Sabah is caressed by the South China Sea on its west and the Sulu and Celebes seas on its eastern coastline.
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital, offers top-notched properties such as the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and the Sutera Harbour Resort and Spa. Both resorts offer spectacular views of the South China Sea and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands. The Sutera Harbour Resort offers a full range of recreational facilities, including a golf course, marina and spa.
In the vicinity of the airport, the Tanjung Aru Beach is a popular spot to watch the beautiful sunset and relax at the beachside cafes. Tanjung Aru is also the gateway to explore several of Sabah’s delightful attractions. Go on a ride in the North Borneo tourist steam train and take in the scenic countryside.
A treasured marine heritage, the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park are surrounded by extensive coral reefs. Its proximity to Kota Kinabalu makes it a popular playground for water sports enthusiasts, sun-seekers, swimmers and snorkellers.
Just a 30-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu is the Nexus Karambunai, a fabulous resort offering six kilometres of soft sandy beach. Indulge in idyllic days of swimming and sauntering by the beach or try out exciting pastimes such as horse-riding and archery. For golfers, tee off at the resort’s 18-hole par 72 course designed by Ronald Fream. The Lagoon Park, a recreational centre situated 10 minutes away, abounds with thrills such as jet-skiing, kayaking, wake-boarding, mangrove cruises and sunset firefly cruises.
The Shangri-La Rasa Ria, located nearby, is a splendid getaway surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation. An idyllic, white sandy beach stretched over three kilometres awaits swimmers, beachcombers and windsurfers. Guests can delight in kayaking, jet-skiing, banana boat rides and catamaran excursions, or enjoy a round of golf in the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Parslow. For a glimpse of Borneo’s fauna, visit the resort’s nature reserve which houses long-tailed macaques, sambar deer, pangolins and more. The resort has completed its Orang Utan rehabilitation programme. Visitors who would like to see these primates can head to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
For some privacy and seclusion, try the Paka Beach in Tuaran where a six-kilometre shoreline, hugged by coastal vegetation, glitters invitingly. The glorious beach offers pristine nature with no intrusions of modernity. Delight in a picnic, take leisurely strolls along the shore or enjoy hours of swimming. The beach will also be an excellent retreat for sunbathing as it ensures a quiet environment.
En route, visit the Bajaus, famed as ‘Sea Gypsies’ and enjoy a boat ride through the mangroves. For a trip to this beach, prior arrangements can be made with tour operators.
Blessed with ancient shipwrecks and an abundant marine life, Mantanani Island lies approximately 45 minutes off Kuala Abai Jetty in Kota Belud. The knife-shaped Mantanani Besar has a beach stretching up to 2,500m. The island also has a diverse marine life with a visibility of up to 40m.
To the north of Sabah is Kudat Beach, where visitors can enjoy crystal-clear waters and picturesque scenery while visiting the Rungus tribe in their longhouses.
For the exhilarating feeling of standing on land’s end, visit the Simpang Mengayau Bay, at the tip of Borneo. Located north of Kudat, this stretch of beach is excellent for swimming and to watch the sunrise and sunset.
Sabah has a host of captivating islands among which is Pulau Tiga Park, better known as ‘Survivor Island’ as it was featured in the TV reality show ‘Survivor’.
The islands of Layang Layang, Turtle Island, Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan are outstanding diving sites in the region.
Labuan, known as the ‘International Garden Island of Borneo’, is a major destination as well as the site of several World War II memorials.
Malaysia Airlines, the budget carrier AirAsia and several international carriers operate direct and connecting flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau and Labuan.
Tourist Information Centre:
Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 1
Tel: 6088 413 359
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