17 days in Sabah Itinerary

17 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Sandakan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Semporna
— 3 nights
Fly
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Labuan Island
— 1 night
Fly to Kota Kinabalu, Taxi to Kota Kinabalu
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Kota Kinabalu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kundasang
— 2 nights
Drive to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Fly to London

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Danum Valley Conservation Area and Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure. Get in touch with nature at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and Turtle Island Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, visit Borneo Dispensary, and take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sandakan route maker site.

London, UK to Sandakan is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Malaysia Time is 8 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Sandakan reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Get outdoors at Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Bohey Dulang Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mataking Island and Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Semporna trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sandakan to Semporna. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Semporna

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Labuan Island

— 1 night
Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
On the 11th (Fri), play a few rounds at Labuan International Golf Club, explore the different monuments and memorials at World War II Memorial, and then stroll the grounds of Labuan War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Labuan Island online travel route builder.

You can fly from Semporna to Labuan Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Labuan Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Labuan Island

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites
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Kota Kinabalu

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club and Marlin Statue. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Manukan Island. Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: play a few rounds at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Labuan Island to Kota Kinabalu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. October in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kundasang.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Kundasang

— 2 nights
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kundasang Market, then appreciate the history behind Kundasang War Memorial, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Langanan Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kundasang day trip planner.

Drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kundasang

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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.