For those who prefer to laze under the sun, go swimming, snorkeling, or simply relax on the beach of a typical tropical island. The outlying island of Kota Kinabalu are awaiting them. There are five islands you can visit; Mamutik, Manukan, Sulug, Sapi and Gaya. They are only about 10-15 minutes away by boat. Their water are clean , they have beatiful beaches and coral, and best of all they are uncrowded.
For the true diving enthusiast, the island of Sipadan, located off the town of Semporna the East Coast of Sabah, is a must and is is considered to be one of the best diving areas in this part of the world. This islands special is that it is the only oceanic island in Malaysia rising 2,000 feet on a limestone pinnacle that " mushrooms" out near the surface.
For those who enjoy a more active holiday or wants to be in cool natural surroundings, then visit the Kinabalu Park. The Park is a paradise for naturalists, botanists, bird watchers, mountaineers and those who simply admire nature. The main attractive of the park is Mt Kinabalu, rising majestically to a height of 4,101 metres above sea level, with its granite massif dominating the surrounding landscape. Those interested in " natural health spas" can visit Poring Hot Spirings where visitors relax in open-air Japanese-style baths.
In Sepilok, about 15 minutes drive from the East Coast town of Sandakan, is the world's largest orang utan sanctuary. Orang utan (" Wild man of Borneo ") which have been abandoned by their mothers, or which were formely in captivity, are rehabilitated until fit enough to be returned to the wild. Watching these charming and entertaining orang utan during feeding time is a sheer delight.