Photo: A good way to see some of Semporna's jungle life.

Semporna proboscis monkey river cruise

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Take the opportunity to explore a little of Sabah's rich mangrove ecosystems with a late afternoon river cruise to see some of the beautiful wildlife, including proboscis monkeys.

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Tours begin at a point along Sungai Tohok (dry river) that's a 45-minute drive through colourful villages. During our visit, we were surprised to be met by a Malaysian army patrol, complete with soldiers carrying heavy artillery and flak jackets; they told us they were there to protect us from “monkeys and crocodiles”. The river is not far from the open sea, and due to possible terrorist risks in the area, security is strong.

Plenty of these cheeky creatures. Photo taken in or around Semporna proboscis monkey river cruise, Semporna And Sipadan Island, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Plenty of these cheeky creatures. Photo: Sally Arnold

The late afternoon timing is ideal for seeing the wildlife, but you’ll still have to be lucky to glimpse the big-nosed proboscis monkeys. More easily seen along the banks are longtail and pig-tail macaques, hornbills, giant fruit bats and monitor ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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