What started off as conservation more than 60 years ago, have now become part and parcel of our tourism offerings.
Situated on the island of Borneo, Sabah is blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. For those who are familiar with Sabah, attractions such as Mount Kinabalu, Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Sipadan, Kinabatangan and the Kinabalu Park are among the well sought attractions.
The Kiulu and Kadamaian river located in the Tamparuli and Kota Belud Districts respectively are known for their grade 1-2 white water rafting actions. Perfect place for those/family who are looking for nature’s rollercoaster experience.
However, Kiulu and Kadamaian are not just rivers. Villages along the river have developed a community program for self-sustainability through community activities revolving around tourism. The community by these rivers formed culture and everyday routine with mother nature into a unique experience for visitors. Immerse yourself in their culture and learn how their culture influence their daily tasks in paddy farming, rubber tapping, traditional basket weaving and crafting beads handicraft apart from acquiring new skills.
In 2019, at the the ASEAN Tourism Ministers’ Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam the Kadamaian Community Based Tourism received the accolade for ASEAN Community Based Tourism Standard 2019-2021. This success has seen the positive improvement of the rural community livelihood and socio-economy.
Danum Valleys still contains primary forest aging 130 million years – older than the Amazon!
What started off as conservation more than 60 years ago, have now become part and parcel of our tourism offerings. Among them are the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and Selingan Turtle Islands. Danum Valleys still contains primary forest aging 130 million years – older than the Amazon! In the recent years, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center was established as well. These are great avenues to showcase conservation efforts.
Kinabalu Park had been designated as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site in the natural site category in December 2000. The declaration was made at the World Heritage Conference in Cairn Australia.
On March 18, 2020, Kinabalu Geopark that covers an area of 4,750sq km consisting of 3 districts namely Ranau, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu was recognized as a National Geopark. On November 25, 2020 the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO has nominated Kinabalu Geopark for recognition as UNESCO Global Geopark to UNESCO.
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Global Geopark concepts embraces bottom-up approach combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities.
The main attraction at the Park is the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains between the Himalayas and New Guinea. Climbers from around the world came to Sabah to scale the mountain where their 2 days 1 night journey starts from Timpohon Gate at the Kinabalu National Park.
Sabah welcomes you to explore our destination as you experience it through your vacation, business event, meetings or whatever form of travel. This is Enchanting Sabah.