5 days in Sabah Itinerary

5 days in Sabah Itinerary

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5 days in Sabah Itinerary

Start: Kota Kinabalu
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Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Sandakan
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Semporna
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Kota Kinabalu

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nights
Kota Kinabalu

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.
Do your shopping at Gaya Street Sunday Market and Kadaiku. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu online route planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Kota Kinabalu. In November, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mount Kinabalu
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Climbing Tours
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque ©
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Spas

1
night
Sandakan

Sandakan
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), identify plant and animal life at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), and then get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Sandakan trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Museums Parks Wildlife
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night
Semporna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tun Sakaran Marine Park and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Semporna online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sandakan to Semporna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Semporna

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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