Sabah is blessed with so much islands, white sandy beaches, rainforest, rivers, wildlife and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Even though, many visitors come to Borneo predominantly for the wildlife and rainforest experience, but those who actually decide to visit the Sabah islands will discover a confounding beauty of paradise beaches, turquoise waters and incredible marine life.
Islands and Beaches in Sarawak and at Peninsular Malaysia
Further Higlights in Sabah
Sabah is blessed with so much islands, white sandy beaches, rainforest, rivers, wildlife and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Even though, many visitors come to Borneo predominantly for the wildlife and rainforest experience, but those who actually decide to visit the Sabah islands will discover a confounding beauty of paradise beaches, turquoise waters and incredible marine life. According to some journals, the tropical islands on the coast of Sabah compete with the best destination in the world and it is popularly referred to as the ‘Maldives of Asia’. Over the years, many tourists across the globe flock over to this part of beautiful Borneo, for a dream tropical island getaway. From powdery white sandy beaches, magnificent wrecks, abundance of marine life, turtle sanctuary to colourful coral reefs, there are many picturesque Sabah islands to soak in. Whether you are looking for a decadent resort, relaxing family vacation or a sea diving adventure, Sabah islands had it all.
In fact, Sabah has the largest number of islands in Malaysia. And the archipelago that contains Sipadan island, Lankayan Island and Mataking Island is known to be one of the top three diving destinations in the world. Due to its dazzling array of amazing tropical fish, turtles, sharks,, giant clams, kaleidoscopic of stunning coral reefs, macro marine life and the legendary 600 metres ‘Drop Off’ wall near Sipadan island, makes it a must visit islands for the diving enthusiast. And it was Jacques Cousteau in 1989 who said of Sipadan “ I have seen other places like Sipadan 45 years ago. Now, we have found again an untouched piece of art”.
Meanwhile, Sipadan-Kapalai is an exclusive diving resort that one cannot miss, built on stilts over the sandbanks, in the heart of the brilliant blue of Celebes sea. Perfect for divers and snorkelers, Sipadan-Kapalai offers direct access to the waters beneath you which sparkle with sea life. On the other hand, Selingan Turtle Island is a significant nesting ground for the endangered species of green turtles and hawksbill turtles. Thanks to the pro active approach towards the conservation., the numbers of these turtles are remarkably high and you can see many turtles even in the shallow waters. However, if you are looking to be a certified diver, experience world class diving in the famous Pom Pom island. Moreover, all of the best dive sites can be reach within 20 minutes from the island. Or pamper yourself in a tranquility haven, an award-winning Spa Village by YTL Hotels in Gaya island. An absolute luxurious retreat where centuries old indigenous botanical secret combine with the charm of Bornean hospitality, will leave you feeling like a Goddess. And perhaps after Danum Valley or Kinabatangan wildlife safari, you can go to the PADI certified Bike and Tours Dive Resort in Lahad Datu to explore the one and only majestic blue hole in Malaysia.
As you can see, Sabah islands truly possesses an enviable geographic location which lies in the heart of the richest marine ecosystem in the world. Each of these islands is unique in character and magnificent in its own way. Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world has to offer. But, there isn’t just one Sabah island, so which island holds your perfect tropical holiday?