6 of the Best Islands and Beaches in Sabah

by | Oct 6, 2017 | 0 comments

Borneo has many wonderful idyllic islands and beaches, especially in Sabah Borneo. Pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful corals, colorful fishes, diving, lush green nature, and relaxation; these are just some of the things that anyone can experience on the islands of Sabah Borneo. So, look no further, as Sabah Borneo might fit the bill for your next Borneo island getaway!

When planning for a beach vacation in Sabah Borneo, one most likely will choose destination that are shown in magazines, online media, or from friends’ recommendations. As time goes by, some might feel that those destination are not as interesting as before.

Looking for novelties? Here are six hidden islands in Sabah Borneo, that will be perfect for an exotic beach excursion.

If you’re going to be visiting more of Malaysia than just Sabah, check out our list of 16 things to do in Malaysia for some inspiration.

1) Sibuan Island

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Sibuan Island view. Photo by: eTawau

Sibuan Island is located in Semporna, Sabah Borneo. It is part of the eight islands (Sibuan, Bodgaya, Bohey Dulang, Tetagan, Sebangkat, Selakan, Maiga, and Mantabuan Island which is also part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park). Click here to see Borneo island map which shows the islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Sibuan Island is bestowed with abundant marine life, home to plenty of pygmy seahorses and the beautiful mandarin fish. Sibuan Island is truly a number one sighting for many divers. Unfortunately, there are no resorts and public facilities on the island, the nearest one will be on Pom Pom Island and Mataking Island. For budget travelers, they will prefer to stay in some of the budget accommodation in Semporna town and book a day tour to Sibuan Island.

Activities that can be done in Sibuan Island are swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sun-bathing. In addition, Sibuan Island is also known for being one of the best muck diving spots in Malaysia.

2) Lankayan Island

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Lankayan Island view

Lankayan Island is a small tropical coral island, which is nearby to Beluran, Sabah Borneo. There is only one resort on the island, Lankayan Island Dive Resort, which was built in 1997. Lankayan island has a myriad of marine life, coral, and sunken weeds; which makes Lankayan Island one of the must-dive spots in Sabah Borneo. One of the highlighted activities in Lankayan Island is from March to May each year, diver enthusiasts should go for the not-to-be-missed chance to dive with the majestic whale sharks.

Apart from that, Lankayan Island is also a part of the conservation island project, which is similar to Turtle Islands National Park of Sabah Borneo. Due to being a nesting ground for Green and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, offers a chance for travelers to witness sea turtles laying eggs and hatchlings being released to the sea. Lankayan Island is truly the best place to spend a quiet beach vacation with family and friends filled with relaxation and unspoiled nature.

3) Pom Pom Island

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Water villas in Pom Pom Island Resort view

Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea in Semporna, Sabah Borneo. Pom Pom Island is relatively untouched by humans (there are no villages here), surrounded by white sand coral beaches, which makes it one of the famous spots for Green and Hawksbill turtles to lay their eggs.

In addition, Pom Pom Island is also macro divers paradise with so many small marine creatures near the Pom Pom Island resort area. Travelers can also enjoy the beach activities (i.e. kayaking, beach volleyball, etc.) or just simply laze around at the resort area.

4) Dinawan Island

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Morning view of Dinawan Island. Photo by: Lai JiunLoong

Dinawan Island is a privately owned island which is located in the southwest of Kota Kinabalu city, nearby to Kinarut town. There is a resort built on the island which is surrounded by lush tropical rainforests and crystal clear water.

Travelers can experience a relaxing and undisturbed atmosphere on this island. Get ready to be blown away by the breathtaking view of the scenery from the island and the squawking sound of Hornbills from the distance.

There are several activities that can be done at the Dinawan Island, such as snorkeling, sea walking, scuba diving and other water sports activities. For travelers who are into fishing, Dinawan Island also offers activities of day and night fishing trip.

5) Sepanggar Island

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Sepanggar Island. Photo by: Mari Mari Sepanggar

Sepanggar Island is located off Sepanggar Bay in Sabah Borneo, which is only about 10 minutes boat ride from the Jesselton Point terminal ferry in Kota Kinabalu city. Sepanggar Island is twice the size of Manukan Island, click here to see the Borneo map of islands in Borneo.

Instead of going to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for an island getaway destination, travelers should head out to Sepanggar Island. There is only one accommodation available on the island, which is Mari Mari Sepanggar Lodge. It is one of the off-the-track islands in Sabah Borneo, which offers travelers a quiet and chillaxed feeling by the sea.

Apart from relaxing by the beach, travelers can also go for scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and jungle trekking on the island.

6) Maliangin Island

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Maliangin Island. Photo by: Justinlingg

Maliangin Island is part of Kudat division in Sabah Borneo, which is about 30 minutes boat ride to reach the island. Moreover, Maliangin Island is also part of the gazetted area of Tun Mustapha Marine Park.

Maliangin Island is not much of a development but it is a great place for travelers to feel the authenticity of the beach paradise. There is only one accommodation available on the island, which is the Maliangin resort. However, travelers can stay in Sri Maliangin homestay which is located on Banggi Island, where travelers can actually live like the locals!

Maliangin Island is known for its wide range of corals and marine life. This island is also one of the snorkeling and diving haven for divers and non-divers. Here’s an additional article for you that will make you book a trip to Kudat

After reading through these 6 Hidden Islands in Sabah Borneo for your exotic beach vacation, don’t forget to put these islands into your list of Islands to visit.

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