43 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu
— 15 nights
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Kudat
— 2 nights
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Kota Belud
— 2 nights
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Kundasang
— 4 nights
Drive
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Keningau
— 1 night
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Labuan Island
— 5 nights
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Semporna
— 3 nights
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Lahad Datu
— 2 nights
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Sandakan
— 7 nights
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Kota Kinabalu — 15 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kota Kinabalu: Tuaran (Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club & Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La). Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Manukan Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Aru Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Kota Kinabalu. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Kota Kinabalu at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kudat.
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Kudat — 2 nights

Close to the northernmost part of Borneo, Kudat has proved popular among tourists for its range of things to do and see, as well as its leafy landscapes and white sandy beaches.
On the 19th (Tue), experience rural life at Borneo Honeybee Centre and then make a trip to Tip of Borneo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Kampung Gong Matunggong and then relax in the rural setting at Gombizau Honey Bee Farm.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kudat road trip tool.

You can drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kota Belud.
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Kota Belud — 2 nights

Kota Belud is a town in West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia. On the 21st (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Bukit Bongol and then see some colorful creatures with Bigfin Divers. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Eko Pelancongan Kg Melangkap Tiong and then examine the collection at Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kota Belud trip planner.

You can drive from Kudat to Kota Belud in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Kundasang.
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Kundasang — 4 nights

Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kundasang: Poring (Adenna Rafflesia Garden & Langanan Waterfall). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, experience rural life at Desa Dairy Farm, explore the striking landscape of Kinabalu Park, and appreciate the history behind Kundasang War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kundasang vacation app.

Traveling by car from Kota Belud to Kundasang takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Keningau.
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Keningau — 1 night

Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. On the 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Keningau Oath Stone and then get a dose of the wild on Orou Sapulot.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Keningau trip maker site.

Drive from Kundasang to Keningau in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Labuan Island.
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Labuan Island — 5 nights

Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
Labuan Island is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tee off at Labuan International Golf Club, explore the different monuments and memorials at Labuan War Cemetery, head off the coast to Pulau Rusukan Besar, and pause for some photo ops at Surrender Point.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Labuan Island day trip planner.

You can drive from Keningau to Labuan Island in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Labuan Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Semporna.
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Semporna — 3 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.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), and step off the mainland to explore Bohey Dulang Island.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Semporna trip planner.

Fly from Labuan Island to Semporna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Semporna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lahad Datu.
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Lahad Datu — 2 nights

Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Tower of Heaven and then take a peaceful walk through Sungai Kapur. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahad Datu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Semporna to Lahad Datu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Lahad Datu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sandakan.
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Sandakan — 7 nights

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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park, learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), and Head underground at Gomantong Cave Sandakan.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sandakan day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lahad Datu to Sandakan. In August in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off 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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