Attractions in Sabah

Attractions in Sabah is made up of a variety of activities to do and things to see.

Sabah is considered as the tropical paradise of Malaysia with lots of exciting and extraordinarily beautiful places to see and great food to enjoy and an amazing Borneo tourist attraction spot.

Sabah is without any doubt one of the best holiday destination in Malaysia for all those people who are yearning for an exotic and exciting holiday.

Because of the fact that tourism is a major revenue earner for the Sabah state government, a lot of attention has been paid to this industry in order to ensure that visitors to Sabah have an enjoyable and memorable trip.

So, here are a few listed, well known attractions in Sabah - The land below the wind.

World Heritage Listed Park

Rafflesia Flower

Sabah is well known for its Kinabalu National Park established in the year 1964, which is the first World Heritage listed park.

In fact the Kinabalu Park is also designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia.

One of the important attraction at the Park is the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia standing at 4095.2 metres.

It has gained a lot of popularity all over world due to its outstanding biological attributes.

In fact it is also home for many species of attractive flora and fauna not seen outside of Sabah and it is also home to numerous unusual plants, 26 species of rhododendrons, countless orchids and the largest flower in the world, the Rafflesia.

White Water Rafting Paradise

White Water Rafting in Sabah

One of the other popular places in Sabah for a more adventurous experience is Sungai Padas (Padas River) which is Sabah's most popular rafting destination.

The Padas River offers a far greater challenge and is highly recommended for the adventurous and experienced rafter.

Getting there proves to be quite an adventure too, starting with a one-and-a-half hour’s bus ride to Beaufort to catch the train that will take you all the way to the starting point.

Padas River is situated in the interior of south-western part of Kota Kinabalu which is only accessible by train.

Turtle Haven

Turtle Islands Sabah

Selingan Island in Sabah is well known as one of its three 'Turtle Islands' lying off the north-east coast of Sabah.

You will be glad to know that this cluster of islands known as Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakkungan Kechil and Pulau Gulisan covers an area of 1,740 hectares and are protected for the sole purpose of conservation and preservation of turtles and other marine animals inhabiting in this area.

This island has got beautiful white sandy beaches which are simply amazing with its green and Hawksbill turtles.

In fact July to October are considered to be the best months if you want to see more turtles coming to the shore to lay their eggs.

Magnificent Wildlife

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

The Orangutan Sanctuary is another great attractions in Sabah. It is located at the virgin forest reserve in Sepilok and it is one of the only tour Orang Utan sanctuaries in the world.

It was established in the year 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orangutan.

Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this centre is under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah.

It attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orangutan up close in their natural habitat.

The highlight of visiting Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is the feeding time hence reaching there before the feeding session starts for Orang Utans is definitely going to be a great experience.

The best part is that the trained Orangutans can also be cuddled for a memorable snapshot.

Kota Kinabalu Mountain

Mount Kinabalu

For an adventurous experience, Mountain Kota Kinabalu is a must see place.

It is one of the highest mountains in South East Asia and you will be glad to know that the Mount Kinabalu is extremely climber-friendly in comparison to other lower mountains around the world.

It is also considered to be an ideal mountain for novice mountain climbers.

It is also one of the best places where you can see breathtaking sunrise, 13,435 feet above sea level and one of the most popular attractions in Sabah.

Photography Friendly Zone

Mengkabong Water Village

The Mengkabong Water Village is also a remarkable site which is about 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu and very popular place for photography enthusiasts.

The main attraction here is a river cruise to Mengkabong water village- a village built on water where the Bajau fishermen live since early 19th century.

Hot Springs Experience

Poring Hot Springs

The Poring Hot Springs is also among the Sabah’s top tourism destinations and very popular among the local as well as the foreign tourists as one of the main attractions in Sabah.

The Poring Hot Springs is about 43 km away from the Kinabalu Park headquaters.

The main attraction here is the open air sulphur baths, located in a beautiful landscaped garden. 

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