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Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

17

August, 2018

Lahad Datu lies in Tawau Division on the east coast of Sabah Borneo. It was once a sleepy small village, tucked into the north side of Darvel Bay. Then, it grew into a bustling center for palm oil and cocoa industry. Moreover, Lahad Datu also has become an important timber exporting port. 

Lahad Datu is at mid-way between Tawau and Sandakan. Thus, anyone can reach Lahad Datu by road from any major town in Sabah Borneo. It takes about 7-hour overland drive from Kota Kinabalu to reach Lahad Datu. While 3-hour drive from Sandakan and 2 ½ hour drive from Tawau to reach Lahad Datu. But, some can opt to take a 55-minutes direct flight from Kota Kinabalu City using MASwings.

With its strategic location, Lahad Datu is a gateway paradise for the naturalist. Danum Valley Conservation Area, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, and Madai Caves are all situated there. This offers any visitors a chance to experience the nature and wildlife in Lahad Datu.

Lahad Datu is believed to be an early settlement area that existed as early as the 15th century. It is proven from the excavations that have unearthed Ming Dynasty Chinese ceramics. During the 19th century, a village named Tunku (east of Lahad Datu) used to be a notorious base for pirates and slave traders.

Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVCA)

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Canopy Walkway in Danum Valley. Photo: Rog

Danum Valley Conservation Area is a paradise for naturalists and wildlife enthusiast alike. It is about 438 sq. km area which 90% of it covered with virgin dipterocarp rainforest. Home to an almost unimaginable number of plants, insects, mammals, and birds, it is really a jungle out there!

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Orangutan in Danum Valley. Photo: Heather Christensen

DVCA is one of the tropical rainforest research establishment in Southeast Asia. It equipped with an extensive list of research and laboratories facilities. Many researchers prefer to make DVCA a base for biodiversity and environmental education. In 2016, one of the tallest tropical tree discovered by the researchers in Danum Valley. With its height reaching about 94.1m, anyone can see the trees through a moderate walk from the field center.

Though DVCA provides a base for researchers, it also opens for naturalists visitors. There are two accommodations available at DVCA, which are Borneo Rainforest Lodge and Danum Valley Field Centre. Borneo Rainforest Lodge offers visitors a luxury feels within the tropical rainforest. An exclusive retreat that provides an international standard of comfort to visitors. What’s more, the lodge is nearby the river. Visitors can enjoy sitting at the verandah while listening to the sound of the rainforest. If they are lucky, they might spot some of the rare birds from the verandah. Borneo Rainforest Lodge has its own jungle trails and a canopy walkway for its guests.

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Borneo Rainforest Lodge Verandah. Photo: Craig Ansibin

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Orangutan in Danum Valley. Photo: Heather Christensen

Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC) is another accommodation in DVCA. It is available for the most budget-type visitors to spend their holiday in DVCA. DVFC has three different rooms, which are deluxe, standard and hostel. There are several activities that can be done at DVFC, such as guided jungle trekking, morning/night safari, swim in the river and catch a sunrise from atop Bukit Atur.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is another nature reserve in Lahad Datu. It largely surrounded by oil palm plantations and an hour drive from Lahad Datu Town. Tabin offers a comfortable wildlife resort in a small river valley. Gazetted in 1968 as a Class VII Forest Reserve, Tabin has an area of 122, 539 hectares. Making it the largest forest reserve in Sabah Borneo.

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Bornean Gibbon. Photo: Andrea Schieber

The existence of Tabin Wildlife Reserve is part of the State Government’s effort to protect and preserve wildlife. In 1984, Tabin declared as a wildlife reserve due to a large amount of Borneo Wildlife spotted there. Some of the wildlife is highly endangered mammals species, such as Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Tembadau, and Banteng. There are also about nine species of primates and three species of cats recorded in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Various birdlife species are also spotted within the forest reserve. With large numbers of hornbills and eagles as well as vividly colored birds can be seen flying around at the reserve area.

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

A group of elephants at Lipad Mud Volcano. Photo: Tabin Widlldife Reserve

One of the highlights in Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the presence of several mud volcanoes. The mud volcanoes are known to provide rich mineral salts for birds and mammals. The presence of mud volcanoes are probably the reasons for the high concentration of wildlife in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Moreover, there is a viewing tower is built at the edge of the Lipad Mud Volcanoes. Making it a perfect location for wildlife observation and bird-watching.

