Mount Kinabalu and environs

Mount Kinabalu overlooks the city of Kota Kinabalu. The surrounding area is rice farms in the coastal plain and rainforests in the Crocker Range.

The Mountain

Mount Kinabalu waterfall

The fog in the valley makes the mountain seem distant. There are many waterfalls.


flower orchids lily pitcher plant

At the base of Mount Kinabalu there is a garden with many native plants from the area. The pitcher plants do not usually grow so high, and the ones in the valley are bigger.

Water Buffalo, Bubalus bubalus

water buffalo with calf

We passed a water buffalo and calf.


yellow crinoid blue crinoid

Goniobranchus kuniei


False clown anemonefish, Amphiprion ocellaris


Common lionfish, Pterois volitans


We did some diving off Kota Kinabalu to make sure our equipment survived the flights to Borneo. The near-shore reefs were still recovering from being heavily silted by a freak typhoon in December.

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