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Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species and the Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species and many others. The main attraction at the Park is none other than the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia standing at 4095.2 metres. Apart from traditional mountain climbing, visitors can also experience the Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’ at 3,200m to 3,800m above sea level. Surrounding the Kinabalu Park is a multitude of natural attractions and enjoyable activities. A variety of accommodation is available within the Park and in its surrounding areas, ranging from basic hostels to luxury chalets.
Kinabalu Park (Malay: Taman Kinabalu), established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species, and over 110 land snail species. Located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, it covers an area of 754 square kilometres surrounding Mount Kinabalu, which at 4,095.2 metres, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo. The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. In 1967, more than 987,653 visitors and 43,430 climbers visited the Park.
Plunge into the clear blue waters of Mantanani Island "美人鱼岛" and experience what it feels like to be in a truly tropical utopia. Only an hour drive from the Sabah’s state capital, Kota Kinabalu, Mantanani is a group of three isolated islands that shimmers northwest of Kota Belud. These pristine islands are a 60 minute boat ride from the mainland, depending on sea conditions. Dreamily picturesque with a coma of white sandy shores that summons shady palm trees and a blue sky halo, Mantanani is an oasis for snorkeling, scuba-diving and island-hopping or for the simple luxury of little island naps. One of the many highlights that attracts both the local and the avid traveler would be the Sea Cow spottings. Sea Cows, also locally known as Dugongs, resides in the island but they are shy mammals with a population that is on the brink of extinction.
Poring is a small tourist resort in Sabah, Malaysia. Located 40 km south-east of the Kinabalu National Park Headquarters, in the district of Ranau, Poring is situated in lowland rainforest, contrasting with the montane and submontane rainforest of Kinabalu National Park. The name Poring comes from a Kadazandusun word for a bamboo species found in the area. Poring is known for its hot springs and the popular recreation and tourist complex is known as Poring Hot Springs. The springs are known for their therapeutic properties and the waters with their sulphuric minerals are reputed to ease aching muscles.
Sapi Island, which is shaped like a star, is smaller than Manukan, but is the 2nd most developed and popular island of the Tunku Abdul Marine Park (TARP). The island boasts white sandy beaches and crystal clear turqoise waters. Voted as one of the best snorkeling spots among the TARP islands, there are many colourful fishes and corals that you can find here. There is a sand bank to the north of the island, which, at low tide, makes it possible to cross over to the south western tip of Gaya island.
Located on the Klias Peninsula is the Klias Wetland, a Mangrove Forest Reserve. With the bizarre-looking proboscis monkey gaining as much popularity with the tourists as the orang utan, the Klias Wetland with its large proboscis population is fast becoming the latest ecotourism destination in Sabah. 112km from Kota Kinabalu City leads you to the pristine Klias wetlands. Mosey on your way down Klias River through spectacular vistas on an open boat in search of the endemic proboscis monkeys, long tailed, macaques, the rare silver languor and other wildlife along the river bank.
Located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm offers one of the most amazing scenery one could envision. Often chosen as a wedding photography destination, with the majestic Mount Kinabalu overlooking beautiful green pastures, the scenery is breathtaking, not forgetting the cool breeze that Kundasang has to offer. The real attraction here is the cattle farm, producing about 900,00 litres of milk per year. The farm is 199 hectars and most of the milking cows are Friesians, the highest milk producers of all cattle breeds.
Maliau Basin also known as “Lost World of Sabah” is located in the South central part of Sabah. It was designated as a Conservation Area for scientific research and education. The area is about 58,840 hectares; it is a stunning place with superb scenery of flora and fauna. The basin is surrounded on all sides by cliffs or steep stone. The adventure to experience here is to trek the majestic 7 tiers Maliau falls from air.
