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Things to Do in Sabah

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Sabah and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Sabah activities? We have 26 tour ideas.


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Airport Lounges

Kota Kinabalu International Airport Plaza Premium Lounge

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 36.74


While waiting to catch your flight at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, relax at the Plaza Premium Lounge. Head to either the domestic or international departure terminal for a comfortable place to refresh, including showers with amenities to ensure your comfort before boarding your next flight.... Read More

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Beach Trips

Day Trip Manukan and Sapi Island with BBQ Lunch

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 67.00


Escape the hustle of the city and spend a day relaxing on the beaches of Manukan and Sapi on this day tour from Kota Kinabalu. Spend the morning on the island of Manukan, then head over to Sapi for a BBQ lunch on the beach and some stellar snorkeling.

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Bus & Minivan Tours

Kota Kinabalu Half-Day City Tour

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 28.20


Gain a deeper knowledge about why Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as 'Singgahmata' or 'the place where the eye lingers' on this half-day tour. See architectural wonders like the Wisma Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building) and the City Mosque, discover the city's educational facilities at University of Sabah, learn about historical and cultural aspects of this region from the Sabah Museum, and enjoy a panoramic view of the... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


Delve into the culture and traditions of Sabah's tribal inhabitants on a tour of Mari Mari Cultural Village in Kota Kinabalu. Winding your way through the jungle village, get a glimpse of a fascinating sliver of Malaysian history as you watch tribal dances, learn about Borneo's various indigenous groups, participate in cultural demonstrations and discover traces of the island's infamous... Read More

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Day Trips

Sandakan Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center Full-Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 111.99


A visit to the see the orphaned or abandoned Orangutans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center, in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo, will melt the hearts of the hardiest traveler. Watch as these cute Orangutans are taught the survival skills, by the dedicated team at Sepilok,... Read More

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Day Trips

Kinabalu Park Canopy Walkway and Poring Hot Springs Full-Day Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 84.40


Trek across Kinabalu Park for a magnificent view of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Kinabalu. With an area covering 754 square kilometers, Kinabalu Park will give you a diverse view of all its exotic plants, birds and insects - with new species found every year - all seen from a walk... Read More

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Day Trips

Klias Wetland’s River Safari Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 103.88


A chance to sight the endemic monkey to Borneo, Proboscis Monkey that inhabit the unique riverine environment. Be amazed and mesmerized by the fireflies that light up the night sky along the river on a fine night. Embark on a river cruise and enjoy a village style dinner taking in the... Read More

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Full-day Tours

Kudat Peninsula Day Trip to Tip of Borneo from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 111.25


Drive to the northernmost tip of Borneo on this full-day coach tour with a knowledgeable guide. Stop to observe local life in the small town of Kota Belud and learn about the lifestyle of the Bajau people before a visit to a Rungus longhouse in Kampung Gombizau, where you'll enjoy a traditional... Read More

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Hiking & Camping

Private Tour: Gaya Island Hike and Zipline Adventure from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 62.50


Go hiking and ziplining through Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park on this private eco-adventure from Kota Kinabalu. Boat to Pulau Gaya (Gaya Island) and trek through a pristine tropical rainforest on a guided hike. Then soar at high speeds on a zipline over the jungle and across a small inlet to... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

2-Day Small-Group Tour: Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Springs from Sabah

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Priced From: USD 530.66


Discover the rich natural environment of Malaysia on this 2-day guided tour of the Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Springs from Sabah. Walk among the park's wildlife and plant life on a trek along the suspended canopy and enjoy a guided tour of the mountain garden of Mount Kinabalu. Then,... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

3-Day Tour from Sabah: Sandakan Sightseeing and Wildlife Experience in Sepilok and Selingan

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Priced From: USD 649.34


Get up close to Malaysia's nature and wildlife on this 3-day tour to Sandakan from Sabah. At two animal conversation facilities, you have the opportunity to watch turtles lay eggs on the beach and see orangutans being fed in the rainforest. Enjoy scenic boat trips, including a Kinabatangan River... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

2-Day Small-Group Tour: Sandakan City and Wildlife Experience from Sabah

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Priced From: USD 515.99


Take a 2-day small-group tour that combines a discovery of Sandakan's history and heritage with fascinating excursions to two animal conservation facilities. From Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, visit Selingan Turtle Island to learn about its animal protection services. On the beach at night, witness a... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Tambunan Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu: Rafflesia Flower and Rainforest Trek

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 93.33


Venture from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan for a scenic outdoor adventure, starting with a guided nature trek through a lush rainforest for up-close views of rafflesia flowers – the largest in the world! Head to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch.

