Check Out These 4 Popular & Unique Resorts In Sabah

Resorts in Sabah to stay

As announced by the Sabah government that interstate travel will be allowed starting from Nov 1st, Malaysians from other states can now begin to start booking their flights to Sabah!

If you’re looking to travel to Sabah soon, we’ve got a list of 4 unique resorts you must stay in!

Mabul Water Bungalows Resort

Mabul Water Bungalow is a 4-Star floating dive resort, situated at Mabul Island overlooking the world-renowned Sipadan Island which is 15-minutes away by speedboat.

These wooden-type bungalows are made up of 16 units and 5 exclusive units of suite-type villas, entirely built over water with stilts offering sheer comfort, which can accommodate up to 42 guests at any one time.

There are plenty of activities that you can do there such as scuba diving, introductory dives, dive courses, snorkeling, sea kayaking, enjoying an array of spa treatments and massages, trying the delicious cuisine in the open-air dining room, and relaxing in the lounge with fellow divers.

Mabul Water Bungalows’ dive centre arranges 3 guided boat dives per day (at Sipadan, Mabul, and Kapalai) along with scuba dive courses at various levels from PADI Open-Water to Dive-Master, including technical diving, nitrox diving, and cave diving at the famous Sipadan’s Turtle Tomb.

Gayana Marine Resort

Situated just 20-minutes of boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu via the Jesselton Point Jetty, Gayana Marine Resort which formerly known as Gayana Eco Resort provides excellent services and superior facilities for an unforgettable stay.

Equipped with 52 beautifully designed rooms above the sea, Gayana Marine Resort offers access to a vast array of services and activities. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as boats, canoe, hiking trails, snorkeling, hot tub.


Sepilok Forest Edge Resort

Sepilok Forest Edge Resort comprises of stylish Malay-designed Chalets and a Longhouse around lush green surroundings and hills as a backdrop which provides an incredible view.

Each Chalet is built with recycled wood. The wood panels are originally from Chinese houses that were built in the 1940’s which you will still see when you are on the way to Sepilok. Depending on which Chalets, the rooms are inspired by the minimal design, and the rustic bathrooms are uniquely designed with polished cement, bamboo walls, and tap water that flows through a Bamboo.

Offering quality accommodations in the sightseeing district of Sandakan, Sepilok Forest Edge Resort is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.

Lankayan Island Dive Resort

Lankayan Island Dive Resort is located in the jewel-like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, a 1.5-hour boat ride north of Sandakan; Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area to adopt the eco-tourism concept.

Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical island vegetation on its topside, this peaceful, untouched little bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure white sandy beach, offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation in all 23 wooden, roomy and perfectly appointed seafront chalets. 

Although we can start travelling to Sabah very soon, remember to stay safe and follow the SOPs.

Entry into Sabah for social and travel purposes is allowed with the condition that the individual has been fully vaccinated. In addition, the individual must take the Covid-19 RT-PCR or RTK-Ag swab (or saliva) test three days before travelling.

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