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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.

Attractions in Sabah

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lankayan IslandLankayan Island, Malaysia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mount TambuyukonMount Tambuyukon, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

Mount Tambuyukon or Tamboyukon is a mountain located in Sabah, Malaysia. It is considered as the third highest mountain in the country with height at 2,579 metres.

Poring Hot Spring89300 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

The springs are known for their therapeutic properties and the waters with their sulphuric minerals are reputed to ease aching muscles. The baths are favored by returned climbers of Mount Kinabalu.

Pulau Pom PomPulau Pom Pom, Sabah, Malaysia

Pom Pom Island also known as “Pulau Pom Pom” is located in the Celebes Sea in Sabah. It is probably one of the most beautiful islands on the planet for both divers and non-divers.The marine biodiversity of Pom Pom Island is rich with many rare and uncommon species.

Pulau SilingaanPulau Silingaan, Turtle Islands, Malaysia

One of three islands dedicated to green and hawksbill turtle conservation, and the only island which permits visitors to view turtles nesting and hatchlings being released. One of the rare places in the world where turtles arrive 365 days per year to nest.

Puu Jih Syh Temple90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Puu Jih Shih Temple is a Buddhist temple located at the hilltop of Tanah Merah at Sandakan Bay in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in Sandakan

Sabah Art Gallery14, Jalan Shantung, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The Sabah Art Gallery is an art gallery in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Sabah Art Gallery is tasked with collecting, storing, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting both local and foreign works of art, so as to improve the quality and appreciation of art in the state.

Sabah State MosqueJalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Masjid Negeri Sabah is the state mosque of Sabah. The architectural design was by Arkitek Jurubina Bertiga, led by Dato Baharuddin Abu Kassim. The mosque was officially opened on 28 June 1977. The mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time.

Sabah State MuseumJalan Muzium, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The Sabah Museum is the state museum of Sabah, Malaysia. The complex contains not only the museum proper, but also an ethnobotanic garden, a zoo and a heritage village.

Sandakan Memorial ParkMile 8, Jalan Labuk, Taman Rimba, 90702 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Sandakan Memorial Park commemorates the lives of thousands of allied prisoners of war who perished in Borneo at the hands of their Japanese captors.

Satay Legend Lok Kawi 1Gaya Street, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

The Gaya Street is a street Sunday market area in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Considered as the Chinatown of Sabah due to many Chinese coffee shops and restaurants situated there.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan, Sabah.Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200, Sandakan, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready.

Sipadan IslandSipadan Island, Malaysia

Formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 400 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World.

St. Michael's and All Angels Church, Sandakan51, Jalan Puncak, Pusat Bandar Sandakan, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

St. Michael is the oldest stone church in Sabah. The church is also part of the Sandakan Heritage Trails, a Heritage Trail which connects the historic sights and monuments of Sandakan.

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a nature preserve in Sabah, Malaysia. It was created in 1984 to preserve Sabah's disappearing wild animals.

Kinabalu Park, in the State of Sabah on the northern end of the island of Borneo, is dominated by Mount Kinabalu (4,095 m),. It has a very wide range of habitats, from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain forest, sub-alpine forest and scrubs on the higher elevations.

Tun Mustapha Tower88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Tun Mustapha Tower is a 122 meter, 30-story glass tower in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Inside housed an auditorium, two mini-theatres, exhibition foyer, a gymnasium, kindergarten and Research library. There is a revolving floor on the 18th floor, which slowly spins to give a complete view of Likas Harbour.

Tun Sakaran Marine ParkSemporna, Sabah, Malaysia

An archipelago with a unique blend of nature and marine biodiversity. Home to the nomadic Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) people, who live in stilt houses and houseboats in and around the marine park.

Map of attractions in Sabah