Welcome to Maliau Basin Conservation Area


The basin, a 25km-wide bowl-shaped depression of rainforest, was unnoticed by the world until a pilot almost crashed into the walls that hem it off in 1947, and is the single best place in Borneo to experience old-growth tropical rainforest. More than that, it is one of the world's great reserves of biodiversity, a dense knot of almost unbelievable genetic richness – more than 2000 types of fauna and flora are found here, with more awaiting discovery. It wasn't until 1988 that an expedition into the basin found a self-contained ecosystem of 12 types of forest and tremendous waterfalls. Maliau Basin attracts a small number of adventurous, hardy trekkers and naturalists per year.


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Maliau Basin Adventure - 3 Days

ItineraryDay 1: KOTA KINABALU – MALIAU BASIN CENTERStop At: Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Tawau, Tawau Division, SabahMeet at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu City or Tawau, and journey for Maliau Basin traverse the scenery of Crocker Range as we drive up to Keningau. The ride takes about 4 hours, upon arriving at the Maliau Basin Study Centre (MBSC) a good chance to have a stretch, soon after registering enjoy you lunch at the pristine forest of Borneo. After checking in, join on an introductory walk surrounding the centre. Discover and learn about the biodiversity of this amazing place known as ‘Sabah’s Lost World’. Following dinner, embark on a night drive to spot for nocturnal wildlife.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Maliau Basin Centre, Resthouse (Twin Sharing)Day 2: MALIAU BASIN CENTERStop At: Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Tawau, Tawau Division, SabahAfter breakfast, go on a guided nature trail walk and enjoy the aerial view of the forest from the ‘Sky-Bridge’. Return back to the centre for lunch, have an easy afternoon before your next trail walk to ‘Agathis Trail’. A chance to look for potential wildlife in the pristine forest of Maliau. Back to your room to freshen up before dinner.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Maliau Basin Center, Resthouse (Twin Sharing)Day 3: MALIAU BASIN – KOTA KINABALUPass By: Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Tawau, Tawau Division, SabahAfter breakfast have a free and easy morning before checking out and depart back to Kota Kinabalu City, expected to arrive by 2 pm.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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