Culture, Nature and the Island Life,
Where else but in Malaysia’s Sabah…
Sabah is caressed by the South China Sea on its west coast and the Sulu and Celebes seas on its eastern coastline. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital offers top-notched properties such as the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and the Sutera Harbour Resort and Spa. Both resorts offer spectacular views of the South China Sea and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands. The Sutera Harbour Resort offers a full range of recreational facilities, including a golf course, marina and spa.
In the vicinity of the airport, the Tanjung Aru beach is a popular spot to watch beautiful sunsets and relax at the beachside cafes. Tanjung Aru is also the gateway to explore several of Sabah’s delightful attractions. Go on a ride in the North Borneo tourist steam train and take in the scenic countryside.
A treasured marine heritage, the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park are surrounded by extensive coral reefs. Its proximity to Kota Kinabalu makes it a popular playground for water sports enthusiasts, sun-seekers, swimmers, divers and snorkelers. Just a 30-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu is the Nexus Karambunai, a fabulous resort offering six kilometres of soft sandy beach. Indulge in idyllic days of swimming and sauntering by the beach or try out exciting pastimes such as horseriding and archery. For golfers, tee off at the resort’s 18-hole par 72 course designed by Ronald Fream. The Lagoon Park, a recreational centre situated 10 minutes away, abounds with thrills such as jetskiing, kayaking, wake-boarding, mangrove cruises and sunset firefly cruises.
The Shangri-La Rasa Ria, located nearby, is a splendid getaway surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation. An idyllic, white sandy beach stretched over three kilometres awaits swimmers, beachcombers and windsurfers. Guests can delight in kayaking, jet-skiing, banana boat rides and catamaran excursions, or enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Parslow.
For a glimpse of Borneo’s animal kingdom, visit the resort’s nature reserve which houses Orang Utan and deer. For some privacy and seclusion, try the Paka Beach in Tuaran where a six-kilometre shoreline, hugged by coastal vegetation glitters invitingly. The glorious beach offers pristine nature with no intrusions of modernity. Delight in a picnic, and take leisurely strolls along the shore or enjoy hours of swimming.
The beach will also be an excellent retreat for sunbathing as it ensures a quiet environment. En route, visit the Bajaus, famed as ‘Sea Gypsies’, and enjoy a boat ride through the mangroves. To the north of Sabah is Kudat Beach, where visitors can enjoy crystal-clear waters and picturesque scenery while visiting the Rungus tribe who live in longhouses. For the exhilarating feeling of standing on land’s end, visit the Simpang Mengayau Bay, at the tip of Borneo. Located north of Kudat, this stretch of beach is excellent for swimming and to watch the sunrise and sunset.
Pulau Sipadan on the east coast of Sabah is the ultimate diving destination with amazing sights of turtles, reef sharks and a 680-metre deep drop-off. Nearby Mabul attracts keen naturalists and photographers with its wealth of macro life. Discover a thriving new destination that unveils reefs with a breathtaking marine life. Fostered by a high sense of professionalism, a stable government and a harmonious racial mix, Malaysia offers an unforgettable experience to visitors. English is widely spoken here and the friendly service adds to its appeal.
Note: Sabah has a host of captivating islands among which is Pulau Tiga Park, better known as ‘Survivor Island’, featured in the TV reality show ‘Survivor’.
Contact you nearest travel agent for the following Tourism Malaysia offices:
SOUTH AFRICA, Ground Floor, Building 5, Commerce Square, 39 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst.
Tel: +2711 268 0292 / 0295