The tourist attraction that I visited for the first time during my recent trip to Labuan was the Kina Benuwa Mangrove Ecology Park. You see, most of the Federal Territory’s tourism spots were already covered during my first trip to Labuan in April, so I was delighted to be introduced to a “new” product.
The ecology park, located some 4km from town, doesn’t look like it’s something to shout about when seen from the ground. Checking it online, viewing aerial photos of the area, I can only exclaim, “Wow!” Did you know that this pristine mangrove forest stretches over 97,604 hectares? I did not.
Kina Benuwa Mangrove Ecology Park consists of the Kina Benuwa Wetland, Kina Benuwa Mangrove Forest Reserve and Kina Benuwa River.
It is a conservation project dedicated to the protection of the eco-system and its biodiversity, as well as a centre for research and education. It boasts 16 mangrove species from 7 different families.
The locals love to come here for recreational purposes, such as taking a stroll along the boardwalk, weekend picnic and fishing at the lower Kina Benuwa River.
The most recent news is that crocodiles have been spotted in the river, which has put off the fishing kakis for the time being. Therefore, if you do decide to visit, exercise caution.
Link to official page: Kina Benuwa Mangrove Ecology Park, Labuan
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