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A Diversity of Marine Life


Situated just 25 minutes from Sipadan, Mabul is another gem in the Sulawesi Sea. However, the seascape in Mabul is starkly different, yet equally stunning. A diversity of marine life makes Mabul a great site for macro and muck-diving.

Blue-ringed octopus, mandarin fish, lionfish, frogfish, moray eels and spike-fin gobies are definite show stealers in the relatively shallow waters. Mabul is slightly larger than Sipadan and has several resorts as well as local village.

Best Macro-Diving Destination

Kapalai is another great location for muck-lovers. In fact, this little island is rated by many diving journalists as one of the best macro-diving destinations in the world. Mandarin Valley, Gurnard Ground and Stingray City are enchanting sites with prolific marine life.

Just like Sipadan, the jumping-off point to Mabul and Kapalai is Semporna. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes. Semporna is about an hour’s drive from Tawau Airport. There are regular air services connecting Tawau and Kota Kinabalu. Transfers can be arranged with tour operators.

Sipadan Island

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Scuba Diving Paradise

Surrounded by the Sulawesi Sea, Sipadan lies 35km off Semporna of  Sabah mainland is an internationally famous diving site. It was made famous by a french oceanographer in his documentary ‘ The Ghost of the Sea Turtle’ and it’s most thrilling feature ‘Drop Off’ when shallow water suddenly give way to a 600m drop.

Sipadan situated at the Indo-Pacific Basin which is the richest marine habitat in the world has more than 3000 species of of fish and hundreds of coral species. The seascape is decorated with huge gorgonian sea fans, barrel sponges and gigantic soft tree corals.

The Ghost of The Sea Turtle

The steep walls from the sudden drop allows schools of different fishes and turtles swim gracefully. Another unique feature of Sipadan is the Cavern that contains skeletons of turtles that were lost and drown in the tunnels.

Excited  encounters with barracuda and big- eye trevally which often gather in thousands forming spectacular tornado-like formations can be expected. Other species like  hammerhead sharks and whale sharks,  eagle rays are possible to be sighted. Sipadan is so full of diversity and abundance of marine which earn its reputation of being one of the top ten dive locations in the world.

Delicate Ecosystem

The island is also well known for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles which gather there to mate . To preserve the delicate ecosystem, accommodation is only provided at the neighbouring islands of Mabul and Kapalai. Tours must be prearranged. The nearest airport to Sipadan is Tawau, which is about 1 hour drive to Semporna before proceeding with a 40 minutes speedboat ride to the island.

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The world largest Orang Utan Rehabitilation Centre

orang-utan

Enjoy the rare and thrilling opportunity to see an orang utan up close. You can come close to these creatures and even hug some of them.

Situated in the Kabil-Sepilok Forest Reserves to rehabilitate orphaned orang utans and at the same time educate the public on the awareness of wildlife conservation. Visitors can view through a galery to see how  these endangered primates are being fed and trained by the rangers.

To get there, it takes about 20 minutes drive from Sandakan.

Opening hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm daily

Feeding time: 10.00am to 3.00pm

Admission fees: Malaysian RM5 (adults)  RM2 (below 18)

Non-Malaysian: RM30 (adults) RM15 (below 18)

RM10 will be charge for cameras.

Sabah Hotels and Travel Guide

Belmont Marco Polo Hotel (114 rooms, 3 stars)
Jalan clinic, P.o.Box 1003, 91008 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-777988

Emas Hotel (102 rooms, 3 stars)
TB2103, North Road, P.O.Box 569, 91008 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-762000

Grace Inn (37 rooms, 1 star)
TB533, Bandaran Baru, P.O.Box60077, 91010 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-764477

Hotel Oriental (30 rooms, 1 star)
10 Jalan Dunlop, 91000 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-761601

Merdeka Hotel (76 rooms, 2 stars)
3023, JalanMasjid, P.O.Box 60726, 91012 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-776655

Monaco Hotel (38 rooms, 1 star)
TB214, JalanHaji Karim, Fajar Complex, 91000 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-769911

Sipandan Water Village Resort, Mabul island (70 rooms, 3 stars)
TB226, Lot 3, 1st Floor, Wisma MAA, Town Ext. II P.O.Box 62156, 91031 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-752996

Sea-walking to explore the underwater world

If you prefer not to go out too far off mainland, just a 20-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, this marine park is a vibrant playground for sun-seekers. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park consists of five islands, Gaya, Sapi, Sulug, Manukan and Mamutik. This cluster of tropical islands is ideal for day trips.

