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Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres (2,000 ft) from
the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea east of the major town of Tawau and
off the coast of Borneo, East Indonesia on the island of Borneo. It was formed by
living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years
to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre
of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish
and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan has
been rated by many dive journals as one of the top dive destinations in the world
Kinabalu National Park or Taman Negara Kinabalu in Malay, established as one of the
first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site
designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and
the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world. It covers an
area of 754 square kilometers surrounding Mount Kinabalu, which at 4,095.2 metres,
is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo.
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park was established in 1974, just offshore Kota Kinabalu.
It comprises 49 square kilometers of which two-thirds are sea, and the rest is coral
reefs and five islands. It is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku
Abdul Rahman. The Park is administered by Sabah Parks. The islands can be accessed
from Kota Kinabalu by ferry.
Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 438 square kilometres tract of relatively undisturbed
lowland dipterocarp forest in Sabah, Malaysia.The lowland rainforest is home to many
birds and mammals. Orang utans, gibbons, and other primates, including the tarsier,
as well as deer, wild cats and the rare Bornean Pygmy Elephant may be seen. Other
notable species that inhabit the are the Sun Bear and Sumatran Rhino.
The Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of
560 kilometers from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet
at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan.
Kinabatangan is known for its remarkable wildlife and fascinating habitats such as
limestone caves at Gomantong hill, dryland dipterocarp forests, riverine forest,
freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and salty mangrove swamps near the coast.
Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state in Malaysia. It features a number of
shopping malls, which attract many visitors, the largest hypermall is 1 Borneo.
The weekly Gaya Street Sunday Market features a gathering of locals hawkers selling
a wide range of items from traditional ethnic cultural souvenirs to pets and flowers.
The Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market(formerly known as the Filipino Market) features
vendors selling traditional handicrafts, souvenirs and foodstuffs.