The biggest spectacle in the Crocodile Farm is the Big Crocodile Show that you can see two or three times a day in the central pool. Around the pool there are benches where you can sit down and enjoy the show.
Two artists enter the pool with two crocodiles in it. There they show lots of skills that can be breathtaking, not particularly because of beauty, but mostly because of danger. You can often see the fear in the eyes of the men.
First they tie up the mouth of the smaller Croc. The biggest one, an animals with a length of at least 3 metres, is the big star of the show. They make him open its mouth, because crocodile (almost) never attack humans with their mouth opened. Then, very carefully, they lie on the back of the animals, stick their hand in its mouth, brush its teeth and sit on it.
The smaller crocodile later is even a star in a dancing act on the traditional song "Jambatan do Tamparuli".
At the leftside of the Crocodile Farm you will see a large pool with lots of large animals. This are some of the oldest ones in the park, and obviously some of the most hungry ones. Eight times a day you can see the feeding time of the animals here:
- 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 12:45, 13:30, 14:15, 16:15 and 16:45.
It's impressive to see how quick the animals suddenly became as soon as their is food around: the caretaker really has to watch out for the animals. At the same time it is a funny sight to see how clumbsy the crocs look when they are trying to get hold of a fish. They have to move their head completely vertically and when they eat they only can move their mouth vertically, not horizontally.
From the bridge over the pool you have a very good view of the animals.
With 1.000 crocodiles of course you need an enormous amount of food. The animals are carnivores so in a special pool thousands of fish are breeded.
The pool in at the back of the park. You can buy food here to feed them and one single hand of food make the fish go wild. They jump out of the water with hundreds at a time to get a little bit of food. It a funny sight to see the slippery black fish swarm over and uder eachother. One bag of food costs 1 RM.
The luxurious Resort of Shangri La in Tuaran is not only a place to stay as a guest, you can also just go there to have a lunch or dinner. We went there after our visit to the Crocodile Farm to have an excellent lunch in a great environment.
The terrace were we ate is completely surrounded by nice wood carvings and has a great view towards the sea.
Favorite Dish: The food you can order here is very international. You can choose the delicious local kitchen, but you can also take a Chinese dish, or Indian, or you can just choose an Hamburger with fries.
I had some very nice fried calamares with fries, but I also tried some delicious local Sateh with fried rice.
The souvenir shop in the Park is not what you expect of a family park. No stuffed toys in the shape of a crocodile, no key-hangers. Instead you can buy yourself a wallet or a handbag made of Crocodiles skin.
All the Crocodiles in the park are breeded for their skin. At the end, all the animals will and up as an handbag in Paris or Milan, as a pair of shoes, or as a belt around a rich men's body. At the park you can buy these products for a good price.
Another products you can take home from the Taman Buaya Tuaran is a bag of Crocodile meat. Just outside the park there is a stall where you can buy the frozen meat.
Like almost all attractions in Sabah, their is a difference between the local and the foreigners entrance fee in Tuaran. The Crocodile Farm costs 15 RM for an adult foreign visitor. A Malaysian visitor pays only 10 RM.
The opening times of the park are from 8:30 to 17:30, every day.