Borneo: Five days in Sabah

C&IT suggests a five-day itinerary in Borneo's Sabah province, where delegates can get up close and personal with nature.

Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Day one

Check in to the Sutera Harbour Resort in the capital Kota Kinabalu, which has 956 rooms across two hotel: The Pacific Sutera Hotel and the Magellan Sutera Resort. For stunning views of the city, take a helicopter tour, with groups of up to 20 at a time, four in each helicopter, taking in sights including Mount Kinabalu.

Early evening, enjoy a Seatango Sunset Cruise - for groups of between 50 and 120, sailing past the Tunku Abdul Rahman Islands. For an alternative option, Sabah Tourism suggests dinner and a cultural welcome performance at Breeze Beach Club at Sutera Harbour Resort, catering for up to 70.


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Day two

Emily Lim, regional sales manager at Amazing Borneo Tours, recommends getting up close and personal with nature with a full day at Kellybays, located within a mangrove forest along the coast of the South China Sea, around 19 miles from Kota Kinabalu. Groups of up to 200 can enjoy a buffet lunch and try a range of activities, including mangrove and crab catching, kayaking, fishing, batik painting and cooking demonstrations.

Day three

Thrill-seekers can opt for a river-rafting adventure on Kiulu River, followed by lunch on the riverbank, while those looking for a more leisurely ride can explore a bygone era with a journey on the North Borneo Railway steam train. For an insight into Borneo's ethnic traditions and culture, take an evening tour followed by dinner at Mari Mari Cultural Village, located in a remote forest setting, which can host groups of up to 200.

Day four

Head to World Heritage Site Kinabalu National Park with a stop en route at Tamparuli, a town with quaint wooden shop houses, and also at Nabalu, which has handicraft and food markets.

At the park, groups can enjoy a dip in sulphur hot springs and a canopy walkway, and stay at one of several mountain resorts, including Kinabalu Pine Resort - with conference facilities for up to 150 - and Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa. For groups wishing to be nearer the capital, Sabah Tourism suggests a spa experience and overnight stay at Gaya Island Resort, 15 minutes by speedboat from Kota Kinabalu, with dinner at its rooftop Fisherman's Cove restaurant.

Day five

Groups at Kinabalu National Park return to the capital, with time for some shopping in the afternoon at local handicraft markets, while those in the city can enjoy a walking tour of the key sights.

DIRECTORY
Sabah Tourism Board
CONTACT: Gordon Yapp
TEL: +60 88 21 21 21
EMAIL: info@sabahtourism.com

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