Also known as "The Land Below the Wind", Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia is situated at the northern part of the island of Borneo, the third largest island in the world.
Sabah is a haven for divers and nature lovers. It is home to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, and the largest flower in the world. Not only is it rich in natural beauty and resources, but also in the cultural heritage of its people. There are over 30 different ethnic races and over 80 local dialects spoken in Sabah.
Kota Kinabalu is the state capital and international gateway to the rest of Sabah with connection to various destinations in Asia and Australia. It is a very modern city with various shopping nightlife facilities.
Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, named after Sir Charles Jessel, one of the Directors of the British North Borneo Chartered Company, or BNBCC. During WWII, Kota Kinabalu and other towns throughout Sabah suffered heavy allied bombing which all but leveled them. Emerging from the War, the BNBCC discovered it was too costly to rebuild, so in 1946, Sabah became a British Crown Colony - until 1963, when Sabah was granted Independence within the Federation of Malaysia.
A major attraction is Mount Kinabalu in the Kinabalu Park, a world heritage site only two hours from Kota Kinabalu by road. It is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, standing at a majestic 4,095.2m (13,432.26 ft).
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, named after Malaysia's first Prime Minister, is a marine park encompassing five islands. It is famous for its crystal waters and beautiful corals.
Kudat Peninsula is located at the northern most tip of Sabah, otherwise known as the Simpang Mengayau. The majority here are people from the Rungus tribe. Here, each village is reputable for its individual trade; honey from Gombizau, gongs from Sumangkap, beads from Tinanggol and the longhouse living culture of Bavanggazo.
Kudat is a famous destination for scuba diving, and it is said that the best of Sabah's seafood comes from Kudat.
Labuan Island is located off the west coast of Sabah. It is a famous destination for wreck diving and international deep sea fishing. Once a year, there is the Labuan International Sea Challenge, an exciting water sports challenge of deep sea fishing, kayaking and swimming.
Just a couple of kilometers off the island is the Labuan Marine Park, which encompasses three secluded islets, and snorkeling and scuba trails which showcase the fascinating underwater marine life.
Labuan is also the site of a number of World War II memorials.
Lahad Datu is a town located in the east of Sabah. The main industry here is cocoa and oil palm, and the town also a port for timber export. From here, visit the Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Danum Valley Conservation Area, a large protected forest where human settlement and human interference Is non-existent.
Sandakan is a town on the east coast of Sabah, a city steeped in history.
Just a drive away from Sandakan is the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. You can also see the endangered Proboscis monkey in the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary or at Lower's Kinabatangan River Wildlife Sanctuary (Sukau).
Tawau is a town located at the south-east coast of Sabah. It was once a small coastal fishing village, which eventually flourished with cocoa and palm oil plantations. The Cocoa Village on Quoin Hill is a must-see cocoa estate, where you can take a guided tour on cocoa processing.
Recommended Tour Packages:
- 2D1N Mountain Climbing Via Ferrata - LOW's Peak Circuit
- 4D3N Diving Via Mabul Island - Sipadan
- 4D3N Danum Valley Tropical Rain Forest
- 4D3N Sandakan Safari - Turtle Island / Sepilok / Kinabatangan
- Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
- Hotels in Kinabalu Park
- Hotels in Sepilok, Sandakan
- Hotels in Semporna, Tawau