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Nature & Wildlife

PADI Scuba Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hrs
Priced From: USD 102.50


Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP), located off the coast of Sabah, is an ideal place for beginning scuba divers to learn the basics and explore ocean waters with a PADI-certified instructor. Enjoy a practice session from the beach in the morning and take a second dive from a speedboat in the... Read More

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Night Tours

Kota Kinabalu by Night with dinner

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 66.56


Feel the dynamic heartbeat of Kota Kinabalu at night as you explore its colorful night market, enjoy its panoramic night skyline from above and dine on traditional Malaysian cuisine. Follow your expert and knowledgeable guide as you peruse the vibrant stalls of a night market, take postcard-worthy photographs of the city skyline on top of Signal Hill's observation deck and enjoy a lively cultural performance of traditional... Read More

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Overnight Tours

2-Day Pulau Tiga Island Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 332.00


Pulau Tiga might be best known as the first filming location for 'Survivor,' but there's more to the island than what meets the reality TV viewer's eye. See for yourself on a 2-day tour of the forest-clad isle, where you'll ride a boat to your resort, experience a therapeutic volcanic mud bath on a nature walk, and take a day trip to neighboring Snake Island for optional activities. Meals, lodging and round-trip hotel... Read More

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Rail Tours

North Borneo Railway Train Ride from Kota Kinabalu to Papar

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 171.98


Board the North Borneo Railway to discover the lush landscape of the coastal and rural regions of Sabah. Experience the nostalgic romance of an old steam train and relive the memories of a bygone era. Pass through villages, coastal towns, paddy fields, rainforests, and rubber and coffee plantations... Read More

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Scuba Diving

2-Tank Dive in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hrs
Priced From: USD 102.50


Dive into the tropical paradise of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP) and explore some of the finest dive spots off the coast of Sabah on this 6-hour dive trip for certified divers from Kota Kinabalu. Travel by speedboat to Pulau Manukan, one of five isles that make up this stunning marine park. Enjoy two dive sites in open water to spot marine life such as sea turtles, barracudas, stingrays, moray eels and more. There's... Read More

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Snorkeling

Full-Day Snorkeling Adventure from Kota Kinabalu

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 80.00


Snorkel the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu and see a host of colorful reef fish and coral gardens. Chill out on sandy beaches, and relax over a full a la carte lunch at an island caf.

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Tours around Sabah

House of Skulls - Monsopiad Cultural Village

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 09:30)
Priced From: USD 88.65


Take a look at the human skulls the villagers collected over a span of 300 years. Learn about the way of life of the Kadazan people - including their dances and past time activities.

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Tours around Sabah

House of Skulls - Monsopiad Cultural Village Private Tour

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 09:30)
Priced From: USD 139.24


Take a look at the human skulls the villagers collected over a span of 300 years. Learn about the way of life of the Kadazan people - including their dances and past time activities.

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White Water Rafting

Kiulu River White Water Rafting Tour from Kota Kinabalu including Lunch

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 114.28


Experience Kota Kinabalu's electrifying environment with this white water rafting tour. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a newcomer to the sport, your 1- to 1.5-hour rafting tour along Kiulu River is sure to quench your thirst for adventure. Enjoy opportunities for body rafting down the... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Kota Kinabalu Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 15.58


Save time and money and book your transfer services for Kota Kinabalu before you arrive! Upon landing in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will be met by a friendly and professional driver and transferred to your hotel. This is the ideal way to start your holiday or business... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Kota Kinabalu Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 15.58


Need a ride to Kota Kinabalu International Airport’ Plan your trip ahead of time, and book and pay for your airport transfer right here. Don't pay high cab fares or carry your luggage onto public transport - arrive at the airport on time, relaxed and with money in your pocket!

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Hotel

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 19.47


Travel comfortably from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to your Kota Kinabalu, Rasa Ria or Nexus area hotel by pre-booking this private arrival transfer. Once you land in Kota Kinabalu, your friendly and professional driver will meet you and take you directly to your hotel on board an... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 19.47


Ensure that you don't miss your flight by pre-booking this private transfer from your Kota Kinabalu, Rasa Ria or Nexus area hotel to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. When you're ready to leave the city, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to the airport on... Read More

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