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Best Sightseeing Tours in Sabah

Known for its tropical natural beauty, Sabah is a picturesque state of Malaysia. The place is endowed with exciting islands, fresh grasslands and pristine beaches. One of the popular destination is Sapi Island. Though it is small, the place is always bustling with tourists and locals taking part in various activities such as ziplining, swimming, snorkelling, coral flying, sea walking and more. Embark on the best sightseeing tours in Sabah and explore the interesting marine life, hidden beaches and cliffs on reaching here. Another interesting resort island with one of the best beaches in Malaysia is the Mataking beach. The deserted beach is one of the hidden gems of Malaysia and good for just soaking up the sun or relaxing. Tourists can take a walk around the beach to know the place better. Also, do not miss out to check the one-of-its-kind underwater post office where one can post a letter or postcard. For photo enthusiasts, a visit to Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a must. Capture the endangered species found here including Borneo Pygmy elephants, Tembadau and mouse deer.

 

Then there is Layang Layang Island also known as Swallow Reef. Though there are many rules imposed on tourists while visiting the place, this tourism destination is highly recommended to check out. A remote Island, the place has diving spots that are as close to 2000m deep. Scuba divers can spot Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and stunning coral reefs here. Some of the popular diving spots at this Island are Crack Reef, D-Wall, The Point, Pier Diving, Dog Tooth Liar and Wrasse Strip. An adventurous trip is not complete without trekking. The trekkers can hike to the renowned Mount Kinabalu and explore the flora and fauna along the way. The ideal months to trek to Kinabalu is between February and April as weather is pleasant. The other best sightseeing tours in Sabah are Bohey Dulang Beach, Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum, Mabul Island and Danum Valley Conservation Area.

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Weston Wetlands Monkey, Sunset & Fireflies Cruise, Sabah 6 Hrs ₹ 2890 5.0 star View Details
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Island Hopping Adventure Full Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu Via Kayak Flat 20% off 7 Hrs ₹ 4400 3.0 star View Details
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    About the Activity:The Weston Wetlands experience is a 6-hour long guided of Weston Wetlands, natural wonders of northern BorneoThe trip includes spectacular views, close proximity to the natural flora and fauna and scrumptious Asian foodThe activity includes free pickup...

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    Day Trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman Isalnd with Boat Snorkeling Experience
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    Get ready to spend a day which will be filled with thrill and fun while you enjoy a trip to this amazing island and relish the boat snorkeling experience. You will be stepping into a different world as you embark on the beautiful islands of Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi, and Ga...

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    Island Hopping Adventure Full Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu Via Kayak Flat 20% off
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    Get ready to enjoy the adventurous full-day tour while you ride the waves and make a splash through the top islands off of Kota Kinabalu aboard a sturdy kayak. You will get to explore Sabah's gorgeous tropical wonders beginning from Manukan island to the virgin isles of ...

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Attractions

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Sapi Island

The smallest yet most enticing island in Malaysia, Sapi Island welcomes you with a potpourri of adrenaline activities. From sea-walking to scuba diving, snorkelling to coral flying, there are several activities which will make you fall in love with this charismatic island.

With its sandy beaches, azure waters, dense forests, and rich aquatic life, Sapi is no short of a wonder. On the weekends, the island bustles with life as a large number of natives and outsiders flock this destination. Hence, if you want to experience serenity, visit here during the weekdays.

Location: Sapi Island, Sabah, Malaysia

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Mataking Beach

Another resort island with one of the best beaches in Malaysia, Mataking Island is the furthest from Semporna in east coast Sabah where a boat trip takes nearly an hour one way. Just stroll around the island to look for your own secluded place. One of the unique things about the island is that they have an underwater post office where you can literally post a letter or postcard. Highly recommended for those who want a 'Maldives' experience in Malaysia.

 

Highlights: This is the perfect romantic getaway as the island has a spa, private bungalows, an outdoor Jacuzzi by the sea and all the romantic walks by the beach you want. Special arrangements can be made for honeymooners, weddings or private parties. The only way to get here is by booking a tour package from the resort. There are no day trips or visits here.

 How to Get There: It is about 40 minute’s boat ride from the mainland of Semporna in the province of Sabah.

 

 

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Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Are you a wildlife enthusiast looking for an ideal location to spot vibrant wildlife of Sabah? If yes, then Tabin Wildlife Reserve is an apt place to visit in Sabah. A tourist spot enveloped with immense natural beauty, Tabin reserve welcomes you with a bundle of priceless experiences.

