The following are the top ten major tourist attractions at Sabah:
Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in South-east Asia, rising to 4,101meters in north-western East Malaysia. You can find variety of plants which consist of 1200 species. In year 2000, UNESCO declared Mount Kinabalu as “The World Natural Heritage in Malaysia”
Turtle Island Park
Turtle Island Park is located at Sulu Sea, off the east coast of Sabah. You may find three beautiful small islands over the Turtle Island Park, Selingan, Gulisan and Bakungan Kechil Island. The main activities over these islands is to see turtle laying eggs. The best time to visit these islands is between July and October when the sea is calmer.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park consist of five islands, they are Gaya Island, Mamutik Island, Manukan Island, Sapi Island and Sulug Island. The nature lovers are attracted by the shallow waters, sumptuous coral gardens, scuba diving, the sandy beaches and enjoying the beautiful flora and fauna.
Gomantong Caves located at the eastern lowlands of Sabah, are the intricate limestone cave system of Gomantong Hill. Collection of birds’ nests is the main activities of the caves, WWF described it as ‘the best-managed edible birds nest cave in the world’. The harvesting season is around February to April and July to September.
Sabah State Museum
Sabah State Museum was built in 1985. The attractions for this museum are handicraft, collection of ceramics, traditional weapons, traditional houses and in summary you can get to know the Sabah’s history, culture and social by just having a one day tour.
Poring Hot Spring
Poring Hot Spring is located within the Kinabalu Park. The sulfuric hot waters of the springs can make you feel relax and rest your limbs after climbing the Mt Kinabalu. You may also have chance to see the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia over here. Remember to stop at the native market for fruits and handicrafts along the way.
Kinabatangan River begins its 563 km north-easterly course towards the Sulu Sea, this is the second longest river of Malaysia and the longest river over Sabah. You must visit to the limestone caves, reverie forest, freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and salty mangrove swamps when you reach there.
Sipadan Island is one of the top five dive sites in the world, it also surrounded by the most amazing marine animals. Sipadan is an oceanic island and was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano. Sipadan Island also gather the green and hawksbill turtles to mate and nest at the beach.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1964. The primary objective of the centre is to rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned baby orangutan and prepares them for life in the jungle. You will have chance to see others wild animals like hornbills, spiders and 200 species of birds too.
Semporna is known as the scuba diving and snorkeling spot. Each year, in the month of April, the traditional boat race, Regatta Lepa will be conducting at this Island too. Bajau is their major population and they live in sprawling stilt villages over the water and away from the town. Their main source of income is from the pearl culturing.