17 days in Sabah Itinerary

17 days in Sabah Itinerary

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17 days in Sabah Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Sandakan
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Semporna
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Labuan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
4
Kota Kinabalu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kundasang
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Sandakan

Sandakan ©
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.
Visiting Danum Valley Conservation Area and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure and Borneo Dispensary. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Sandakan Memorial Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Sandakan road trip planning website .

London, UK to Sandakan is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Malaysia Time is 8 hours. Traveling from London in October, expect Sandakan to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Danum Valley Conservation Area
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3
nights
Semporna

Semporna ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bohey Dulang Island and Mataking Island. Step out of the city life by going to Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: make a trip to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Semporna trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sandakan to Semporna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Semporna

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mataking Island
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Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Labuan Island

Labuan Island ©
Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): play a few rounds at Labuan International Golf Club, then explore the different monuments and memorials at World War II Memorial, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Labuan War Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Labuan Island online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Semporna to Labuan Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; 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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Labuan International Golf Club ©
Labuan International Golf Club
Labuan War Cemetery ©
Labuan War Cemetery

4
nights
Kota Kinabalu

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. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club, step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu route planner.

Fly from Labuan Island to Kota Kinabalu in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kota Kinabalu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kundasang.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club
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Climbing Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Manukan Island ©
Manukan Island

2
nights
Kundasang

Kundasang ©
Kundasang is a town in the district of Ranau in Sabah, Malaysia that lies along the bank of Kundasang Valley. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kundasang Market, pause for some photo ops at 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 take in the awesome beauty at Kinabalu Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kundasang online road trip planner .

You can 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

Sabah, Langanan Waterfall
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Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu
Kinabalu Park ©
Kinabalu Park
Langanan Waterfall ©
Langanan Waterfall

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