Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary Vast, riverine floodplain in the northeast. Good chances to see proboscis monkeys, leaf monkeys, crab eating macaques, mud-skipper “walking” fish and estuarine crocodiles. With some luck and during the right seasons visitors can spot Asian elephants, Borneon gibbons, otters, monitor lizards and deer. Rare sightings of orangutans, Malayan sun bears, clouded leopard and smaller wild cats. Bird watching is spectacular. Hornbills, including the rare wrinkled and helmeted varieties, endangered Sunda ground cuckoos, as well as kingfishers, Brahminy kites, Raffles Malkohas, and red-crowned barbets.
Danum Valley Conservation Area and protected forest region in the southeast. Supports impressive animal life including 124 species of mammals, such as Asian elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, wild cattle, sun bears and clouded leopards. Excellent bird watching including all hornbill species in Borneo!
Pulau Layang-Layang Coral-reef island 300 kilometres northwest of Kota Kinabalu. Excellent opportunities for viewing big fish like Napoleon wrasse, manta-ray, giant humphead wrasse, hawksbill turtles, and white tipped and hammerhead sharks.
Pulau Tiga Park Marine national park comprising three islands off the west coast of Sabah. Most famous for its megapode birds on the main island, and for “Snake Island” with its large (over 800) population of sea snakes (yellow-lipped-sea-kraits).
Klias Wetlands An area of mangrove forest reserves with wildlife such as proboscis Monkeys, gibbons, crocodiles, water birds and a superb display of glowing fire flies at night. Watch also bats rule the skies at dawn as they swarm out to look for food.
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary World-famed facility in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve outside Sandakan. Rehabilitates orangutans confiscated from captivity or displaced by forest clearance.
Sipadan and the Semporna Islands marine and islands’ park in the southeast. Excellent opportunities to see a wide range of fishes.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Marine and islands’ park off the shores of Kota Kinabalu City. Marine wildlife sightings include whale sharks. Very popular week-end destination for locals.
Turtle Island Marine Park A group of three islands off the northeast coast. Famous for green and hawksbill turtles, and observing hatchery procedures.
Ulu Padas and Long Pasia Mountainous region of montane and heath forests in the far southeast corner. Great for bird watching. Not well known for wildlife, but leopard cats have been sighted.