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National Parks in Sabah


Sabah Parks administers the national parks in the state. For more information on these national parks, go to the Sabah Parks website at

Crocker Range National Park

Established in 1984, Crocker Range National Park covers the north-south Crocker Range, of 1200-1800 m mountains in Sabah, which separate the western coastal plain with the rest of the state. The boundaries of the park have been surveyed, but no facilities exist at present for visitors.

The park covers 1,399 km², making it the largest park in Sabah. Most of the park are covered with forest with a tract of perhaps the last remaining hills dipterocarp forest in the west coast of Sabah. It is an important water catchment area with the headwater of five major rivers in the west coast of the state. The park consists of both hill and montane forest, with many species of flora and fauna endemic to Borneo.

The park contains at least five species of primates, such as the orangutans, gibbons and the furry tarsiers with their enormous round eyes, and extremely sociable long-tailed macaques. The Padas River bisects the range between Beaufort and Tenom.

Among the attractions to be found in the park are the Fernarium, Insecterium, Rafflesia sites, trekking trails and camping ground. There is also a viewing tower with platform for visitor to appreciate a panoramic view of Keningau town and surrounding area.

Kinabalu National Park

Kinabalu National Park is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species.

Located on the west coast of Sabah, its main feature is Mount Kinabalu (4,095.2 m), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It slope is home to a rich assemblage of plants and animal species. It is a hot spot of particularly the plant biodiversity with affinities to flora from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malay Peninsula, as well as pan-tropical region.

The main entry point for visitors is the park HQ located about 92 km on the Kota Kinabalu – east coast highway lying at an elevation 1,520 m above sea levels. The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general; the cool climates attracted over 250,000 visitors in 2009 with about 47,000 made the attempt to conquer the peak.

Pulau Tiga National Park

Pulau Tiga National Park is located north of Kuala Penyu, opposite the swampy Klias Peninsula, in Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of Borneo. The park covers 158 km² of mostly ocean, containing the three islands of Pulau Tiga, Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit. Dubbed 'Survivor Islands', the islands were the location of both the US and UK versions of the reality TV show Survivor in mid 90s. These islands were formed in 1897 by the eruption of mud volcanoes.

Pulau Tiga is now covered in dense vegetation; however volcanic activity continues in the form of bubbling mud and methane gas venting, although the last major outpouring of mud was in the early 1960s. Pulau Kalampunian Besar is now little more than a sandbar, eroded away by wave action. Known for its sugar-white sands and clear waters, it is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling. Pulau Kalampunian Damit, little more than a large rock, is also called Pulau Ular (Snake Island) – it is famous as a mating location for highly poisonous sea snakes.

The park is named after the largest island, Pulau Tiga, whose name is derived from three undulating humps visible from a distance when approaching the island. The park has particularly interesting flora and fauna and a rich marine life, with good diving and snorkelling over the reefs.

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