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Top Must-visit Attractions in Sabah

Sabah, a Malaysian state, occupies the northern part of Borneo. It is famous for 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, its highest peak, crowned with distinctive granite spires. Along with many Sabah attractions, it is also known for its natural beauty, beaches, rainforests, coral reefs and abundant wildlife.

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is the most mesmerising place for animal lovers to visit when they see orphaned orangutans trained by their trainers to make them apt for living in their natural surroundings.

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Kinabalu National Park

It is 88km (55miles) (2-3 hours drive) from Kota Kinabalu and covers 754km². If you do not want to climb Mt. Kinabalu, there are plenty of other nature trails in the park, and you will get to see thousands of plants, orchids, butterflies and birds.

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Danum Valley

Danum Valley is located southwest of the town of Lahad Datu, Sabah's fourth largest town. The Danum Valley Conservation Area, which covers an area of 440km² of untouched, virgin forests, is home to some of the rarest species of animals such as orangutans, Sumatran rhinoceros, mouse deer, and blue coloured leopard.

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Crocker Range National Park

It was gazetted as a protected area in 1984 to conserve its biodiversity and preserve the source of much of Sabah's freshwater. This huge park is home to various primate species, sun bears, porcupines, wild boars and leopards and a wide variety of birds.

Address: Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia

Tambunan Rafflesia Centre

The Tambunan Rafflesia Centre operates as an access point to the forest reserve surrounding it. The world's largest flower, Rafflesia, is a unique flower of the Rafflesia Forest Reserve.

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Lankayan Island

A practically virgin island located off the Sulu Sea, 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.

Address: Lankayan Island, Sabah, Malaysia

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 islands' waters are crystal clear, thus giving a clear vision of the underwater.

Address: Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia

Madai Caves

The Madai Caves are unique 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'.

Address: Off Lahad Datu-Tawau Highway, Kampung Madai, Kunak, Sabah, Malaysia

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 most oversized island. The reserve was started in 1978, covering a total of 158km². The islands are an exciting mix of rich flora and fauna and diverse yet beautiful marine life. As the islands are still unadulterated, they offer some excellent spots for snorkelling and diving for tourists.

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Sipadan Island

It is an oceanic island, home to some of the most assorted variety of beautiful marine life. Also, in a bird sanctuary, your binocular can catch a glimpse of some rare birds such as sea eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings, etc.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Named after Malaysia's first Prime Minister, The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is 3km (1.9-miles) off Kota Kinabalu. The Park protects and shelters a total number of five islands, their seas, and surrounding reefs. The Park is well known for its flora and fauna and its abundance in marine species.

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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 Bakkungan. The Park encompasses a total area of 1,740-hectares which includes the islands, seas, and the surrounding reefs. Its main attractions are the Green and Hawkbill turtles which come ashore every night to lay their eggs.