Tariffs & House Rules


Please refer to the activity package in Things to See and Do.

House Rules

MBCA is a Conservation Area and while you are welcome to enjoy its pure beauty, explore its mysteries and face its challenges, there are some rules that we all must follow:

  • All plants and animals in the Area are protected; do not pick or damage the plants or disturb the animals
  • Do not carry any weapons, traps, explosives or poison
  • Do not light or maintain a fire anywhere in the Area
  • Do not vandalize, carve, paint or write graffiti, or purposely damage in any way, any object be it natural (trees, rocks) or artificial (buildings, bridges, signages)
  • Litter is your responsibility. If you carry it in, you are obliged to carry it back out, and this includes water bottles, food containers, and even your cigarette butts!
  • For your own safety, access to some parts of MBCA is not permitted without a ranger. Please check at the Reception Office
  • If you plan to go to the Maliau Skybridge and Nature Trails, you must inform the Reception Office before you go.

There are some standards of behavior that we would like you to follow, just to make your visit better for everyone.

  • We know that walking in the forest can be very exciting but please try to keep as quiet as you can to avoid disturbing the wildlife – so you and others have greater chances to see them;
  • Don’t throw food scraps near buildings or in the forest as this encourages animals like rats and mice to come into the building. Artificial food may affect wildlife.

Management of Waste

In line with its overall management strategy, MBCA Management has adopted a zero-waste policy for MBCA. The zero-waste policy promotes the recycling of all discarded materials and objects (waste) as well as prevents the occurrence of waste in the first instance. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring its success. Details are available in your room.

“Bring in, bring out” policy

To prevent waste to accumulate in MBCA, it is compulsory for all visitors to bring back with them their inorganic materials and objects at the end of their visit. Organic wastes are collected inside the MBCA and turned into compost.

Separation of all household waste

To promote recycling, several waste collection centers have been established within the Maliau Basin Studies Centre (MBSC). The collection centers are small huts (pondoks) that are equipped with bins to store, paper, plastic, metal, glass, and non-recyclable inorganic waste. The waste collected will be transported to the respective recycling facilities (paper, plastic, metal, glass) or landfill sites (non-recyclable inorganic waste) in Tawau.

Promoting the use of reusable water bottles for drinking water

The MBCA management has provided refill stations for drinking water at certain locations within MBSC. Visitors and staff can make use of these facilities. Visitors are required to bring their own refill-water bottles. No worries if you forgot to bring them as the bottles are available for sale at the souvenir shop. To enforce the use of reusable water bottles, bottled mineral waters are allowed in MBCA. However, if for some reason you must bring bottled mineral water, please bring them back with you when you leave MBCA.

Ban of problematic material inside the MBCA

Materials that cannot be recycled and have severe impacts on the environment are banned inside the MBCA. Currently, the list of banned items consists of disposable baby diapers, Styrofoam containers, all hazardous chemicals, and radioactive materials/chemicals.
The MBCA management has the authority to enforce a penalty for those persons who fail to comply with the above guidelines/regulations.

Things To Bring During Jungle Trekking (Long Trail)

During jungle trekking which requires you to spend some nights in the jungle, you are advised to travel light, and you should only bring items that you need.


  1. Sleeping bag
  2. Mosquito net
  3. Water bottle
  4. Food container (for packed meals when necessary)
  5. Torchlight (with extra batteries and spare bulbs)
  6. Personal toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc)
  7. Raincoat
  8. Personal first aid kit
  9. Leech socks
  10. Proper trekking shoes – “Adidas Kampung” shoes are widely used by trekkers
  11. Socks (bring extra pairs in case 1 gets wet)
  12. Long pants, long sleeve shirts and t-shirts (sometimes it does get cold at night in the jungle)
  13. Towel
  14. Slippers (useful for walking around the station/camp)


  1. Camera/video camera (extra batteries, memory card)
  2. Binoculars
  3. Pen/pencil and notebook
  4. Insect repellent
  5. Plastic bag (useful to protect personal items from getting wet during rain (pack clothes in plastic bag before putting them into rucksack/backpack)
  6. Backpack (used for carrying small items that you might need during trekking such as water, snacks, food, camera, binoculars, etc.
Guideline For Visitors

Please Do This (Do’s):

  • Register your arrival or check out at the Registration Office
  • Inform us of any changes to your scheduled activities
  • Understand our in-house rules
  • Ask our ranger/guide for assistance
  • During an emergency, follow the instructions from our ranger on duty
  • Jungle trekking activities must be accompanied by our ranger/guide
  • Wear proper clothes and shoes during outdoor activities
  • Always drink boiled water
  • Bring extra drinking water during trekking
  • Bring useful items such as insect repellent, First Aid, toiletries, torchlight, and snacks during trekking
  • Bring only crucial items while trekking
  • Take good care of your belongings and keep them in a safe place
  • Put some identification on your belonging before handling over to your personal porter
  • Confirm and know the ranger/guide who will accompany you
  • Inform the ranger/guide if you have any fitness problems
  • Think “safely first” for any activities
  • Keep within your group while trekking
  • Check your surroundings before taking a rest
  • Bring back your solid rubbish
  • Stay alert while trekking
  • Last but not least, Do Enjoy your stay!
Guideline For Visitors

Please Don’t Do This (Don’ts):

  • Walk alone inside the forest
  • Make noise
  • Use perfume
  • Shade/stop under a dead tree
  • Touch any unknown insect or plant
  • Take away any forest product
  • Use candles after lights-off
  • Litter
  • Start an open fire
  • Hunt, fish, collect and cut plants
  • Leave any graffiti


Please be informed that our facilities in Maliau Basin Studies Centre are not wheelchair accessible at the moment.