Ulu Padas, a hidden natural paradise tucked away in the southwestern part of Sabah, is famous as one of the richest plant diversity sites in Borneo. Most visitors go to Ulu Padas to visit the Lundayeh villages of Long Pasia and Long Mio. The surrounding areas hold natural and historical treasures aplenty, including the beautiful Maga waterfall.
The journey to the Maga waterfall is a six-hour trek from the village of Long Pasia. As you trek along the Pasia River, you will encounter abundant wild flora, namely exotic mushrooms, huge agathis trees and a colourful selection of orchids. The waterfall stretches over several hundred metres with both flat and steep sections. On one of the flatter parts, there are marks resembling footprints. The locals believe that these are footprints of Upai Semaring. the Lundayeh people's famous ancestor.
A five-minute walk from the campsite is a flower garden with wild orchids of various shapes and sizes. The best time to see these flowers in bloom is April and May.
Visitors can stay a night or two at this nature wonderland, finding shelter in the comfortable huts built by the local villagers. Be sure to bring warm clothing as temperatures drop below 18 degrees celsius when night falls.