Blessed with sacred mountains, lush rainforests and turquoise sea, Sabah and Sarawak are Malaysian gems rich in natural wonders. Here are three experiences in the great outdoors of the two states, as listed by adventure-based platform Adventoro.
Scale Mount Kinabalu
There are two trails that lead up to this majestic mountain – the Ranau and Kota Belud trails. While special skills are not necessary, hikers are advised to have basic fitness level. And the view of sunrise from above? Priceless.
Diving in Sipadan island
There is a total of 12 dive sites in this island that’s home to over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species. The place is also known for its large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles.
See orangutans in Sepilok
The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre lets visitors watch the primates in their natural habitat. There’s a boardwalk that leads to a viewing gallery and viewing platform where orangutans are fed milk and bananas twice a day.
Stay at Lemanak Iban Longhouse
Spending a night at this traditional longhouse will uncover the rich tradition and culture of the Iban tribe that calls this place home. There’s also a chance to learn their traditional method of cooking and hunting.
Trek the Bako National Park
Despite its seemingly small size, this park houses a wide range of vegetation. In fact, it’s a good introduction to the flora and fauna of Sarawak. Bako has a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks.
Hike up Mount Mulu
The Gunung Mulu National Park is Malaysia’s first World Unesco Heritage Area. The main attractions are the four show caves (Wind, Clearwater, Deer and Langs Caves), which are easily accessible via wooden walkways.