Headhunting is a bygone tradition amongst the natives of Borneo that once served as a way to prove their manhood. During this fascinating tour, you will immerse yourself in the Kadazan culture as you visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village and the House of Skulls.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will commence with a drive through the city center, passing by the State Mosque en route to the Monsopiad Cultural Village and of course, its infamous House of Skulls. On display here are over 40 trophy skulls, some of which are 300 years old, standing as testament to the valor of the great warrior and Kadazan hero, Monsopiad. The 6th and 7th generations of direct descendents of Monsopiad constructed the village on this significant historical site to remember their forefathers and to provide an extraordinary glimpse into their ancient and rich culture. During your visit, you can try your hand at target shooting with a blowpipe, which was used in those days for hunting. You will also learn about the importance of rice to the local people as you observe how it is processed and later fermented to make 'tapai' or rice wine, a must at celebrations.
The highlight of your visit here will be a cultural show presented by some of the main tribal groups in North Borneo. A guest speaker will provide some wonder insight into the characteristics of each of these tribal groups and their colorful kaleidoscope of costumes, as they perform for you with their unique musical instruments and dances.
Following an unforgettable visit of approximately 2-hours, you will re-board your coach and travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please Note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking; however, some of it is over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and there are some steps to negotiate. There is a hanging bridge that may be crossed at the guests' discretion. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight cotton slacks and shirts and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests are kindly requested to show their respect for the Kadazan culture by not making very much noise and not touching the relics. It is required that visitors remove their shoes before entering the House of Skulls and the Cultural show, so it is suggested that shoes that are easy to slip on and off are worn.