Some of these beautiful pictures (and captions) here are taken by Late Rabani, such a great photographer he was. These pictures were taken around the place I currently live, the beautiful Sabah Borneo fondly known as Land Below the Wind.

Sabah known as North Borneo before its independence through Malaysia occupies the top portion of Borneo (the third largest island in the world) and most popularly known as “Land below the Wind”.  It is blessed with a diverse landscape of tropical forests, rugged mountains, green flat lands and pristine seas teaming with indigenous flora and fauna some of which can only be found in this part of the world.

Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Borneo Island standing at 4,093m above sea level, is the symbol of greatness of Sabahans. Every year, more than a million tourist climb the mountain, making it one of the most accessible recreational mountains in the world. The mountain, the highest between the Himalayas and New Guinea, sits in Kinabalu Park which became a Unesco World Heritage site in 2000.

Other attractions includes the Sipadan Islands, re-known for its scuba diving, the Sepilok Rehabilitation centre for the Orang Utan in Sandakan and Tunku Abdul Rahman National Parks which is located all around Sabah.

  • Agnes Keith, the famous American writer of the early 1900s was mesmerized by Sabah’s beauty that she lived in Sabah for many years and wrote several best-selling books including the famous “Land Below The Wind”.
  • Jacques Cousteau, oceans’ greatest ambassador, fell in love with Sipadan Island, a world class dive destination in the East Coast of Sabah, and its surrounding area so much that he decided to let the Calypso’s anchor lay there longer than it had on any other expedition to have a longer scuba diving vacation.
  • Prof. David Bellamy, the world famous ecology professor, author, and documentary producer, called Sabah, the “Nature Hollywood” of the world. He added that Sabah is “living solar-powered theme park”.
  • Sir David Attenborough, acclaimed conservationist/film maker, declared that “Sabah has the greatest treasure of wildlife”.



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