Situated at the northern part of Borneo, Sabah is nuzzled by the South China Sea on its west, Sulu and Celebes seas on the east, it seems like it is almost unfairly blessed with all that nature has to offer.
Rainforests sheltering dozens of animals and plants species, caves bearing years of ancient history and beaches calling out to all those in the mainland, Sabah is known as “The Land Below Wind”, because it’s located just south of the typhoon-prone region, making it free from typhoons.
On top of all that, it is also often said that the reason that makes visiting Sabah so special is its 32 different indigenous groups that consist of over 30 ethnic races.
In line with Merdeka month, it is essential that we give credit to the second largest state in Malaysia. So here’s six reasons to why we love Sabah, our land below the wind.
The biggest reason to visit Sabah would definitely be to experience the vast diversity of landscape and environments it has to offer. More than 8,000 species of flowering plants, 600 types of birds and more than 200 different mammals, tourists can experience the ecological wonderland that is Sabah on top of its 400 islands.
2) Ethnic diversity
Sabah is home to over 42 different ethnic groups and over 200 sub-ethnic groups. Each of them have their own unique culture and traditions to what makes Sabah, Sabah.
3) Diving spots
Some of the best scenes in Sabah are not on land but are underwater instead. The small island of Sipadan features the world’s best diving spots as it hosts live coral and an abundance of marine life that doesn’t fail to attract divers from all over the globe.
4) Mount Kinabalu
A world heritage, Mount Kinabalu holds the title of Malaysia’s tallest peak. At 4,095 metres (13,435 feet). A popular reason to visit for climbers, people often climb to the summit that involves an overnight stay; it is also a sacred site in Kadazandusun traditions.
Sabah remains as one of the last remaining places to see the critically endangered orangutan. Found only in Borneo and nearby Sumatra, these human-like apes share 97% of the same DNA as us humans.
Borneo might be well-known for its rainforests, but the cities along the coasts are spots where seafood lovers can rejoice. The freshest, tastiest, seafood can be found in Sabah as Kota Kinabalu’s night market is a culinary fish heaven for seafood enthusiasts.