5 days in Sabah Itinerary

5 days in Sabah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sabah tour itinerary planner

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Labuan Island
— 1 day
Fly to Kota Kinabalu, Taxi to Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Labuan Island

— 1 day
Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
Before you visit Labuan Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kuala Lumpur to Labuan Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. In September in Labuan Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Kota Kinabalu on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Labuan Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
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Kota Kinabalu

— 3 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.
Take a break from Kota Kinabalu with a short trip to Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club in Tuaran, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, step off the mainland to explore Sapi Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Aru Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Labuan Island to Kota Kinabalu in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. September in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:


— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and then get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sandakan trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sandakan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sandakan

Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Sabah travel guide

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.