Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.
Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds.
Sabah has it all, from the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia – Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites – Sipadan Island.
Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.
VISAS: A short stay visa is issued on arrival to Australian passport holders.
Formally known as ‘Jessleton’, the City of Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah. Located on the west coast of “the Land below the Wind”, under the watchful eye of majestic Mount Kinabalu, and on the fringes of the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is the bustling and colourful gateway to Sabah. Here you find an international airport, world class hotels, innumerable restaurants and cafes, shopping malls and business districts.
Things to Do:-
- Signal Hill Observatory
- Gaya Street Sunday Market
- Tunku Abdul Raman Park Islands for a day of swimming, snorkelling and diving
- Atkinson Clock Tower
- Sabah State Museum
- Night Markets
- Aquarium and Marine Museum
- Jessleton Point Waterfront
- Kota Kinabalu wetlands
- The State Mosque
- Borneo Art Gallery
- Visit one of the many shopping malls to pick up a bargain!
Mari Mari Cultural Village: Mari Mari Cultural Village tour is located deep in the countryside about 25 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo so that it is not forgotten.
The tour offers the opportunity to see and experience the culture and lifestyle of how the indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo used to live in the olden days when electricity had not yet been introduced in their land
Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs: Kinabalu National Park, about 90 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu, is one of the world’s most significant natural environments. The park is home to thousands of types of flora and fauna that are native to the area, and several hundred that are found only in the park.
For those who aren’t keen on testing themselves on Mt Kinabalu’s slopes, there is still much to enjoy from a visit to the park. The presence of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia, is one of the contributing factors to the wide variety of animal, bird, insect and plant life found in the park.
Visiting the Orang-utans at Shangri-la Rasa Ria: The Shangri-La has an adjacent Nature Reserve, where are 3 Orang-utans (meaning “Man of the Forest” reside in the process of rehabilitation. The experience commences at 10am, and involves watching a short 20 minute video, then a short 10 minute trek uphill to a viewing platform, for around 30 minutes of time viewing and photographing the orang-utans as they eat/play.
Guests are not allowed to touch or feed the orang-utans, but you do get reasonably close.
Hyatt Regency – 5*: Well located central property
- Great pool and outdoor area, one of the best we saw of a city hotel
- Very well appointed rooms and bathrooms with rain shower
The Pacific Sutera Hotel – 4* & The Magellan Sutera Hotel – 5*: The Sutera Resorts combined are one of the largest resort complexes in Asia
- Great location, just 3km from the city centre, so easy taxi ride into town, but with the benefits of a beach front location
- The Deluxe Seaview Rooms at Magellan are being progressively upgraded and look fantastic! (See picture in my power point). Rooms have balconies which is not what you will find in the city
- Adjacent to the Sutera Harbour Marina incorporating the Graham Marsh designed golf course, renowned Mandara Spa and a host of recreational facilities’
Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort – 5*: Great resort on expansive grounds with one of the nicest beaches I have ever seen in Asia. Shangri-La features fantastic range of facilities and adjacent to the 25.8ha nature reserve, aimed for nature conservation and the orang- utan rehabilitation. The property is approx. 30 minutes drive from the city centre, so not for people wanting to experience nightlife in the city.
Gayana Island Eco Resort – 5*: The closest thing Sabah has to overwater bungalow accommodation.
- Great for lovers of nature and conservation, being close to the Marine Ecology Research Centre
Written by Helen Mcauliffe, Manager – Infinity Learning & Development