8 Best Nature Photography Locations In East Malaysia
Whenever you ask a Malaysian from Peninsula about East Malaysia, they will simply reply that it's just a piece of jungle! Well, that is partly true because East Malaysia is a heaven for nature lover. From wildlife to beautiful landscape, East Malaysia has it all. And today we're gonna reinforce the stereotype by presenting you 8 Best Nature Photography Locations in East Malaysia.
1. Danum Valley
Being remote from human habitation and almost alien to modern civilization, Danum Valley Conservation Area is a naturalists’ paradise. Recognized as one of the world’s most complex ecosystem, this forest serves as a natural home for endangered wildlife species such as banteng, Asian elephant, clouded leopard, orang utan, proboscis monkey, as well as a vast range of Sabah’s lowland fauna.
Even Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton decided to visit Danum Valley during their tour around Malaysia.
2. Lambir Hills National Park
Lambir’s unusual geology has created dozens of sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools scattered about the rainforest. The major attraction for visitors is its interesting selection of forest walks, from a gentle 15-minute stroll to an arduous all-day jungle trek. Most of Lambir’s trails are interlinked, so it is very easy to do quite a few in a day.
Photographer should bring along a stand for the exposure shot.
3. Maliau Basin ( Sabah's Lost World )
Maliau Basin Conservation Area, 58,840 ha, also known as Sabah’s Lost World is a huge bowl of pristine forests described as one of the few remaining relatively untouched wilderness areas in the world. Bounded by a formidable escarpment reaching over 1,675m above sea level, the almost circular Basin, one of Malaysia’s finest remaining wilderness areas, encompasses 390 km² of pristine forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem, never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored and documented.
It doesn't hurt to do some stretching when you're lost....
4. Bako National Park
Gazetted in 1957, Bako is Sarawak’s oldest national park, covering an area of 2,727 hectares at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula. It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. The well-maintained network of nature trails - from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment.
5. Sipadan Island
The internationally famous island of SIpadan lies five degrees north of the equator in the Sulawesi Sea (Celebes Sea). more than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystems. There is a total of 12 dive sites in Sipadan with the most popularly recommended dive sites such as : Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point and Hanging Gardens.
So underwater photographer, get ready your dive housing and dive into Sipadan's underwater magical world!
6. Gunung Mulu National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park is one of Nature’s most spectacular achievements and the ‘Jewels in the Crown’ of Sarawak’s expanding network of national park. Hidden underneath the surface is one of the largest limestone cave system in the world.
Photographer who enjoys taking photos in a cave environment will love Mulu NP.
7. Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Tabin Wildlife Reserve is home to various endangered wildlife such as the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Tembadau and exotic birdlife. Covered in euryspecies lowland rainforest, Tabin nurtures a colossal number of tropical plants; some of which are rich in medicinal and therapeutic values.
Wildlife photography aficionados and birdwathcing enthusiasts will find their visit to Tabin a truly priceless experience!
8. Kinabalu Park
Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. There is a new picturesque trail to the summit, Ranau Trail. The new trail will take climbers from Panalaban (previously known as Laban Rata) at 3,272m to Sayat Sayat (3,668m) then continue on to the summit trail to Low's Peak at 4,095.2m. The new trail may be more challenging than the previous trail, but climbers will be rewarded with breathtaking views along the way.
It doesn't hurt to be called a piece of jungle because if you don't know yet, rainforest is the lung of our mother earth. If not for these protected zone, you and I will be living in an over-heated planet Earth.
Do your part by preserving these places for our future generation.