There is an accommodation available in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. It offers anyone a unique and comfortable stay in the jungle lodges as well as a great wildlife experience. There are about 20 units of jungle lodges (10 units River Lodges and 10 unites Hill Lodges) available at the Tabin Resort.

Several activities can be done at Tabin Wildlife Reserve which are:

  • Visit the mud volcanoes
  • Night safari to search for nocturnal wildlife
  • Trekking through the lush rainforests
  • Early morning walk
  • Birdwatching
Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Jungle Trekking in Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Photo: EstherK Borneo

Whether you are a wildlife seeker or just looking for something fun, Tabin Wildlife Reserve will never fail to amaze anyone with a great wildlife adventures experience for Borneo holiday!

Madai Cave

Lahad Datu: A gateway to virgin rainforest

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Another treasure that can be found in Lahad Datu is Madai Cave. It is an integral part of the limestone hills which located within the Baturong Madai Forest Reserve. Home to thousands of bats since hundred years ago and Madai Cave is one of Sabah Borneo’s most important site for supplies of bird nests. The Madai Cave is owned by the local villagers who live outside the cave, which is the Idahan people. Apart from harvesting the bird nests as their source of income, the Idahan people also take cares of the cave during the off-season harvest.

Madai Cave is also considered as the earliest known area of human settlement that existed from over 20,000 years ago. It is proven by the traces of human footprints were found preserved in layers and layers of bat droppings inside the caves. Madai Cave is also a burial site. Although the identity of those buried remains unknown to the villagers, except for grave the of “Nenek Apui” or grandma Apui. “Nenek Apui” is the original founder of Madai Caves but her remains have been dug a long time ago and now has been placed at Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu City.

Related article: Exploring Madai Cave 

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Travel Bucket List of Sabah Borneo for Nature Lovers

Travel Bucket List of Sabah Borneo for Nature Lovers

Travel Bucket List of Sabah Borneo for Nature Lovers

07

August, 2018

Nature Lovers' destinations in Sabah Borneo

 

Kawang Forest Trekking

Long Pasia trekking expedition

Travel Bucket List for nature lovers

No one can deny that Sabah Borneo is one of the best travel destinations that fit for any travelers out there. Blessed with Malaysia’s highest sacred mountain, lush rainforest, and tropical sandy beaches. No wonder some people said that Sabah Borneo is one of the Malaysian true gems that rich in natural wonders. Even for nature lovers, they would agree to that statement.

If you are a nature lover and won’t mind a little bit of adventure, then choose Sabah Borneo for your holiday. Sabah Borneo will never disappoint you in satisfying your travel cravings. We have listed out some of the destinations in Sabah Borneo that will be perfect for you as nature lovers. It’s time to put them on your travel bucket list!

1) Kinabalu National Park, Kundasang

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Kinabalu National Park. Photo: azry A Hassan

Kinabalu National Park covers about 75,400 hectares of area. It is one of the greatest attractions in Sabah Borneo. Kinabalu National Park gazetted as Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home of some of the richest assemblies of plants in the world as well as various birdlife species. Apart from the abundance of flora and fauna, the park also features the highest mountain in Malaysia – Mount Kinabalu. Kinabalu National Park will not fail to keep you be in awe with its wonderful natural treasures.

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Trekking into the Kinabalu National Park Trail. Photo: Sol495

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

A tourist looking at the rare plants in botanical garden. Photo: Eduard-Ozerin

2. Kawang Forest Reserve

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Kawang Forest Reserve

Kawang Forest Reserve offers a great cityscape day trips from Kota Kinabalu. Take the opportunity to get close to nature. Trekking through the Kawang Forest Reserve offers you a chance to marvel at the nature along the way. Kawang Forest Reserve is also an excellent camping spot and other recreational activities. It is considered as one of the hidden gem of Sabah Borneo as this forest is rarely explored by any tourist. It is a perfect chance to experience the untouched nature for holiday in Sabah Borneo. The best thing about it, it is only about 30-45 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City. Related article: Top day hikes around Sabah Borneo

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Twisty Vine in Kawang Forest

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Wild mushrooms in Kawang Forest

3. Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp Balcony 

If a day in the jungle is not enough, then why not spend your Borneo holiday in the jungle? Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp is the perfect place to get intimate with nature. The camp is located on the lower slopes of Mount Kinabalu National Park. It sets amidst in the primary rainforest in an idyllic riverside position. You can see there are open-air huts and basic facilities there which creates the jungle vibe. This is a great opportunity for you to spend your holiday in the jungle. You can also gain some knowledge of jungle survival skills from an experienced local guide. Feel free to join the guided day and night walks for a chance to spot wildlife, birds, and plants at the campsite area.

