5 days in Sabah Itinerary

5 days in Sabah Itinerary

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

2
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaya Street Sunday Market and Kadaiku. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Tanjung Aru Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu day trip website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Kota Kinabalu. November in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), look for all kinds of wild species at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), and then get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandakan route builder website.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Memorial Park

1
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.
On the 8th (Fri), head off the coast to Tun Sakaran Marine Park and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Semporna attractions website.

You can fly from Sandakan to Semporna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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 Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tun Sakaran Marine Park ©
Tun Sakaran Marine Park

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