11 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Sandakan
— 1 night
Drive
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Semporna
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
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Pulau Gaya
— 1 night
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Keningau
— 1 night
Drive
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Kota Belud
— 2 nights
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Sandakan — 1 night

Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
On your second day here, stroll around Sandakan Rainforest Park, surround yourself with nature on Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sandakan trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Sandakan is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Malaysia Time is 13 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in August, with highs in Sandakan at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Semporna.
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Semporna — 2 nights

A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Sipadan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Bohey Dulang Island and then step off the mainland to explore Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Semporna day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandakan to Semporna. In August in Semporna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu — 2 nights

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La, then tee off at Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, and then take a memorable drive along Kokol Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Taman Awam Teluk Likas, then head outdoors with Mantanani Paradise, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pulau Gaya.
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Pulau Gaya — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): head outdoors with Coral Flyer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Ecology Research Centre, and then head outdoors with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pulau Gaya day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kota Kinabalu to Pulau Gaya. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Keningau.
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Keningau — 1 night

Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Keningau Oath Stone and then surround yourself with nature on Orou Sapulot.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Keningau sightseeing tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pulau Gaya to Keningau. August in Keningau sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kota Belud.
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Kota Belud — 2 nights

Kota Belud is a town in West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Bukit Bongol and then see some colorful creatures with Bigfin Divers.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kota Belud online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Keningau to Kota Belud takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kota Belud can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sat).
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Sabah travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Land Below the Wind
One of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, Sabah sits as the easternmost state in the country. The state's many natural attractions, nature reserves, and national parks, are home to an overwhelming range of animal and plant life, including the famed proboscis monkey. Off the coast, dive spots beckon many tourists, who come to explore the rich marine environment in protected areas. Historically a very culturally diverse part of the country, the towns and villages offer heritage museums, vibrant architecture, and cuisine that takes inspiration from the wider region.
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