Fancy an adrenaline rush? Make sure you tick these adventures off your list while you’re in Sabah:
1. Wreck Diving at Usukan Bay
If you’re looking for something more spectacular to see on your next scuba diving adventure, why not head down to Usukan Bay to check out the World War II Japanese wreck? Explore the fascinating Usukan Wreck, Upside-down Wreck and Ricebowl Wreck while you’re here.
A caveat: wreck diving is only for experienced leisure divers (minimum PADI Advanced Open Water Diver). If you’re already a PADI Open Water Diver, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade?
For more info, contact Borneo Dream Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd at telephone number +60 88 244 064 (Office), +60 17 811 8149 (Booking Hotline – 07:30 till 20:00 Hrs.), Fax: +60 88 244 931 or Email: [email protected]. Visit the website at www.borneodream.com.
2. Spelunking and Rock Climbing at Batu Punggul
Far off the tourist-beaten tracks of Kota Kinabalu city is the Batu Punggul, which is located nearby Sapulut town—a small town in Sabah’s Interior Division. Batu Punggul is a large limestone massif and cave with 90-degree vertical climbs. Quite a great deal of climbing is required to reach the cave.
Nonetheless, the enthralling view from the top is worth the taxing climb. A word of caution, climbing is strongly not recommended for those who are afraid of heights.
For more info, contact Sabah Tourism Board at telephone number +6088-212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at telephone number +6088-232121.
3. Mountain Torq Via Ferrata
If you’re one of those people who have climbed Mount Kinabalu more than once on the normal trail, then it’s time to give the Via Ferrata a go. You can pick whether to follow the Low’s Peak Route or the Walk the Torq Route.
What’s best about Mountain Torq Via Ferrata—which is also the highest in the world and the first in Asia—is that no experience or special skills are needed to qualify. Just be sure to have plenty of gumption and an adventurer’s spirit!
For more info, contact Mountain Torq Sdn Bhd at telephone number +6088-268 126 or visit the website at www.mountaintorq.com.
4. Mountain Bike Expedition in and around Sabah
Get your cycling gear ready and hop on your mountain bike for an exciting tour around Sabah! Depending on the places you want to see (and your fitness level), you can opt for either a day tour or a multi-day excursion package. Be spellbound by the beauty of Sabah’s natural surrounding while feeling the breeze against your skin and burning some calories in the process.
For weekend activities with friends and family, skip the car and go for a cycling road trip instead.
5. Paragliding in Lohan Village
Ever dreamed of learning how to fly? Now, you too can soar and glide up in the sky overlooking the scenic Lohan Village. Having risen in popularity in the past two years, paragliding is fast becoming an adventurer’s pet sport. If you’re a beginner, you can paraglide with the tandem flight team which is supervised by licensed and experienced trainers.
Besides Lohan Village, there are also several other places for you to fly, such as in Tamparuli’s Ruhiang Hill and in Kokol Village.
For more info, contact Mejar Haznain Ngamil at telephone number +6019-8608700 or Mr. Khairul Azizi at telephone number +6014-9521077.
6. Jet Skiing on Gaya Island
Here in Sabah, the weather’s sometimes too good to be wasted being indoors. So, why not book an island excursion tour and sign up for an exhilarating jet skiing adventure? Splish splash in the water as you break waves on a jet ski and experience plenty of thrills and spills!
Guided by experienced and professional instructors, feel your heart beat faster as you race across the sea. Jet skiers will also be taken outside the marine areas so that the activity will not have adverse effects on the island’s coral population.
For more info, contact Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures Sdn. Bhd at telephone number +60 12 866 1935 / +60 12 867 7375, fax to +60 88 485 300 or email [email protected]. Visit the website at www.divedownbelow.com.
7. Trail Running on Sabah’s Challenging Terrains
Running is fun, rewarding and best of all, it creates a high. If you’re already an advanced runner and constantly looking for new trails to explore, it’s time you sign up for the Sabah Adventure Challenge.
Held once or twice yearly, the Sabah Adventure Challenge event lures runners and hardcore adventure seekers from all over the world to explore Sabah’s wonderfully challenging terrains on two limbs. One of the most popular ultramarathon events in Malaysia, this event is definitely worth having in your bucket list.
For more info, visit www.sabahadventurechallenge.com.
8. Off-roading Adventure with the Borneo Safari International Off-road Challenge
For off-roading enthusiasts with a mean off-road vehicle for the mission, the Borneo Safari International Off-road Adventure is for you. Get challenged against Sabah’s most spirit-breaking off-road terrains in this 1000-kilometer voyage that lasts for 10 days.
Find out what you’re made of as you kiss goodbye to modern luxury and comfort and be forced to endure the Spartan life throughout this challenge. If this is not adventure, I don’t know what is.
9. White Water Rafting at Liwagu River
A fairly new tourism product, Liwagu River white water rafting provides a refreshing option for adventure paddlers who wish to discover a newer rafting site apart from Kiulu River and Padas River.
At 25-kilometer long, the rapids of Liwagu River’s range from class II to IV—depending on the weather condition. Surrounded by lush greenery and plenty of wildlife, there’s just so much to see in this raw and secluded part of Sabah. Other than that, be sure to hold on tight and paddle hard!
For more info, contact Borneo Global Backpackers at telephone number +6088 – 270975 / 088 – 270976, or email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]. Visit the website at www.bgbackpackers.com.
10. Surfing in Kudat
Whoever says that one has to go to Bali or Hawaii to enjoy surfing has clearly not been to Kudat. While still relatively unknown in Sabah, surfing as a sport has definitely been thriving over the past few years. Head on to Sikuati beach or Kalampunian beach in Kudat, which are some of the best surf spots in Sabah.
Don’t know how to surf? No problem. Pick up surfing lessons at Tanjung Aru beach and get ready to hang ten!
For more info, contact Deep Borneo Sdn Bhd at [email protected].