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ISLANDS OF BORNEO > Sabah Islands
Welcome to Sabah Islands in Borneo
List of Sabah Islands
|Layang-Layang Island 1 Resort||Kota Kinabalu|
|Tunku Abdul Rahman Park 3 Resorts||Kota Kinabalu|
|Dinawan Island||Private Island||Kinarut / Papar|
|Si Amil Island||Semporna|
|Bohey Dulang Island||Semporna|
|Sipadan Island||World famous||Semporna|
|Mataking Island||Private Island||Semporna|
|Pom Pom Island||Private Island||Semporna|
|Tun Sakaran Marine Park||Semporna|
|Turtle Island Park||Sandakan|
|Pulau Tiga "Survivor Island"||Kuala Penyu|
|Mantanani Island||Kota Belud|
|Usukan Cove||Kota Belud|
|Roach Reef||Man-made Private Island||Tawau|
Welcome to Islands of Sabah !
The BEST of Sabah for your ISLAND DREAMS :
Sipadan Island - one
of the most beautiful dive spots in the world
Photo above : Sibuan Island in Sabah. This most beautiful island in the Celebes Sea
The Caribbean Islands and The Borneo Islands are
international popular choice for Tropical Island Vacation.
Sabah, north of Borneo, offers a truly tropical island vacation in a land of tropical wonders from ocean deep to mountain high.
Rich marine and coastal waters, pristine beach and nature, scenic views, abundance of flora and fauna and cultural resources of multi-ethnic groups, Sabah’s tropical tourism assets are aplenty.
|Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Nazri
slammed over 'Sabah unsafe'
Tuesday November 18, 2014 MYT 10:46:00 AM Masidi slams Nazri over remark Sabah unsafe for tourists http://www.thestar.com.my/News/
Malaysian Tourism and
Shahidan taking a tour of Pulau Berhala in waters off Sandakan with armed security guards
Wednesday August 6, 2014 Tourists returning to eastern Sabah
“Our forces are placed in areas where there are resorts, and this has resulted in increasing tourist arrivals... We will take immediate steps to further boost and improve security....”
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim
August, 2014 after visiting Turtle Island
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said Tourism in Sabah’s east coast is beginning to pick up again with the high level of security in place. 600 to 700 tourists were heading daily to the various island resorts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), proving that tourist confidence had been restored. The minister said the number of tourists heading to the various resorts would eventually hit about 1,000 daily, which was the figure before the area was hit by a spate of kidnappings.
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim was on a two-day visit to the Esszone islands off Sandakan in August 2014. accompanied by Esscom commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun.
Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone)
The Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone), involving waters off :
1- waters off Semporna
2- waters off Tawau
3- waters off Lahad Datu
4- waters off Sandakan
5- waters off Kinabatangan
6- waters off Kunak
in the eastern Sabah coastal areas from Tanjung Pundaras in Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Semporna to the Tawau Jetty, a distance of 362 nautical miles and coverng an area of 121,270 square nautical miles.
Sunday May 4, 2014 :
Fresh off a piracy case on Sunday May 4, 2014, Sabah was shaken by the kidnapping of another Chinese national from an island nearby.
Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman has since announced that a curfew and travels restrictions would be imposed in high risk areas off the coast of Sabah.
The kidnapping of 34-year-old fish farm manager Yang Zai Lin from Guangzhou saw five Filipino gunmen in a brief shootout with the pursuing Malaysian security forces before they fled to Sibutu Island in the southern Philippines.
Monday 14 July 2014 : The British Foreign and Commonwealth office has advised
its citizens against non-essential travel to all islands off the coast of
eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, following recent terrorist attacks.
The move came following the killing of a Malaysian policeman and kidnapping of another off Pulau Mabul, Semporna on July 12, 2014
It said the advisory covers travel to all islands off the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including, but not limited to :
3- Pom Pom
Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom)
Malaysian cops identify key suspects in Semporna kidnappings and murder
The Star/Asia News NetworkSunday, Aug 24, 2014
SEMPORNA - Police have identified the Muktadil brothers as the key suspects in the cross-border kidnappings and murder in Sabah's east coast. -
See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-cops-identify
Sabah is blessed with many natural attractions such as Mount
Kinabalu, numerous islands and other well-preserved natural habitats.
