32 days in Sabah Itinerary

32 days in Sabah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sabah trip planner

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Kota Kinabalu
— 10 nights
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Kota Belud
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kundasang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Keningau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Labuan Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sandakan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lahad Datu
— 1 night
Drive
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Semporna
— 3 nights
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Kota Kinabalu

— 10 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kota Kinabalu: Tuaran (Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club & Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La). Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. And it doesn't end there: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, step off the mainland to explore Sapi Island, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Aru Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu day trip app.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tashkent to Kota Kinabalu. In June, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Kota Belud.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 25:

Kota Belud

— 2 nights
Kota Belud is a town in West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Eko Pelancongan Kg Melangkap Tiong, then don't miss a visit to Borneo Ant House, and then see the interesting displays at Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with Bigfin Divers and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bukit Bongol.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kota Belud road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Belud takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kota Belud are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kundasang.

Things to do in Kota Belud

Nature · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Kundasang

— 3 nights
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Kundasang side-trips: Poring (Adenna Rafflesia Garden & Langanan Waterfall) and Mahua Waterfall (in Tambunan). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm, appreciate the history behind Kundasang War Memorial, and get to know the resident critters at Arnab Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kundasang online vacation maker.

You can drive from Kota Belud to Kundasang in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Keningau.

Things to do in Kundasang

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Keningau

— 2 nights
Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Keningau Oath Stone and then head outdoors with Orou Sapulot. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Trusmadi.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Keningau vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Kundasang to Keningau takes 2.5 hours. June in Keningau sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Keningau

Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Labuan Island

— 4 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: explore the different monuments and memorials at Labuan War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Surrender Point, admire the striking features of MChimney, and tee off at Labuan International Golf Club.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Labuan Island sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Keningau to Labuan Island takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sandakan.

Things to do in Labuan Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Sandakan

— 5 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.
Explore Sandakan's surroundings by going to Kinabatangan Jungle Camp (in Sukau) and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (in Sepilok). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park, steep yourself in history at Agnes Newton Keith Home, and get outside with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sandakan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Labuan Island to Sandakan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lahad Datu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Lahad Datu

— 1 night
Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Sungai Kapur and then make a trip to Tower of Heaven.

Plan trip to Lahad Datu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Sandakan to Lahad Datu with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Lahad Datu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Semporna.

Things to do in Lahad Datu

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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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 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head off the coast to Bohey Dulang Island, contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), and enjoy the sand and surf at Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Semporna trip planning app.

Drive from Lahad Datu to Semporna in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Semporna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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.