Activities in Sabah
Sabah is a naturalist’s paradise that offers an abundant array of nature-related activities such as diving, jungle trekking and wildlife spotting. Be adventurous and opt for adrenaline-pumping activities such as paragliding and white water rafting. Otherwise, take things down a notch and go golfing while enjoying the beauty of Sabah’s natural terrain.
Parasailing in Sabah
Parasailing has become very popular in Kota Kinabalu. Parasailing is very safe here as operators are among the most experiences operators in the region. Most parasailing boats here offer winch launching and retrieval systems and you can fly the skies in tandem flights (side by side), enjoying the majestic sea front view of the City as well as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The parasailing boats with winch launching and retrieval system allow you to go up and back down into the boat without ever getting wet! Each ride averages US$ 20.00. A must try for visitors.
Jungle Trekking in Sabah
Sabah’s rainforest’s are still largely unexplored and offer an excellent chance for trekkers, hikers and climbers to discover the diverse yet at the same time marvellous array in the flora and fauna of its forests. One of main attractions of the forests has always been the Rafflesia which is the largest flower in the world and also because of its stinking smell which might drive you away, but ironically it is also one of it’s high points. As you tread your way through the blooming flowers and lush vegetation, you might get lucky enough to view a pair of Orang-utans. The waterfalls, rivers, green foliage and the surroundings are so beautiful that even the camera lenses are not apt enough to capture its beauty.
Diving in Sabah
As we plunge into a new millenium scuba diving is well on the way to becoming one of the fastest growing recreational sports enjoyed by both the young and old. Divers travel thousands of miles to experience the amazing wonders of the underwater realm and where better than to the bio-diversity hotspot of Southern Asia – Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
With its sandy beaches, tropical islands, blue waters, coral reefs and atolls, Sabah has several dive sites rated to be amongst the top ten in the world and many more yet to be truly explored.
Mountain Climbing in Sabah
Mount Kinabalu is great for a number of activities. Every year, the mountain hosts a variety of competitions, testing the endurance of climbers and cyclists. The climb is gentle enough that you don’t have to be in great shape as long as you take it slow. Plenty of rest houses and restaurants along the way make it possible to break the climb up over two or more days. If you’re going all the way to the summit, you’ll need to hire a guide. However, the trails leading up to Laban Rata are open to all hikers who have arranged a permit at the park headquarters.
Beaufort-Tenom Railway in Sabah
There’s a sole stretch of railroad through Sabah that extends from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom. The segment from Beaufort to Tenom is especially picturesque as it winds through the mountains and jungles of Sabah. Even in bad weather, this is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Center in Sabah
There are only four facilities like this in the world. These droll apes are often as amused with spectators as spectators are with them. While kids love the orang-utans, adults give equally excellent reviews of this facility.
Kota Kinabalu offers some of the most beautiful sun sets in Asia. Sun Set Cruises provided by some tour operators in the city cater for this services. Regular departures are offered from KK’s jetty around 4 to 5 p.m., and the cruise through the islands and back to the jetty lasts about two to three hours. Some companies offer dining and activities on board. The most beautiful and popular boat for sunset cruises is the “Matahari” (sun in Malay). The ship is available for charter, or just get a ticket and hop on!
Golf in Sabah
Kota Kinabalu offers excellent golfing facilities and our golf courses have even become a very popular destination for international golfers. The Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club, a 36 hole Graham Marsh designed course is right in the heart of the city. Other top golf courses are the Nexus Karambunai Golf Course, and the Borneo Golf Resort which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. To enjoy golfing, please look for good golfers’ packages on offer by the various companies. You can tee off with your associates while your family members go and enjoy other recreation activities in the city, or visit the many national parks.
Cultural Experiences in Sabah
As a melting pot of 32 diverse ethnic groups; Sabah is the ultimate destination to experience dense cultural heritage. Be spellbound by the graceful traditional dances, vivid ornamental costumes, and be enticed by the exotic cuisines we serve. In Sabah, culture vultures will have a blast!
Sand, Sea and Sun in Sabah
For those who like to laze under the sun, swim, snorkel, or simply relax on the beach of an exotic tropical island, the outlying islands of Kota Kinabalu are awaiting them. This is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The waters are crystal clear and clean, the beaches beautiful the corals exciting. The most popular island is Manukan and on week-ends quite a crowd of city slickers find itself there, but some of the smaller islands, such as Pulau Sulug, are usually very quiet. If you prefer to remain on mainland, the long stretches of pure white sandy beaches along the Kota Kinabalu Coast is something not to be missed.
Outdoor Things to Do in Sabah
The staggering range of outdoor activities is the number one draw for Sabah’s tourism industry. Whether scaling the highest peak in Southeast Asia, exploring the coral reefs of Sipadan, or trekking through the vast rainforests and ravines, there’s always a reason to spend time outside in Sabah. Sabah’s natural beauty is well-guarded and most of the activities here require a permit or at least a guide. It is easy to find an organisation that can help you arrange exactly the sort of adventure you’re looking for.
Butterfly Farm in Sabah
Kids are never disappointed with the caterpillar house here at the Butterfly Farm. You’ll also find a great variety of these fragile creatures flapping through the butterfly nursery as well as in the outdoor area.