Viewing wildlife - both on land and in the clear seas along its coast - is the major attraction of Sabah, a state of a similar size to Ireland.
Most people arrive in Kota Kinabalu and from there the dense rainforest, craggy mountains and abundant reefs can be easily reached.
The russet-furred orangutan, whose name means ‘man of the forest' in Malay, is the best known of the incredible creatures to be found here, but proboscis monkeys, sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, a wealth of bird species and enormous rafflesia flowers should not be missed either.
Top itineraries in Sabah
Watch turtles hatch on a beach, spot orangutans on rainforest treks and cruise past pygmy elephants on a longboat, all on this comprehensive Borneo itinerary. Throughout, you’ll enjoy everything from luxury beach stays to guided touring from local experts.
Borneo’s delights are twofold – pristine island paradises and some of the world’s best wildlife viewing. And, this comprehensive route showcases all of its highlights, with the river cruises and jungle treks of a private safari paired with a luxury beach resort.
Explore Malaysian Borneo; a region renowned for its wildlife, a holiday here will reward you with a myriad of encounters with some of the world's most iconic species.
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Top places to stay in Sabah
Gaya Island Resort is located off the coast of Borneo on Pulau Gaya, near Kota Kinabalu. It's a stunning setting of coral reefs and fringing golden-sand beaches, protected mangroves, dense rainforest and rocky outcrops.
Where to go in Sabah
Kinabatangan, Sabah's longest river, is another good place to see some of Borneo's incredible wildlife.
A startling diversity of tropical flora and fauna can be seen within the Danum Valley, one of the most important and best-protected expanses of pristine lowland forest in South East Asia.
Home to the well-known Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, this is a great place to see orangutans up close.
Situated in a bay in the Sulu Sea on the north-east coast of Sabah and newly rebuilt after suffering extensive war damage, Sandakan is Malaysia's biggest fishing port - a bustle of markets selling sarongs, spices and rice cakes, together with hotels and businesses catering for the mix of Malays, Fi…
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