Kota Kinabalu, The Capital of Sabah
Kota Kinabalu, The Capital of Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, The Capital of Sabah

Highlights of Kota Kinabalu City

Once known as Jesselton, Kota Kinabalu has grown from a humble fishing village to being Sabah’s bustling, commercial capital city. Luxurious shopping malls dot its landscapes and a new cultural scene is set to take centre stage in a few years. Despite all of these, Kota Kinabalu is still one of the most versatile vacation hot spots catering to the different needs of every travellers, from family, business to adventurers.

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What To Do in Kota Kinabalu

Explore Kota Kinabalu city centre and nightlife

Every city boasts its own city life and nightlife culture, and Kota Kinabalu is no different. Head down to the city centre and you’ll see what we mean.

Starting from the beautiful floating city mosque, Masjid Bandaraya, located in the city centre, the mosque is built with splendid soaring minarets and stand majestically resembling the Holy mosque of Medina.

Just 10 minutes from the mosque, you will be able to visit the popular Filipino Handicraft Market. Stroll through the different sections and purchase local souvenirs such as clothings, wood carvings and snacks at affordable rates. Make sure you have polished your bargaining skills before entering this market. At night, whether you’re craving a pint with a few friends or wanting to dance the night away, the many bars and clubs at KK Waterfront certainly won’t disappoint.

Here are some packages you can do in Kota Kinabalu City Centre:

Image: Floating City Mosque

Kota Kinabalu city view from Signal Hill Observatory Tower

Image: Floating City Mosque

Kota Kinabalu city view from Signal Hill Observatory Tower

Kota Kinabalu city view from Signal Hill Observatory Tower

Snorkel, dive and relax at Kota Kinabalu Islands

Visiting Kota Kinabalu islands is surely one of every travellers' bucket list to do, and to start off your island exploration, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP Islands) is definitely a safe bet. Comprised of 5 Islands namely, Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik, Gaya, and Sulug, you can enjoy a variety kinds of water activities such as snorkeling, diving, trekking, hiking, jetski, parasailing and many more water sports.

Other than TARP islands, you might also want to explore other pristine islands such as, Mantanani, Pulau Tiga or the private Ara Dinawan Island.

Here are some island, snorkeling and diving packages in Kota Kinabalu:

Image: Kota Kinabalu Islands

Fun activities at Mantanani Island

Image: Kota Kinabalu Islands

Fun activities at Mantanani Island

Fun activities at Mantanani Island

Catch a sight on one of world's best sunsets

Let’s not forget that the city also boasts a reputation for being one of the world's Eight Great Places to Watch The Sunset (Huffpost). Visit Tanjung Aru beach during golden hours and get ready to be stunned. Stroll through the beach while watching the sunset touches the sea.

Alternatively, hop on to the sunset dinner cruise to watch this gorgeous sunset from the sea or go for a staycation at Sutera Harbour Resort to get this amazing view from the sunset bar.

Here are some packages to see Kota Kinabalu sunset:

Sunset view from Seatango's upper deck

Sunset view from Seatango's upper deck

Sunset view from Seatango's upper deck

Go for an adventurous white water rafting

Watch out adrenaline-junkies out there!

Kota Kinabalu rivers provide you a diverse rapids suited to every kind of adventurers of differing abilities and fitness level, from the rapids for leisure travellers to the rapids that challenge even the most fearless.

Some of the best locations to go white water rafting are the longest and most popular, Kiulu river (Grade 1-2); the newest attraction, Kadamaian river (Grade 1-2); and the most challenging, Padas river (Grade 3-4), where you can also experience riding on an old diesel train from Beaufort to Pangi.

Here are some White Water Rafting packages in Kota Kinabalu:

Easy grade 1-2 white water rafting at Kiulu river

Easy grade 1-2 white water rafting at Kiulu river

Easy grade 1-2 white water rafting at Kiulu river

Proboscis Monkeys & Fireflies sightings on a river cruise

Sabah is blessed with abundance of river systems along with Borneo's most unique species and endemic wildlife. In Kota Kinabalu, you can grab the opportunity to spot long-tailed macaques, rare silvery langurs and of course the Proboscis Monkeys - which can only be found right here in Borneo by joining a relaxing river cruise.

Some of the renowned river cruises places in Kota Kinabalu are Klias, Kawa Kawa and Weston Wetland, also known as "The Little Kinabatangan" River Cruises. When you are onboard these cruises during evening time, fireflies will entice you for a magical display of twinkling lights to lead your way along the river. 

Here are some proboscis and fireflies wildlife river cruise in Kota Kinabalu:

Open-deck boat for a better wildlife sighting experience at Klias river cruise

Open-deck boat for a better wildlife sighting experience at Klias river cruise

Open-deck boat for a better wildlife sighting experience at Klias river cruise

Packages in Kota Kinabalu

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