Take a wetland river cruise
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Location: 1.5 hrs outside Kota Kinabalu
If you come to the Klias Wetland Mangrove Forest Reserve., then one of the best things to do is take a trip on a cruise down the Klias River.
From the water, you will be able to see animals that come to the river to bathe and drink and some of these include elegant proboscis monkeys as well as darting fireflies that hover in the afternoon light.
Climb Mount Kinabalu
Source: PaulWong / shutterstock. Mount Kinabalu.
Mount Kinabalu is probably the most famous attraction in Sabah.
Part of the famous Crocker Mountain Range, Mount K stands at some 13,000 feet above sea level.
The mountain is in the middle of Kinabalu National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the trek to the summit will give you some amazing views over the rest of Sabah.
There are several routes and treks you can take but you will need to sleep overnight on the mountain which means that you can catch the sunrise at dawn at the summit.
Go on an island hopping adventure at Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Image adapted from: Backyard Travel
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is a set of five islands – Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik – just a 15-20 min boat ride from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. All these islands are picturesque, so make sure to pop by all five!
The waters around the islands host beautiful coral reefs teeming with marine life; perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are also 25 dive sites dotted around the national park for you to explore.
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Ferry fees: Adult – RM23 (~S$7.70) | Child – RM18 (~S$6)
- Malaysians: Adults – RM5 (~S$2.70) | Senior Citizens and children below 18 – RM3 (~S$3) | Children below 6 – FREE
- Non-Malaysians: Adults – RM20 (~S$6.70) | Senior Citizens and children below 18 – RM15 (~S$5) | Children below 6 – RM10 (~S$3.40)
Getting there: From the city center, take a 10-minute walk to Jesselton Port Ferry Terminal, where you can take a 15-20 minute speedboat ride into the park.
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