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The Magic of Maliau Basin Sabah


Tawau holds one of Sabah’s most best kept secret, the Maliau Basin Conservation Area. This breathtaking 588 square kilometres Maliau Basin is full of different types of exotic trees, plant life and various species of rare animals. The Yayasan Sabah-run Maliau Basin is located far from the hustle and bustle of Sabah modern city life.
The unique Maliau Basin Sabah had been undiscovered for millions of years and was only explored recently back in 1988. There is no known record of permanent human settlement in this area. Even until now only less and half of Maliau Basin has been fully explored. Out of the 588 square kilometres of land, only 70 kilometres are open to public visitors. Famous personalities such as Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have even visited Maliau Basin recently to experience its many delights. There is still many more of this wonderful conservation area that is yet to be discovered. Who knows what new secret that this Sabah’s own ‘Lost World’ will unearth?
The lush green forests and magnificent waterfalls within Maliau Basin are sights that you will never forget. The unspoiled beauty of these gifts of nature is arguably unrivalled anywhere else. The deep canyons and gorges littering the landscapes are mind-blowingly impressive. You can see the deep imposing Imbak Canyon in all of its glory here. Then you can also find the majestic Lake Limununsut, which is the only freshwater lake in the Sabah, right here in Maliau Basin. Over the horizon you will also see the 1.6 kilometre-tall Mount Lutong serving as a backdrop to this beautiful conservation area.
The 82 species of animals inhabiting this unspoiled conservation area are a delightful discovery. Some of these animals are on the endangered species list. You can see animals such as the Asian Elephants and the Sun Bears roaming free here. It is really comforting to know that Maliau Basin provides them protection from illegal hunters and poachers. Another interesting thing to note about the animal life is that so far there are around 35 new species of amphibians, various species of water beetles, fish and crabs that have been discovered so far. It does makes you wonder in anticipation of what new animal life will be found next once the huge Maliau Basin is fully explored!
The ecological diversity of the Maliau Basin plant life will definitely attract the aspiring botanists out there. With the various species of trees, plants and flowers flourishing in this tranquil wilderness, you’ll really be overwhelmed by such rich variety. The types of trees you can see here alone numbers at around 1800. The selection of 80 types of orchids growing here is no less impressive. It would indeed be an endless journey if you want to discover all the delightful plant life here in Maliau Basin.
If you are looking for a place to experience beauty and nature that is truly magical and virtually untouched by human hands, Maliau Basin definitely fits the bill. Once you are here you’ll definitely be spellbound! The memories of your visit here will stay with you for the years to come.
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Pulau Sipadan Diving

Pulau Sipadan in the Celebes Sea is an island located off the coast of Sabah. Pulau Sipadan is famous for its beautiful diving site. Pulau Sipadan, in spite of its small size, is teeming with diverse marine life and beautiful coral reefs. In fact Pulau Sipadan has been acknowledged throughout the world as having the most diverse marine natural environment. It is unsurprising that endless divers would go diving in Pulau Sipadan to experience the magnificent underwater view that this island has to offer.

What really puts Pulau Sipadan on the map was Jacques Cousteau's famous documentary featuring the island. In this documentary, the world-famous French oceanographer likened Pulau Sipadan to a magnificent piece of art that he has not encountered for the past 45 years. Pulau Sipadan is completely unspoiled as visitors are not allowed to stay on this beautiful Sabah island. Those who wanted to dive here are required to get a diving permit. Since diving permits are limited, you are well-advised to book your diving trip to Pulau Sipadan in advance.

If you want to go diving in Pulau Sipadan you will have to stay in accommodations at the nearby islands of Kapalai or Mabul. If you are on a tight budget you could stay on the Sabah mainland towns of Semporna or Tawau. From Semporna, it would only take you an hour's boat ride to Pulau Sipadan. Once you arrive in Pulau Sipadan you will definitely notice its amazingly clear water, especially between April and December. It is indeed a good thing that the Sabah authorities do not allow visitors to stay on the island and risk polluting the pristine environment.

If you are a beginner diver, it is important for you to go diving with an experienced guide. The currents near the Pulau Sipadan water can be quite strong. There are many experienced and friendly diving instructors operating in the Pulau Sipadan that are willing to help and guide you to navigate the wonderful diving locations spread through this beautiful Sabah island. The diving locations in Pulau Sipadan are breathtakingly beautiful, to say the least. As you go diving under the ocean, you will see magnificent marine life such as the rare green turtles and over 3000 species of fish swimming around in the clear water.

One notable diving location in Pulau Sipadan that you should try out is the Barracuda Point, one of the world’s largest fish areas. This diving spot is full of barracudas swimming around in an enchanting whirlpool formation. If you want to see beautiful coral reef formations while diving, then you should go to the equally famous Mid Reef. You will be able see many amazing types of beautiful corals under the sea bed. You will also see the small anemone fish zigzagging in and out of the coral reef formations.

To describe the wonderful diving scene in Pulau Sipadan in mere word words does not do it any justice. You must come here and experience the beauty of this unspoiled island off the coast of Sabah and witness the captivating underwater scenery yourself. Pulau Sipadan will undoubtedly bring your diving experience to a whole new level. So don’t miss out on the amazing Pulau Sipadan experience now.

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