Nature & Adventure
Bako National Park
Sarawak's oldest national park was established in 1957. It covers a modest 27 sq. km., and is 37km from Kuching. It is known for its extraordinary natural scenery, habitats, plants and wild life. Its most significant features are secluded coves and rugged rocky headlands with magnificent steep cliffs that overlook the South China Sea.
The Habitat on Penang Hill, some 820 metres above sea-level, is an ecotourism site easily accessible via a 7-minute ride on the Penang Hill Funicular Train. It’s a place to visit for the most complete, exciting and educational Malaysian rainforest experience. The first of its kind in Malaysia, The Habitat aims to promote environmental consciousness and conservation awareness among its visitors.
Rainforest Discovery Centre
The Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sepilok, Sandakan is part of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve – home to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. Located in Sabah, it is one of the state's most popular environmental education (EE) centres today. Take a stroll through the forest or walk along the 147- metre long canopy walkway and enjoy a spectacular view of the beautiful rainforest - 28 metres above ground.
Gunung Mulu National Park
Sipadan Island is rated among the world’s top 10 best dive sites, and clearly the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia. What makes it a Crown jewel is its amazing diversity and abundance of marine life. Barracudas, trevallies, silver jack fishes, tunas, mantas, sharks, turtles and over 3,000 species of fish roam its crystal-clear waters.
Nearby islands of Mabul, Kapalai and Mataking, also offer dive sites with interesting names as the Lobster Wall, Froggie’s Lair and Mid Reef. Read more.
Taman Negara (National Park) is the first and the oldest official Protected Area in the country, originally named King George V National Park. Declared in 1938 by the Sultans of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu (during King George's Silver Jubilee), it was gazetted to preserve the land's indigenous nature in perpetuity. The park was renamed Taman Negara after the nation gained independence in 1957. The most popular activities at Taman Negara are river cruises and jungle trekking. The canopy walk is also a must-see, offering a fantastic close up view of activity in the rainforest canopy.
Kuala Selangor Fireflies
Kuala Selangor is a small coastal village northwest of Kuala Lumpur. The village is renowned for the great attraction alongside the Selangor River that runs through the village. On this river you can spot the famous fireflies (Kelip-Kelip in Bahasa Melayu) during evenings/nights. The fireflies all are found on the mangrove tree species called berembang. It is said that this is one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world.
Kinabalu National Park
Located in Kundasang, the Kinabalu Park gained Malaysia’s 1st UNESCO World heritage status in 2000. Its highest point, Mount Kinabalu (4,092m) is also South East’s tallest mountain, attracting adventure seekers and marathon runners seeking to conquer this granite peak.
The trek up is blessed with a wealth of vegetation that includes endemic pitcher plants, the showy tropical rafflesia flower and more than 1500 orchid species. With an abundance of more than 205 species of birds, of which 17 are endemic to the Kinabalu National park, there are fertile opportunities for bird and butterfly-watching. Explore the Botanical gardens and the cool surrounds at leisure. Check in at the Visitor Centre and seek advice from the Park guides for your memorable outing.
Birdwatching in the Wetlands. Grab your binoculars and flock down to Putrajaya Wetlands Park for a day of birdwatching! As one of the largest man-made freshwater wetlands in the tropics, the Putrajaya Wetlands is made up of the Wetlands Park (138 hectares) and the wetland areas (1,977 hectares). It is also recognised by UNESCO as an Ecohydrology Demonstration Site, a place where researchers can observe the interactions between water and the ecosystems. The wetlands has a high rate of biodiversity due to its unique ecosystem.