Sabah’s Top 10 Attractions

Choosing only 10 out of so many wonderful places in Sabah is not easy. The top4 though are easy choices. Reflecting Sabah’s fame as an eco-paradise, all the places listed here are nature-related.

1. Climb Mount Kinabalu

Although climbing a mountain might not appeal to everyone, this is one mountain that you should make an exception for. Relatively easy to climb, the incredible view from the top, the magnificent sunrise and the almost-can-touch starry sky at night are a few of the reasons why this should be top of your to-do-list in Sabah.


2. Dive in Sipadan Island

One of the best diving spots in the world with turtles, sharks, rays and other big marine creatures a definite sighting. If you can’t dive, snorkel.


3. See proboscis monkeys and other wildlife on a Kinabatangan River Cruise

One of the best places in the world to see wildlife. A river cruise on Sabah’s longest river is a lazy man’s way to see wildlife without getting all sweaty and muddy. Must-visit for wildlife lovers.


4. Jungle trekking and wildlife-spotting at Danum Valley

If you have always dreamt of jungle-trekking in a tropical rainforest, this is one place you should not miss. 400-year old, 60-m tall giant trees, wildlife that can be spotted without spending the night hiding on top of a tree, and luxurious accommodation at the end of the day – get your jungle experience here.


5. See orang utans at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

The largest and oldest orang utan rehabilitation centre in the world, this place is a nature success story that has been around even before the world came up with the phrase eco-tourism. Come here not just to see the adorable orang utans, but also to learn more about the threats that they are facing.


6. Dive and get to know the sea gypsies at Tun Sakaran Park

Perhaps the least well-known of the places listed here. Tun Sakaran Park consists of 8 islands located off Semporna. The islands here are incredibly beautiful. A few of the islands have been settled by Sea Bajaus. The innocent sea gypsies, a group of people who spend most of their lives on boats that they call home, know no national boundaries and drift between the southern islands of the Philippines, Borneo and Sulawesi.


7. Jungle-trekking at Maliau Basin

Also known as the Lost World. An untouched tropical forest in the heart of Sabah. Getting here is not easy and special permits are required. But if you want to venture into the darkest, deepest Borneo, this is it.

8. See a turtle lay eggs at Turtle Islands Park

Sightings of green turtles are a daily occurence in these three islands that make up Sabah’s smallest national park.


9. Search for the Rafflesia at Kokob/Poring/Rafflesia Centre

The largest flower in the world is distributed more widely in Sabah than anywhere else. One of the best places to see this strange flower is at Kokob, a small village located between Kinabalu Park Headquarters and Poring Hot Springs.


10. Soak in a mud volcano at Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island)

The location of the first survivor series, these three islands are a relaxing place to get away from it all. Very few tourists come here, and even less stay overnight, so you have the whole beach to yourself. For novelty’s sake, soak in a mud volcano. And don’t forget to watch the sunset.




  1. Elena said,

    May 3, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    What a wonderful place to travels!!!

  2. Anonymous said,

    June 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    best ouh jadi penduduk sabah 🙂

  3. Anonymous said,

    June 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    ya haahhah

  4. Yo said,

    September 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    I worked in the sabah tourism sector for a while. it’s time for sabah to improve on services and quality because we are running out of places to promote. transport, ease of arrangement, bookings, information. we can’t rest on these treasures alone

  5. bella said,

    August 5, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    i love my place,tlong kci balik tu pti d ngara dorg.. hilang keindahan d negara sabah ne sebab dorg…. tolong kami upaya negara kami bebas dari rasuah,dari saya yang sayang akan sabah..n tuk generasi sabah y akan datang..

  6. Anonymous said,

    August 31, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    masyarakat sabah hanya sukakan hiburan dan pemalas, lebih-lebih lagi masyarakat bajau kota belud. betul ke statement ini? saya dapat statement ini daripada kebanyakan masyarakat sabah juga, termasuklah org dusun, iranun dan bajau dari tempat2 lain.. saya minum2 kopi di kedai, bila saya kasi tau saya di sabah menetap di kota belud, semua cakap jgn lah kau tinggal sana tu.. ilmu hitam kuat, pemalas lagi, bodoh lagi, berlagak lagi, macam2 cerita buruk saya dgr ttg kota belud. so siapa2 yang lebih arif ttg kota belud, boleh share2 di sini ka? sebab saya baru sahaja berpindah ke kota belud awal puasa tahun ni… bila dgr cerita2 macam ni, even dari org bajau kota belud yg pindah keluar ke kk, saya rasa adakah patut saya pindah ke kk sahaja… berikan cadangan dan kenyataan yg sebenar boleh??

  7. Anonymous said,

    September 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    dari ko ja tu..

  8. fara said,

    November 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    saya nk tnya if nk pergi sabah the best suggestion nk trun airport mana ekk??mean the cntre of the actraction

    • lost traveller said,

      November 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      kk airport dua-dua pun dekat. air asia apt atau international apt.

    • Dodo said,

      January 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM


  9. ain said,

    January 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    wow!amazing to see these beautiful world created by Allah

  10. Anonymous said,

    March 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Just got back from Sandakan. Nice and interesting place to visit. Kalau lah tempat2 tourist spot and pulau2 tak de sampah, kan best. What a shame. Ada sorang mat salleh tu..kutip sampah satu karung (big one) and dok marah kat owner2 kat situ….dia kata. can you see this? Trash !!! where do you think it should be ? rubbish bin ….!!! you go and get bins and put them all there, dia tunjuk exactly where bins should be. Yo yo..tak malu ke. We felt just like him. rasa marah sangat bila tengok perangai uncivilised Malaysians. Semua tempat diMalaysia camtu, kan ?? Kat Pulau (Tg Ara) or anywhere for that matter, my God !! sampah dia,, gila punya banyak. Felt like going there again and do CSR activities just to educate the villagers !! kerajaan pulak buat apa ek??? goyang teloq je ke?? Mana enforcement ?? Musa,,do something about it…muka je handsome…buatlah kerja sikit…

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