Signature Sabah attractions for your 2022 bucket list
Published on: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
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Signature Sabah attractions for your 2022 bucket list
Bohey Dulang, Semporna.
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah’s signature attractions should be on every tourist’s bucket list in 2022, as they are a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Signature attractions includes Kinabalu Park, home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (elevation of 13,435 feet/4,095 m) – the park is also Malaysia’s first Unesco World Heritage Site. 

In addition, tourists will also get to observe Sabah’s wildlife in their natural habitat in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. On a river cruise along the mighty Kinabatangan river, tourists will have a chance of spotting Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Borneo Pygmy Elephants and all eight hornbill species that can be found in Borneo. 

Maliau Basin, Tawau.

Nature explorers should also visit the Maliau Basin, also dubbed as Sabah’s Lost World, as it is an excellent site for jungle trekking and bird watching. It contains an unusual assemblage of 12 forest types. The highlight of the adventure is to trek the majestic seven tiers of Maliau Falls.

One must also visit Maliau Basin in Tongod - considered as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems and classified as Class One (Protection) Forest Reserve under the Sabah Forestry Enactment 1968, Danum Valley Conservation Area serves as a natural home for the unimaginable number of plants and wildlife species including the Sunda Clouded Leopard. Being remotely located from human habitation makes this place a naturalists’ paradise. 

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, situated within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, have successfully saved and rehabilitated orphaned orangutan babies back into the wild.  Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. 

The centre allows visitors to learn about the rehabilitation process and observe the orangutans at a safe distance.

For the divers, the jewel shaped island Sipadan, located offshore Semporna has been cited as one of the top dive sites in the world. It has been highly sought after by divers for its array of possible sightings and how its natural treasures still remain untouched after many years.

Also located in Semporna is Bohey Dulang which was formed from remnants of volcanic activity. It is the second-largest island amongst the Tun Sakaran Marine Park Islands. This island should also be included in a hiker’s bucket list as reaching the peak rewards you with an uninterrupted panoramic view of the island.

Besides Sabah’s Signature Attractions, the State is also proud to present its Community-based tourism (CBT). It is an initiative to promote sustainability and improve the livelihood of the community in an area, emphasising on the development and involvement of the community in developing and managing their own tourism destination and products.


The CBT programmes have received two international recognitions. 

The first was in 2019 when Kadamaian received the Asean Community Based Tourism Standard 2019-2021, at the Asean Tourism Ministers ’Conference 2019 international event in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Borneo Pygmy Elephants

The recent one was in December 2021 when Kampung Batu Puteh, a Community Based Tourism by Batu Puteh Community Tourism Co-operative (KOPEL) in Kinabatangan has been recognised as the Best Tourism Villages by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Not only is Sabah rich in nature, this Malaysian state of Borneo is culturally diverse.  An estimate of 42 ethnic groups with over 200 sub-ethnic groups with the number of languages and dialects going over eighty, all these different groups live together and form a homogenous community, where they are still retaining their own culture, custom, tradition, art, and festivals.


For more information on Sabah’s Signature Attractions, Community-based Tourism or ideas on what to include in your Best of Enchanting Sabah, Create Your 2022 Bucket List, check out sabahtourism.com.

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