15 days in Sabah Itinerary

15 days in Sabah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sabah travel route planner

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Kota Kinabalu
— 1 night
Drive
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Sandakan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lahad Datu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tawau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Semporna
— 1 night
Drive
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Tawau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kundasang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
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Kota Kinabalu

— 1 night
A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Bernice Holidays, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Glass Bottom Boat Tours.

Make your Kota Kinabalu itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. In March, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Sandakan

— 2 nights
Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and then get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sandakan journey planning website.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Sandakan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for Lahad Datu on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Lahad Datu

— 2 nights
Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Lahad Datu road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sandakan to Lahad Datu. In March in Lahad Datu, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tawau.

Things to do in Lahad Datu

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:
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Tawau

— 2 nights
Tawau formerly known as Tawao, is a town and administrative centre of Tawau Division, Sabah, Malaysia. On the 16th (Thu), look for gifts at Pasar Tanjung Tawau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Table Waterfall and then walk around Tawau Hills Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tawau attractions website.

Getting from Lahad Datu to Tawau by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tawau can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Semporna.

Things to do in Tawau

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Semporna

— 1 night
A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill) and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Mataking Island.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Semporna holiday planner.

Drive from Tawau to Semporna in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tawau.

Things to do in Semporna

Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:

Tawau

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tawau Hot Spring and then examine the collection at Teck Guan Cocoa Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tawau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Semporna to Tawau takes 2 hours. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to Kundasang.

Things to do in Tawau

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Kundasang

— 2 nights
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kundasang day trip planning site.

You can drive from Tawau to Kundasang in 7.5 hours. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Kundasang

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Kota Kinabalu

— 2 nights
Bring the kids along to Manukan Island and Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum. Spend the 23rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Explore Kota Kinabalu further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu trip planning website.

Getting from Kundasang to Kota Kinabalu by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Sabah travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Land Below the Wind
One of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, Sabah sits as the easternmost state in the country. The state's many natural attractions, nature reserves, and national parks, are home to an overwhelming range of animal and plant life, including the famed proboscis monkey. Off the coast, dive spots beckon many tourists, who come to explore the rich marine environment in protected areas. Historically a very culturally diverse part of the country, the towns and villages offer heritage museums, vibrant architecture, and cuisine that takes inspiration from the wider region.