8 days in Sabah Itinerary

8 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur


Kota Kinabalu — 2 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.
On the 9th (Fri), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Salt x Paper, then head off the coast to Sapi Island, then head off the coast to Manukan Island, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Glass Bottom Boat Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu route planner.

Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Semporna.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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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 11th (Sun): make a trip to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill) and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sipadan National Park.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Semporna trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Semporna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sandakan.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and then get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park and then stroll through Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sandakan trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Semporna to Sandakan. In December, daily temperatures in Sandakan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kundasang.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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Kundasang — 2 nights

Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu and then relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kundasang trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandakan to Kundasang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Nature
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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.