Top 5 Things To Do in Sabah, Malaysia

By Deidre Casandra M. | 28, Feb, 2023
Top 5 Things To Do in Sabah, Malaysia

Looking for a gateway to nature? 

Sabah, a state located in the northern part of the island of Borneo in Malaysia, is a Halal-friendly destination for travelers. Being a predominantly Muslim state in Malaysia, Sabah has a strong cultural and religious tradition, and many of its attractions, services, and facilities cater to the needs of the Muslim community.

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is known for its diverse culture, rich history, stunning natural beauty, and abundant wildlife. There is also a vibrant local culture, with traditional dance, music, and cuisine, that you can experience while traveling here.

Are you planning a visit to this third-largest island in the world? Here are some of the popular things to do here:

1. Visit the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque: Admire the beauty of this Mosque, one of the largest in Southeast Asia.floating mosque kinabalu

Tranquil Floating Mosque in Kota Kinabalu. Image Credit: Andy Wang on Unsplash

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, also known as the Floating Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia and is a prominent landmark in the city. The Mosque is situated on an artificial island and is accessible by a causeway. Its unique location, combined with its stunning architectural features, makes it a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

Come to the Mosque and admire its beauty, both inside and out, as it combines traditional Islamic architecture and modern design elements, including a large dome, minarets, and intricate carvings. Inside, you can check out the detailed tile work, chandeliers, and other decorative elements.


2. Visit Mount Kinabalu: Climb or hike the highest peak in Borneo.Mount Kinabalu summit.

Mount Kinabalu summit. Image Credit: Ong Cheng Zheng on Unsplash

Mount Kinabalu is a mountain in Sabah, Malaysia, the highest peak in Southeast Asia. It is located in Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a popular destination for climbers and hikers. The mountain is known for its diverse ecosystem and is home to many endemic plant and animal species.

One of the things to do here is to climb to the mountain's summit. While it can be challenging, the views from the top are breathtaking and well worth the effort. If you plan to climb, expect one or two days to reach the summit, with an overnight stay at a mountain hut. Guides and porters are available to assist you with the climb.

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3. Explore the Kinabatangan River: Take a boat tour to see proboscis monkeys, orangutans, and other wildlife.proboscis monkey

Proboscis monkey in Borneo. Image Credit: Charge The Globe on Unsplash

The Kinabatangan River is located in Sabah, Malaysia, and is one of the longest rivers in Malaysia. It is known for its rich biodiversity, including proboscis monkeys, orangutans, pygmy elephants, and many species of birds. The river provides a unique and one of the things to do here is to experience the rainforest and wildlife of Borneo.

Here, you can take boat tours along the river to see wildlife, visit oxbow lakes and other habitats, and learn about conservation efforts in the area. There are also several lodges and campsites along the river where you can stay and continue your explorations. The Kinabatangan River is an important conservation area home to several conservation initiatives to preserve the region's rich biodiversity.


4. Visit Sipadan Island: Explore world-famous dive sites and snorkeling to see vibrant coral and marine life.seahawksbill turtle

Sea Hawksbill Turtle that can be found in Sipadan Island, Sabah. Image Credit: Hanjoung Choi on Unsplash

Sipadan Island is located off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia, and is known for its world-famous dive sites. Visiting an island surrounded by crystal-clear waters and home to a vibrant coral reef ecosystem is one of the coolest experiences you can have here. Only some people can visit the area at certain times as it is restricted for conservation reasons.

Sipadan Island is considered one of the world's top dive destinations and attracts divers and snorkelers worldwide due to its important marine habitat. This means, visiting this island allows you to stand a chance to meet up with the famous green sea hawksbill turtles which people found to be magical and a rare experience. 

To get to Sipadan Island, you can take a flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau airport in Sabah and then transfer to Semporna's town. From there, there will be a boat getaway where they can arrange a boat trip to the island.


5. Visit Sandakan Memorial Park: Pay tribute to the prisoners of war who died on the death march during World War II.

Sandakan Memorial Park is located in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, and is dedicated to the memory of the prisoners of war who died on the death march during World War II. The park serves as a memorial to the over 2,400 prisoners of war who were forced to march from Sandakan to Ranau as part of the infamous Sandakan Death Marches. The prisoners, mostly Australians, and British, were subjected to inhumane treatment, and many died from starvation, disease, and abuse.

You can visit the park, pay respect to the fallen, and learn about the history of the death marches here. The park features monuments, memorials, and interpretive displays that provide information about the prisoners of war and their experiences. Visiting here encouraged the visitor to take the time to reflect and remember the prisoners of war and the bravery they displayed during their captivity.


Overall, Sabah is a welcoming and inclusive destination for travelers with many activities to do regardless of solo, friend, or family travel, as well as an excellent choice if you are looking for a Halal-friendly travel experience.

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