Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is more affectionately known, is the capital of the Sabah state in Malaysia. A delightful coastal city that is rich with history and tradition beckons local and international travellers to explore and discover its gorgeous rainforests, natural ecosystem, beautiful reefs and diverse culture.
Top Must Do’s
Kinabalu Park – Nature lovers as well as climbing enthusiasts will be astounded by this botanical and mountainous paradise, especially Mount Kinabalu, the fifth highest peak in the whole of Southeast Asia!
Enjoy trekking along trails across the mountainous Crocker Range with a stunning view of the Borneo rainforest.
Manukan Island – Great facilities, excellent water sports and its crystal clear waters make Manukan Island irresistible to those looking for sea, sand and fun! There are also nature trails to explore as well as great locations for bird watching.
Tanjung Aru – It’s the perfect cocktail for a day of frolicking and unwinding with cool sea breeze and soft golden sand. This beach is particularly packed during the weekends with locals and tourists alike waiting to enjoy the gorgeous sunset.
Mari-Mari Cultural Village
Mari-Mari Cultural Village – At this idyllic little village, you can see for yourself how Sabah’s five major ethnic tribes – Kadazandusun, Bajau, Murut, Rungus and Lundayeh – live their daily lives just like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park – The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park provides a snapshot of the diverse wildlife and natural beauty in the Sabah region. Among the animals exhibited here are the Borneo Pygmy Elephants, orangutans, Sumatran Rhinoceros as well as a variety of colourful birds.
Kinabalu National Park
Kinabalu National Park – Breathtaking scenery surrounds you the moment you step into the hub of lush flora and fauna as you gaze in admiration at the impressive Mount Kinabalu. Enjoy trekking along trails across the mountainous Crocker Range with a stunning view of the Borneo rainforest.
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park – Head west off the coast of KK to this marine national park, consisting of the five islands Manukan, Gaya, Sapi, Mamutik and Sulug. Pristine beaches and cerulean waters bursting with marine life are ideal for a fun-filled day of diving, snorkelling and lazing by the beach.
Whitewater rafting at Padas River
Whitewater rafting at Padas River – If you love an exciting challenge down the river rapids, then this is the perfect activity for you. Graded as a Grade III to IV River, it offers pure thrills to even the most seasoned rafter. Don’t worry if you’re a novice, as there are milder rapids for a tamer pace.
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park – This expansive park provides a snapshot of the diverse wildlife and natural beauty in the Sabah region. Among the animals exhibited here are the Borneo Pygmy Elephants, orangutans, Sumatran Rhinoceros as well as a variety of colourful birds.
Kundasang – Don’t make the mistake of making Kundasang a mere transit before scaling Mount Kinabalu as there are plenty of interesting spots around this panoramic area. Loosen your tired muscles at Poring Hot Springs (a natural sulphur hot spring), embark on a night walk at the Sabah Tea Garden or learn more about World War 2 at the Kundasang War Memorial, complete with beautiful picturesque gardens.
|Mini Bus to Terminal Wawasan, 10 mins, RM2.00|
|Taxi to city center, RM30.00|
|Currency||Ringgit Malaysia (RM)|
|Electricity||220 – 240 Volt|
|Language||Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil, Hakka, Cantonese, Mandarin|
|Time zone||GMT +8|
|Telephone code||+60 88|
DEC – FEB
Monsoon season, 23°C – 31°C
Bring an umbrella in case of rain.
MAR – MAY
Dry season, 24°C – 32°C
Ideal time to explore the beaches and other attractions
JUN – AUG
Dry season, 23°C – 32°C
Great weather to stroll around town
SEP – NOV
Rainy season, 22°C – 30°C
Pack a raincoat and avoid the beaches