The marine is well guarded and there are ranger stations on some of the islands if you need assistnce.

Accommodation is available at Gaya (the biggest island) as well as Manukan. The staging point to the islands is from the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal.

Must do:

  • Try sea-walking at Sapi Island, a novel way for non-divers to explore the underwater world
  • You can either dive in the crystal clear sea for a swim , snorkelling or ride one these special glass boat to give you an optimum view of the marine life underwater
  • Camp out at the islands of Sapi and Mamutik
  • Enjoy the thrill of parasailing above the emerald waters
  • Go island-gopping or ride a banana boat

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More Interesting Places in Sabah

A massive range of forest-clad ridges, Crocker Range stretches from Mount Kinabalu to the border of Sarawak. This protected area has no modern facilities and is thriving destination for jungle trekking and four-wheel drive excursions. Nature lovers can trek to the Rafflesia sites and spend a night camping amidst the greenery. Crocker range Park is about 13km or a 30 minutes drive from Keningau town.

Opening hours: 8.00am to 5.00pm

Sipadan Island
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Malaysia first UNESCO World Heritage Site

mt-kinabalu

Standing majestically at a height of 4,095.2m, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak in South East Asia. It is situated in the Kinabalu Park, a wonderland of ecological treasures covering some 754 sq km.

The diversity of plant life in Kinabalu Park ranges over four climatic zones. Over 5,000 types of flowering plants including 1,200 species of orchids, 26 species of rhodendrons, over 80 species of fig trees as well as 60 species of oak and chestnut trees are found here. About 100 species of mammals and 326 species of birds are also known to reside in the sprawling park.

Ascending and descending Mount Kinabalu’s summit takes two to three days, depending on the weather and one’s fitness level. There are two popular trails to the peak, one from Timpohon Gate and the other from Mesilau. Climbers can ascend up to Laban Rata at an elevation of 3,273m and spend a night at the rest house before setting off to the peak early the next morning. Climbers must register at the park head office.

Opening hours: 7.00am – 5.00pm (park Office)

Gude and porter services are avilable.

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City View Hotel ( 29 rooms / 1 star )
Lots, Block 23 , 3rd Avenue , 90000 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel: 089 – 271 122

Hotel The Tying Garden (96 rooms / 2 star )
L / 119 , Bandar Tying , Mile 5 , Jalan Utara , 90000 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 674 333 / 668 333

Hsiang Garden Hotel ( 44 rooms / 1 star )
Mile 1 1 / 2 , Jalan Leila , P O BOX 1603 , 90717 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 273 122

Jockey Lodge Hotel Turf Club ( 40 rooms / 1 star )
Block B , Bandar Tong Huat , Batu 3 , Jalan Utara , P O BOX 2874 90732
Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 221 988

Lee Gardens Hotel ( 25 rooms / 1 star )
Lot 9 , Block C , Taman Hsiang , Leila Road 90000 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 273 600

Lutana Hotel ( 15 rooms / 1 star )
Lot 1 , Block J , Bandar Ramai Ramai , P O BOX 839 90709 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 272 111

Ramai Hotel ( 55 rooms / 1 star )
Leila Road , Town Centre , P O BOX 184 90702 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 273 222

Sabah Hotel , Sandakan ( 96 rooms / 3 star )
KM 1 , Jalan Utara , P O BOX 275 , 90703 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 213 299

Sanbay Hotel ( 54 rooms / 3 star )
Mile 1 1 / 4 , Jalan Leila , P O BOX 211 , 90702 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 275 000

Sandakan Hotel ( 105 rooms / 3 star )
Block 83 , Town Centre , 4th Avenue , 90000 Sandakan , Sabah .
Tel : 089 – 221 122

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More Interesting Places In Sabah

Perkasa Hotel Keningau (63 rooms / 3 stars)
Jalan Kampong, Keningau, POBox 129 89007 Keningau, Sabah.
Tel: 087-331045

Kota Belud Hotel (25 rooms / 2 stars)
Lot 3-1-10, Block A, Lorong Juta 5, Plaza Juta, Mile 4 Kota Belud Ranau Bypass, Jalan Tuaran Likas, 89158 Kota Belud, Sabah
Tel: 088-976128

Kudat Golf & Marina Resort (88 rooms / 3 stars)
Off Jalan Urus Setia, 89057 Kudat, Sabah
Tel: 088-611211

Grace Residence Hotel (56 rooms / 2 stars)
MDLD 4678, Level 4 & 5, Lahat Datu Centre Point, Jalan Kastam Lama, 91100 Lahad Datu, Sabah
Tel: 089-881000

