Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu (KK) is the get away to 15 islands (Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park).

Amidst the tropical island of Borneo lies the city of Kota Kinabalu, known for its beautiful islands, amazing sunsets and warm hospitality. Being the capital of Sabah, it is the getaway to the highest peak in South East Asdia: Mount Kinabalu. Near the city are beautiful golden beaches, pristine tropical forests, magnificent coral reefs and the enchanting islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

The city of Kota Kinabalu is not only an enthralling natural beauty, but also comprises of the modern elements of a tourist spot. KKIA, the international airport is located only 20 minutes from the city center which is filled with world class resorts, hotels, yachting marina, lush green golf courses and museums. There are plentiful malls and specific streets for the shopping enthusiasts.

This contemporary city has something to offer for every type of tourist. There are numerous resorts and hotels especially to cater to the relaxation needs of visitors.

Luxury Beach resorts

See below the luxury beach resorts in and around Kota Kinabalu.

  • Beringgis Beach Resort
  • Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
  • Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
  • Nexus Resort Karambunai
  • The Pacific Sutera
  • The Magellan Sutera

Luxury Island Resorts

See below the luxury island resorts near Kota Kinabalu.

Other Luxury Hotels

There are several luxury hotels in Kota Kinabalu City including:

  • Le Meridien
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hilton

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Kota Kinabalu is a good option for those who want to learn scuba diving at discounted rates prior to visiting the world famous Sipadan area.

Kota Kinabalu Islands

The Kota Kinabalu islands are a collection of five islands that make up a well-protected marine conservation park known as Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. This marine park was named after the first Prime Minister in Malaysia and is often shortened to TAR Park to simplify things for visitors.

The islands of TAR Park are situated close together and at most are only 10 – 15 minutes away from each other.

The Island of Kota Kinabalu offer a pristine, secluded setting very close to a city. In order of size from smallest to biggest, the islands are Sulug, Mamutik, Sapi, Manukan and Gaya Island.

The TAR Marine Park covers an area of 50km² and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area

Visitors can enjoy a number of land and beach activities and water sports such as sunbathing, jungle trekking, island hopping, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Oceanus Waterfront Mall

The Oceanus Waterfront Mall in Kota Kinabalu was opened in late 2014. Situated on a prime area of waterfront facing the city, the mall boasts close proximity to Gaya Island and the TAR Marine Park. The Oceanus Waterfront Mall is easily accessible by public transport from Putatan, Lok Kawi, Kinarut, Beverly Hills and Penampang and Donggong.

Food and Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu

Eating is of great cultural importance in Sabah and there is a vast array of Culinary Tours available for tourists to sample some delicious local fare.

Everyone in Borneo seems to have their own preference of where is best to sample which delight, but overall the melting pot of cultures in Sabah allows for a great culinary experience.

Sabah has a rich cultural heritage stemming from contributions from all over the world, but also has a few distinctive dishes that are must-haves on any visit.

For those who enjoy the lesser-explored paths, the markets are the best way to glimpse the everyday life of people in Sabah.

The suburbs and local markets in Kota Kinabalu will also give you an idea of the local produce available in the area as well as the many different locally-grown herbs and spices that are used in Sabahan meal preparation.

Note: Don't miss the snorkeling and/or diving at Sipadan (Tawau airport). Please contact us for more information on how to get there.