The Semporna Marine Park of Celebes Sea is famous for its rich and diverse marine life, boasting of breathtaking dive spots in Sipadan, Kapalai, Mabul, Pom Pom, Sibuan, Bohey Dulang, and more. Whether it be exploring underwater cliffs, plateaus, or slopes with depths of 2 to 60 meters and visibility ranging from 10 meters to 40 meters, the dives are never boring with many unique corals and enchanting underwater creatures to accompany your adventure. The sundry diving sites offer sightings of sharks, turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, and barracudas, and the occasional rarer sea creatures such as the frogfish, mandarinfish, and ghost pipefish - thrilling both seasoned divers and scuba newbies alike!
Mahua Waterfall is a pristine natural fall that nestled deep in the tropical forest of the Crocker Mountain Range. This spectacular waterfall is approximately 17 metres tall and has a pool depth of 1.3 metres. One of the most accessible beautiful fall in Sabah, the drive up to Mahua takes an approximate 1½ hr drive from Kota Kinabalu. Visitors will will pass through scenic uphill drive through small villages and forests on the Crocker Range. A trek to find blooming Rafflesia may also be made upon prior arrangment en route to Tambunan (subject to season).
The most sought after culinary experience in North Borneo - All aboard Kota Kinabalu’s First and Only Dinner Cruise, taking you across the sultry South China Sea at its most beautiful during sunset and into the night where city lights take over the coastline. The 2hr voyage will be a feast for the senses with scenic views, an international buffet spread and music from our live acts.Cruise duration approximately 2 hours(4.50pm-7.00pm) .
A little cowboy town is Sabah's latest attraction for lovers of the Wild West who want to experience horse riding within a paddock, or experience the beach on horse-drawn carts. Sabandar Leisure Rides or Riding Centre, which is about an hour’s drive from here, opened its doors on the New Year. Among its many features are a western American landscape; authentic, 19th century American lodge; stables; restaurants; paddocks; riding trails; walking trails; and lots of horses.
Mamutik Island has a beautiful view of white sandy beaches and clear crystal water on both sides of the walkway await the visitors. After paying the park fee, visitors can use the many garden tables located under the trees along the beach. Let your feet dance on the soft white sandy beach before diving into the water. The warm clear water of Mamutik Island is great for swimming too. For those who like to go for snorkelling, there are a few coral colonies to explore. Mamutik Island is also the home of the rare white distichopora lace coral. Residential fishes like Sergeant Major, Parrot fish, Butterfly fish and Angle fish, and even the cute Clown Anemonefish can be spotted at their preferred habitat.
Pulau Manukan is the second largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Malaysia's first marine national park. It is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and is easily accessible by boat.Manukan is the most popular island with Kota Kinabalu residents. Manukan has some good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline. The best beach is on the eastern tip of the island. Offshore of Manukan are coral reefs, which is ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming.
Make your way to the district of Kuala Penyu and hop on a boat to Pulau Tiga! The island’s claim to fame is none other than being the first ever ‘secret’ location for the hit reality series, ‘Survivor’. Hence, many refer to Pulau Tiga as Survivor Island. Located just 10km off shore on the West Coast of Sabah, you can enjoy a day trip to the island but many recommend spending at least a night or two. The island has two resorts, Pulau Tiga Resort and Gaya Island Resort. There’s plenty to see and do here: spend the sunny days swimming or snorkelling in its surrounding clear waters or go kayaking. Divers can explore its underwater treasures (diving courses are available). Pulau Tiga is also famous for its therapeutic natural volcanic mud. Looking for some wildlife? Say hello the island’s famous residents: snakes! Facilities on the island include a restaurant and camping site.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometres west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. The centre opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. The sanctuary is located within the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 4,294 ha (10,610 acres), much of which is virgin rainforest. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It has become one of Sabah's tourist attractions.
Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area, known as SIMCA, is located about 80 Kilometres from Sandakan on the mainland, and about 40 Kilometres from Turtle Island Park (comprising the islands of Selingan, Gulisan & and Bakungan Kecil ), the major sea turtle nesting islands for Green and Hawksbill turtles. SIMCA is also within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape in the Tri-national Sea Turtle Conservation Corridor. Formed in 2001 by the State Government of Sabah, the islands that form SIMCA are Lankayan, Billean and Tagaipil as well as the surrounding coastal shallow reef areas of approximately 46,317 hectares.