Monsoon in the tropics! The weather in Sabah is expected to be cooler as we are entering the monsoon season that will typically last from October to February. A good change of climate to cool down the land after a couple of months of dry spells and haze that hit the country. Fortunately, the condition with haze in Sabah throughout September was recorded as moderate with the Air Pollutant Index reading in all the major towns between 50 and 100. All activities and businesses were not affected and operated as usual. Further reference: Air Pollutant Index of Malaysia
The typical forecast assumes drier mornings with rainfall towards the late afternoon. Good news is that paddlers will have extra challenges taming the Padas, Kiulu or Kadamaian rivers in their rafting quest. This is also perfect for the two off-road challenges happening in October and November as the terrain will be muddy and slippery which adds more excitement and challenge for the men and machines.
For normal travellers, plan your activities during the day and carry an umbrella or poncho.
Happening in October:
- World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) on the 19th – 26th October
- Borneo Bird Festival in Sandakan on the 26th – 27th October
- Tanjung Aru Beach Festival on the 26th – 27th October
- Tamu Besar Kota Belud on the 26th – 27th October
- Borneo Safari International Off-Road Challenge and from 27 October to 3 November
**Join us at Gaya St on the 27th to witness the flag off and get up close with the modified 4X4 vehicles
We will also be present at the:
- Travel Malaysia, Singapore from 4th – 6th October
- ITB Asia, Singapore from 16th – 18th October
- JATA, Osaka from 24th – 27th October
A Rewarding November where individuals and organizations will be acknowledged for their excellence and contributions to the tourism and hospitality industry at the 12th Sabah Tourism Awards. Happening in the same month are the Kota Marudu Festival, Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF), Borneo Diver’s Celebration Of Sea Turtles and Trans Borneo 2019.
We will make our way to the World Travel Mart From 4th – 6th November in London. Hope to see you there.
From January to July 2019, Sabah received 2,322,335 visitors. This is 7.6% higher compared in the same period in 2018.
Two cruise liners docked at Kota Kinabalu Port in September; the Le Laperose and the Silver Spirit, both carrying a combined number of 715 passengers from France and USA. In October, two more cruise liners are expected to berth in the Kota Kinabalu Port carrying an estimated 3,175 passengers from Europe.
Sabah was also chosen as the venue for 3 international events in September, participated by an estimated 1091 delegates from the USA, China and other nationalities:
- FOX 5 San Diego
- 7th Asian Congress of Health Psychology (ACHP 2019)
- Manulife Shanghai – MSL Sabah Convention
EAST COAST SECURITY UPDATES
The Malaysian Government has designated the entire eastern portion of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border of Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone and established the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to coordinate security forces’ activity. Security forces are stationed on the islands with resorts. Curfew hours between 7 pm to 5 am up to three nautical miles offshore is put in place by ESSCOM. Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia have formed a trilateral committee on this.
Currently, the Malaysian government has enhanced the efforts for patrolling our maritime border and are in constant contact with counterparts in the Philippines. Dusk to dawn curfew is strictly enforced on the sea to ensure the safety of tourists and divers.
These intrusion preventive measures are welcomed by all Malaysians and people of Sabah, to ensure safety and security for all Malaysians and visitors.