What to see in Sabah

Sabah Attractions

Borneo is a mysterious corner of the planet, covered in dense jungle, surrounded by oceans teeming with life, and with an enduring reputation for danger that repels many but also adds to the adventurous mystique of the region. Attractions in Sabah are numerous, and the majority are variations on the theme of exploring the natural splendours of Borneo. Hikers, divers and extreme sports fanatics are drawn by the plenitude of outdoor activities, and animal lovers come to experience the incredible biodiversity.

Favourite attractions in Sabah include the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, where visitors can watch and sometimes interact with the loveable animals in their natural habitat; and the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, where five paradise islands lure visitors with white beaches, coral reefs and jungle hikes. Sipadan Island is a bucket list destination for any serious scuba diver; it is touted as the best dive site in the world. Sabah is also home to Malaysia's highest mountain, the impressive Mount Kinabalu, and the two-day hike to the summit is one of the most popular activities in Malaysia.

Apart from the wealth of reserves, parks and sanctuaries that showcase and protect the natural assets of Sabah, there are a number of interesting cultural attractions. Village tours and treks to tribal settlements in the rainforest are popular and fascinating. The North Borneo Steam Railway offers a round-trip from Kota Kinabalu which takes passengers through the Sabah landscape, and back in time, as the experience is distinctly colonial. For visitors interested in World War II history, the extremely moving Sandakan Prison Camp Memorial, which delves into the experiences of prisoner's of war and the Sandakan death marches, is a must.

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu rises from the Kinabalu National Park at an impressive 13,500-foot (4,101m), the highest mountain between…

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Sepilok Forest Reserve and Orangutan Sanctuary

This vast equatorial rainforest is an enchanting destination that is best explored through self-guided trails. The most…

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Sipadan Island

This mushroom-shaped island is known among divers around the world for its unique seascape and exceptional beauty. A…

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Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Five pristine islands comprise this 4,929-hectare (12,100 acre) park. The islands are: Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and…

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