Maliau Basin Conservation Area is situated just above the Equator in south central Sabah, the northernmost of the two East Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.
Maliau Basin Conservation Area is adjacent to the Yayasan Sabah Forest Management Area, about 190 km from the town of Tawau (on the southeast coast) and some 40 km north of the Kalimantan (Indonesian) border, at between 116° 44’ - 117° 3’ E and 4° 41’ - 4° 56’ N.
Why maliau basin is important
enchanting lost world of borneo
Maliau Basin Conservation Area encompasses a diverse assemblage of forest types, comprising mainly of lower montane forest, rare montane heath forest and lowland and hill dipterocarp forest. Dominated by majestic Agathis trees, the lower montane forest, which also contains oaks, laurels and conifers such as Dacrydium species, grades into mossy cloud forest on the northern rim.
As for fauna, although much of the terrain remains to be explored, Maliau Basin Conservation Area has already revealed itself to be the home of some of Sabah’s most rare and endangered species, including the Asian Elephant, Orang Utan and Proboscis Monkey.
outstanding area of wild natural beauty
Widely known as "Sabah's Lost World", the 58,840 ha Maliau Basin Conservation Area is located in the southern central part of the state, only 40km from the Indonesian border. Maliau Basin is one of the top-recommended places to go for ecotourism in Malaysia.
Fast gaining recognition as one of the most important wilderness areas left in Malaysia, Maliau Basin also well-known for its spectacular waterfalls, the most famous being the magnificent 7-tier Maliau Falls. Its most critical function is as a repository of unspoiled forests. It also serves as a vital corridor of natural rainforest stretching from South-Central Sabah to Danum Valley and up to Darvel Bay on Sabah's east coast.