1 — Explore Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Located just off the coast of the capital Kota Kinabalu, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park covers 50 sq. km and comprises five islands – Gaya, Mamutik, Sapi, Manukan and Sulug. The reefs here are teeming with marine life, making them hot spots for snorkelling and diving. Alternatively, you can stay on land and trek through the jungle or hang out at one of the gorgeous beaches.
2 — Climb the country’s second and third-highest mountains
If you’ve already trekked Mount Kinabalu and are up for a tougher challenge, try conquering Mount Trusmadi (2,642 meters) and Mount Tambuyukon (2,579 meters) on your next trip. Both are said to be more difficult treks compared to Mount Kinabalu. Like Mount Kinabalu, the climb up Mount Trusmadi takes at least two days and one night. Mount Tambuyukon, meanwhile, takes five days and four nights to complete due to the terrain and the distance of the trail. Both treks will allow you to see a diverse range of flora, including fascinating pitcher plants.
3 — Join a race
Experience Sabah’s landscape in a different way by joining either the Borneo Ultra-Trail Marathon or The Most Beautiful Thing Ultra Marathon. The former takes place in Kiulu Valley north of Kota Kinabalu and has 100k, 50k, 30k and 9k routes. This year, the first Borneo 100 Miler will be added to the portfolio. There’s a family run, too. The TMBT Ultra Marathon, on the other hand, takes runners through ridges and river valleys around the base of Mount Kinabalu, with the highest elevation at 2,000 meters.
4 — Go white-water rafting
If you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping activities, try white-water rafting. Depending on your experience, you can head for either Kiulu River, which is perfect for beginners, or Padas River, which is more suited to intermediate and advanced rafters.
5 — Visit the orangutans, sun bears and birds
Up for a wild time? Visit the rescued orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary, where they get nursed back to health and prepared for a life in the wild. You can see rescued bears in large forest enclosures at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, while 250 species of birds and red giant flying squirrels await at the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
For more information, visit sabahtourism.com.
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