Sabah is the next big destination for tourists from developing countries, especially India. It’s affordable, exotic, stunning, a stone’s throw away from India and fits every criterion of an average Indian tourist looking for an international vacation.
It doesn’t matter if you are an ocean fanatic, mountaineer, trekking enthusiast, foodie, or an adrenaline junkie. Whatever it is that you want, Sabah has it all. It would only be fair to call it the complete package, because of the fact that it caters to numerous different types of travellers.
If you’re a beach bum like me, Sabah would make you want to become a mermaid. Out of the million things that you can do, visiting the Tunku Abdul Rehman marine park is a must do. The marine park is a protected area off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. It consists of 5 islands, namely Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug.
Gaya Island is the biggest of the 5 islands, with an area of 15sq km. Gaya island is known for the legendary 450m long Police Bay beach, with crystal clear waters, perfect for snorkeling
Manukan Island is the second largest of the five islands and is popular among the locals. It has the most developed facilities including cottages owned by Sutera Resorts, restaurants, scuba diving centres, football courts, and lodges.
Sapi Island is a much smaller island that has an area of 25 acres. It is known for the famous Sapi zipline. It is the worlds longest island to island zip line and is an extremely exhilarating experience.
Mamutik and Sulug are smaller and less popular islands, but these islands are preferred by foreign tourists who want peace and tranquility. They have quiet beaches and crystal clear blue waters that are perfect for snorkeling.
Mountaineers and Rock Climbers
The perfect destinations for mountain people are the Sabah Tea Resort and the Kinabalu Park.
The Kinabalu Park is a protected national park with an area bigger than that of Singapore. Kinabalu park houses the world famous Mt.Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in the island of Borneo. Mt.Kinabalu stands majestically at about 4000mts. Organised climbs to the summit are conducted on a daily basis making it one of the biggest attractions to trekkers and mountaineers alike. The Kinabalu Park is also a haven for botanists and nature lovers with the amount of biodiversity that it is home to.
The Sabah Tea Resort, however, is a wonderful way to relax, maybe after a climb to the summit of Mt.Kinabalu. The resort offers wonderful accommodation amongst the green tea plantations. They also conduct demonstrations of the steps involved in tea processing.
If you love the feeling of adrenaline pumping through your veins, Sabah has the perfect itinerary set up for you. Whether it is white water rafting along the trembling kedamaian river or parasailing along the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah will make sure to give you your daily dose of thrill. Doesn’t matter if you are an amateur in the thrill business, Sabah will get you out of your comfort zone and make you scream your lungs out. Don’t you agree with me now when I say “Sabah is the complete package”?