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Best things to do in Sabah

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Where in the world: Asia  /  Malaysia  /  Sabah

Top 15 things to do in Sabah

1. Climbing Tours, Kota Kinabalu

Put your adventure skills to a serious test with a climbing tour from the appealing gateway town of Kota Kinabalu. Led by a local guide, you'll tackle the area's highest summit, located 4,100 m (13,451 ft) above sea level. If you go for a 3-day excursion, you'll have more than enough time to admire scenic views of the region's natural wonders. Die-hard adrenaline junkies might prefer rappelling to simple hiking and climbing. Shorter half-day tours are also available for those looking for less-challenging options.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $720 › Learn more about Climbing Tours

2. Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu

Take a trip to Manukan Island, located in the country's first marine national park. Hop on a speedboat from the mainland and in 20 minutes you're there--on a paradisal island offering natural attractions and plenty of activities. Head to the southern coastline for white sand beaches, where you can venture into the coral reefs just offshore. Get active with scuba diving, parasailing, and banana boating (chalets around the island's coast rent out equipment). A few restaurants serve an array of local specialities with sea views.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $77 › Learn more about Manukan Island

3. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sepilok

Visit an important conservation project at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Opened in 1964, the center aims to rehabilitate orphaned baby orangutans rescued from logging sites, plantations, hunters, and homes, before releasing them into the wild. Set in a protected rainforest, the project lets you witness how they train the young orangutans to survive in their natural habitat, swinging on climbing frames, being fed, and monkeying around. Walk the wooden pathways and bridges through the surrounding nature reserve to see mature orangutans back in their natural environment after rehabilitation and release.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. 2D1N Mount Kinabalu Climbing

FROM $720
Mount Kinabalu is the Borneo’s highest peak in Sabah and it is renowned world heritage site. It stands 4,095m Height with breathtaking views. Find ideal mount kinabalu package with best rates and get tips to climb mount kinabalu from our experts. Climb with us with private arranged Mount Kinabalu Climbing Tour
Suggested duration: 48h
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5. Mount Kinabalu

Explore Mount Kinabalu, a towering mountain and World Heritage Site with a tremendous ecological diversity. As Malaysia's highest point, its summit (Low's Peak) reaches 4,096 m (13,438 ft) above sea level. Provided you're in good condition, you don't need any special equipment for the accessible ascent to the top. Elsewhere on the mountain, several rock climbing sites offer challenges for experienced climbers. The protected mountain and national park that surrounds it support around 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 species of mammals, with star residents including the huge Rafflesia plants as well as the endangered orangutan. For this reason, it remains one of the world's chief sites of interest for scientists, nature-lovers, and conservationists.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $42 › Learn more about Mount Kinabalu

6. Kinabalu Park

Explore Kinabalu Park, an area brimming with nature that became the country's first World Heritage Site in 2000. Established in 1964, the grounds stretch out across 754 sq km (291 sq mi) and surround Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in the country. Bring your identification books with you, because over 4,500 species of plant and animal life live here, including endemic species like the Kinabalu giant leech, the Kinabalu giant earthworm, and the Nepenthes rajah. A popular place with hikers and climbers, the range of peaks here offers plenty of excitement for even the most experienced practitioners.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $78 › Learn more about Kinabalu Park

7. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu

Explore a set of attractive islands just a 20-minute boat ride from the main coast at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Hop between the landmasses to experience their different atmospheres and the activities available there: some have become more developed and offer water sport facilities, while others maintain their paradisal calm. Arrange a diving expedition to view the protected marine life, spotting colorful fish as they dart through the water and the otherworldly coral formations.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $56 › Learn more about Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

8. The 10 Tastings of Kuala Lumpur With Locals: Private Street Food Tour

FROM $56
Eat your way through Kuala Lumpur's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Nasi Lemak and Paper Dosa. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard.
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $56 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), Sandakan

Meet some of the island's most famous inhabitants in their native habitat at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Opened in 2014, the center rehabilitates sun bears that have been rescued from captivity, then reintroduces them to the wild in the surrounding nature reserve. Visit the main center to learn about the conservationists' important work, as well as the threats posed to these distinctive and desperately endangered creatures. Stand on wooden observation decks to watch the bears play, climb, and feed as they head down the road to recovery.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $100 › Learn more about Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)

10. Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy a day on Sapi Island, one of five islands in a protected marine park off the coast of Borneo. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, the island offers clean, white sands and clear waters. The main attraction here remains the wildlife: hike inland to see big monitor lizards and wild boars, and snorkel through the water to admire the coral and colorful fish in a diverse marine environment. Try out a range of activities, including island-to-island zipline and banana boating, and then relax in one of the restaurants.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $77 › Learn more about Sapi Island

11. Scuba & Snorkeling, Kota Kinabalu

Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $59 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

12. Guided Snorkeling Day Trip, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

FROM $59
You will be collected from Jesselton Point Jetty, Kota Kinabalu and taken into the local marine park - Tunku Abdul Rahman. Where you will be briefed and taken on 3 guided snorkelling tours. Maximum group size is six and your in water guide with be a PADI Professional, fully trained and insured making sure your day goes perfectly. There will be two sessions in the morning with one after lunch. We provide mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit and life jacket if required. There is free flowing drinking water all day with lunch served on an island. This tour is suitable for all those wishing to explore the underwater world of Sabah. We ask that all persons be fit and healthy and be comfortable in water to deep to stand up in.
Suggested duration: 24h
Tours from $59 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan

Visit a center of environmental education at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). Starting off as an environmental school, the center opened its doors to the public in 2007, maintaining its focus on conservation and education while broadening its appeal to younger and amateur visitors. Enjoy a stroll through the plant identification garden to learn about the vegetation that thrives in the surrounding nature reserve. Take a trip up to the 25 m (82) ft high canopy walkway to gain a new perspective on an area of thick rainforest--great for photographs and bird-spotting, and secure enough for kindergarten-age children.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $115 › Learn more about Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)

14. Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sandakan

Visit the home of the island's most iconic natives at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Founded in 1994 by a benevolent developer, the reserve protects around 60 of the seriously endangered primates, supplementing their diet and keeping track of their numbers. Visit the center at feeding time to watch the families of these pot-bellied, large-nosed monkeys emerge from the jungle, and take a walk across the reserve to observe them searching for food in their natural habitat.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $128 › Learn more about Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

15. Leisure Diving, 3 Dives at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu

FROM $99
Are you a certified scuba diver? Then this is the trip for you. Spend the day with Borneo Dream exploring the underwater world of our local marine park. With over 25 dive sites in the park, we can always find one that is suitable to dive. The dive sites are very simple in terms of difficulty level with generall no currents and depths of 8 to 25m. Our guides are all Insured and in Teaching Status PADI Professionals. During the day you will do two dives before lunch and one after lunch. Lunch is served on a tropical island with a choice from a menu. Vegetarian options are available. At the end of the day, you will be dropped back at Jesselton Point Jetty at around 16:00. What are you waiting for, book today!
Suggested duration: 24h
Tours from $99 › More about this tour at viator.com ›