Sabah, an island on an island. Located in the island of Borneo, Sabah has one of the richest underwater ecosystems in the world. Renowned for its crystal clear waters, sun-drenched white beaches, beautiful corals and a remarkable marine life, Sabah does not cease to amaze.

In Sabah:

  • 76 % of the world’s corals species is in Sabah.
  • Sipadan island is amongst the world top three best diving site.
  • Proposed Tun Mustapha Park is the largest park in South East Asia.
  • Sabah is within the Coral Triangle
  • Tun Sakaran Marine Park is the largest marine park with the highest concentration of coral reefs.
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a cluster of islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug.

A number of initiatives have been taken by the government and NGOs to ensure that the underwater ecosystems are conserved.

  1. Coral Triangle Initiative – The Coral Triangle is a marine region that spans those parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste with at least 500 species of reef-building corals,(Veron et al. Unpublished data).  The initiative is a partnership between 6 countries to sustain marine and coastal resources. Read more :
  2.  Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion – A programme which focuses on conservation areas of Kudat-Banggi and Semporna. WWF-Malaysia is currently working with Sabah Parks, Sabah Fisheries Department, District Offices and amongst others to strengthen the management of natural resources within this areas with involvements by local communities, government and private sectors. Read more :

The proposed TMP map

The Proposed Tun Mustapha Park

  1. The Tri-National Sea Turtle Conservation Corridor – One of the sites is located in the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecorigion. Partnership between   Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia on efforts to protect turtles. Some of the parks/islands which falls under this initiative are Lankayan island, Turtle Island Park (Selingan Island) and Tun Mustapha Park. Conservation International (Philippines) is working closely with Sabah Parks and WWF-Malaysia in this project. Read more : visit
Tri-national Sea Turtle Conservation Corridor map

Some of the works in the marine conservation works in Sabah :

  1. All sea turtle species are fully protected in Sabah, including a ban on the trade of all parts and eggs. Source : WWF Malaysia Conservation
  2. Ban of shark finning (Sabah is the first state in Malaysia to ban shark hunting)
  3. Coral replanting in Semporna Islands Park
  4. Giant Clam hatchery,    Sabah Park Tun Sakaran Marine Park
  5. 218,000 is a number of hatched turtles in Turtle Island.

Did You Know

The most expensive orchid in the world

Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid considered to be the “aristocrat of slipper orchids”; it grows wild in Mount Kinabalu and has won many awards and perhaps the most expensive orchid in the world. It takes 15 years to bloom from seedling earning the title “Gold of Kinabalu”

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