9 days in Sabah Itinerary

9 days in Sabah Itinerary

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9 days in Sabah Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  29​h
1
Sandakan
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Semporna
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Labuan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
4
Kota Kinabalu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kundasang
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Lisbon

1
day
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.
On the 8th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Lankayan island, get outside with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, then don't miss a visit to The Parish of St Michael and All Angels, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sandakan day trip tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Sandakan is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Sandakan reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Sandakan

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Lankayan island ©
Lankayan island
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

1
night
Semporna

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 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), then head off the coast to Tun Sakaran Marine Park, and then head off the coast to Bohey Dulang Island.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Semporna trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sandakan to Semporna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Semporna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island

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night
Labuan Island

Labuan Island ©
Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
On the 10th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Surrender Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Layang-layang Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Chimney, then explore the different monuments and memorials at World War II Memorial, and finally stroll the grounds of Labuan War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Labuan Island trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Semporna to Labuan Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Labuan Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Labuan Island

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites
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Labuan War Cemetery ©
Labuan War Cemetery
Layang-layang Beach ©
Layang-layang Beach
Surrender Point ©
Surrender Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Marlin Statue, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then browse the different shops at Imago Shopping Mall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Aru Perdana Park. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, cruise along Kokol Hill, and then tee off at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Labuan Island to Kota Kinabalu in an hour. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kundasang.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Golf Adventure

Side Trip

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club ©
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club ©
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

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night
Kundasang

Kundasang ©
Kundasang is a town in the district of Ranau in Sabah, Malaysia that lies along the bank of Kundasang Valley. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sosodikon Hill, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, then appreciate the history behind Kundasang War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Kundasang Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kundasang route app .

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kundasang

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Kinabalu
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Sosodikon Hill ©
Sosodikon Hill
Kundasang War Memorial ©
Kundasang War Memorial
Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu

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