Nobody can resist the tranquil sea and white sandy beach of tropical island. Sabah, as a “Maldives of South East Asia”, has dozens of islands open for tourists. Below is the list of Top 10 Islands in Sabah. Each island has its own features and beauty, you may click the Island Name to know more about them.
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Top 10 Islands of Sabah
Your date will love you for bringing her there.
Kapalai Island is a pearl in Celebes Sea of Semporna. This island is so isolated and look like another world. Its "magical" beach only appears during low tide.
Sipadan Island is one of the top 3 diving sites in the world. This only oceanic island of Malaysia has been featured many times in National Geographic and Discovery Channels. You can easily spot over 10 sea turtles in a dive. But what thrills divers the most is the barracuda tornado.
The nearest island to Sipadan. Mabul itself is also an island full of corals and one of the best muck diving sites in Malaysia. In the past, the corals of Mabul was badly damaged by blast fishing. After many years of restoration, the fishes and turtles are coming back.
Also nicknamed as Pearl Island, Bohey Dulang has the most stunning sea view in Sabah. It's located in Semporna Islands Park, which has one of the richest marine ecology in Malaysia, and it's also a favorite photography site for many world's renowned photographers.
Sea turtles call this island their paradise. The sea and beach of Pom-Pom Island is just unforgettable. At night, you can lay on the jetty to look at the starry sky and listen to the sound of ocean.
Well-known for whale shark sighting and turtle nesting. All the chalets of Lankayan are facing the sea. In the morning, you would see many fishes, turtles and baby sharks swimming in front of your balcony.
Famous honeymoon destination for Europeans. Mataking is a picturesque tropical island with white sandy beach, crystal clear water, romantic sunset and luxurious resort. You can have your wedding underwater or in the chapel on the island.
Mantanani is also known as the Mermaid Island because a friendly dugong living in this sea. The moment you see its turquoise sea, you know you have fallen in love with this island.
The filming site of first TV reality show named “Survivor”. Pulau Tiga is the most unique marine park of Sabah because it has mud volcano and snake island. Its hidden gem is the snowy pristine beach on Sands Spit Island.
Sapi Island is only 15 min by boat ride from Kota Kinabalu City. This small island seems to have more fishes than other nearby islands. Tourists feel a bit intimidated by harmless wild boar and monitor lizards that wander around, but they also love such nature experience.
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Other Islands of Sabah
There are nearly 400 islands in Sabah, but only some of them are developed for tourism purpose. Below is a list of other islands that travellers can visit.
- Balambangan Island
- Banggi Island, the largest island of Sabah
- Dinawan Island
- Gaya Island
- Kelambu Island, One Island and Two Beaches
- Libaran Island
- Maliagin Islands
- Mamutik Island, a small island with big space
- Manukan Island, the Most Popular Island of Sabah
- Mengalum Island and the Mysterious Anchor
- Selingan Turtle Island
- Sepanggar Island
- Sibuan, the Battleship Island
- Sulug Island
- Supirak Island, an Island of Sorrow
- Timba-Timba, a Instagram Island
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