Get away to romantic Kota Kinabalu! Enjoy the boating, parks, and more.

Kota Kinabalu, or “KK” as it is affectionately known throughout Asia, is the dynamic gateway to Borneo. The city offers a wealth of cultural sights, from museums and art galleries, to mosques and botanical gardens. The year-round tropical weather is ideal for exploring the nearby beaches, rain forest trails and tropical islands. KK is also a foodie’s paradise, offering a huge range of regional Asian cuisines, including some of the largest barbecued banana prawns you will ever hope to see!

It’s easy to get around KK’s downtown sights on foot or by bus. Spend a day exploring local culture at the Sabah Museum and the nearby Ethnobotanical Gardens, where you’ll find pitcher plants, medicinal flora, rice and herbs.

At the Sabah Art Gallery, within the Sabah Museum complex, enjoy work by local artists both established and upcoming. Visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village for insight into the Kadazandusun indigenous tribes of Sabah. These tribes share their craftwork, architectural practices, cooking and dance with visitors.

Just beyond Kota Kinabalu’s downtown attractions, a world of wilderness and island possibilities await. Pack your snorkeling and fishing gear and island hop around the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.

Discover Borneo's incredible fauna at the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Green Connection, an aquarium, and the Tuaran Crocodile Farm.

Pull on your hiking boots and experience wild Borneo at the Kinabulu Park, where you’ll find carnivorous pitcher plants, the huge rafflesia flower and four species of primate. Climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu for an unforgettable sunrise view over northern Borneo and the South China Sea.

Kota Kinabalu is home to Malaysia’s second busiest airport, making it an easily accessible destination.

Known for

Swimming, Islands and Snorkeling

Top Hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
¥19,199
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.4/5Excellent! (1,556 reviews)

"Shangri-la. Wonderful as usual, will be back soon ❤️"…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
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The Klagan Hotel
3 out of 5
Unit 25-28, Ground Floor, Block D, Warisan Square Jalan Tun Fuad Step, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
¥4,529
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.1/5Very Good! (826 reviews)

"Excellent location. Centre Point Shopping complex, Waterfront restaurants & pubs as well as Filipino market nearby to buy souvenirs & to have cheap foods"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

The Klagan Hotel
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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
¥9,251
per night
Oct 8 - Oct 9
4.1/5Very Good! (1,068 reviews)

"The staff were excellent! The lady who served us when we checked in was so kind and helpful, the late checkout was super! Am so happy to have stayed at a hotel with the friendliest and warmest people. Will definitely recommend to friends and family 😍"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Popular things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu National Park
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Mount Kinabalu National Park

Tackle the two-day climb to Borneo’s highest peak or enjoy the lower rainforest trails in this park, home to some of the world’s rarest plants.

Top activities in Kota Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU CITY TOUR
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KOTA KINABALU CITY TOUR

¥4,538

Kota Kinabalu, the gateway to the rest of Sabah, is also the state capital. It has a population of approximately 300,000 and is usually called 'KK' for short.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Island-Hopping Tour
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Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Island-Hopping Tour

¥8,298

Spend a day of family fun venturing between the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, just a short distance from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea. Immerse yourself in the splendors of these charming islands as you dive into the water and swim with the abundant marine life of Sabah.

Full-Day Weston River Proboscis Monkey & Firefly Cruise with Buffet Dinner
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Full-Day Weston River Proboscis Monkey & Firefly Cruise with Buffet Dinner

¥4,149

Come face-to-face with Sabah's incredible wildlife on a river cruise in the lush Weston Wetland Park. Float past proboscis monkeys and fishing villages in the afternoon light, and after sunset fades into darkness, indulge in a dinner buffet and watch the landscape twinkle with glowing fireflies.

Colonial Steam Train Excursion
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Colonial Steam Train Excursion

¥15,559

Take a journey back into the colonial days of British North Borneo on board the North Borneo Railway. Immerse yourself in refurbished colonial designs alongside charming hosts dressed in colonial attire as you pass through small towns, plantations, jungles, and beaches in this relaxing tour.

SAPI AND MANUKAN ISLAND
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SAPI AND MANUKAN ISLAND

¥6,742

You can visit a combination of two beautiful Islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You will be transferred from hotel to Jesselton Jetty , where you will board a boat for about 15 minutes. The first stop will be Manukan Island.

Private Klias Wetland Safari & Fireflies Tour
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Private Klias Wetland Safari & Fireflies Tour

¥9,854

Move a step back from the concrete jungle of Kota Kinabalu and see the wild side of Sabah at Beaufort district, along the Klias Forest Reserve. Discover a variety of unique wildlife, including the Proboscis monkey, Macaque monkey, pygmy elephants, and thousands of fireflies.

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