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Top Choice Animal Sanctuary in Sepilok

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Around 25km north of Sandakan, and covering 40 sq km of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, this inspiring, world-famous centre welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them to for…
Top Choice Animal Sanctuary in Sepilok

Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre

The wonderful BSBCC provides care to rescued sun bears (44 bears at the time of writing), the world's second-most endangered bear. The centre has full access for the disabled, and it's possible to see the bears fora…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Eastern Sabah

Tawau Hills Park

This small reserve has forested hills rising dramatically from the surrounding plain. If getting into the Maliau Basin or Danum Valley feels like too much of an effort, consider Tawau Hills a user-friendly alternati…
Top Choice Cave in Sungai Kinabatangan

Agop Batu Tulug

This hill, 2km north of the Batuh Putih bridge, features three caves housing the ancestors of local Orang Sungai (People of the River). Because the Kinabatangan has a habit of frequently flooding, the final resting …
Top Choice Museum in Sandakan

Agnes Keith House

This atmospheric two-storey colonial villa, Newlands, tells the story of American writer Agnes Keith and her British husband Harry, the Conservator of Forests in North Borneo. They lived in Sandakan from 1934 to 195…
Top Choice International in Sepilok

Lake Bistro & Bar

This open-sided restaurant makes the most of its lakeside setting with the dark tropical timbers complementing the lush garden and carriage lighting. Pan-Asian dishes of beef, chicken and seafood, pasta, burgers and…
Top Choice Seafood in Sandakan

Restaurant Seafood Sim Sim 88

Located in the heart of the stilt village of Kampong Buli Sim Sim, 3km east of the centre, this large, breezy terrace strung with fairy lights is a terrific bet for creatures of the deep. Come for seafood noodles, g…
Top Choice Seafood in Semporna

Fat Mom's

Let's be clear about this: Fat Mom's is Semporna's go-to place for some of the tastiest, freshest seafood around – so fresh that your dinner might be glowering at you from the fish tanks. The squid is wonderfully te…
Top Choice Seafood in Tawau

Good View Seafood

Though some locals complain about consistency, we find the seafood here almost impeccable. The extensive menu features such delights as steamed clams with garlic, kung pao squid, 'drunken' prawns cooked in rice wine…
Top Choice Seafood in Tawau

Kam Ling Seafood

One of Tawau's best seafood restaurants, this Chinese emporium with shiny fish tanks is always packed. Find a table and order either from the specials scrawled above the fish tanks, or from the menu: black pepper cr…