Hotel Jagokota (104 rooms / 2 stars)
Jalan Kampung Panji. 91110 Lahat Datu, Sabah
Tel: 089-882000

Sahabat Beach Resort (38 Rooms / 2 stars)
PO Box 2, Pos Chenserawasih, 91150 Lahad Datu, Sabah
Tel: 089-811300

The Executive Hotel (50 rooms / 2 stars)
Jalan Teratai, T.L 239-240, MDLD No.0852, 91121 Lahat Datu, Sabah
Tel: 089-881333

Beringgis Beach Resort (86 rooms / 3 stars)
km26, Jalan Papar, Kampung Beringgis, Kinarut 89600 Papar, Sabah
Tel: 088-752333

Kinabalu Pine Resorts Sdn Bhd (64 rooms / stars)
Kampung Kundasang (Along Kundasang Ranau Highway) Kundasang Ranau, Sabah
Tel: 088-889388

Perkasa Hotel Mount Kinabalu (75 Rooms / 3 stars)
W.D.T No.11, 89309 Ranau, Sabah
Tel: 088-889511

Seafest Hotel (63 rooms / 3 stars)
Jalan Kastam, P O Box 125, 91308 Semporna, Sabah
Tel: 089-782333

Perkasa Tenom Hotel (63 rooms / 2 stars)
P O Box 225, 89908 Tenom, Sabah
Tel: 087-735811

Club Sabah Golf and Beach Resort (48 rooms / 3 stars)
Kg. Kuala Matinggi, off Jalan Temsuk, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah
Tel: 088-787799

KG Resort (48 rooms / 3 stars)
P O Box 230, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah
Tel: 088-787799

Sabandar Bay Resort (108 rooms / 3 stars)
off Jalan Pantai Dalit, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah
Tel: 088-246844

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort (330 rooms / 5 stars)
Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah
Tel: 088-791888

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Berjaya Palace Hotel (135 Rooms / 3 stars)
5, Jalan Tangkim Karamunsing, Locked Bag 78 88997, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel 088-211911

Beverly Hotel (200 Rooms / 4 stars)
Lorong Kemajuan, 88000 Kota kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-258998

Borneo Resthouse (50 Rooms / 2 stars)
36, Taman Fraser, Jalan Penampang, 88855 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-718955

Capital Hotel (104 Rooms / 2 Stars)
23, Jalan Haji Saman, 88130 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-231999

Casuarina Hotel (44 Rooms / 2 stars)
Lorong Ikan Lais, Jalan Mat Salleh, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-221000

Century Hotel (54 Rooms / 2 stars)
Lot 12, Jalan Masjid Lama, Bandaran Berjaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel:088-242222

Hotel Deleeton (47 Rooms / 1 star)
Lot 45-46, block E, Asia City, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-252222

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu Hotel ( 287 Rooms / 5 stars)
Jalan Salleh Sulong, 88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-221234

KB Resthouse Resort (54 Rooms / 2 stars)
Kota Belud Ranau Bypass, 89158 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-976128

Kinabalu Daya Hotel (80 Rooms / 2 stars)
Lot 3 & 4, Block IX, Jalan Pantai, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-240000

Likas Square Business Suite Commercial Centre (190 Rooms / 3 stars)
No.1, Lorong Likas Square, Jalan Istiadat Likas, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-252233

Malay Hotel (19 Rooms / 2 stars)
16, Jalan Perpaduan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-262333

Nexus Resort Karambunai (491 Rooms / 5 stars)
Kampong Karambunai, off Jalan Sepangar Bay, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-411222

Promenade Hotel (439 Rooms / 4 stars)
4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Centre, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-265555

Ruby Inn (90 Rooms / 1 star)
No.1, Lot 17, Block 36, Jalan Laiman Diki, 88820 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-213222

Shangri-La Hotel Kota Kinabalu (119 Rooms / 3 stars)
75, Bandaran Berjaya, 88819 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-212800

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort 495 rooms/ 5 stars)
No.20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru Locked Bag 174, 88995 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-225800
Sutera Harbour Resort & SPA (Magellan Sutera Hotel & SPA)
456 Rooms / 5 stars

1, Sutera Harbopur Boulevard, Sutera Harbour, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Te: 088-318888

Tang Dynasty Hotel (169 Rooms / 3 stars)
1-1, Lorong Plaza Wawasan. Coastal Highway, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-263389

The Jesseltomn Hotel(32 Rooms / 2 stars)
69, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-223333

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