Last updated on 3rd November 2013
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Places of Interest
The interesting places in Tawau are all about getting closer to Mother Nature....
"A land where nature is at her best and richest: where plants and animals, forests and oceans, and every living thing, seem yet inspired to a feverish desire for growth and reproduction, as though they were still in the dawn of creation....."Nature has the power to awe and to inspire. Hence, it is not surprising that nature is the compelling reason for many people to travel. Being a tropical country, Malaysia supports a diverse natural landscape that ranges from mountaintops to limestone vegetation to swamp forests. Getting up close and personal with Mother Nature is not difficult; all you need is a good pair of walking shoes, a sense of adventure and a keen eye for wildlife spotting.
Tawau has several untapped tourism potential - her potential in becoming the next eco-tourism destination in Malaysia. In this region of Sabah is the tallest tropical tree in the world at 88.34 meters, waterfalls, hot springs, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, rare dragonflies and many unnamed spiders and insects.
A Wildlife Conservation Centre is planned in Merotai that provide sanctuary to pygmy elephants whose habitats are being eroded due to timber felling and oil palm planting in Tawau.
This most beautiful island in the Celebes Sea is only 20 minutes speed boat ride from Semporna Town (30 minutes for longboat)
This island has the most beautiful beaches among the islands of Semporna
|Tawau to Teck Guan Cocoa Village||30 minutes|
|Tawau to Teck Guan Cocoa Village to Cocoa Culture Spring||45 minutes|
|Tawau to Junction of Kunak/Semporna/Tawau||1 Hour||45 Km|
|Tawau to Kampung Kadazan||1.25 Hours||72 Km|
|Tawau to Junction of Kunak||1.30 Hours||76 Km|
|Tawau to Kunak sea port||1.5 Hours||83 Km|
|Tawau to Madai Cave||1.5 Hours||89 Km|
|Tawau to Madai Waterfall||1.5 Hours||90 Km|
|Tawau to Lahad Datu||155 Km|
|Tawau to Check Point at Sandakan Junction||275 Km|
|Junction of Kunak/Semporna/Tawau to Madai Waterfall||1 Hour||52 Km|
|Lahad Datu to Sukau Road Junction (to Gomandong Caves) - Northward||1.25 Hours||86 Km|
|Lahad Datu to Madai Water Fall - Southward||1 Hour||64 Km|
|Lahad Datu to Batulung Muzium||1 Hour||67 Km|
|Batulung Muzium to Gomandong Caves||40 minutes||41 Km|
|Sukau Main Road Junction to Gomandong Caves||5 minutes||5 Km|
|Sukau Village to Junction to Gomandong Caves||45 minutes||24 Km|
|Sukau Village to Kinabutan Market||1 Hour||54 Km|
|Sukau Village to Sepilok Orang Utan Center||113 Km|
Junction to Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
10 Km good paved road + 5 Km
dusty gravel road
|Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Platform A to Platform B Dusty gravel road||1 Km|
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5. Kinabatangan, Sabah
Sukau, or the lower Kinabatangan river floodplain, is described as one of the best places in Borneo for wildlife spotting. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you spend at least a night at the rugged lodges within this untamed wilderness. A river cruise in the evening is the best time to look out for wildlife as animals like to hang around water source. Keep your eyes peeled for Pygmy Elephants, Proboscis Monkeys, Estuarine Crocodiles, Orang Utans, Silver Leaf Monkeys and the beautiful Oriental Darter, one of the few
birds that actually dive for its food. Moreover, with eight species of hornbills to be found here, Kinabatangan is the Asian safari.
8. Kinabalu National Park, Sabah
Kinabalu National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to Malaysia's highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. At a stunning height of 4095 m, it is a land of superlatives. For one, the park alone is bigger than Singapore. Secondly, it is a unique botanical sanctuary supporting a rich plethora of flora and fauna ranging from four distinct climate zones; from the lowland dipterocarp to the alpine meadows. The mountain itself is one of the easiest mountains to climb and on a good day, you can even see the Philippines from its summit.
The Danum Valley conservation area has always been an interest for scientists doing research on the ecology system of tropical rainforest. It supports close to 300 species of birds (most of which are endemic to Borneo) and more than 100 species of mammals. While the African safari has its Big Five, Danum Valley is famous for sightings of extremely rare creatures such as Sumatran rhinos, clouded leopards, pygmy elephants, gibbons and if you are really lucky, the sun bear. While you're here, do not miss out on the night drive as it gives you a completely different feel of the rainforest after dark. Keep an eye out for the nocturnal creatures - giant flying squirrel, sambar deer, leopard cats, and civets.
Places of interest in Semporna Town
|Semporna Ocean Centre||Semporna Holiday Resort|
|Tun Sakaran Marine Park|
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Places of interest in Sarawak :
November 29, 2013 08:15:47 PM