Sabah - Maps & Guide
Welcome to the map and guide of the cities, towns or places of interest around Sabah in Malaysia. Here you will find virtual tours and guides with 360° panoramas of various destinations linked to various Sabah maps.
Alongside each virtual tour and panorama is a Google map and some local and travel information to help you explore plan and your trip to Sabah and Malaysia. This growing guide of Sabah uses images and information provided by independent travellers, giving you the fuller picture of the various sights, hotels and attractions in Malaysia.
Sabah - Featured Destinations
Sabah - Travel & Information
Known as سابه in Jawa and 沙巴 in Chinese, Sabah (Shābā) state in Malaysia covers the northern portion of the island of Borneo. It shares internal borders with Sarawak state and an international border with East Kalimantan state of Indonesia. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu and the region is also referred to as the 'Land below the Winds', lying just south of the prominent typhoon region.
Sabah is mountinous in the west, and has 3 of the highest peaks in Malaysia, including Mount Kinabalu (4,095m) in the Crocker Range, the highest peak in South East Asia. Other prominent peaks include Mount Trus Madi (2,624m) in the Trus Madi Range and Mount Tambuyukon (2,579m).
Central and eastern Sabah is covered with lower mountains descending to plains as one proceeds east. The Kinabatangan River winds through central Sabah finally entering the Sulu Sea on the east coast. Most people live along the coastal plains.
Sabah - Protected Parks and Reserves
Sabah contains a number of important ecological sites, rich in biodiversity and many of them are protected. Among them are Kinabalu National Park (a World Heritage Site) on Mount Kinabalu, Turtle Islands Park with many protected sea turtles,Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sipadan Park with a rich underwater ecosystem, Pulau Tiga Park, Crocker Range Park and Tawau Hills Park.
The Maliau Basin, Danum Valley, Tabin, Imbak Canyon and Sepilok are also other recognized important biological sites, and popular eco-tourism destinations.
Sabah - Tourism and Attractions
Eco-tourism is an important part of Sabah's economy. People come to visit the various national parks and other nature reserves. There is also rich diving and snorkelling among the reefs and islands. Some popular tourist destinations in Sabah include:
- Kinabalu National Park - located at 4100m on Mount Kinabalu and designated a World Heritage Site.
- Turtle Islands Park - collection of 10 islands about 40 kilometers north of Sandakan with turtle conservation programmes.
- Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - marine park covering 5 islands found 3 to 8 km off Kota Kinabalu
- Sipadan Park - coral reef atop an extinct volcano in the Celebes Sea with a very rich underwater ecosystem
- Pulau Tiga Park - covering 3 island with beautiful beaches and rich sea-life formed by mud-volcano eruptions and 158km² of ocean.
- Crocker Range Park - 1,399 km² of tropical forest in the Crocker Mountain range with many endangered species including the orang-utan and gibbons.
- Tawau Hills Park - 280km² of rainforest and plantations with rugged volcanic landscapes, hot springs and spectacular waterfalls.
- Pulau Gaya - mostly uninhabited with the large, illegal Filipino called 'kampung Lok Urai' on the eastern shores where the people mostly live in stilt houses extending into the sea.
- Layang-Layang Island (Swallow Reef) - mostly a military base island 300 km northwest of Kota Kinabalu, popular for diving on reefs protected from destruction by the strong military presence.