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Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is the most mesmerizing place for animal lovers to visit when they see orphaned orang-utans being trained by their trainers, to make them apt for living in their natural surroundings. One can have a close view of these animals and the best time to be with them is at 10.00 a.m. and at 2.30 p.m. when these primates come down from the trees for their daily feedings of bananas and milk.

Address: Batu 14, Jalan Labuk Sandakan Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 89 531180
Fax: +60 89 531189

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Nino Verde

Kinabalu National Park

Mt Kinabalu standing tall at 4,095 meters and 138 kilometers away from Kota Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia. The surrounding slopes, valleys, rivers and rainforests of Mt. Kinabalu is what makes the Kinabalu National Park. The mountain has attracted enough attention, both geographically and historically, with many legends woven around it. The National Park is a protected area, governed by the Sabah Parks. Some of the richest ecological diversity in flora and fauna can be seen at this park. Despite being the third largest mountain, climbing Mt. Kinabalu, is one of the easiest journies which takes approximately 2-3 days with no special hiking equipment needed. As you climb the mountain you can experience the rich vegetation and plant growth along the trail. The Poring Hot Springs is one famous attraction that has been developed into open air Japanese styled baths. The sulphur water is known to cure many skin ailments.

Address: P.O. Box 10626, 88806 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Address: Lot 1-3, Block K, G Floor, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 211881, +60 88 212719
Fax: +60 88 221001, +60 88 211585

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Asteiner

Danum Valley

Danum Valley is located south west of the town of Lahad Datu, Sabah’s fourth largest town. The Danum Valley Conservation Area which covers an area of 440 square kilometres of untouched, virgin forests, is home to some of the rarest species of animals such as orang-utans, Sumatran rhinoceros, mouse deer and blue coloured leopard. The valley also encompasses an eco resort, known as the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, which is said to be the first one in Sabah. Visitors who want to explore the diverse and complex ecosystem of Danum Valley have all the facilities available here, like a restaurant, bar, and chalets. Jungle treks, river swimming, bird watching and night jungle tours are some of the outdoor activities that you can engage in.

Address: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 212121
Fax: +60 88 212075
Tambunan Rafflesia Centre

The Tambunan Rafflesia Centre operates as an access point to the forest reserve surrounding it. But the centre is equally educational, for those who don’t want to or have the time to explore the park. The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, is unique to the Rafflesia Forest Reserve. One can get information about the flower at the centre itself or you can go trekking in search of it in the park.

Address: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 212121
Fax: +60 88 212075

Photo Credit: Henrik Hansson Globaljuggler

Lankayan Island

A practically virgin island located off the Sulu Sea, the Lankayan Island can be counted as one of the best tourist getaways. Pristine white sand beaches and the chance of spotting the whale shark, is not an opportunity to be missed. Through, the Lankayan Dive Resort which arranges all the tours, one has the possibility of getting close to the whale shark or view the black tipped sharks, green turtles and hawkbills. The island is also home to the famous to the Lankayan Wreck, which is a mecca for divers who visit Sabah.

Address: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 212121
Fax: +60 88 212075
Mabul Island

Mabul Island is reputed to house some of the best underwater species of fish and other photographic marine animals. Located along the Celebes Sea, the waters surrounding the island are crystal clear, thus giving a clear vision of the underwater animals and this is a supposed boon for photographers. Some of the marine animals that you can get a quick look at are, sea horse, star fish, pipe fish and eels.

Address: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 212121
Fax: +60 88 212075
Madai Caves

The Madai Caves are special because of the nests of the Swiftlets birds built here. The nests are harvested annually by the Idahan tribe, for exporting them to China for cooking a delicacy called the ‘bird’s nest soup’. Every year a festival is held by the tribe at the entrance of the main cave, when the male members of the tribe remove the nests from the high cave roof by risking their lives. This ritual and the rights to the Madai caves have been held by the Idahan tribe for over twenty generations and one has to obtain their permission to visit the caves.

Address: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 212121
Fax: +60 88 212075
Pulau Tiga Marine Park

Located opposite the Kilas Peninsula are three small islands, Pulau Tiga, Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit. Of these three, Pulau Tiga is the biggest island. The reserve was started in 1978, covering a total of 158 square kilometres. The islands are an interesting mix of rich flora and fauna and diverse yet beautiful marine life. As the islands are still unadulterated, they offer some good spots for snorkelling and diving for tourists.

Address: P.O. Box 10626, 88806 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Address: Lot 1-3, Block K, G Floor, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 211881, +60 88 212719
Fax: +60 88 221001, +60 88 211585
Sipadan Island

Sipandan Island has been chosen amongst the top five diving sites of the world. Extremely small in size, just a 25 minute walk is enough to orbit the island. As it is an oceanic island, it is home to some of the most assorted variety of gorgeous marine life. Also a bird sanctuary, your binocular can catch glimpse of some rare birds such as sea eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings, etc. For avid divers, this island is a paradise in itself.

Address: Sabah Tourism Board, 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 212121
Fax: +60 88 212075
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is situated just three kilometres off Kota Kinabalu. The Park protects and shelters a total number of five islands, theirs seas and surrounding reefs. The Park is well known for its flora and fauna as well as its abundance in marine species. The islands Pulau Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Salug are rich in coral life and therefore attract attention from tourists and marine researchers.

Address: P.O. Box 10626, 88806 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Address: Lot 1-3, Block K, G Floor, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 211881, +60 88 212719
Fax: +60 88 221001, +60 88 211585

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Flanegan

Turtle Island National Park

The Turtle Island National Park was started in 1977 to protect endangered species of turtles and consists of three islands Selingan, Gulisan, and Bakungan Kechil. The Park encompasses a total area of 1,740 hectares which includes the islands, seas and the surrounding reefs. Its main attractions are the ‘Greens’ and ‘Hawkbill’s’ turtles which come ashore every night to lay their eggs. Hatcheries on the islands take care of the eggs and see to that the hatched turtles are left in their natural environment. Along with the turtles, the coral reefs are also famous for water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling.

Address: P.O. Box 10626, 88806 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Address: Lot 1-3, Block K, G Floor, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 211881, +60 88 212719
Fax: +60 88 221001, +60 88 211585