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“Nanamun” River Twinkle with Brighten Light is the Best Port for Seeing Thousands of Fireflies.

Kota Belud Is The Place Where Nanamun River Is Located.

Kota Belud, one of the District in the West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is about 70KM from Kota Kinabalu City, with own driving vehicles or transportation about 1 hour to arrives. The name of Kota Belud is founded from Bajau language which means “Kota” is stronghold and “Belud” refers to the Hills. The name of Kota Belud means “Defense fortress above hills”. It is roughly at the midpoint of the federal highway connecting the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, and Kudat, near the northern tip of Sabah. The town is considered as the unofficial capital and gateway to the heartland of the West Coast Bajau people. Kota Belud’s population is divided between the Bajau-Sama, Dusun, and Illanun peoples. There is a Chinese minority, which consists mainly of Hakkas. Most people come to Kota Belud for it’s beautiful Island, Beaches, nature sight-seeing and Camping at the beautiful places here. Along the way to the Kota Belud, there will be alot of Paddy field you can see. Kota Belud paddy field normally not on their itinerary of must visit place but I can tell you this, if you wanted to see Mount Kinabalu beautifully, then Kota Belud paddy field here views the panorama of Mount Kinabalu.

Welcome to Kota Belud.
Bajau-Samah, majority of population who lives in Kota Belud.

An Insects With A Lightning Bulb.

Fireflies have a large amount of variation in their general appearance, with differences in color, shape, size, and features such as antennae. Adults can differ drastically in size depending on the species, with the largest being up to an inch long. Although the females of some species are similar in appearance to males, larviform females are found in many firefly species. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescene. This process occurs in specialized light-emitting organs, usually on a firefly’s lower abdomen. While in Sabah itself, Nanamun River is surrounded by thousands of this creatures during the night time as a brighten to the dark. The existence of fireflies at Sungai Nanamun near here has the potential to be a new tourism product as well as able to lure visitors to visit this area.

Dare to touch it? Please try to touch it.
Fireflies Family.
This is the zoom-In photos of this brighten Insects.


Nanamun River, is located 20KM from Kota Belud, on the way to Kudat. Nanamun River is well-known for fireflies River Cruise tour. Basically, the fireflies river cruise tour usually package together with Proboscis Monkey sighting at Kawa Kawa River. Tourist will usually visit Proboscis Monkey at Kawa Kawa river at  4.3o pm and had their dinner before proceed with fireflies river cruise at Nanamun River after the sun goes down. During the night time at 7PM, the tour is start right after the sun goes down. However fireflies, it seems, are not as popular as monkeys, and this was a much quieter and much more pleasant experience. As darkness descends the insects illuminate and begin to flicker among the mangroves. It is really amazing when you are surrounded by brightly thousands of fireflies during your tour through the Nanamun River and creating a “Christmas Tree” effect. As you are touring across the river, the guide will flash the torch light on and off to attract the male fireflies and would slowly float towards the tour boat, like a glorious display of slow moving fireworks. The fireflies is anywhere and you might not have a chance to capture a photos from your smartphone because it is too dark and only a powerful digital camera could capture the photos of Fireflies here.

Here is your friend that you can see during the river cruise tour.
“Christmas Tree” Formation Effect from the Fireflies.
Here is another spotted fireflies location.
Great experience with thousand of this lightning bug.

Any Place To Go After The Activities?

Kota Belud is one of the largest tourist attraction in Sabah. As the tourism sector in Kota Belud start to increase day by day, the community here also develop many attraction in Kota Belud. There are many place that you can exactly feel enjoy during your visits to Kota Belud. Besides that, the local visitors from Sabah itself like to go to Kota Belud for the exciting attraction and activities. This will give chances to Kota Belud community to build more fun attraction, homestay, lodge, food stalls, campsite and activities in Kota Belud to let the world know about Sabah culture, community and also to make SABAH tourism sector being at the top of the WORLD. Some of the well-known place to go at Kota Belud are Pulau Mantanani, Melangkap Polumpung, Borneo Bayau Flying, Perohon Garden & Lodge Kampung Sayap, Tegudon Tourism Village, Guas Nabalu homestay, Sondot View Camp, Dragon Pearl Beach Resort Sdn. Bhd. Mangkabar and other places that you can search here at Kota Belud. Besides that, if you were not going back home yet before Sunday, you have a chance to visit “Tamu Ahad” because it is incomplete if not visiting “Tamu Ahad” every Sunday at Kota Belud. Nanamun River is just the beginning of Kota Belud for tourists attraction and activities with such a brightening lights filling in the through the darkness by FIREFLIES at Nanamun River.

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Fireflies at Nanamun River.

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