16 days in Sabah Itinerary

16 days in Sabah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sabah trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sandakan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Semporna
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Kudat
— 1 day
Drive
5
Kundasang
— 2 nights
Drive to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Fly to Manchester

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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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Manchester to Kota Kinabalu, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in October; daily highs in Kota Kinabalu reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Sandakan

— 4 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 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), head outdoors with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, identify plant and animal life at Kinabatangan River, and take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sandakan trip planning app.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sandakan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Semporna

— 4 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 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with Tropical Research And Conservation Centre. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bohey Dulang Island, and head off the coast to Mataking Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Semporna trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Sandakan to Semporna with the Route module. October in Semporna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kudat.

Things to do in Semporna

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Kudat

— 1 day
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.
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Tip of Borneo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kudat trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Semporna to Kudat takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Kudat can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kundasang.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kinabalu Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Langanan Waterfall, then pause for some photo ops at Kundasang War Memorial, then experience rural life at Desa Dairy Farm, and finally make a trip to Kundasang Market.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kundasang day trip tool.

Getting from Kudat to Kundasang by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kundasang

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.