Parks

Sabah has seven beautiful national parks, all are well worth you visit:

Kinabalu National Park
Mt. Kinabalu is a famous landmark with a height of 4,095 metres. Visitors to Sabah through the Kota Kinabalu International Airport especially in the morning will see the huge Mountain from a distance. It is also very important to the world community because of the diversity on its bio-ecosystem. In 2001 UNESO has selected Mount Kinabalu to be the first world heritage site of Malaysia. Apart from climbing Mt. Kinabalu for the adventurous individuals, the park is a great place for visitors to enjoy the beauty of nature, where fauna and flora are plenty. More…

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
For those who love the sun, sea, and sand, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is the place to be. With a total of five islands, where all are just a stone throw away from capital city of Kota Kinabalu, travelling to the islands is easy and does not cost too much. Manukan Island, Sapi Island and Manutik Island are very popular day trip excursions for visitors as well as locals. Sun bathing, swimming at the sea, snorkelling with the marine life or exploring the beautiful corals, and even scuba diving, all these are the normal activities on these three islands. One can also choose to stay at the classy wooden chalets at Manukan Island. More…

Crocker Range Park
The Crocker Range is the main mountain range in Sabah that divides the west coastal plain and the rest of the state. Crocker Range National Park was gazzetted in 1984, and it is the largest park in Sabah, covering an area of about about twice the size of Singapore, 140,000 hectares of densely forested terrain. The park area starts from Tambunan and expands all the way to Keningau region, including many steep mountains. This region is also home to the largest flower in the world the Rafflesia. Mt. Alab is the highest peak here at 2,050 metre. The park is also a great place for bird watching.

Pulau Tiga Park
Located 48km south of Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Tiga Park is made up of three islands, including the popular snake island. It covers 158 square kilometers, most of which is sea, and its islands also have coral reefs and sandy beaches. Upgraded to a National Park in 1978, Pulau Tiga was made famous by the popular series called Survivor. One of the unique features of the island is its volcano mud which can be found in the centre of the big island. This is also a good place to watch shorebirds. There is a resort for over night stay.

Turtle Islands Park
Established in 1977, the Turtle Islands, which consists of three islands, has been visited by many people around the world. The turtle as a species has been around the earth for a long time, way back to the time of the Mesozoic era. At Selingan island visitors will be able to witness green turtles and hawksbill turtles laying their eggs on the beach late into night. The eggs are collected and hatched by the Sabah Parks staffs before visitors can participate with the release of the baby turtles back to the sea. Visitors to the turtle islands are limited to only 62 persons per day.

Sipadan Island Park
Without a doubt this is the most famous oceanic island in Malaysia. A true paradise for scuba divers and snorkellers from all over the world. Its sea walls are a true wonder, where many species of corals are seen building on top of each other, and the number of marine life here is also mind blogging. A day diving in Sipadan island will easily compile enough tales for a diver to talk for decades. From conservations it is understood that only 120 persons are allowed to visit the island each day. More…

Tun Sakaran Marine Park
While waiting for their turns to visit Sipadan Island, Semporna does have many islands for visitors to explore. Tun Sakaran Marine Park, also known as the Semporna Islands Park, has enough dive sites to keep scuba divers busy for weeks. Recently an underwater study was done by 17 scientists from countries like Netherlands, USA, and Malaysia, and they found that the Semporna region has the highest diversification of marine life in the world. They take mushroom corals as an indicator, as many as 42 types of mushroom corals are found here.

Tawau Hills Parks
Situated among the many plantations of Tawau district and about 42 km north west of Tawau town, Tawau Hills Park is the only remaining natural forests in this region. The park was also gazetted to protect water catchment resources for Tawau Town and the Semporna Peninsula. This park has an area of 27,972 ha and the Tawau river also passes through here. Visitors can explore the trails that lead to natural deepwater pools, waterfalls and hot springs. spectacular view here including the Table Waterfall, Gunung Magdalena ( 1310 metres), Gunung Lucia ( 1201 metres), and Bombalai Hill (530 metres). There are chalets, hostels and restaurants for visitors who choose to stay over night at the park.

All of Sabah’s seven national parks are managed by Sabah Parks.
Visit their website at www.sabahparks.org

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