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Best time to visit Sandakan, Malaysia

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The best time to visit Sandakan is September-October

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Sandakan? Look no further! September-October is the best time to go to Sandakan due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In the height of summer, temperatures in Sandakan can reach a maximum of 33℃ (91℉). In the colder months such as February, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 24℃ (76℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Sandakan when the days are longest, you should visit in May. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Sandakan in January. Head over there in April instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Sandakan below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

April

Most daylight

May

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Sandakan seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Sandakan as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Sandakan is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Sandakan

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Sandakan for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Sandakan climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Sandakan for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Sandakan in January

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 260mm (10") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sandakan in February

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 126mm (5") over 22 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sandakan in March

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 110mm (4") over 24 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sandakan in April

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 104mm (4") over 25 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Sandakan in May

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 145mm (6") over 28 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Sandakan in June

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 123mm (5") over 27 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Sandakan in July

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 133mm (5") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Sandakan in August

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 1 days
  • Average rainfall: 160mm (6") over 29 days
1 days
of pure sunshine
29 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Sandakan in September

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 149mm (6") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.

Sandakan in October

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 169mm (7") over 28 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Sandakan in November

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 175mm (7") over 27 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sandakan in December

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 216mm (9") over 28 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
28 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sandakan in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Sandakan is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Sandakan is generally around April. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in April first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Sandakan is generally around January, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of January too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Sandakan, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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