What To Do In Sabah
There are many reasons why Sabah should be your next holiday destination. Home to some of the best wildlife expeditions, heart-racing adventures and an entrancing culture, experience Southeast Asia at its rawest form.
Located on Borneo Island, Sabah is the Malaysian part of this island that is governed by 3 different countries. Sabah has become a very popular destination for travellers mainly for Mt. Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia. Hikers flock to the coastal town of Kota Kinabalu to have their go at scaling this mountain.
However, the charms of Sabah only begin here and there is so much more to be explored.
Here are some of our favourite experiences in Sabah. Experiences that take you through culture, adventure and wildlife.
Sipadan is a popular dive site known for its unusually large gathering of green and hawksbill turtles who come to this island to mate and nest. The island started off as a conservation centre for migratory birds and has since been classified to have one of the largest biodiversity in Sabah and is now an important destination for marine habitats.
Known for its high altitude and breezy weather, the alpine town of Kundasang has become an eclectic town bustling with life and culture. Nicknamed Mini New Zealand, Kundasang is also home to dairy farms. Expect to see farm animals grazing by the hills backdropped by the majestic Crocker Range invoking feelings of calmness and tranquillity.
Mari Mari Cultural Village
This cultural village highlights the 5 main cultural branches of Sabah, each with its own unique history, traditional costumes and field of expertise. Meet the farmers and traders, Dusun and Rungus, the hunters and fishermen, Lundayeh, the cowboys and sea gypsies, Bajau, and the famously feared warrior tribe, Murut.
Kota Kinabalu Cultural Night Tour
A night of song and dance to discover the festivities of Sabah’s indigenous tribes. Learn about their culture through musical numbers, colourful dance performances and interact with the people who continue to champion their heritage. You will be entertained with cultural dances such as Sumazau, Mengilok, Magunatip, Joget, Zapin and other mixed Malaysian dances.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation
Visit the Sun Bear Conservation Centre that houses the Malayan sun bears. Endangered by poaching and deforestation, these creatures that can only be found in Southeast Asia are being rehabilitated in a large forest enclosure to be eventually released into the wild. Learn more about the conservation efforts and see them in their natural habitat.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation
This rehabilitation centre houses young orangutans orphaned as a result of illegal logging and deforestation and those who have been illegally caught and kept as pets. Conservation tools are used in returning these animals back to the wild and this process requires a lot of patience and dedication as it can take up to seven years to successfully rehabilitate an orangutan. This rehabilitation centre also houses other animals such as the Bornean pygmy elephants, sun bears and gibbons.
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
Embark on an adventure to discover the wildlife of Malaysian Borneo in a tour of the Kinabatangan River, the second-longest river in Malaysia. Recognised as Sabah’s first and Malaysia’s largest RAMSAR site, this river is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Hop onto the river cruise and make your way down the river for a chance at spotting wildlife in their natural habitat.
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