The abundance of fresh seafood and friendly locals people attract domestic and international tourists
Tourist arrivals in Malaysia 2011 was 24.8 million, while for State of Sabah, it was 2.85 million.
Banking on its natural beauty to continue attracting tourists, Sabah had recorded 2.88 million tourist arrivals in 2012. The figure was a 1.1 per cent increase from 2011
The 2012 figures were obtained through 131 international flights, 660 domestic flights as well as 18 cruise ships with 12,707 passengers that came to Kota Kinabalu Port in year 2012.
Sabah is unique with beautiful beaches, world-class islands, landmark mountain and diverse communities.
Sabah government made difficult but right decisions to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy all the beautiful islands in Sabah.
A gazette park is supposed to be clean and pristine. The principal purpose of gazetting it is to protect its natural environment, and any human activity on the island should only be to facilitate visitors to enjoy its beauty and pristine nature.
The number of food providers that are allowed to operate on the island should not turn the island into another hawkers’ enclave like those on the mainland.
The future generations can continue to enjoy all the beautiful islands in Sabah only if the present generation to make difficult but right decision today.
Though the target of tourism receipts by end 2015 is RM8 billion, limitation of visitors is imposed to areas to ensure within their carrying capacity. For example :
1- Sabah Parks limit the number of divers per day at Sipadan Island at 120
2- Climbers of Mount Kinabalu is limited to 192 per day
Marine Conservation Centre
(Marine Research Centre)
Three islands in Sabah are set to a centre for international research into tropical coral reef ecosystems.
The Marine Research Centre, which encompasses the islands under the Sugud Islands Conservation Area, off Sabah’s east coast, will also see efforts being undertaken to restock commercially important and threatened marine species in the state of Sabah.
The Sugud Islands Marine Research Centre (SIMRC), covering 46,317ha in shallow reef area, was set up following a memorandum of understanding signed between :
1- Sabah Wildlife Department
2- Reef Guardian Sdn Bhd
3- Cardiff University on Sunday
The centre would provide a world-class education and research facility with the necessary structure and resources to study advanced marine ecosystem science, particularly in the field of small tropical islands and coral reef ecology.
“This will definitely increase the interest of local and international scientists for coral reef ecosystem research in the region as well as boost eco-tourism in the east coast of Sabah,”
Culture and Environment Minister
Datuk Pang Yuk Ming
“We will offer field courses to our students and others to undertake training at the centre,”
Cardiff University research associate
Dr Benoit Goossens
Magical Sabah and Sarawak : http://www.indiantelevision.org.in/release/y2k13/sep/seprel22.php
Discovering Malaysian Borneo in seven days : http://asiancorrespondent.com/88667/discovering-malaysian-borneo
Island Management Plan (IMP)
Managing the islands of Sabah is not an easy job as islands ecosystems were more complex due to environmental sensitivity. The absence of appropriate policies, rules and guidelines for development activities on the islands may lead to wastage of natural resources. A comprehensive study is under way to identify how many of Sabah’s 439 islands are suitable for the development of tourism or agriculture.
The study would also pave the way for an Island Management Plan (IMP) for the many islands in Sabah. This IMP would include comprehensive policies and guidelines for future development projects on the islands.
The study was necessary to ease the pressure on the popular and crowded tourism spots such as Pulau Mabul in the east coast.
Islanders – many of them fishermen – were poorer compared to those staying on the mainland and the authorities were keen to provide more alternative income sources for them.
“There are islands that have potential such as Bohey Dulang near Semporna. But before we do anything, we want to ensure that the islanders there will benefit from any development. We need to take a more holistic approach to ensure any project is environmentally sustainable. ”
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment
Sabah is sought after by ocean loving travelers as the seas are abundant in coral reefs and marine life. Sabah has an astounding number of islands off its coastlines on both its eastern and western regions. These islands make a fantastic gateway for those who want an exciting vacation on the beach.
Clear waters, sun-drenched beaches and un-spoilt tranquility are the main attraction of Sabah’s islands. Underwater and its marine life is absolutely stunning. Surrounded by one of the richest underwater ecosystems in the world along three of its borders, Sabah is one of the premier destinations to view marine life.
