Sabah, Best of Borneo

Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.

Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island. Sabah is also known for her great natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin which is Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve.

Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!

Borneo Island

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is located at the centre of the Maritime Southeast Asia. This island is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Nevertheless, for people outside of Indonesia, “Kalimantan” refers to the area which is occupied by Indonesia on the island of Borneo. Malaysia’s region of Borneo is called East Malaysia or Malaysian Borneo. The independent nation of Brunei occupies the remainder of the island, being the wealthiest of the rest.

Once known as North Borneo, Sabah was under the British colony during the late 19th century till the early 20th century. Sabah gained self-government on the 31st of August, 1963. Sabah, together with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak formed the Federation of Malaysia on the 16th of September 1963. At 76, 115 square kilometers large, Sabah is the second biggest state in Malaysia after Sarawak.

People and Culture

The people of Sabah are known as Sabahans. Sabah is the third most populous state in Malaysia after Selangor and Johor; it also has one of the highest population growth rates in the country.

There are currently 32 officially recognized ethnic groups in Sabah with the largest non-indigenous ethnic group being the Chinese and the largest indigenous group being the Kadazan-Dusun people. Two other larger ethnic groups in Sabah are the Bajau and Murut, compared to other states in the country; Sabah has relatively very small population of Indians and South Asians.

Apart from the Sabahans’ very own diverse mother tongues, Bahasa Malaysia (national language) and English is widely spoken; Mandarin and some Chinese dialects are also widely spoken.

In Sabah, we greet people by saying “selamat datang” (welcome) and/or “terima kasih” (thank you) with a smile. Due to religious reasons, some may prefer not to have physical contact with others. However, a handshake is generally acceptable as a way of introducing oneself.

It’s customary to remove shoes before entering a mosque as well as homes. In places of worship, visitors are required to dress modestly. Nude sunbathing is not allowed and is very frowned upon. Avoid pointing your index finger at others, as this is considered rude in the local custom.

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Peta pelancongan tempat-tempat menarik di Sabah

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PULAU-PULAU PENYU DI SABAH

>> Rabu, 7 September 2011


Di seberang Pulau Libaran, 40 kilometer dari Timur-Utara Sandakan dan berhampiran dengan Sempadan Malaysia dan Filipina, terdapat sekelompok pulau-pulau yang terdiri daripada tiga pulau kecil yang berhampiran iaitu Pulau Selingan, Pulau Gulisan dan Pulau Bakkungan Kecil. Pulau-pulau ini merupakan pulau-pulau yang terutama di timur-selatan Asia di mana penyu-penyu mendarat dan bertelur di pantainya. Penyu-penyu ini biasanya bertelur pada waktu malam selepas jam 8 bila air surut. Pada masa itu anda boleh menyaksikan penyu-penyu yang mendarat mengorek lubang di pantai dan bertelur ke dalamnya.

Penyu-penyu yang bertelur di pulau-pulau ini ialah 83% ‘Green Turtles’ dan 17% ‘Hawksbill Turtles’. Kebanyakan ‘Green turtles’ bertelur di Pulau Selingan manakala kebanyakan ‘Hawksbill Turtles’ bertelur di Pulau Gulisan, kerana terdapat terumbu karang yang luas di kawasan ini. Manakala sebahagian kecil dari kedua-dua jenis penyu ini bertelur di Pulau Bakkungan Kecil. Penyu-penyu ini bertelur sepanjang tahun, tetapi kemuncak ia bertelur ialah pada bulan Julai hingga bulan Oktober bagi ‘Green Turtles’ yang bertelur lebih kurang 110 biji dalam satu lubang dan Februari hingga April bagi ‘Hawksbills Turtles’ yang bertelur di antara 70 hingga 180 biji telur sekali. Telur-telur ini akan di peram selama 50-60 hari sebelum ia menetas menjadi anak penyu dan berenang balik ke laut. Dalam penyelidikan, penyu-penyu betina ini akan kembali untuk bertelur selepas 20 tahun dan akan kembali bertelur selepas beberapa tahun berikutnya.

Di antara pulau-pulau penyu ini, Pulau Selingan juga merupakan salah sebuah tempat pelancongan yang menarik. Dengan menggunakan bot laju anda boleh menyaksikan keindahan pulau ini dan kejernihan lautnya yang cantik dengan beraneka jenis ikan. Pulau Selingan terdapat sebuah chalet iaitu Chalet Pulau Selingan. Ia mempunyai 15 buah bilik yang mempunyai bilik mandi. Chalet ini juga mempunyai restoran.

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