Sabah Attractions

What to see in Sabah

The 72, 500sqkm Sabah is a fertile region that falls just below the typhoon belt. Known as the ‘Land below the Wind’, Sabah has a rugged terrain with swampy, mangrove-tangled coastal areas, green paddy fields and the dizzy heights of the Crocker Mountain Range. The state is home to a variety of wildlife including the forest-dwelling orang-utans, bearded pigs, hornbills and turtles. Meanwhile the Crocker Mountain Range plays host to the loftiest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea – Mount Kinabalu. There’s so much to see in Sabah – head to the east coast where the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre is or saunter down to the muddy Kinabatangan River banks to see the cheeky proboscis monkeys.

Most Popular Attractions around Sabah

Kinabalu National Park Kinabalu National Park

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital city, doesn’t really personify Borneo – the capital isn’t a jumble of leafy greens and seaside shanties, but it is the place to go for a cache of Sabahan’s superlative sights. Read More...

Beaches & Islands of Sabah

Sabah has an astounding amount of beautiful islands off its coastlines on both its eastern and western regions. This is why Sabah is regularly sought after by divers as the seas are abundant in coral reefs and marine life. Read More...

Sabah Nature

The ecological richness of Sabah has given birth to a whole host of nature-based attractions. Climb the highest mountain in South East Asia, Kinabalu, or play with the gentle Orang-Utan primates in Sepilok. It’s all here in Sabah! Read More...

Sabah Parks

What is believed to be the highest mountain in South East Asia resides in Sabah, the Kinabalu Mountain. In addition, the national parks in Sabah are rich in plants, flowers and wildlife of many different kinds. Read More...

Rumah Terbalik Di Sabah

Rumah Terbalik Di Sabah is best described as an otherworldly upside-down home. Billed as Southeast Asia’s first, the 1,500sqft compound looks like its neighbours traditional Sabahan homes, but the house, car and even a wheelbarrow leaning against the outdoor wall are all flipped over. Read More...


Other Attractions around Sabah

Kundasang Memorial

Situated in Kundasang, approximately ten kilometres east of the Kinabalu National Park headquarters, the Kundasang Memorial was built in remembrance of the prisoners who died during the infamous Sandakan Death Marches in 1944.

Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:30
Location: North-western Sabah

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Sabah is home to the shy, ginger-haired orang-utan and if you can’t make it out to the state’s most popular great ape sanctuary – Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre – head over to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Located along the Penampang-Papar road, about 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city centre, the park is divided into two zones – the zoological and botanical areas. You can see the gentle great apes as well as catch sight of other wildlife species.

Location: Jalan Penampang, Papar Lama
Tel: +608 876 5710

Likas Bird Sanctuary

The 24-hectare Likas Bird Sanctuary is the only remaining patch of a once-extensive mangrove forest. It used to be known as Likas Mangrove and is a gazetted State Cultural Heritage Site; the area plays host to a variety of migratory birds as well as several species of mangroves.

Location: Jalan Bukit Bendera Upper, Kota Kinabalu
Tel: +608 824 6955
Price Range: RM 10 – Adult; RM 5 – Kids

Maliau Basin Conservation Area

Known as ‘Sabah’s Lost World’, situated 45km north of the Kalimantan border, the Maliau Basin Conservation Area is basically a Goliath of a crater with winding rivers and lush rainforest within it. One of the world’s great reserves of biodiversity, it’s the real deal with a dense knot of greenery and ranks high on the itinerary of anyone interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Location: Eastern Sabah

Mari Mari Cultural Village

Situated approximately 25 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu city centre the Mari Mari Cultural Village is a three-hour tour depicting the heritage of Sabah’s major racial groups. You’ll be able to see tribal dwellings and learn about the indigenous way of life as well as listen to tribal titbits from the knowledgeable tour guide.

Location: Jalan Kiansom
Tel: +6019 820 4921
Price Range: RM 150 – Adult; RM 130 - Kids

Monsopiad Cultural Village

Located approximately 13km south of Kota Kinabalu, the Monsopiad Cultural village is a Kadazan-Dusun cultural village named after legendary warrior and head-hunter, Monsopiad. The Monsopiad House of Skulls – the village’s highlight – houses 42 skulls of marauding thugs and pirates who met their fate at the hands of the fearsome warrior.

Opening Hours: 08:30 – 17:00
Location: Kota Kinabalu
Tel: +608 876 1336
Price Range: RM 65

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

A trip to Sabah would be incomplete without a stopover at one of the state’s biggest tourist draws – second only to Mount Kinabalu – the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. If you can’t make it out to Semmengoh or to Kinabatangan then Sepilok is the place to head to; the 40sqkm park is decidedly less crowded than Semmengoh and one of only four orang-utan sanctuaries in the world.

Location: Eastern Sabah
Tel: +608 953 1180
Price Range: RM 30

Signal Hill

The view from the summit of the UFO-like observation deck of Signal Hill is a not-to-be-missed spectacle when you’re in Kota Kinabalu. Situated at the eastern edge of the city, at the foot of the hill is the Atkinson Clock Tower – the square, 15.7 metre high 1905 relic is the oldest structure in Sabah to survive the Allied bombing of Jesselton during World War II.

Location: Kota Kinabalu

Sungai Kinabatangan

Featuring dipterocarp forests, mangrove swamps and the Gomantong Hill limestone caves, the muddy Sungai Kinabatangan is a tourist magnet due to its wildlife menagerie – from orang-utans to rhinoceroses – and atypical landscape. The second longest river in Malaysia, the 560km-long river drains into the marshy delta on the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan.

Location: Eastern Sabah

Turtle Islands National Park

Located 40km north of Sandakan, Turtle Islands National Park – also known as Pulau Penyu in Malay – comprises Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan. The islands play host to two species of turtles who come ashore here to lay eggs several times a year, ensuring that you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of these sea creatures no matter when you visit.

Opening Hours: 18:30 – 21:00 (information desk)
Location: Eastern Sabah

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