There are many rare and endangered sea creatures such as the green and hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, giant clams as well as countless species of sharks and schools of thousands of barracuda and jacks. Sabah is not only known for its reef’s larger inhabitants but and also as a ‘muck diving’ paradise with such rarities as the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, mandarinfish, harlequin ghost pipefish, seahorses, ribbon eels, plus many types of weird and wonderful frogfish and nudibranches.
Roach Reefs Resort
Roach Reefs, Tawau, Sabah
Not too far off is the man-made island of Roach Reefs. This 'furthest reef off Tawau has an interesting past, having sunk six disused buses to be artificial reefs in one of the dive sites.
The island was once used as a stopover for anglers, this place has since turned into a dive resort. One of the sites has an endless field of table corals with big fishes queuing at cleaning stations to be cleaned.
From Harlequin Sweetlips to whirling barracudas, the maximum depth here does not exceed 4 meters. Superb coral life and the presence of a school of huge bumphead parrotfash makes the scene very much like that of the oceanic Sipadan.
The six buses are located at Bus Stop, where you can find thousands of fish congregating to go to school! Some does not alight from these buses at all while some move from one bus to another.
The currents here are quite a challenge. Keeping pace with the grouper within require you to hold on to the structure in order to save your air but it doesn't prevent you from the attention of nosy remoras.
Gayana Island EcoResort
Getting There to the islands of Sabah : Malaysia Airlines
and Air Asia provide direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru to
Tawau. At the new Tawau airport you are picked up by an air-condition
minivan and transferred 1.5 hours to the Semporna Town.
From Semporna all operators bring their guests by speedboat to the islands. Following traveling times occurs:
· Semporna Town to Mabul Island 30 Minutes
· Semporna Town to Kapalai Island 45 Minutes
· Semporna Town to Sipadan Island 60 Minutes
· Mabul Island to Sipadan Island 20 Minutes
· Kapalai Island to Sipadan Island 15 Minutes
· Mabul Island to Kapalai Island 5 Minutes
Beginning life some 450-500 million years ago, the Earth's coral reefs
are now the largest ecosystem upon the planet. They sustain and support over
1 million species worldwide and one coral reef alone may harbor some 3000
species. The major Indo-Pacific ocean currents cross the seas that surround
Sabah's sandy shores making them amongst the most bio-diverse marine
environments in the world. Within a single dive around Pulau Layang Layang
divers may observe many of the 150 species of butterfly fish. Used by marine
biologists as indicators of coral reef health, the greater the number and
species diversity of butterfly fish reflects the abundance and diversity of
corals. Pulau Layang Layang's pristine coral reef not only plays landlord to
countless butterfly fish but also other reef dwellers such as, angelfish,
snappers, wrasse, sweet lips, parrotfish as well as the larger pelagic;
barracuda, manta, schools of hammerhead sharks, dolphins and whales. Pulau
Sipadan is famous for its vast numbers of Green and Hawksbill turtles which
feed and breed within its waters before the females climb ashore to lay
their eggs above the white sandy beaches.
Diving on Sipadan's coral reefs, one can witness the incredible phenomenon of thousands of schooling chevron barracuda and., big-eye 'Jacks'. Floating inside such a tornado of fish is a truly breath-taking experience that's very hard to beat.
Islands in Sabah is also becoming a world famous location for 'muck diving' - the term used by divers to describe the search for the rare and exotic small marine animals. rare and newly identified gobies can be found living in the corals, sand, mud and mangroves of Sabah along with the little understood and rarely seen mimic octopus, neon patterned blue-ringed octopus, delicate flamboyant cuttlefish, psychedelic mandarin fish and ghost pipefish. Sabah's dive guides are specifically trained to find such rarities and can show divers several of these oddities on a single dive. Many new islands and reefs are being explored around the coast of Sabah and with this exploration come the discovery of new dive sites and rarely seen marine creatures.
Around north Sabah and the more recent discovered Mantanani Resort rare sightings of dugongs have been recorded. With the yearly occurrence of whale sharks along the west coast during the months of December to February, Sabah really has some spectacular marine creatures to be discovered by visiting divers.
