Bombalai Hill


  • Elevation: 536 m (1,759 ft)
  • Prominence: 212 m
  • Ribu category: Spesial
  • Province: Sabah (Malaysia)
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  • Other names: none.

Bagging It!

This relatively small hill is not particularly prominent but it is the only place in all of Borneo with known historic volcanic activity. It is very close to the town of Tawau. The trailhead starts at the entrance to Tawau Hills Park (Taman Bukit Tawau) and it takes just one hour to reach the summit and a similar amount to descend.

Local Accommodation


  • Getting there: The closest town is Tawau which has an airport. From the airport to Tawau Hills Park takes about 1 hour by car or taxi (or 30 minutes from Tawau itself). Public transport is poor or non-existent. There is also an express boat from Tarakan (Indonesia) to Tawau 3 or 4 times a week taking around 4-5 hours. In 2022, it leaves at 11am and costs Rp500,000 one-way.
  • Permits: RM3 entrance fee for Malaysians (Rm10 for foreigners). Open for 8am until 4.30pm.
  • Water sources: Take sufficient bottled water for what is a reasonably short hike.


1 thought on “Bombalai Hill”

  1. Well, I was supposed to make a quick trip to Bombalai Hill yesterday, but was simply too exhausted from work. 6 days in a row of getting up at 5am. It’s not fair but it seems with so many jobs people have, their days off are actually just ‘getting rested in time for work again’ and paying pack the sleep debt days rather than actual free time.

    Anyway, I have at least got a number of a forest ranger at the park there. Johan +60171858286. A second option would be Alfonso +60138722354.

    I aim to visit….when I have more time to devote to this project!

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