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.
- Gayana Eco Resort
- Gaya Island Resort
- Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
- Manukan Island Resort
Other Luxury Hotels
There are several luxury hotels in Kota Kinabalu City including:
- Le Meridien
- Hyatt Regency
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
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 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
Note: Don't miss the snorkeling and/or diving at Sipadan (Tawau airport). Please contact us for more information on how to get there.