Sabah and its surrounding waters have been recognized as a marine turtle sanctuary since the opening of the Turtle Island Parks on its east coast. Managed by Sabah Parks, the beaches welcome nesting green and hawksbill turtles every night all year round. Similarly, the Wildlife Department monitors and protects nesting green and hawksbill turtles that visit Pulau Sipadan's shores. On nearby Pulau Mabul, the Fisheries Department together with Sipadan Mabul had sunk hundreds of concrete pipes to form small artificial patch reefs surrounding a small wooden shipwreck. A fish poaching vessel was also sunk off the island of Pulau Lankayan and already hosts a myriad of creatures from the smallest ghost pipefish to the giant stingrays and schooling barracuda.
Sipadan Water Village on Pulau Mabul, is also actively engaged in coral reef research. Dive masters and instructors are encouraged to study both the fish and coral life in detail in collaboration with a Japanese Natural History Museum. Each year, in June, the dive center's management and outside guest speakers run a specialized Marine Day and provide hands on lectures to guests sharing their studies' and encourage them to take part in their coral relocation and growth studies so that divers may learn more about the coral reef environment.
Diving tour operators in Sabah
SCJA PARADISE SDN BHD
Tel, 088-266695 Fax: 088-236695
SINGAMATA ADVENTURES SEMPORNA SDN BHD
Tel: (i843O55O Fax: 089-784828
Tel: 08R-24925 Fax:088-21 Q504
DIVERSE BORNEO SDN BHD
Tel:088-299262 Fax: 088-299262
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
MANTANANI PARADISE SDN BHD
Tel: 088-728702 Fax: 088-722702
DOWNBELOW MARINE AND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE SDN BHD
Tel: 088488997 Fax: 088-485300
|BORNEO STARDIVE SDN BHD
Tel: 087-429278 Fax: 087-415697
|BORNEO JUNGLE RIVER ISLAND
TOURS SDN BHD
Tel: 089-781002 Fax: 089-784002
|BORNEO DREAM TRAVEL & TOURS
Tel: 088-313488 Fax : 088-316433
|BGB COUNTRY TOUR & TRAVEL SDN
Tel: 088.270976 Fax: 088-270975
EmaiI:borneogb @ gmaii corn
G27, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, 88000
Phone: +60 88 256 483
Fax: +60 88 255 482
Mobile Phone: +60 12 833 9901
|BLUEWATERS BORNEO SDN. BHD
Lot 121, 1st Floor, Wisma Sabah
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone/Fax: +60 88 456 568
Mobile: +60 16 812 0101
|EXCEL DIVE & TOURS (BORNEO)
Lot G18, Ground Floor, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak
Wisma Sabah, 88808 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Phone: +60 88 253 870 / 253 880/ 253 890
Fax: +60 88 253 817
Mobile Phone: +60 16 833 4407
|SEAVENTURES TOURS & TRAVEL SDN.
4th Floor, Room 422-424, Wisma Sabah
88300 Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88 261 669 / 251 669
Fax: +60 88 251 667
|EXPLORE ASIA TOURS SDN BHD (SIPADAN
MABUL RESORT SDN.BHD)
Lot A-1-G, Block A, Signature Office, KK Times Square,
Off Coastal Highway, 88864 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia
P.O.Box 15571, 88864 Kota Kinabalu Saba Malaysia
Phone: +60 88 486 389
Fax: +60 88 486 628
|BORNEO DIVERS SABAH
9th Floor, Menara Jubili, 53 Jalan Gaya
88000 Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia
Phone: +60 88 222 226
Fax: +60 88 221 550
|SCUBA PARADISE SDN BHD
Lot G28, Ground Floor, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak,
Wisma Sabah, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88 266 695 / 256 695
Fax: +60 88 236 695
|SIPADAN DIVE CENTRE SDN BHD
Lot No. A1103, 11th Floor, Wisma Merdeka (mail box No. A236)
Jalan Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88 240 584
Fax: +60 88 240 415
(B) and 8 Budget Lodges with Dive Centers on Mabul Island :
Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
Sipadan Dive Centre
Mabul (on land)
Backpackers (SipadanBorneo.com) (water)
4- BIG JOHN Scuba
Spheredivers Scuba &
on Mabul Island
with NO Dive Center :
1- Arung Hayat Homestay
Managed by Arung Hayat Semporna Lodge
2- Summer Friends Homestay for local visitors
Maaaged by Mr Yong and wife Sandra
3- ScubaJeff for local visitors
Managed by Scuba Jeff Sipadan Sdn Bhd