A 15-20 minutes boatride takes you to Manukan Island – an ideal getaway for a short break from the city. This shade-fringed island offers modern chalet accommodation, a restaurant, and a swimming pool. A white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs teeming with marine life beckons the city-frazzled nature lover to swim, snorkel, dive and just unwind. Put everything on hold…Spend the day on the beach or trying-out one of the many sea-sports available on the Island’s Marina.
KINABALU NATIONAL PARK, PORING HOT SPRINGS & CANOPY WALK
Enjoy the cool and refreshing mountain air, and have a majestic view of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia. The mountain will look even more spectacular with a sheer wall of granite towering a few thousand meters from the virgin forest floor and ending in jagged peaks.
Free at own leisure or proceed for a guided walk along the nature trails with the park naturalist. While walking, listen to the sounds of the jungle and observe nature’s plants, trees, orchids and butterflies.
The Nature Park boasts an estimated 4,500 species of plants which includes 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu. The park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. The world’s largest pitcher plant, the “Nepenthes Rajah” grows in abundance here.
Poring Hot Spring, named after the tall bamboo plant that is abundant in that area, is a natural spring where hot sulfurous water emit from the ground.There are Japanese Baths where visitors can soak themselves and let the invigorating sulfurous water stimulate the body.
Visitors can also try the canopy walkway, where suspension bridges are suspended at the top of the canopy for visitors to walk along the canopy of a tropical jungle.