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Sabah  The Land Below the Wind

 

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 unique cultures



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.
 


FAST FACTS ABOUT SABAH
Full Name - Sabah
Weather - Sabah has an equatorial climate. Temperatures rarely rise above 32C (90F) except on exceptionally hot days, and along the coastal areas rarely drop below 20C (68F) 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% Non-Malaysian citizens
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

 

RELATED LINKS

History & People

History / People & Culture / Handicrafts

Kudat

Located on the coast of the northernmost part of Sabah.
The Rungus - The Longhouse - Gongs - The Tip of Borneo - Kudat Golf & Marina Resort

Sandakan

History - About Sandakan - Accommodations - Getting There
Sights & Visits / Other Places / Lankayan Island

Sandakan is known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations in Sabah.
Orang Utan & Proboscis Sanctuaries
Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
Turtle Island Park & Selingan Island

Wetlands Nature Retreats

Klias Wetlands
River Cruise - Accommodations - Getting There

Weston Wetlands
Activities - The Lodge - Getting There

Other Places

Other places of interest to visit includes
Rafflesia Forest Reserve / Tambunan Plain / Tenom

Pulau Tiga

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.

Pulau Layang Layang

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

Kota Kinabalu, often simply known as K.K., is the capital of Sabah and is well known as a gateway into Sabah and Borneo.
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

 

Kinabalu Park

Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kinabalu Park showcases an eco-system unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

Mount Kinabalu
 Poring Hot Springs

Kinabalu Park - Treks & Trails
 

Mantanani Island

Relatively 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
 

Danum Valley

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 Dive Islands

Sipadan Island
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

Semporna
Gateway to the dive islands

 

Sabah Map

View of Sabah State Map with layout of roads and major towns
 

 

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