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Relaxing at Lupa Masa Campsite area

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Lupa Masa Rainforest Camp Mini Waterfall

4. Crocker Range National Park

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Crossing through the suspension bridge 

Jungle trekking is the best when it comes to experience more about the natural wonders of Sabah Borneo. Thus, put Crocker Range National Park into your travel bucket list. The park is rich with flora and fauna, which some of the species are endemic to Borneo. You can also gain insight into locals living in the rural area. Learn a thing or two about the unique culture and traditions that can only be found in Sabah Borneo. Crocker Range National Park is also a good place for birdwatching as it has many rare species of birds that are endemic to Sabah Borneo. It hosted as one of the birding destinations for the annual Borneo Bird Festival. Going for a trekking through the Crocker Range National Park is no doubt will leave a memorable experience in your Borneo holiday.

Travel bucket list for nature lovers
Travel bucket list for nature lovers

5. Maliau Basin

Travel bucket list for nature lovers

Seven tier Maliau Falls

Looking for more off-the-beaten-path for your holiday in Sabah Borneo? Then, plan a trip to Maliau Basin. It also is known as Sabah’s Lost World, as there are many areas in Maliau Basin left untouched. Though few areas explored in Maliau Basin, it proved to be home to some of Sabah Borneo’s rarest and endangered species of wildlife. Such wildlife is Sumatran Rhinoceros, Banteng, Orangutan, Proboscis Monkeys, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopard and Malayan Sun Bear. There are also about 300 species of Birds discovered in Maliau Basin. Apart from that, various species of pitcher plants, orchids, and Rafflesia flowers can also be found in Maliau Basin too. The main highlight of Maliau Basin is to trek to the majestic 7-tiers of Maliau Falls. So, if you are a nature lover and an adventure seeker, Maliau Basin is the place you should be spending for your Borneo holiday.

Apart from the places given, there are other places in Sabah Borneo that are also worth for nature lovers. It’s never too late to add those places to your travel bucket list and cross them out. Need help with planning your travel to Sabah Borneo? We’re only one click away to assist in your travel arrangement to these amazing places!

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Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

23

April, 2018

Sabah Borneo’s geographical structure is not only a mix of beaches and tropical rainforest, but it also has mountainous terrain, which is mostly in the western part of Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, this mountainous terrain has one of Malaysia’s highest mountain being part of it, located on the Crocker Range; Mount Kinabalu is truly a sight to see (4,095 meters above sea level). There are also several mountains and hills in Sabah Borneo that are traversed by an extensive network of river valleys and most are covered with dense tropical Borneo Rainforest. With these mountainous terrains of Sabah Borneo, it is not a surprise that Sabah Borneo is also rich with many spectacular waterfalls, some are not known to many and probably have not even been discovered yet! For the ones that are known or have been discovered, below is the list in which you can put into your Borneo Holidays wish list.

1) Langanan Waterfall, Poring Hot Spring, Ranau

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Langanan Waterfall, Poring. Photo: Epicphals

Langanan Waterfall is located in Poring Hot Springs, Ranau, and it is considered one of Sabah Borneo’s highest waterfalls at about 120 m in height. It is suitable for adventurous trekkers as it requires about 2 hours (or more) trekking through the lowland tropical forest in order to reach the waterfall. Just don’t forget to wear leech socks and wear some waterproof shoes or jungle rubber shoes known as Adidas Kampung to avoid the slippery ground.

2) Kipungit Waterfall, Poring Hot Spring, Ranau

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Kipungit Waterfall, Poring. Photo by: Wen0329

Kipungit Waterfall is also located in Poring Hot Springs and it takes about 20-minutes walk from Poring Hot Springs to reach there. With a height of only about 12 meters, this waterfall offers a perfect place for group or families to go for a picnic and enjoy the refreshing bath.