It is spread across an area of 1120 Sq Km which remains covered with mangrove forest.  The most important animal species found in the reserve include gibbons, elephants, macaques, red-leaf monkeys, and orangutans. On your visit to Tabin Wildlife, soak in the charm of its natural surroundings or spend your time capturing its exotic wildlife in your camera.

Location: Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia

Entry fee: There is no entrance fee for getting inside Tabin Wildlife Reserve

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Layang-layang Island

Also known as Swallow Reef, Layang Layang is one of the islands located towards the north of Sabah Coast in Borneo Island.

Highlights – This is a very remote island, as it located in highly deep waters. The diving spots are close to 2000m deep. There is a naval base here and tourists are prohibited from entering into this area. There are lots of restrictions for tourists in these waters, due to which marine life is well-preserved. You will be able to spot Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and abundant coral reefs here. Scuba diving is the main activity here, with the island providing maximum depths of up to 40m. Some famous diving spots in Layang Layang are Crack Reef, D-Wall, The Point, Pier Diving, Dog Tooth Liar and Wrasse Strip.

Location – 300km towards the north the Sabah Coast, Borneo Island.

Timings – March to August.

Price – Depends on the package.
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Mount Kinabalu

If you want to experience adventure amidst mesmerising Borneo Island, there can’t be a better Sabah tourist place for you than Mount Kinabalu. Standing at an altitude of 4095 metres, Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Malaysia.

This World Heritage site is known for its exotic flora and fauna which adds to the fun of hiking. Mount Kinabalu trek is a 5-hour long journey which takes you through spectacular landscapes to Panalaban. On your hiking trip, don’t forget to get up early and witness the panoramic sunset view from the hilltop.

Location: West Coast, Sabah, Malaysia

Entry fee: RM 120 per person

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Bohey Dulang Beach

Bohey Dulang Island is a mountainous island forged by the remains of an ancient volcano. The southern side of the lagoon is open but just below the surface is a protracted stretch of reef which represents the southern cratered fringe. The island is best known for its spectacular views at the top of its peak. It is possible to trail around the island at low tide by following the narrow edges of the beach and mangroves, although this involves scrambling over rocks or through vegetation's.

Highlights: Prepare to be greeted by a host of tropical flora and fauna during the arduous but rewarding hiking trail to the top of Bohey Dulang Peak. Majestic views of the sapphire blue lagoon await those who make it through the hour long climb.

How to Get There: Bohey Dulang is located about 35 minutes by boat from Semporna, 20 minutes from Pom Pom, 30 minutes from Mataking and 1.5 hours from Mabul.

 

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A'Famosa Theme Park

Looking to rush to a water park during the harsh summers? A’Famosa Theme Park is the place where you have to head to, with your families and friends and splash away to glory to beat the scorching heat.



Highlights
– This is believed to the biggest theme park in Malaysia and contains a lot of entertaining game pool and water slides that provide you highly thrilling experiences of your lifetime. If you are tired of playing water games, you can relax at the white sands here and enjoy some serene blissful moments.

Location –
Simpang Ampat, Malacca. Activities – Arabian Villages, Kids’ Adventure Play Pool, Sandy Beach, Lazy River, Wave Pool, Inner Tube Slides, Family Raft Drive, High Speed Slides, Body Slides, Splash and many more.

Price –
Water Park plus lunch rates are RM43 and RM 38 for adults and kids respectively on weekdays; it is RM49 and RM43 for adults and kids respectively on weekends.

Timings –
11AM to 7PM (Monday to Friday) and 9AM to 7PM (Weekends, School & Public Holidays).
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Manukan Island Resort

The Manukan Island Resort is a luxury private island resort. This serene retreat offers exquisite accommodation, sophisticated cuisine and unparalleled water sport activities in one of the most pristine corner of the world. Manukan Island is surrounded by a protected coral reef, and the island boasts a pristine rainforest and beautiful white sand beaches.




Location: Manukan Island, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


Highlights: This resort features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and spacious villas with private terraces and dining areas. The resort offers a wide range of activities such as diving, snorkeling and trekking. For views of marine life, glass-bottomed boat rides are available.


Price: Approximate price for a room starts at 700 MYR.


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Traveller Tales from Sabah

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Damodara Bharadwaj

08 July 2019

guide was good, helpful and professional highlight of the trip is the fireflies.