The countdown to Visit Malaysia Year 2014 begins. As part of the program to encourage more tourists to Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia has carry out a series of promotions and events to attract more crowd. Being a state of Malaysia, Sabah will play a big role in attracting tourists to Malaysia. ILoveSabah will be doing our best to provide more information and guides to visit Sabah to support the government effort. Some of you may not been to Sabah and wonder why should you visit Sabah. Let us give you some ideas on what to expect when you visit Sabah, The Land Below The Wind.
1) Experience Sabah Culture
Sabah is culturally diverse. We have 32 indigenous groups in Sabah. The biggest group being Kadazandusun, followed by Bajau and Murut each with their own language and traditional dance. You can expect a colorful and vibrant culture extravaganza during your stay in Sabah. There are major cultural events all year round, from the famous Sabah Fest and Harvest Festival on May, to Tamu Besar at the end of October. Do plan your travel period if you are into Sabah culture. Book a local home stay to experience life with the locals.
2) Island, Island and lots of Islands
When thinking of Sabah everyone will think of Sipadan Island which boast one of the best diving sites in the world. But what most people didn’t know is that there are many islands around Sabah which are perfect for diving and snorkeling with beautiful corals and natural beaches. For the less adventurous, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park which consists of 5 islands (Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Sulug Island and Mamutik Island) is just 10 minutes boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu city. To experience and watch turtle hatching, visit Turtle Island Park which is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles. Off the coast of Semporna, there are Tun Sakaran Marine park and Mabul Island which offer pristine sea water and rich marine life.
3) Eco Tourism
Sabah has the oldest rainforest in the world. The Government of Sabah has established a wide range of wildlife-based eco-tourism opportunities within protected areas. Sabah is home to seven protected parks: Kinabalu Park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Tiga Park, Turtle Islands Park, Crocker Range Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Tawau Hills Park. The east coast city of Sandakan has been dubbed Sabah’s nature city because of its nature-oriented attractions such as the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Rainforest Discovery Center, Gomantong Cave, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Maliau Basin and Danum Conservation Areas. Tourist can discover wild lives at Sukau, gateway to Kinabatangan River.
4) Experience Sabah Food
Sabah offers a wide range of food, from international delights (pasta, sushi) to locals’ favourite fare (pork noodle, beef noodle, bak kut teh, nasi lemak, roti canai and satay). If you are a seafood lover, then you will be in love with this place as Sabah has some of the freshest seafood at very affordable pricing.