- Tambunan Tambunan
Lonely Planet review for Mahua Falls
Off the north-south highway that runs between Ranau and Tambunan, you'll find lovely Mahua Falls, one of the most interesting sights in the valley. When coming from KK, you'll descend into the Pegalan Valley and reach an intersection with the north-south highway where you turn north (you'll see a sign indicating that Mahua Falls are 13km from this intersection). After 7.3km you will come to a sign on the left for Mahua Falls, after which it's 7km down a rough dirt road to the falls.
We really don't recommend that you take an ordinary car down this road (we can still remember the horrible sound of our Proton Wira scraping over the deep ruts and rocks of the road). You'll need either a 4WD vehicle or you can take a regular car some distance down the road and park it and walk when the going gets too rough (bring plenty of water).
Once at the falls, you'll find a building, from which a trail runs some 500m to the falls. The trail itself is brilliant, leading past several giant dipterocarp trees. The falls themselves are small (about 7m drop) but lovely, falling into a green bowl that might remind you of Hawaii.
There is no public transport to the falls.