Nestled in the northern part of Borneo, Sabah is known for its pristine islands, scenic landscapes and its varied flora and fauna. If you are someone who loves to bank on experiences and not objects, Sabah is your place to go! Do not miss out on these activities:
Climb Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu is open throughout the year except on submmit closure dates. You can purchase water, coffee and snacks at the Laban Rata Resthouse. The scenic view at the peak of the mountain is absolutely surreal and should not be missed!
Hop on the River Cruise in Kota Kinabalu
The island of Borneo is endemic to the critically endangered Proboscis Monkey and you might have a sighting of a couple of them munching on their favourite food. A pair of binoculars and a camera might come in handy for pictures to take back
Go Snorkeling in Mabul Island
Observe the marine life of the island in a natural setting. Expect to see a wide range of tropical fish life during your sessions including some turtles and Nemo’s cousins. However you will need a Sipadan Permit which will cost you about RM 40 (600-700INR per day).
Zipline from island to island
Coral Flyer Zipline is the longest island to island flying fox activity in Sabah. Experience a beautiful birds eye view of the crystal green water and the marine life as you swoosh through the air at over 50kmph!
Explore the Gomantong caves in the limestone hill
These caves are known for swiftlet nests which are harvested by the locals for a well known local delicacy ; the birds nest soup. The cave system is home to ther various fauna like the crested serpent eagles, kingfishers and Asian fairy bluebirds so keep your cameras clicking!
Visit the Tun Mustapha Sabah building
Located 5kms from the K.K City Centre, this Sabah icon is made of glass and steels and it stands 30 storeys high. It slowly spins to give you a complete view of the Likas Harbour.
Enrich your Cultural Intake at the Mari Mari Cultural Village
Away from the bustle of the city, this village is situated in a remote natural setting in Kionsom. You will get to see blowpipe making, fire starting, tattoo making as well as the symbolic meaning behind them by the locals. Travellers will also get to taste traditional Sabah delicacies in each ethnic group. Feel yourself immersed in local culture and return back refreshed to your hotel.
Experience the Regatta Lepa Semporna Festival
If you are planning to travel to Sabah in the month of April, do not miss this festival. The Bajau community who mainly fish for their living celebrate this festival in a unique way which is highlighted by beautiful traditional boats decorated with colorful sails & flags. They also have competition for the best decorated boat or ‘lepa’. Alongside, they have boat races, tug of wars which continue in the night when all boats are lit and more cultural activities are held.
Experience the Kaamatan Harvest Festival
The people of Sabah believe rice is a gift from their God who sacrificed his daughter for that purpose. Witness the traditional dance and savour the local delicacies at this festival.