Get a taste of Sabah Borneo’s richness even if you’re tight with time. Choose from a selection of exciting Day Tours that suits your interest- Sabah has it all! From trekking in a lush jungle island, exploring the busy cityscapes of Kota Kinabalu, discovering unique Bornean cultures, or roughing it out in the countryside- It will be a day well-spent. Check out the exciting list of day tours to take on!

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1. KOTA KINABALU HIGHLIGHTS

Kota Kinabalu, or more fondly known as KK, is a thriving modern city with a laid-back air. Take on a journey of discovery around Kota Kinabalu for a day that’s packed with unique history and culture. Head over to the “floating” City Mosque and the Puh Toh Tze Buddhist temple to admire their unique architecture. Catch a bird’s eye view of the KK city below from the Signal Hill Observatory Tower and get to know the history behind Australia Place and the Atkinson Clock Tower.

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2. NIGHT MARKET

Before settling into the exciting atmosphere of the night market, head over to the Signal Hill Observatory Tower to feast your eyes on Kota Kinabalu City at dusk. Thereafter, get a different perspective as you experience the happenings of the night market with an array of local spices, fresh produce and colourful trinkets on display. The sound, sights and smell will surely awaken your senses.

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3. KIULU COUNTRYSIDE 

Take a day trip to learn about the people of Kiulu and their culture as you immerse yourself in their way of life and traditions like planting paddy and rubber tapping. Let all your tension and worries melt away as you soak in Kiulu’s modest beauty on a village walk passing paddy fields, charming farms, revitalizing forests and rolling emerald mountains. It’s an enlightening day trip that would leave you coming back for more. It’s a trip suitable for the whole family.

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4. MARI-MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE

Mari-Mari Cultural Village is your one-stop destination to discover Sabah Borneo’s major ethnic tribes and immerse yourself in their culture. These tribes include the Kadazan Dusun, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh and Bajau. Explore their traditional homes and taste local delicacies. You will be guided to little huts where you get to see the demonstration of traditional villagers going about their daily life.

5. CORAL ISLAND

Have yourself some fun in the sun on an offshore coral island not far from Kota Kinabalu City. Enjoy a little piece of heaven as you take a peaceful stroll along the sandy beaches, go swimming with the colourful fishes where unique coral reefs lie, or maybe just lie on the beach to work on your tan.

6. GAYA ISLAND RAINFOREST WALK

Located just 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabaly city, you can take time out to relax by spending a day at Gaya Island. Immerse yourself in nature as you go on a nature trek to explore the jungle trails of the island before digging into a packed lunch by the beach. Enjoy some snorkelling before returning to the city.

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7. QUAD BIKING IN KIULU

A guided scenic adventure like no other. Experience the beautiful countryside in an exciting way as you ride a quad bike through Kiulu! Enjoy the scenic drive up and down rolling hills, traversing rivers and quaint villages with some of the best paddy field landscapes in Borneo. Listen to stories by your guide about Kiulu and its people as you make a stop along the way.

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8. SANDAKAN HERITAGE

Sandakan City is a melting pot of history, culture and nature. Witness the remnants of its past stories as your guide brings it to life in present time. Explore places like the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist temple, St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, the Agnes Keith House, Sim Sim Water Village and the Sandakan War Memorial Park, which was built to remember those who served in the WWII.

9. KINABALU PARK BOTANIQUE

Take a day trip to explore Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site and learn about the variety of flora found there including the flowering rhododendrons, pitcher plants, orchids, ferns, montane trees and the array of montane avifauna.
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10. CROCKER RANGE RAFFLESIA & MAHUA WATERFALL

Explore the few simple wonders of Crocker Range. Seek out for the buds and bloom of the parasitic flower as you trek along the trails. Thereafter, head to Mahua Waterfall where you are welcome to take a dip in the refreshing cool waters, or further explore deeper into the nearby forest reserve in search of some birdlife.

11. KINABALU PARK & PORING HOT SPRINGS

An exciting day trip that covers hot spots Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site and the Poring Hot Springs. Explore Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site and the Poring Hot Springs. You won’t have time to be bored as you explore the Kinabalu mountain gardens, learning about the fascinating plants all around you and experience Poring hot springs with either a dip at a Hot Springs bath or explore the treetop canopy.

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12. PADAS WHITEWATER SPECTACULAR

Pump up your adrenaline with an adventure through the rapids of Padas River. Experience the heart-stopping thrill of rafting through bumps and whirlpools, each with its own unique name. Water Grade for Padas River is 3 – 4, 5 being the highest.
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13. KIULU RIVER RAFTING

Kiulu River Rafting is an adventure suitable for the whole family! Enjoy scenic views of the peaceful countryside as you raft your way down the rapids of Kiulu River. Water Grade is 1 – 2 out of 5 being the highest.

14. TUARAN DAY RIDE

A cycling tour in Tamparuli, just 45 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. The day ride takes you through the heartland of the Dusun people; quaint riverside villages, jungle plantations and onto the coastal plains. End the tour with a scrumptious traditional lunch.

15. PANDAN-PANDAN SNORKELLING

Thinking of a relaxing day at the beach? Then explore the underwater world of Usukan Bay at Kota Belud for some fun under the sun! This fairly undiscovered jewel with its enchanting coral reefs is an ideal place for you to beat the blues and unwind.

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16. BORNEO PRIMATES

A day tour featuring the best primate viewings in Sandakan. Start the day at Labuk Bay reservation area where indigenous primate life is particularly rich including the iconic Proboscis Monkey and also on occasion the Silver Leaf Langur. We’ll then proceed to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre to learn about the plight of the Orang Utan and efforts to save and rehabilitate them as well as added tour to Bornean Sun Bear Centre.

17. ORANG UTAN & SUN BEAR ENCOUNTER  

Our very own no-frills wildlife tour perfect for those on a daytrip to Sandakan or those who have very little time to spare. Experience two of Borneo’s exotic wildlife, the Orang-Utan at Sepilok Rehabilitation Center and the Borneo Sunbear at the Sepilok Borneon Sunbear centre. A half day tour led by our highly experienced wildlife guides who will share their wealth of knowledge on two of Borneo’s critically endangered species.

18. SEPILOK WILDLIFE AND SANDAKAN  

Explore the best of Sandakan in one day starting with the Orangutans and Sun Bears at Sepilok Orangutan and Bornean Sun Bear Centre. Delve into some history at the Sandakan War Memorial Park and immerse yourself in nature at the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

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