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3) Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan. Photo: Borneo Rimbawan

Take a 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City, passing through small villages and forests on the Crocker Range, until reaching the serene district of Tambunan, where it houses one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sabah; Mahua Waterfall. A pristine natural waterfall that is nestled deep in the tropical forest of the Crocker Mountain Range, it became one of the top local destination among the locals for a weekend getaway. Apart from that, Mahua Waterfall area also offers nature enthusiast to witness the various species of flora and fauna.

4) Ulu Kionsom Waterfall, Inanam

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Ulu Kionsom Waterfall, Inanam. Photo: Bearnerd Bondly

Ulu Kionsom Waterfall is the closest recreational park in Kota Kinabalu City, as it is only about 20 km away from the city or a 30-40 minutes drive from the city. To reach the park, you will pass the entrance of Mari Mari Cultural Village, which is one of the famous tourist destination that showcases Sabah Borneo’s cultural heritage. The recreational park is also known as waterfall park because of its unique features of having multi-tiered cascades of waterfalls over a hill slope. The lowest level is easily accessible via a cement walkway and it is a famous spot for families as well as groups to gather for picnic. However, the upper tiers can only be accessed through a steep jungle trail from the entrance. Please be cautious when walking every step as it is slippery!

5) Gelas Hill Waterfall, Tawau Hills National Park

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Bukit Gelas Waterfall, Tawau Hills Park. Photo: Zulhelmy Abdul Rahim

Gelas Hill Waterfall is located in Tawau Hills Park, which is about 24 km and a 30-minute drive from Tawau Town. A lush green forest and protected park that offers naturalist with its diverse species of flora and fauna that can be found there. To reach Gelas Hill Waterfall, a jungle trail is provided and you will need to walk through the trail for about 2.4km (Note: Be careful when walking on a jungle trail when it is raining, as it will be very slippery and muddy). However, once you reach Gelas Hill Waterfall, get ready to be in awe by the marvelous waterfall view and feel the tranquility of the area. In addition, Gelas Hill Waterfall is also known for its famous picnic spot for families and friends, some adventurous and nature lovers can also camp there in order to experience more on the nature’s beauty in that area.

6) Tawai Waterfall, Telupid

Tawai Waterfall is considered the biggest and least-known waterfall in Sabah Borneo. With its height about 95 meters, it is located deep inside the Tawai Forest Reserve, a Class I protected forest managed by Telupid Forestry Department. Therefore, you would need to apply for a permit from Sabah Forestry Department Headquarters before entering the protected area. To reach Tawai Rainforest Camp, you would need to drive about 4 hours to reach Telupid Town first from Kota Kinabalu City, and another hour drive from Telupid Town to Tawai Rainforest Camp (depends on weather and road condition). Once arriving at Tawai Rainforest Camp, continue on a jungle walk and witness many species of Borneo Pitcher Plants along the way until you are welcomed by the spectacular view of the waterfall. Don’t forget to wear proper hiking shoes and bring some drinking water while trekking to the waterfall.

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Tawai Waterfall, Tawai Forest Reserve Telupid.

6) Murug Turug Waterfall, Tamparuli

Murug Turug Waterfall is the newest tourist destination especially for those who are into hiking activity. One of the hidden gems in Sabah Borneo and located at Minangkob Village in Tamparuli district, which only takes about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu City (For more information, you can check on their facebook page). Before reaching there, you will need to make some booking first before going there, and there are three packages offered ( Package A: Murug Turug Waterfall – 4km return; Package B: 5km return – 3 waterfalls; and Package C: 12km return via Malas Kalas Trail & witness 7 waterfalls) for you to choose. In addition, if you are interested to experience the natural wonders of Murug Turug, be sure to wear proper hiking shoes or the jungle rubber shoes which known as “Adidas Kampung” when you go for a hike and exploring the area. Moreover, feel free to bring some extra clothes, just in case you feel tempted to go for a swim at the clear emerald green river of the waterfall.

