Hidden Gems In Sabah

by | May 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Sabah offers a myriad of activities and places to visit the wanderlust out there, from conquering the highest Mountain in Borneo to the paradise islands in Sabah. However, large parts of Sabah are rarely visited by travelers.  We’ve put together this list of our favorite hidden gems in Sabah so you can get off the beaten track.  Give it a read and leave us a comment.

Hidden Gems in Sabah

1) The Tip of Borneo, Kudat

Thinking of getting away from the hectic and stressful life? Going to the beach will be the answer to that! However, not all people like to go to the beach that has hundreds of people there. With this in mind, Kudat is where you should go.

There are several beaches here that rarely see visitors.  Even the main beach at the tip of Borneo is often empty.  If you want a really secluded beach, look up “secret place”.  We promise you won’t be disappointed.

2) Manana Beach Resort, Kota Belud

Staying in Manana will seriously help you to escape and isolate yourself from the outside world, as the place does not have phone coverage. So forget about getting online and instead explore the stretch of sandy beaches.  Additionally, enjoy exchanging conversations with the fellow travelers staying there.

The accommodation at Manana is basic and simple, but, you won’t care. Manana is a place to get away from the city lifestyle and be content relaxing in a hammock, with a book in hand and sipping on a coconut drink.

Hidden Gems in Sabah
Photos source: Manana Borneo, Sabah

Here’s a video of Manana Beach Resort area view:

Hidden Gems in Sabah

3) Utan Paradise Jungle Camp, Ulu Kimanis

Utan Paradise Jungle Camp is a great place for you to sharpen your jungle survival skills. It is also home to various flora and fauna species that make it a perfect place to go jungle trekking, wildlife spotting, and bird watching.

Hidden Gems in Sabah

4) Tampat do Aman, Kudat

This is one of the places that can free us the connected world and make us appreciate our surroundings. Tampat do Aman located in Kudat, near the tip of Borneo.  It provides an intimate nature escape. The accommodation is basic. You can choose from either small huts, private chalets, or the longhouse.

Apart from just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings, you can go jungle trekking, and biking.  Additionally, there is a mangrove cruise and surfing lessons too!

Hidden Gems in Sabah
Hidden gems in Sabah
hidden gems in sabah
Hidden Gems in Sabah

For more info on Tampat do Aman, check out the review by travelfish.

Hidden Gems in Sabah

5) Berhala Island, Sandakan

Berhala Island is located off the coast of Sandakan. It is a 15-minute boat ride to get there.

Berhala is known for its amazing history of previously being a leper colony.  Later it became a prisoner camp during World War 2.

The most striking features of Berhala Island are the dramatic sandstone cliffs that drop straight into the ocean. Subsequently, you can go rock climbing on the cliffs.

Apart from that, you can do some hiking and be rewarded with a magnificent view from the top of the cliffs. Finally, make a visit to the water village tour to learn how the local villagers live.

Hidden Gems in Sabah
 Photo source : Simon Carter’s ONSIGHT photography
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