16 days in Sabah Itinerary

16 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 4 nights
— 1 day
— 2 nights
Drive to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Fly to Manchester


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. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Kota Kinabalu. In October, Kota Kinabalu is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sandakan.
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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 much more to do: stroll through Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), explore the fascinating underground world of Gomantong Cave Sandakan, hit the best photo ops around with Kinabatangan River, and head outdoors with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sandakan trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Sandakan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Semporna.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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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. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), enjoy the sand and surf at Tun Sakaran Marine Park, and head off the coast to Mataking Island.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Semporna road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandakan to Semporna. In October, daytime highs in Semporna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kudat.
Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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), take a stroll through Kampung Gong Matunggong and then don't miss a visit to Tip of Borneo.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kudat trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Semporna to Kudat takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Langanan Waterfall, pause for some photo ops at Kundasang War Memorial, then relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm, and finally don't miss a visit to Kundasang Market.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kundasang trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kudat to Kundasang in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.