The area is also blessed with beautiful beaches with certain parts covered by mangrove trees. Surrounded by crystal clear water and coral reefs, SCCA is suitable for marine recreational activities as well as marine-based environmental education.
A grant from Shell enabled the construction of the Shell Tumunong Hallu Information Building, which serves as the gateway to the area.
Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA), situated north of Maliau Basin, in the centre of Sabah, is a 300 sq km area encompassing a sweeping 25 km long valley, probably the largest contiguous lowland dipterocarp forest left in Sabah, flanked by high sandstone ridges. Numerous scenic waterfalls are found in Imbak Canyon. The area is rich in flora and fauna species, including medicinal plants, which is an important botanical gene bank for forest rehabilitation. As a pristine area of forest, it also forms a vital component in the biodiversity corridor linking Maliau Basin to the south and Danum Valley to the east.
A scientific expedition organised by the Yayasan Sabah Group and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2010 yielded many remarkable new findings in terms of flora and fauna, as well as physical characteristics found to be conducive to the formation of spectacular and breathtaking waterfalls.
Through collaboration with PETRONAS, environmental education, community outreach, public awareness, research, capacity building activities, strategic management plan and ethno-forestry survey and documentation are being implemented. Preliminary works towards the construction of the Imbak Canyon Study Centre are also being conducted.
The Group embarked on environmental education as far back as 1988 by establishing the Sabah Nature Club (SNC) with the cooperation from the Sabah Education Department in promoting environmental education and awareness among students. Apart from carrying out environmental education activities all over Sabah for its members, SNC also uses Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon conservation areas as venues for its environmental education programmes. SNC memberships are opened to students and teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher learning in Sabah. The club has more than 42,700 registered members.
HOSPITALITY AND RECREATION
Visitors to the conservation areas managed by the Group have the opportunity to experience the rainforest in its undisturbed state, with diverse and unique flora and fauna. Activities offered to visitors are jungle trekking and waterfalls viewing (which includes the majestic 7-tier Maliau Waterfall), listening to the distinctive “jungle symphony” at different times of the day, bird watching, sighting mammals or merely looking at the majestic huge trees.