Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo
Sabah, one of Malaysia’s thirteen states, as long been an exciting holiday destination for lovers of nature, culture, diving and adventure. Known as the “Land Below the Wind”, this lush corner of Borneo lies outside of the typhoon belt free from major climatic disturbances. Sabah almost seems unfairly blessed in terms of natural beauty, not to mention a stable society and rapidly developing economy.
For visiting Superyachts there is much to explore, from tropical islands, including coral atolls and oceanic islands, to giant rivers winding through dense tropical jungle and 4000m high mountains, all with an abundance of nature & wildlife surrounding. In fact, if you are looking for the “next cruising destination”, look no further!
The world’s third largest island conjures up images of lush tropical rain-forests, exotic and rare wildlife and the infamous headhunters of days gone by. While there is no possibility of losing one’s head anymore, a journey to Borneo is an exquisite glimpse into a land of rich diversity. Visitors can combine the delights of crystal clear waters, tropical islands and mainland coastal bays, with extraordinarily diverse mainland beauty – the highest mountain in South East Asia, Mt. Kinabalu, virgin rainforest conservation areas, waters, canyons, exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, and a myriad of adventure, cultural and eco-tourism activities to truly experience this tropical paradise.
Three countries are represented on the island of Borneo, Indonesia to the south, Brunei in the middle and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah to the north. While each country has its own charms, it is recommended that the most hassle-free itinerary for a journey to Borneo focus on Sabah.
Sabah, know as the Land Below the Wind, for its positioning outside of the typhoon belt, is located on the northern tip of the island of Borneo. During the colonial era, Sabah was controlled by the British North Borneo Company, drawn to these shores in search of timber, spices, coffee and rubber. It is under the auspices of the Company, that the 36 ethnic tribes found within its borders gave up their head-hunting ways and became “civilised”. While head-hunting is now a thing of the past, it is still possible to experience the rich cultural heritage of the peoples of Sabah, that now blend into a harmonious community of ethnic tribes, predominantly Kadazan, Dusun, Rungus and Murut, living peacefully alongside Chinese, Malays and Indians.
Sabah’s rich cruising waters from Labuan to Kudat offer some of the most spectacular and beautiful waters, islands and mainland attractions in South East Asia and can possibly be seen as the most diverse cruising playground in the world. A journey around the Tip of Borneo is also worthwhile, and the East Coast is renowned for diving, particularly the world-famous Sipadan, ranked amongst the world’s top-five dive sites annually.
Sabah’s cruising grounds offer some of the most spectacular and beautiful waters, islands and mainland attractions in South East Asia. It is one of the most diverse cruising playground’s in the world.
Visitors can combine the delights of crystal clear waters, tropical islands and mainland coastal bays, with extraordinarily diverse mainland beauty – the highest mountain in South East Asia, virgin rainforest conservation areas, waterfalls, canyons, exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, and a myriad of adventure and eco-tourism activities – all accessible as a day or overnight excursion from your yacht!
There are numerous other activities, including white water rafting, cultural outings, agricultural park/orchid parks, and adventure based tours.
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