Known as ‘The Land Below the Wind’
because geographically, it is below the typhoon belt, Sabah sits at the
northern tip of Borneo. It has one of the world's greatest treasures of
rainforests and wildlife. Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia's highest
mountain, is found in Kinabalu Park. Excellent dive sites are available at
Sipadan Island and at the Layang-Layang atoll.
Sabah's colourful people comprise 31 different indigenous groups and
For the main attractions are its outstanding national parks, which include
Kinabalu National Park, the Crocker Range Park, and the Sepilok Orang Utan
Sanctuary. Others come to enjoy the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National
Park and the diver's paradise of Pulau Sipadan. However, Sabah possesses a
number of other attractions as well, all of which are worth exploring.
International access is through Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu. Domestic
travel in this vast state is via daily domestic flights to the various
towns with and out of the state.
Full Name - Sabah
Weather - Sabah has an equatorial climate. Temperatures rarely rise above
32°C (90°F) except on exceptionally hot days, and along the coastal areas
rarely drop below 20°C (68°F) at night. In the interior and at higher
altitudes it can get quite cold at night. Relative humidity is usually
85-95 per cent.
Rainfall is common throughout the year, and varies from about 150 cm (60
inches) to over 450 cm (180 inches) per year. In most parts of Sabah the
wetter period occurs during the North East Monsoon from October to
February and the drier season during the South West Monsoon from March to
September but often there is no really sharp division between the two. It
is sufficient to say that on the whole, sunny blue skies are the norm but
when it rains, it pours.
Population - 3 million of which non-Malaysian citizens make up one-quarter
Capital city - Kota Kinabalu
People - 17.8% Kadazan-dusun, 13.4% Bajau, 11.5% Malay, 3.3% Murut, 14.6%
other indigenous tribes, 9.6% Chinese, 4.8% Indians and others and 25%
Head of State - Yang Di-Pertua Negeri (Governor)
- Ahmadshah Abdullah
Major products/industries - Timber, palm oil, rubber & cocoa with Tourism,
particularly eco-tourism, being a major contributor to the economy
History / People & Culture /
Located on the coast of the
northernmost part of Sabah.
The Rungus - The Longhouse - Gongs - The Tip of Borneo - Kudat Golf &
History - About Sandakan -
Accommodations - Getting There
Sights & Visits /
Other Places /
Sandakan is known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations in Sabah.
Orang Utan & Proboscis Sanctuaries
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
Turtle Island Park & Selingan Island
River Cruise - Accommodations - Getting There
Activities - The Lodge - Getting There
Other places of interest to visit
Rafflesia Forest Reserve / Tambunan Plain / Tenom
The main unique features are its
beaches, the mud volcano, the snakes on Snake Island, crab eating macaque
monkeys, monitor lizards, and notable birds like the eagle, hornbill and
the illusive megapode.
Rated as a "Big fish and Wall
Diving Mecca of Southeast Asia. With its extreme location, the pristine
excellent visibility, steeps walls down to 2000m and regular sightings of
pelagics, has given Layang-Layang a reputation of being one of the best
dive locations in the world.
Kota Kinabalu, often simply known
as K.K., is the capital of Sabah and is well known as a gateway into Sabah
The People - Transport - The Waterfront
Places of Interests
Sights I / Sights II /
TAR Marine Park
Monsopiad Cultural Village
The North Borneo Railway
Kiulu & Padas Whitewater
Designated a World Heritage Site
by UNESCO, Kinabalu Park showcases an eco-system unrivalled anywhere else
in the world.
Poring Hot Springs
Kinabalu Park - Treks & Trails
unknown and surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, it offers isolated
beach getaway. the coral reefs surrounding the islands have plenty to
offer for both novice and experienced divers
One of the
premier research centre in South East Asia, it is a meeting place for
naturalists from all over the world. A sanctuary to over 110 mammals and
home to over 275 bird species and numerous reptiles, amphibians, fishes,
countless insects and other fascinating creatures.
Sipadan is noted as one of the top dive sites in the world.
Other nearby dive resort islands and reef resorts includes -
Mabul Island / Kapalai /
Mataking / Roach Reef /
Other Islands & Dive Site
Gateway to the dive islands
View of Sabah
State Map with layout of roads and major towns