These Sabah attractions promise an adventure of a lifetime
A two-hour flight from Singapore, a multilingual state, a range of culinary offerings and home to some of the most hospitable people in the world – there are plenty of reasons why you should go to Sabah. But, once you’re here, what are the best adventure deals in Sabah: a place where clear waters and natural attractions thrive? Here we’ll show you the best Sabah attractions to visit – where you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.
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Get your adrenaline pumping with these activities in Sabah
1. Mount Trus Madi
Far from the crowds of Mount Kinabalu lies Mount Trus Madi: the second highest peak of Malaysia.
Rising to 2,642 meters, Mount Trus Madi is known to offer a tougher climbing challenge than Mount Kinabalu. The hike is about seven hours in total, so be sure to leave for this hike around 2am (in order to catch the sunrise).
From the top of Mount Trus Madi, you can even see Mount Kinabalu. Trust us, the time and energy spent is worth it. In addition to the beautiful sunrise and cloud cover, you might even enjoy the calm here watching the crowds in the latter.
Pro tip: To really immerse yourself in this experience, join a 3D2N or 2D1N tour to ensure you have dedicated guides who will advise you on when to start and the best paths to reach the top.
2. Bohey Dulang Island, Semporna
Since Sabah is known as an outdoor paradise of natural sights, this wouldn’t be a list of Sabah adventure attractions without mentioning the many islands here! Especially, Semporna – a town east of Sabah – is the gateway to Tun Sakaran Marine Parkwhere reside a group of eight islands with dive sites and reefs.
For instance, Bohey Dulang Island stands out for its 353-meter summit, which takes about 45 minutes to reach. This hike will take you across the entire island and you will be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the lagoon as you ascend.
Pro tip: Make sure you wear good hiking shoes for this walk; otherwise, you can rent a pair for RM5 (~S$1.54).
3. Mabul Island, Semporna
Then the waters at Maboul Island are primed for great diving and snorkeling. There are plenty of scuba diving centers here, including accommodation options right on the water!
Besides diving, you can even go canoeing and snorkeling here. Whichever water sport you choose, one thing is certain: the emerald waters and variety of colorful corals and marine life will be a sight you will never forget.
4. Matake Island, Semporna
About 50 kilometers away is another pristine place for all things water: Matake Island. With just one resort, this private island has been dubbed by some “comparable to the Maldives”, where activities like scuba diving promise to be one of the best.
Plus, you’ll find a long stretch of sand stretching towards the north of the island – so you know where to walk for a relaxing and quiet getaway.
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5. Bukit Tengkorak Archaeological Heritage Site, Semporna
Are you hesitating between an afternoon of adventure or culture? Fortunately, at Bukit Tengkorak Archaeological Heritage Siteyou can do both.
Climb Bukit Tengkorak taking the wooden staircase trail, and reach the archaeological museum at the top, 500 feet above sea level. The museum is one of four in Semporna, where it features a showcase of artefacts and exhibits the history of the hill and its people for 3,000 years.
Being at the top, you will have a panoramic view of the surrounding waters and islands.
6. Gomantong Caves, Sandakan
Not for the faint-hearted, Gomantong Caves is the perfect Sabah attraction to test if you’re really adventurous.
This cave system is accessible by a one kilometer walk from the main parking lot through a rainforest. At the entrance, you will see birds of prey such as eagles and kingfishers. Then, step inside and say hello to a limestone cave where everything from bats to cockroaches live. The wildlife doesn’t stop there. You will also find orangutans throughout the cave!
Pro Tip: The best time to tap into your inner Indiana Jones at Gomantong Caves is between February and April or July and September. The other months are dedicated to harvesting birds’ nests.
7. Danum Valley Conservation Area, Lahad Datu
No list of natural attractions in Sabah would be complete without mentioning the famous Danum Valley Conservation Area. This 438 square kilometer reserve is home to a great diversity of plants and wildlife with species such as rare Bornean orangutans, gibbons, mouse deer, clouded leopards and around 300 species of birds.
Luckily, the trail through the reserve gives you stunning views of all there is to see here, including the tallest tropical tree in the world which stands at 100.8 meters.
If you are a true nature lover, stay at the nearby rainforest lodge and sign up for a guided jungle tour. This will ensure you have the most knowledgeable guides to go with you, who will teach you everything there is to know about this 130 million year old forest.
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8. Batu Luang Beach, Kuala Penyu
Adventure is the excitement and racing your heartbeat as you climb a mountain or fly over a zipline. However, adventure can also be about venturing (and/or relaxing) into a hidden gem off the beaten path, like Batu Luang Beach.
This Sabah attraction might lack accessibility; but once you make your way here, you’ll be treated to a tranquil beach of rock formations and captivating sea views. Best time to come here? At sunset and at low tide, to see the bed of rocks covered with moss in a breathtaking setting.
9. Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan
Another on the list of relaxing attractions in Sabah is Mahua Waterfall. A must for any nature lover, this attraction is not quite hidden as it is only 500 meters from the car park.
As well as being accessible, the waterfall promises a serene jungle walk along the way, where you’ll be surrounded by towering canopies and flowing streams. If you’re willing to spend more than just a dip here, bring a picnic; and of course don’t forget to pack a change of clothes too!
Also, even though the waterfall has been noted as quite chilly, it will surely provide the perfect refreshment against the hot and sunny weather.
10. Poring Hot Spring, Ranau
Finally, if you prefer to spend a few days in calm waters, opt for A source of hot water.
A resort located at the foot of Mount Kinabalu in Kinabalu Park, this area offers a selection of mineral-rich natural hot springs. The water flows from Langganan Waterfall in public or private baths, and in sulphur, rock or slide pools.
Comfort and adventure also come together here, as you’ll even find canopy walks and jungle treks nearby. What’s worth noting is that in addition to the entry fees for conserving these treetop trails, there are also additional fees for smartphone or camera access. Don’t worry, the fees will go towards conserving and maintaining the reserve.
From offshore islands to massive reserves, it’s easy to see why Sabah’s attractions make it a favorite adventure destination for many in the region.
Additionally, Sabah’s climate is one of the main reasons many love the outdoors here: Nicknamed the Leeward, Sabah sits just below the typhoon-prone region, allowing it to thrive with a clear, warm and sunny climate.
Who’s up for an adventure in Sabah? Start by booking your flight from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu for just S$64 (one way fare) through the awesome airasia app.
Book now through August 28, 2022 and travel between February 6 and July 31, 2023 to meet all your adventure needs and satisfy your wanderlust in the charming Leeward Country!
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