Durians at Pekan Nabalu in Sabah

Pekan Nabalu Durians Sabah
If you are heading up to Mount Kinabalu, you must stop to try the Sabah durians at Pekan Nabalu, just before the Kinabalu National Park. This is one of the unique experiences for any durian lover or traveler who is visiting Sabah.

For me, I had the opportunity to sample some of the world's most unique durians here. And the best part is that they are really small, compared to the standard durians. This also depends on the season too.

At Pekan Nabalu, you will most likely find the famous Sabah red coloured durian, which would be the Sukang or Tabelak from the Ranau area of Sabah. The entire contents of the Sukang durian is in a deep red colour and highly sourced by locals. 

Nabalu Town - Local Kadazan Dusun vendors selling handicraft

Durians at Pekan Nabalu

Located along Jalan Ranau, the town of Nabalu is the last stop before reaching Mount Kinabalu and it is more of a tourist stop. But locals always make a stop over, especially to catch the view of the mountain, in the mornings or evenings.

At Pekan Nabalu, the local Kadazan Dusun people sell their local handicraft here and there must be at least 20 over stalls available. The best time is also on weekends or holidays when more tourist and locals are traveling.

Mount Kinabalu in the morning 7am

There is also a dedicated area serving some food and drinks by local people. You can get simple local food there and also canned drink or you can opt to try out the local coffee and tea here. A basic and clean toilet is available around the area.

View of the Kinabalu Range

For those who travel up here early in the mornings, you should take advantage of the incredible views from Pekan Nabalu. The view of Mount Kinabalu from the viewing platform is one of the best I have seen, and on a clear day.

If you want to get really nice sunrise views, I suggest you arrive there just before 6.00 am. The platform area is large therefore you can do our selfies or take photographs in different angles.

The road to Kinabalu

Durian King or Raja Durian

Well, since we are on the topic of durians, I would like to share one durian experience at home. I once bought a super large Durian which cost me RM45.00, from a local durian stall in SS2, Petaling Jaya.

Just take a look at the size of it compared with a common cigarette box. The guy that sold me the durian told me it was Durian King or Raja Durian, the largest durian in the family. And, I sure had a time of my life trying to finish it. 

Map to Nabalu Town in Sabah

View Nabalu Town in a larger map

Durians at Pekan Nabalu are seasonal so please check with the locals or your tour guide on when the full fruiting season is on. To my knowledge, July and August are fruiting season for the durians. But I was also told that they fruit twice a year nowadays.