of the mangrove to the HQ. Here meet a then still other crabs, mudskippers and what else so there is... :-) From Kota Kinabalu, one should go in any case with the taxi or uber. I walked and the way is not really nice. Usually, it goes along on a 4-lane road and takes about 45 minutes.
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  • I think the management should consider to do something about the cleanliness of the wetlands. There are a lot of bottles and slippers lying around. Even the information board is not properly maintaine...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A one (or two) hour journey into the coastal mangrove habitat. Good for young children and serious bird watchers alike. Good idea to pack these items: a water bottle, insect repellent, and a raincoat or umbrella.
  • 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.
  • For those who are nature lover, this is a very good place to visit. Its quiet and peaceful amidst the noisy and busy town of KK

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Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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