43 days in Sabah & Mauritius Itinerary

43 days in Sabah & Mauritius Itinerary

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43 days in Sabah & Mauritius Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
1
Semporna, Malaysia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Sandakan, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kundasang, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 10 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
5
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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4
nights
Semporna, Malaysia

Semporna ©
A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring the interesting area around Tropical Research and Conservation Centre. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tun Sakaran Marine Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bohey Dulang Island.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Semporna itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur to Semporna is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. In May in Semporna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mataking Island
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Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Sandakan, Malaysia

Sandakan
Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
Take a break from Sandakan with a short trip to Kinabatangan Jungle Camp in Sukau, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park, appreciate the views at Danum Valley Conservation Area, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sandakan trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Semporna to Sandakan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kundasang.

Things to do in Sandakan

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Danum Valley Conservation Area, Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
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4
nights
Kundasang, Malaysia

Kundasang ©
Get out of town with these interesting Kundasang side-trips: Mahua Waterfall (in Tambunan), Poring (Adenna Rafflesia Garden & Langanan Waterfall) and Mount Trusmadi (in Keningau).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kundasang online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandakan to Kundasang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Kundasang

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ranau, Poring, Sabah, Mahua Waterfall, Mount Trusmadi
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Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu
Langanan Waterfall ©
Langanan Waterfall
Mount Trusmadi ©
Mount Trusmadi

10
nights
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kota Kinabalu: Tuaran (Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La & Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club) and Zip Borneo (in Tamparuli). Make the 16th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 17th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, have fun at Sabah Indoor Climbing Centre, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu road trip planning site .

Drive from Kundasang to Kota Kinabalu in 2 hours. In May in Kota Kinabalu, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tuaran, Sorinsim Waterfall, Zip Borneo
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Manukan Island ©
Manukan Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamarel side-trips: Souillac (Rochester Falls & Gris Gris Beach), Coffee & Tea Tours (in Bois Cheri) and Takamaka Boutique Winery (in Vacoas). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Seven Colored Earths, take a peaceful walk through Lavilleon Natural Forest, tee off at Avalon Golf Estate, and head outdoors with Parc Aventure Chamarel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamarel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Chamarel by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kota Kinabalu to Chamarel. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kota Kinabalu in May, with highs in Chamarel at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Rodrigues Island.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mauritius, Souillac, Takamaka Boutique Winery, Avalon Golf Estate, La Vallee des Couleurs
Highlights from your plan
Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve
Seven Colored Earths ©
Seven Colored Earths
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park

5
nights
Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Rodrigues Island ©
Flung far out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, rocky Rodrigues Island sits in a turquoise lagoon surrounded by a fringing coral reef.
Rodrigues Island is known for parks, beaches, nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Trou d'Argent Beach, step off the mainland to explore Cat Island (Ile aux chats), stroll through Grand Montagne Nature Reserve, and admire the landmark architecture of St Johns Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rodrigues Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Chamarel to Rodrigues Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Rodrigues Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Baie.

Things to do in Rodrigues Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Trou d'Argent Beach ©
Trou d'Argent Beach
Île aux Cocos ©
Île aux Cocos

6
nights
Grand Baie, Mauritius

Grand Baie ©
Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Explore Grand Baie's surroundings by going to Casela World of Adventures (in Cascavelle), Flic en Flac Beach (in Flic En Flac) and Jummah Mosque (in Port Louis). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Ile aux Cerfs, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Heritage Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Baie online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rodrigues Island to Grand Baie in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June in Grand Baie, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mont Choisy, Ile aux Cerfs, Bowfighters, La Vanille Nature Park, Casela World of Adventures
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Ile aux Cerfs ©
Ile aux Cerfs
Casela World of Adventures ©
Casela World of Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling

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