The mountain garden is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm everyday. Visitors can visit the garden and roam by themself at anytime during the opening hours, however a conducted guided tour through the garden with Sabah Park's interpretation guide are scheduled at 9.00am, 12.00 and 3.00pm. Kinabalu Park had been designated as Malaysia's first World Heritage Site in the natural site category in December 2000. The declaration was made at the World Heritage Conference in Cairn Australia. Kinabalu had fulfilled two criteria which justified for inscription. Criteria (ix) and (x): The site has a diverse biota and high endemism. The latitudinal and climatic gradient from tropical forest to alpine conditions combine oscillation to prove conditions ideal for the development of new species. The park contains high biodeversity with representatives from more than half the families of all flowering plants. The majority of Borneo's mammals, birds, amphibians and invertebrates (many threatened and vulnerable) occur in the park.
Early morning, transfer to airport to board a plane for Sandakan (via MH2042 ETD0700hrs) to visit the world’s largest Orang Utan Sanctuary. Meet and greet at the airport airport and drive for about half an hour to Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre where orphaned and injured Orang-Utan brought to Sepilok to be rehabilitated to return and fend for themselves back to the wild. Sepilok is a primary lowland forest; a fine showcase of Borneo’s remaining rainforest. Witness the feeding of Orang-Utan from a platform in the forest. Watch the 25 minutes scheduled video documentary show. Proceed to Borneon Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSCC) and witness the effort to provide for the care, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and captive sun bears, as well as address the lack of knowledge and awareness of this little-known bear both in Malaysia and internationally. The Malayan sun bears (Helarctosmalayanus), found only in south-east Asia, and is the world’s smallest bear species.
Stop at local restaurant for lunch and at 2:00 PM proceed for a city tour and explore the various landmarks of Sandakan, which may include the Central Market, the most amazing variety of fresh seafood and agricultural products, Sim-Sim Water Village where houses are all built close to the water surface while observing the fascinating view of the sea, visit PuhJihSyh Buddhist Temple which offers a panoramic view of Sandakan Bay situated on the hilltop of Tanah Merah. After tour, transfer to airport for your evening flight (MH3094 ETD1810hrs) back to Kota Kinabalu.
Meal Included: Lunch
The Rungus people live in longhouses built on stilts, but the shift to modern-day living has meant that the sight of such longhouses are getting more rare. In Kg Bavanggazo near Tinangol in the Kudat district, you can still experience this fascinating communal lifestyle in a puprpose-built longhouse constructed entirely of traditional materials but with added modern comforts like toilets and showers.
This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most tip of Borneo, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. It is located in the Kudat Peninsula, about theree and a half hours ( or 215 kilometres ) drive from Kota Kinabalu City.