1. Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu, is the most popular natural attractions in Southeast Asia! As a nature lovers, you can take this opportunity to climb the mountain, and discover a greater diversity of plants and animals, and some are found nowhere else in the world.
Although it is impossible to climb to the summit in one day, it is well worth the overnight stay at Laban Rata camp. By staying there you have the opportunity to climb to the top the next morning starting as early as 2.00AM in the morning to catch the sunrise at the summit of Mount Kinabalu. By the way, you can also take a moment to enjoy the atmosphere and see the beauty of the flora and fauna along the hiking trails.
2. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
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Tuanku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is located off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. It is made up of 5 islands,as below:-
Gaya Island - It is the legendary beach at Police Bay. It consists 400 metres stretch of white sand and beaches with crystal clear waters is the paradise for swimming lovers.
Manukan Island - It has some good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline and very suitable for families. Out of 5 islands, Manukan Island features the most developed tourist facilities, including chalets, a clubhouse, restaurant, and etc. Ideal for snorkelling, diving, and swimming.
Mamutik Island - It is the smallest island in the park and its shallow water. The park is often the main focus of divers around the world. You are advised to book in advance if you wish to visit these islands because of their limited space.
Sapi Island - It is literally known as “Cow Island” in Malay. Features one of the nicest beaches in the park and popular tourists for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Sulug Island - It is the farthest island among of them. If you prefer a quiet and tranquil atmosphere, you are welcome to visit here!
Among the island's most popular activities are snorkelling and diving and the prices offered are also reasonably priced according to the package you choose.
The journey takes about 20 minutes to this sea park by boat from the Jesselton Point ferry terminal in Kota Kinabalu. The marine park is open from 8:30 am to 5.00 pm while speed boat operations at the Jesselton Point ferry terminal are open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
3. Tanjung Aru Beach
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Tanjung Aru Beach, located just 6 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu. The down-to-earth ambiance makes Tanjung Aru a great place to relax, gaze at the sunset and dine on seafood caught only hours earlier. It is also a great choice for leisure activities, jogging, beach baths and barbecues with family and friends especially during the weekends. Children also have the opportunity to take a beach bath, play kite, foam balloon and so on. However, parents are advised to keep an eye on their children who are bathing on the beach as there is a jellyfish that can cause sting injuries.
In addition, Tanjung Aru Perdana Park is a choice at night for its colorful fountains and accompanied by song music while enjoying the beach and dinner. This place is perfect for those who want to go on a trip with the whole family.
4. Jesselton Point
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Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, Jesselton Point is one of the city's most popular locales. Aside from being the main ferry transport center to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this place has a unique villa, antique phone ponds, food stalls and handicrafts by local locals and water walkways. Here you are free to take a walk while ordering food and drinks at the booth. You can also enjoy the beautiful sunset view of the sea while blowing breeze in the evening.
. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
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If you visit Kota Kinabalu, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is one of the places you must visit. With its vast area, you can see various species of protected animals such as Proboscis monkeys, snakes, birds, foxes, deer and more. This wildlife park is located on the old Penampang-Papar road and takes about 30 minutes to get here from the city center of Kota Kinabalu.
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In addition to protected species, the park also offers visitors the opportunity to experience the botanical trails in the 1.4km rainforest to see rare plant species elsewhere. The park is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily.
6. Gua Gomantong
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For those of you who want to experience more of the challenge and enjoy the tropics, Gomantong Cave is the perfect destination. It is located in the forest reserve of Kinabatangan district, about 85km from the town of Sandakan. Gomantong Cave is the largest cave and the most important source of bird nests in Sabah. It is a limestone cave with 9 caves in it, and among the two largest caves is the White Simud cave, and the Black Simud cave.
The Black Cave Cave is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Those of you who want to explore the White Sim Cave should get a special permit and hike for 30 minutes to get there. In addition to its natural beauty, if you are lucky that day you can also see orangutans or red-leaf monkeys as they make their way to the Black Sim Cave across the Gomantong rainforest.
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