37 attractions you should visit in Sabah - With photos & details

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Top 37 attractions to explore in Sabah

Sabah has abundant natural resources, and its economy is strongly export oriented. Its primary exports include oil, gas, timber and palm oil. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east.

Agnes Keith House296, Jalan Utara, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Museums

The museum is named after Agnes Newton Keith, an American author known for her three autobiographical accounts of life in British North Borneo. The house provides insights into life during the administration of British North Borneo and is furnished with a reproduction of colonial furniture and antiques. A gallery on the first floor tells the story of Agnes, her books and her family.

Atkinson Clock TowerKota Kinabalu, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Iconic Buildings
Memorials

The Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu. The clock tower was built in the memory of Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton's first district officer who died of Malaria or ‘Borneo Fever’ at the age of 28 in December 1902.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)Postal address: PPM 219, Elopura, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Wildlife Sanctuaries

Research center for improving animal welfare and rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear. It also aims to raise public awareness about the plight of the sun bears and to raise conservation awareness about this species.

Mountain Peaks
Museums
Hill Stations

Skull Hill (Bukit Tengkorak) is eight kilometers from the center of Semporna and houses a small interesting archaeological museum at its base.

Danum Valley Conservation AreaLahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
1 Day Treks
Forests
Wildlife Sanctuaries

A 438 square kilometers tract of relatively undisturbed lowland dipterocarp forest. It has an extensive diversity of tropical flora and fauna, including the rare East Sumatran rhinoceros, Bornean orangutans, gibbons, mousedeer, clouded leopards and over 270 bird species.

Double Six Memorial ParkGrace Garden, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Monuments
Memorials

The Double Six Monument is a memorial that marks the site of 6 June 1976 fatal plane crash known as the Double Six Tragedy bearing the first Chief Minister of Sabah, Tun Fuad Stephens, as well as six other State ministers.

Gaya IslandGaya Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Beaches
Scuba Dive Spots
1 Day Treks
Islands

Gaya is the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and is covered with dense tropical forest. Several ridges rise more than 600 feet (180 m), peaking at 1,000 feet (300 m), along the backbone of Gaya Island.

Gomantong CavesGomantong Caves, 90000 Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia
Caves

The caves have been renowned for their valuable edible swiftlet nests, which are harvested for bird's nest soup. The caves and the surrounding area are a protected area for wildlife, especially orangutans.

Jesselton Point4th Floor, Wisma Perkasa, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Boating Spots

Jesselton Point is the city's main ferry terminal, Situated north of downtown Kota Kinabalu. Formerly known as the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal.

Kota Kinabalu City MosqueLikas, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Mosques
Notable Architectures

The mosque is partially surrounded by a human-made lagoon. This has given rise to the nickname "The Floating Mosque".

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar SiteJalan Bukit Bendera Upper, Kampung Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Outdoors- Other
Bird Sanctuaries

The Centre is an important refuge and feeding ground for many species of resident birds, as well as several migratory bird species from Northern Asia. In addition, it is a breeding ground for marine life protected by the Fishery Department of Sabah.

Kundasang War MemorialJalan Kundasang Kauluan, Kundasang, 89300 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
Memorials

Built at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, the Kundasang War Memorial Park commemorates the Prisoners of War from Australia and Britain, along with the locals who attempted to help them, who died during World War II at the hands of the Japanese.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey SanctuaryOff Jalan Labuk, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Bird Sanctuaries
Short Hikes

Located at the center of the mangrove forest, the sanctuary offers spots to observe Proboscis monkeys.

Lankayan IslandLankayan Island, Malaysia
Scuba Dive Spots
Islands
Snorkeling Spots

A small tropical coral resort island popular for its aquatic life. Green and hawksbill sea turtles make this island a key nesting spot in the Sulu Sea.

Mabul IslandMabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Scuba Dive Spots
Islands

Mabul is a small island off the south-eastern coast of Sabah in Malaysia. Mabul is arguably one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world.

Mantanani IslandsMantanani Islands, Malaysia
Scuba Dive Spots
Islands
Shipwrecks

A group of three small islands popular for recreational diving. There are three dive wrecks dating from the Second World War is present in the area here.

Manukan IslandManukan Island, Malaysia
Beaches
Scuba Dive Spots
1 Day Treks
Islands
Snorkeling Spots

Out of the five islands making up Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Manukan Island is the most popular island and features the most developed tourist facilities. It is covered in dense vegetation and has hiking trails.

Mari Mari Cultural VillageInanam, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Art Centres
Museums

The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo's ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo. The village features 5 different ethnic tribes - the rice farmer Kadazan-Dusun, the longhouse resident Rungus, the hunters and fisherman Lundayeh, the cowboy and sea gypsey Bajau, and the famously feared headhunting tribe Murut.

Masjid Bandaraya Kota KinabaluJalan Pasir, Jalan Teluk Likas, Kampung Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Mosques

Situated near the sea, this majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina.The architectural design is based on the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Mount KinabaluMount Kinabalu, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
2-5 Day Treks
Rock Climbing Spots
Mountain Peaks
Geological Formations

Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia. The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and orangutans. Mount Kinabalu has been

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