Borneo Kellybays – a tropical heaven, an exotic getaway to the water paradise, fun-filled day at the beach, a holiday retreat, and a mangrove jewel.
It is ideally one of the best places that we’ve been in Sabah. It is nestled in Kampung Laya Laya in Tuaran. A place inaccessible by foot, you are not allowed to walk-in on the same day. Hence, you need to make sure that you have booked a tour before you joining the activities offered on the island.
Book a tour
Access the island in a wooden raft
Like I have mentioned previously, you will not be able to access the place on foot, hence you need to access it with a wooden raft. You will be able to get on the wooden raft as long as you book a tour with the company.
Once you are on the island, a group of staff will stand and welcome you with their local music and dance. That was the first taste of local culture and tradition upon our arrival on the island.
Things to do in borneo kellybays
Though small, the activities you can do here are limitless! There are water and dry activities to keep you occupied. Or just chill at the many hammocks or on the beach!
1. Kayak at the mangrove swamp
There’s no limit to how many times you can kayak on Borneo Kellybays.
The only limit is the amount of energy that you have. You will be provided with everything including a life jacket.
Of course, from our faces you can see how scorching and burning the sun was. Lather a lot of sunscreen guys!
2. Take the banana boat at the mangrove swamp
We took the banana boat for about three times.
Again, this is included in the package, so you do not need to worry about the number of times you can take the ride. This is one of the times I tried so hard to muster up enough courage to take that many banana boat rides.
3. Access to the beach
Get your own life jacket and floating board free of charge.
When it gets too hot, you can always go back to the shaded huts with plenty of hammocks for you to rest on.
4. Relax on one of the many hammocks
The whole place is filled with hammocks hanging around!
Beware that you may get bird poop on you, as I did when I was resting outside.
5. Watch local performances
How cool is it that they have performances before noon?
The whole performance started with a dance. The girl with the light blue top approached me when I was resting at the hammock and asked if I wanted to dance.
After the dance, they moved on to the fire performance where they touched fire with their arms and put fire in their mouths.
At the end of the show, they invited us to take a group photo with them while the guy and the lady in front attempted to extinguish the fire on the stick with their mouths for the photo.
In my honest opinion, the lunch was the best part of the island. With the tour that we bought, we were served with mutton, chicken wing, curry chicken, fruits, squid, and so many more that my stomach could not accommodate.
7. Tea Time (Not pictured)
We had curry puffs, milk tea, and other small bites.
You can come at different times. Usually, everyone got so hungry that they just rushed in to eat when they see everyone else eating.
8. Batik colouring
With the tour, you also get to participate in colouring batik cloths. Everything is supplied and arranged on the table. All you have to do is just colour your batik.
Our names (booking) will be pasted on the table. There were many tables so many people started colouring without reading the booking names on the table. The lady there was a bit paranoid with us as she assumed we were like everybody else.
She asked us if “we booked for batik colouring”, which we replied “yes” to her question, only then she softened her voice and asked us for our booking name.
It was not as easy as it seemed. The colours dispersed very quickly on cloth unlike on paper. The blending of colour proved really challenging for me as the cloth soaked up any colour that I brushed on. You really need to do a little bit of planning if you’re really into art stuff.
9. Blowpipe shooting
Originated from the Murut indigenous ethnic group in Sabah, we were given ratan blowpipes to shoot targets, just like how the Murut people use blowpipe to hunt for their food.
It takes a bit of practice to get it right, but it can get frustrating when you can’t hit the target.
The Borneo Kellybays has plenty to offer whether for individuals, couples, or even families. From nature to relaxing to adventurous and finally romantic. What’s more – there’s even opportunities for you to literally “taste” a piece of Malaysia’s indigenous culture.
I give it a big thumbs up.