A City of Contrasts and Diversity
onsist of nearly 12% of population percentage, Sabah is the gateway to eco-adventures such as diving, river cruising, mountain climbing, water rafting and caving. Stunning tropical islands and luxuriant nature makes Sabah the ideal destination for outdoor activities with the majestic Mount Kinabalu as the famous icon of the state.
"Pint-sized Sabah occupies a relatively small chunk of the world's third largest island, yet packed with natural treasures. Whether it's pearl hunting in Kota Kinabalu, watching baby orang utans at Sepilok or lounging at the beautiful Sipadan Island, your time will be well spent here"
Mabul Island, Sabah
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
Kinabalu Park established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species, and over 110 land snail species. Located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, it covers an area of 754 square kilometres surrounding Mount Kinabalu, which at 4,095.2 metres, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo.
The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. The diversity of plant life in Kinabalu Park ranges over four climatic zones. Ascending and descending Mount Kinabalu'€™s summit takes two to three days, depending on the weather and one€™s fitness level.
TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN NATIONAL PARK
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park comprises a group of 5 islands located approximately 8 km off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The park is spread over 4,929 hectares, two-thirds of which cover the sea. Before the Ice age, it formed part of the Crocker Range mass of sandstone and sedimentary rock on the mainland. However, about one million years ago, the melting ice brought about changes in the sea level and parts of the mainland were cut off by the sea to form the islands of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik dan Sulug. Evidence of this can be seen from the exposed sandstone of the coastline forming the cliffs, caves, honeycombs and deep crevices. The park was named after Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's first Prime Minister. The islands are famous among visitors for scuba-diving and snorkelling.
SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE
Enjoy the rare and thrilling opportunity to see an orang utan up close at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabillitation Centre. Situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve this sanctuary serves to rehabilitate orphaned orang utans as well as educate the public on the importance of wildlife conservation. The viewing gallery gives an opportunity to see the orang utans being fed by rangers. Sepilok is considered by the Wildlife Department to be a useful educational tool with which to educate both the locals and visitors alike, but they are adamant that the education must not interfere with the rehabilitation process. Visitors are restricted to walkways and are not allowed to approach or handle the apes.
In the wild orangutan babies stay with their mothers for up to six years while they are taught the skills they need to survive in the forest, the most important of which is climbing. At Sepilok a buddy system is used to replace a mother's teaching.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah