Sabah is chockful of exciting adventures, incredible views and fascinating wildlife.
A treasure trove of desert islands surrounded by turquoise, coral reefs rich in marine biodiversity; and Mount Kinabalu stretching 4,095 meters into the sky; and a thriving jungle population of gibbons, orang utan, world’s smallest elephants, and the unique Proboscis monkey. There’s something to entice everyone to this relatively small portion of Borneo.
Mount Kinabalu, in Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site (Kinabalu National Park), stands at 4,095m above sea level, making Borneo the third highest island (after Hawaii and New Guinea) and is a popular peak for climbers. It’s height isn’t the only appealing factor for trekkers, Mount Kinabalu is also one of the richest habitats for plant life on earth, given it’s distinct climate zones and soil variations. The pristine habitat of Mount Kinabalu makes the trek from humid rainforest to alpine meadows not only an inspiring physical challenge but a privileged journey through nature’s last Eden.
Sabah’s many sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and thriving marine life reward divers with incredible views, and maybe a glimpse of rare or endangered sea creatures. If you want to explore the depths without having scuba skills, try your hand (or foot) at Sea Walking, with the aid of a 35kg helmet. Surfing, water-skiing and parasailing are also incredible ways to explore the aquatic life of Sabah – whilst staying above the surface.
The Danum Valley Conservation area is considered one of the world’s most complex ecosystems and is home to an unimaginable number of flora and fauna, including over 270 species of birds, orang utan, Proboscis monkey, and the endangered Bornean pygmy elephant. It’s also home to the world’s tallest tropical tree. Standing proud at 100.8m high, ‘Menara’ (Malay word for Tower) is of the Yellow Meranti tree species, and is only 21.2m lower than the iconic Tun Mustafa Tower in Kota Kinabalu.
Visit attractions like the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and the Rainforest Discovery Centre to learn about and witness the diverse wildlife of the region.
Sabah is a melting pot of more than 30 ethnic groups with unique traditions and languages. Visit Mari Mari Cultural village in Kota Kinabalu to learn about the five main ethnic groups in Sabah, Dusun, Rungus, Lundayeh, Bajau, and Murut. All over Malaysian Borneo you’ll find cultural villages and experiences to join in with.