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Murug Turug Waterfall, Tamparuli. Photo: Kierra Sally Tan

8) Madai Waterfall, Kunak 

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Madai Waterfall, Kunak. Photo: Imran Kadir

Listening to the gushing sound of waterfalls are always nice to hear, especially when you are there to witness it yourself. A delightful sight when you get to see the 40-meter Madai Waterfall, which is located in the Madai Baturong Forest Reserve, about 15 km from Kunak Town. It attracts many locals and tourist to witness this interesting waterfall which is often referred to as the twin waterfall because it cascades down on two separate sides but merges together when there is a heavy downpour of rain. However, be cautioned not to swim beyond the shallow part of the river because it is known that there is a deep hole at the center of the pool area, plus there is no lifeguard in that area. Therefore, for safety precaution, you can just soak your feet in the shallow water and be mesmerized by the beautiful sight in front of you.

9) Maliau Waterfall, Maliau Basin Conservation Area 

Spectacular waterfalls in Sabah Borneo

Maliau Waterfall, Kunak. Photo: Patrick

An unusual sight if you get to see the 7-tiered Maliau Waterfall for your holiday adventure in Sabah Borneo. It is located deep within the Maliau Basin Conservation Area or known to many as “The Lost World of Sabah”. If you are an avid trekker, this place is considered an adventure to you with its surrounding unspoiled nature, rare species of plants, animal sightings and the Maliau Waterfall as your reward. However, you must obtain a permit to enter Maliau Basin in advance from Yayasan Sabah before deciding to go there. Moreover, you will need to venture into the pristine rainforests that took about 2-3 days(depends on weather condition) to reach Maliau Waterfall.

Apart from these nine waterfalls discussed above, there are still many waterfalls in Sabah Borneo that are yet to be explored. Whatever it is, all waterfalls in Sabah Borneo are amazing when you get to witness it firsthand, and it will be hard for you to not remember the delightful sights of waterfalls as well as its beauty. Can’t wait to dip into the cooling waters of the waterfall? Then, start planning yourself to make a trip to Sabah Borneo!

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Tawau – 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Tawau – 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Tawau – 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Have you ever been to Tawau before? It is the third largest city in Sabah Borneo and it plays an important role as major producer of tobacco, cocoa, and palm oil. It is located on the south east coast of Sabah Borneo, and shares a border with North Kalimantan, Indonesia. However, most travelers will only stop by Tawau for a short trip as it is a main gateway to the fabulous world’s top diving spots of Sipadan Island, which is located in Semporna.

Although Tawau itself is not popular among tourists, it actually has many interesting destinations that no one ever notice before. So, here are 5 things you can do in Tawau after your diving activities in the islands of Semporna.

 

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

You can find the Tawau Mural Art at the town area

1) Teck Guan Cocoa Village & Cocoa Museum

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Teck Guan Cocoa Village Entrance

Since Tawau is one of the biggest producer of cocoa in the world, for sure there will be a production area in Tawau, and it is known as Teck Guan Cocoa Village & Cocoa Museum. The cocoa museum was open for public in 2004, located within a village area called Tanjung Batu, which is roughly 20-30 minutes drive from Tawau City. However, an advanced booking is needed before going for a tour at the cocoa museum and it is recommended to go there in the morning. Fret not, there will be an in-house guide to show you around the museum, starting from watching a 20-minute short clip on cocoa history, to cocoa sampling kitchen, and finally to cocoa processing factory. In addition, you can also experience the nature and fresh air by going for trekking along the tropical rainforest of Cocoa Culture Spring which is about 1-2 km that will lead you to the waterfall.

2) Tawau Tanjung Market

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Colorful local vegetables at the Tawau Tanjung Market

Looking for the best dried seafood in Sabah Borneo? Then, you should make a visit to Tawau Tanjung Market to purchase it. Equipped about 6000 stalls inside it, this 3-storey market is known to be the largest indoor market in Malaysia! This is because you can find everything here under one roof, as it offers almost all kinds of daily essentials and other goods, from the freshest vegetables, sea and agriculture produce, local snacks, dried seafood, handicrafts, pots and pans, toys to clothings. Apart from that, you can also find interesting products from Indonesia that are being sold there too. This is a good place for you to come as your last stop to purchase souvenirs or dried seafood before departing. Just don’t forget to haggle (even the locals do too!) when buying something from the market.

