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Explore the top attractions in Sabah, Malaysia: Land Beneath the Wind

By Karthika Selvakumar - September 15, 2020
The summit of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.

Sabah is set on the third biggest island on the planet. Furthermore, it is known as the second biggest state of Malaysia’s thirteen states. It is a hidden heaven that is quickly developing as an ideal vacation spot and has got many top attractions. Above all, it is the pearl of Borneo with lots of ecotourism activities and seashore retreats. Sabah has a lot of attractions for nature lovers and there’s a decent choice of nature-based spots to visit in Sabah. It is a realm that flaunts great natural attractions. So, if you are planning a vacation to Sabah, here are the 8 must-visit places for you to consider.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaisie
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Top 8 attractions to cover in Sabah

Sabah has a lot of top attractions. Here we have profiled the top 10 things to get the most from your holiday in Sabah.

  1. Sapi Island
  2. Mount Kinabalu
  3. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  4. Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  5. Bohey Dulang Beach
  6. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
  7. Poring Hot Springs
  8. Mantanani Island

1. Sapi Island

Sapi Island is one of the most well-known spots in Sabah to swim, snorkel and unwind. Also, it is only 20 minutes boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu. Among all the islands close to Kota Kinabalu City, Sapi Island wins the most votes as the most loved by travellers. It also offers new activities like Coral Flyer – the longest zipline on the planet. This is one among the top attractions in Sabah. Above all, you can enjoy scuba diving on Sapi Island.

Sapi Island - top attractions in Sabah
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2. Mount Kinabalu

Sabah’s Mount Kinabalu is Borneo’s and Malaysia’s tallest peak. At a height of 4,095 meters, it’s the most unique point between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. Also, nature lovers will be surprised to have the option to observe the many varieties of vegetation that are to be found on the mountain at various heights. As the point of union of Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, trekkers from around the world run to Mount Kinabalu to vanquish Low’s Peak summit. Above all, climbing Mount Kinabalu is perhaps the easiest journeys and takes roughly a few days with no climbing gear. This trekking journey is a must-try for the sort of adventure it offers and for it’s one among the top attractions in Sabah.

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3. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Set along the Penampang-Papar street, around 30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu downtown area, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is separated into two zones – the zoological and botanical areas. You get to see the delicate apes as well as catch sight of other wildlife species. The park is very family-friendly and your kids will love the Children’s zoo. Above all, this spot also offers guests the chance to go jungle trekking along the herbal path.

Lion in Lok Kawi Wildlife Park - top attractions in Sabah
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4. Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is located in the eastern side of Sabah in Malaysia. It is the biggest wildlife reserve in Malaysia. Tabin Wildlife Reserve is home to different endangered wildlife species. Few of them are the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Tembadau and outlandish birdlife. One of the unique features of Tabin is its football field-sized mud spring of gushing lava, a 20 minutes’ trip across the wilderness. This mud spring of lava fills in as a mineral salt. Above all, this makes it an ideal stage for wildlife observation and bird watching from the observation tower.

5. Bohey Dulang Beach

Bohey Dulang is the trekkers and birdwatchers top pick, offering great views from its 353m pinnacle. The lagoon is open on its southern side, yet, the crater rim on that side extends into a long coral reef. To reach the beach area, one should arrive at Semporna, and from that point, take a 20-minute boat ride to the island. The islands look so surreal, that such a spot doesn’t even seem to exist. More than that, the stunning marvels of the waters of Sabah are candid. In conclusion, Bohey Dulang is a mandatory addition to your bucket list!

Bohey Dulang Beach - top attractions in Sabah
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6. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is set off the shore of Kota Kinabalu. It includes five islands, to be specific, Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug. The park is named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and is Sabah’s famous public park. Above all, diving and swimming are the most well-known activities. Above all, you can also engage on sunbathing along the many seashores.

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7. Poring Hot Springs

No get-away to Sabah is complete without soaking in the soothing natural hot springs. Poring Hot Springs comprises of a series of natural sulfuric pools close to Ranau. Vacationers frequently make a trip for a recovering splash in the wake of hiking Mount Kinabalu. Others invest their energy inside the spa-like complex. De-stress and drench away in the hot springs with sulphuric minerals. Above all, the hot springs are also quite common among the locals. Also, it is a great spot to unwind after your long vacation.

Poring Hot Springs - top attractions in Sabah
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8. Mantanani Island

An obscure gem and divers heaven, Mantanani Island is a cluster of three disengaged islands found northwest of Kota Belud. These islands are roughly 55 minutes ride by speedboat from the mainland Kuala Abai Jetty. Mantanani Island in Sabah has in excess of 20 generally unexplored diving activities. More than that, it is loaded up with diverse marine life, unique birds. It is also an amazing spot for scuba diving, snorkelling, bird viewing and island hopping.

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