Forming the northern part of the large island of Borneo, the Malaysian outposts of Sabah and Sarawak or Malaysian Borneo offer pristine jungles, some of the world’s best diving and the lofty mountain of Gunung Kinabalu. Below are the top 4 adventure activities that one can undertake in Malaysian Borneo.
Trekking around Mount Kinabalu Home to one of the greatest concentrations of plant species in the world, Gunung Kinabalu at 4,093 metres is South East Asia’s highest peak out of New Guinea. Two well laid paths with steps and rails help climbers ascend and descend the mountain in just two days (taking in a sunrise, too). After trekking, one can soak in the Poring Hot Springs near the headquarters; it also has a tropical garden and a canopy walkway.
Diving at Pulau Sipadan The waters off Semporna (southeastern Sabah) are a haven for scuba diving. The most famous spot is Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia’s only true Oceanic island rising upto 2,000 feet from the sea bed.With turtles galore, giant shoals of swirling barracuda and other wonders, the marine life of Sipadan has been hailed by both the Worldwide Fund for nature and the late Jacques Cousteau as among the best in the world.
Cruise on the Kinabatangan River This cruise, which begins at Sandakan is dominated by mangrove swamps and twisting waterways. The Kinabatangan and its tributaries are famed as the home of the long-nosed, pot-bellied proboscis monkey, but a host of other wildlife can be seen here, including Bornean pygmy elephants, 10 species of primates and eight species of hornbills.
Exploring the Rock Pinnacles at Gunung Mulu Twenty minutes by plane from Miri is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gunung Mulu National Park, an inland expanse of diverse terrain and vegetation with unique cave systems and limestone features, including the spectacular Pinnacles, as well as some of the most magnificent landscapes in the land.
Note: Photos in this post have been used with written consent from Beehive Communications on behalf of Tourism Malaysia.
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