3) Eating in Tawau

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Fresh Seafood can be found in Tawau!

When coming to Tawau, you should not miss out to taste the delicious food that can be found in Tawau! One of the top things that you need to do in Tawau as the food is a mix of Indonesian and Sabah fusion, due to Kalimantan Indonesia being the neighboring state to Tawau. Moreover, Tawau is also known for not only among the freshest seafood in Sabah Borneo, it is also considerably cheap too! So, if you are a foodie type of traveler, a visit to Tawau will be like a food paradise for you.

4) Gemok Hill Nature Reserve

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Strap those hiking shoes and starts to explore the Gemok Hill Nature Reserve

An avid hiker? Then, you should hike and explore the untouched Borneo Jungle which can be found in Gemok Hill Nature Reserve. It is a perfect place for a day hike, where the jungle offers you with it abundance of Borneo Wildlife, interesting species of plants and the tranquility greenery environments. There are seven resting huts provided for you to catch a breath as it will be an hour plus (depending on your fitness level) in order to reach the hill. After hiking, don’t miss out to go on the amazing canopy walkway which is known to be one of the longest canopy walkway (231 meters) in Sabah Borneo. Be amazed to witness the stunning scenery of Tawau Town, the picturesque coastline and the surrounding area.

5) Tawau Hills National Park

Tawau - 5 Things to do for Sabah Borneo Holidays!

Serene river amidst in the tropical Borneo Jungle in Tawau Hills National Park

For nature lovers, a visit to Tawau Hills National Park is a must! It is located about 20 km away from Tawau Town which takes around 30 minutes to reach the quiet and secluded park while passing by hills of oil palm plantations. This park offers many locals and travelers a place for picnic, swim at the river, camping sites and chalets. However, the main highlight activities that can be done in the park is to witness some of the world’s tallest tropical trees, hiking through the lush greenery Borneo Jungle, witness diverse species of flora and fauna, birding activities, visit the spectacular Gelas Waterfall, Sulphurous Springs, as well as climbing the Magdalena Hills(1310m).

There you go, these 5 things to do in Tawau will surely fill your Borneo Holidays with the memorable and exciting trip before or after you go to Semporna for diving activities! Spend a day or two in Tawau and you will eventually experience the unique adventure that you thirst for. Happy travels!

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Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Travel destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

29

December, 2017

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Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Do you intend to list out your year of 2018 resolution with an adventure in Borneo Island? Luckily for you, we’ve done our research and rounded up with the year‘s soon-to-be major and biggest travel destinations in Borneo. Here are some of the exciting travel destinations in Borneo that are waiting for you to check it out. Fret not, there are some amazing photos of the destinations for you too. So, book your flights and tour ASAP, before everyone else catches on!

1)  Melangkap Homestay, Kota Belud, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Want to experience camping by the river for your Borneo Holidays? Then, Melangkap Homestay is where you should go. Feels the cooling breeze and the majestic Mount Kinabalu welcomes you in the morning, as well as the amazing stars can be seen during the night. One of the must-go destination in Sabah Borneo with your family or friends. There are so many activities you can do there, such as camping, jungle trekking, swimming at the river, barbecue, fishing, going to local market or tamu, and more.

2)  Mulu National Park, Mulu, Sarawak Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Experience Sarawak Borneo’s largest national park (544 sq. km) and also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area, awarded in 2000. Its iconic limestone cave system, which includes the world’s largest natural chamber and the world’s longest cave passage in Southeast Asia. The park’s main attractions will be the show caves, the bat observatory, the rainforest canopy skywalk, adventure caving and the challenging climbing up to reach the Mulu summit, as well as to witness the amazing Mulu Pinnacles. This destination is perfect for those who are seeking adventure and excitement for their Borneo Holidays.

3)  Long Pasia, Sipitang, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

Ever wondered how does it feel living away from the city life, stay in remote villages and encounter a new culture that you’ve never seen before? Going for a trip to Long Pasia, will never leave you bored. You will get the chance to go for jungle trekking, guided by a local native guide, witness some of the amazing or rare species of Borneo flora which can be found there. Long Pasia is home to Lundayeh tribe of Sabah Borneo, you can learn their interesting cultures from their daily activities, cultural performances or take a bite of their traditional local food. Take this opportunity to put Long Pasia on your travel bucket list for 2018, so you will experience more in your Borneo Holidays.

