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Sabah

Posted by on May 8th, 2008
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Sabah Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu

A paradise of natural beauty – largely carpeted by relatively untouched lush tropical rainforests, sprinkled with isolated tropical islands and home to the three highest mountains in Malaysia.

Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia covering 74,500 sq km. It is also one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. It is a paradise of natural beauty – largely carpeted by relatively untouched lush tropical rainforests, sprinkled with isolated tropical islands and home to three highest mountains in Malaysia.

  • Mount Kinabalu – the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4,101 metres and the second highest in Southeast Asia after Puncak Jaya in Indonesia.
  • Mount Trus Madi – second highest in Malaysia at 2,642 metres
  • Mount Tambuyukon – third highest peak at 2,579 metres

Sabah is a nature lovers paradise come true, if you enjoy outdoor activities such as jungle trekking, mountaineering, diving, spelunking, Sabah is a must go destination on your travel plans.

Sabah currently has 6 national parks. One of it, the Kinabalu National Park, was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2000.

  • Mount Kinabalu National Park
  • Turtle Islands Park – conservation efforts for endangered sea turtles
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
  • Pulau Tiga National Park
  • Crocker Range National Park
  • Tawau Hills Park

The Sipadan islands off the south eastern coast of Sabah, has been one of the top five dive sites in the world for years. This is attributed to unique underwater geography that encourages proliferation of wildlife. Leatherback turtles, barracuda and white tipped sharks are a common sight while diving in Sipadan.

Sabah has a hot humid climate with temperatures rarely dipping below 30C in the daytime. The wet season starts in November, with the onset of the northeast monsoon in Peninsular Malaysia and ends towards April, with the most rain falling in January.


 Seasons   Average temperature     Average rainfall  
Dry Season

April – September
23 – 32oC 236 mm
Rainy Season

October – March
23 – 31oC 446 mm

The main gateway to Sabah is via air through the Kota Kinabalu airports (both international and budget terminals), which is about a 20-minute drive south of the central part of the state capital, where most commercial and administrative activities are concentrated. Kota Kinabalu is the departure point for the idyllic and popular islands off the coast of Sabah.

The other main city of Sabah is Sanadakan, which is the former capital. Sanadakan is also the jump-off point to Turtle Island Park and the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

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