30 Places to Visit in Sabah for Rural Tourism

Date Published
May 18, 2021

Apart from the marine and nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and forest reserves, tourism attractions can also be found in the rural areas of Sabah. This is where community-based tourism comes in.

Community-based tourism, or CBT for short, is an initiative to promote sustainability and improve the livelihood of the community in an area. It emphasizes on the development and involvement of the people in developing and managing their own tourism destination and products.

Establishing multi-country destinations primarily focused on community-based ecotourism is one of the priority measures for tourism under the BIMP-EAGA program. This involves working with local governments, communities, and the private sector to develop tourist destinations; set up infrastructure and facilities to improve connectivity and protect tourism assets; and increase efforts to ensure tourists’ comfort and safety.

Here are 30 places to visit in Sabah for rural tourism:

  1. Suspension Bridge, Tamparuli
  2. Mantob Farmstay, Kiulu
  3. Poturidong Village, Kiulu
  4. Sinurambi, Tambunan
  5. Mahua Waterfall, Tambunan
  6. White Water Rafting, Kiulu
  7. Gombizau Honey Village, Kudat
  8. Sumangkap Gong Making Village, Kudat
  9. Bavanggazo Longhouse, Kudat
  10. Rundum Highland, Tenom
  11. Polumpung Melangkap View Camp, Kota Belud
  12. The Tip of Borneo, Kudat
  13. Tegudon Tourism Village, Kota Belud
  14. Batu Punggul, Nabawan
  15. Melangkap Eco Tourism, Kota Belud
  16. Villla Valley View Eco Tourism, Kota Belud
  17. Marais Centre, Tuaran
  18. Lombon Marakau, Ranau
  19. Tukad Gonipis Tudan, Ranau
  20. Arnab Village Purakagis, Ranau
  21. Kundasang, Ranau
  22. Lobong Long Village, Kota Belud
  23. Borneo Bayau Flying Fox, Kota Belud
  24. Supirak Island Malubang, Pitas
  25. Bukit Tengkorak, Semporna
  26. Paddy Field, Ranau
  27. Kadamaian River, Kota Belud
  28. Maglami Lami Waterhouse, Semporna
  29. Terintidon Village, Kota Kinabalu
  30. Mantanani Island, Kota Belud

For more information on these destinations, visit Sabah Rural Tourism or the Sabah Tourism Board.