29 days in Sabah Itinerary

29 days in Sabah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sabah planner

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Semporna
— 3 nights
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Sandakan
— 6 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kudat
— 1 night
Drive
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Kundasang
— 4 nights
Drive
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Keningau
— 1 night
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Labuan Island
— 5 nights
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Semporna

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), step off the mainland to explore Mataking Island, and stroll through Bohey Dulang Island.

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Kuala Lumpur to Semporna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Semporna

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Sandakan

— 6 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.
Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), stroll around Sandakan Rainforest Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Gomantong Cave Sandakan, and learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandakan tour itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Semporna to Sandakan. September in Sandakan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

Kota Kinabalu

— 8 nights
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.
Spend the 17th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. There's still lots to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, see the sky in a new way at Signal Hill Observatory Platform, and meet the residents at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kudat.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 24:

Kudat

— 1 night
Close to the northernmost part of Borneo, Kudat has proved popular among tourists for its range of things to do and see, as well as its leafy landscapes and white sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): experience rural life at Borneo Honeybee Centre and then don't miss a visit to Tip of Borneo.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Kudat trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kudat can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Kundasang.
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Kundasang

— 4 nights
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poring (Langanan Waterfall & Adenna Rafflesia Garden). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Kinabalu Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu, relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm, and pause for some photo ops at Kundasang War Memorial.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kundasang trip app.

Traveling by car from Kudat to Kundasang takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Keningau.

Things to do in Kundasang

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Keningau

— 1 night
Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Keningau Oath Stone and then head outdoors with Orou Sapulot.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Keningau trip website.

Getting from Kundasang to Keningau by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Keningau

Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Labuan Island

— 5 nights
Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
Labuan Island is known for historic sites, parks, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tee off at Labuan International Golf Club, step off the mainland to explore Pulau Rusukan Besar, explore the different monuments and memorials at World War II Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of MChimney.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Labuan Island day trip planning app.

Drive from Keningau to Labuan Island in 4 hours. September in Labuan Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Labuan Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

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.