4)  Ba’kelalan, Kelabit Highland, Sarawak Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

There is another destination of Borneo Island that you can enjoy more on Borneo Cultural experience, which located deep in the Kelabit Highlands of northeastern Sarawak Borneo. Home to Lun Bawang tribes, their source of income will be apples and organic vegetable farming, paddy rice farming, as well as salt-making. Ba’kelalan village is the travel destination that you should not miss out to go for 2018. Apart from that, you can experience the lifestyle of Lun Bawang community with Homestay program, going for jungle trekking into the Borneo Rainforest to see some of the unique flora and fauna, as well as exploring the Ba’kelalan surrounding area.

5)  Deramakot Forest Reserve, Telupid, Sabah Borneo

Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays
Travel Destination for 2018 in Borneo for Borneo Holidays

If you are not keen for cultural experiences in Borneo Island, why not go for wildlife adventures in Borneo Island? Apart from going for Kinabatangan River cruise for a higher chance to witness Borneo Wildlife, you can also go to Deramakot Forest Reserve for wildlife spotting too! Deramakot is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, where there are about 75% Borneo Mammals species that can be found within the forest, such as Orangutan, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Clouded Leopard, Proboscis Monkey, civet, and more Borneo Mammals. Moreover, Deramakot Forest Reserve played the major role of becoming a sustainable forest management for wildlife protection and conservation purposes.

Are you getting excited after looking at the photos of the destinations? Wait no more, put the destinations on your travel bucket list for this coming 2018. In addition, you can check out our travel hacks tips to Borneo for 2018.

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Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park for Weekend activity

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December, 2017

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Spending your weekend doing nothing can be relaxing for some, but some might feel bored and crave for some sort of an adventure over the weekend. If you are looking for a weekend activity, head out to Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park where you can enjoy swimming in segmented rivers (Don’t worry, it is safe for children!), and gather together in a hut for a barbeque.

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park is the newest tourist spot in Penampang where you can spend some time together with your family or friends while relaxing in the hut. On top of that, Sinilou Kibambangan is located about 20 km from Kota Kinabalu city, and 5km away from Donggongon town; that’s really close by!

In order to reach Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park, there are two ways that you can go, which is from Penampang – Tambunan road or from Inobong-Putaton-Bansadon road.

a) Penampang – Tambunan road

If you are from Donggongon Town, drive towards to the Tambunan road. When you see a bridge on your right-hand side, turn right into that junction and continue driving straight until you reach a junction. Turn left from the junction and continue driving straight until you can see the waterpark on your left side.

a) Inobong-Putaton-Bansadon road.

From Donggongon Town, drive towards the Old Penampang – Kinarut/Papar road, and turn left onto Inobong-Putaton-Bansadon road. Continue driving for about 18 minutes where you can see the waterpark on your left side. Fret not, there are few signboards of the waterpark that could help you to reach the waterpark.

Operation hours : Open daily (7 am – 5pm)

Entrance Fees:

Malaysian

(Adult) : MYR 3

(Children 7-12 years old) : MYR 1.50

(Below 7 years old) : FREE

 

Non – Malaysian

(Adult) : MYR 5

(Children 7-12 years old) : MYR 3

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity

One of the many facilities that are provided for you in Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park will be open huts mostly with its own barbecue pit, public washrooms and dressing rooms, rivers turned man-made pools which are separated based on depth level, as well a rope swing! Don’t worry if you didn’t pack any food or drinks in your day bag, the locals set up stalls selling food and drinks as well to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park in Sabah Borneo for Weekend activity
Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park

If you are planning to go for a trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo, then, you should stop by to Sinilou Kibambangan Water Park for a day trip. Enjoy swimming at the river, with great facilities provided for you, as well as the natural green environment surrounding the water park! A weekend trip like this is worth it when you spend it with your family and friends.

You can also read our other blog entry on Interesting places that you can bring your kids to go in Sabah Borneo for Borneo Family Holidays! or you can experience a traditional fish massage in Tagal Tinopikon Park, Penampang for your holiday in Sabah Borneo.

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