Kota Kinabalu Attractions

Top Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu

Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu


Top Attractions in Kota Kinabalu



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  • HW08
    Port Macquarie, Australia345 contributions
    As part of our Borneo tour, we spent 2 night including Christmas Eve on Manukan Island. The island is not very big with not a lot to do besides swimming. The main walking track to Sunset Point is about 20 mintes walk however part of the track had fallen away. We still managed to climb around to make our destination. The only drawback to the island was the enormous amounts of rubbish on the beaches. I think staff from the resort were cleaning it up when we left. Overall it was a nice stay and a great place to relax and unwind.
    Written 12 January 2023
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  • Dimple958
    New York City, NY60 contributions
    Nice beach with clean warm water. It was small but there was no trash or debris on the sand. Kept clean and was enjoyable.
    Written 17 January 2023
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  • Dave Chua
    1 contribution
    well it is a great shopping centre but best avoid weekends as the crowd is very thick. the famous brands u can think of are all there.
    Written 1 January 2023
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  • catiger30
    Pasig, Philippines121 contributions
    We were so excited to visit this popular Kota Kinabalu City Mosque or also called Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu. Unfortunately when we arrived there, they showed us a big signage stating that the mosque is no longer open for tourists. We asked the locals why it was closed, and they said due to the Corona Virus. They really take good care of their people here in KKCity.
    We were only allowed to stay across the street where there's basically nothing but landscapes.
    Behold, it didn't stop us for being creative. We needed to take at least some pictures and had some fun!
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • Travelshiok
    Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
    Just back from Manutik Islands, snorkeling. The waters are clear, the beach is clean unlike many online feedbback. Try to visit this and other islands like the Sapi Islands before some big countries open their borders and swarm and dirty the beaches all over again. Should consider using the Sutera jetty to reach the islands (served by Derek who is very friendly and professional) as there is only one operator there (maybe one or two more ?) instead of the Jesselton Point which is like a fish market of multiple operators. The beach is teeming with fishes just near the shorer provided inconsiderate tourists do not pollute the place.
    Written 11 July 2022
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  • MichelleChanHL
    Singapore, Singapore1,292 contributions
    Not what I expected the hotspring to be... You need to fill up water from the taps to dip your body in it. There is one section for foot bath.
    Toilet is clean with shower room. Swimming pool with a lifeguard available on site. However the drive was not very worth it for us.
    Written 4 December 2022
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  • Mayfairjock
    London, UK98 contributions
    I first went 20 years ago and whilst it’s still very pretty the predictable explosion of silly ‘tourist stuff’ has occurred since - zip line, sea walking, inflatable course etc. The major disappointment is the amount of rubbish everywhere, this is supposed to be a ‘national park’. Boats are freely available from 3 marinas and en route the plastic floating around is painfully obvious. We picked up bag after bag of trash from the beaches on Sapi, Mamutik and Manukan right under the noses of the ‘lifeguards’ who were ‘pretending not to notice’ they clearly think that doing this is below them. There’s a charge to visit this islands and it makes me think where that money is going?
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Hilary F
    Uckfield, UK73 contributions
    Great place to walk and chill out with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. It's very popular for sundowners and you can see why! Keep an eye out for the parrots.
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • sher88
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia578 contributions
    Visited during Raya 2019. This was my 3rd visit after a few years. It has improved in the variety of stalls but still mostly selling the same touristy stuff. Good place for getting souvenirs as you can bargain. Tried the infamous blended watermelon juice and it was really refreshing especially in the hot weather. Great place to stroll would definitely recommend to others.
    Written 20 October 2020
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  • Hilary F
    Uckfield, UK73 contributions
    Very interesting to visit the Bornean village houses in the grounds of the museum. We did not have a lot of time to spare but we walked round all the galleries and it was interesting if in need of a little sprucing up. It is easy to walk from the Sabah Art Gallery to the museum.
    Written 8 November 2022
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  • malik
    1 contribution
    We spent 2nights there and were given room 10a but wifi was inexistant so we were moved to 5b, Closer to reception. On arrival we were welcomed at jetty and at réception by Einstein who took Time to présent hôtel,services etc.
    Beach villas are very nice. It feels like home, especially on the green sofa!!
    You will be welcomed with fruit in the room. A beautiful orchidée in the bathroom ( 10a's one is much bigger and beautiful than 5b's).
    Snorkelling was very difficult, the water was not clear because of the weather. From 9 till 4, you will see tons of Chinese tourists groups.
    You'll have to pay 20rm for conservation tax but you'll be swimming with plastic bottles,bags and cans. That does not help nature.
    We would like to thank all the staff especially Einstein,Aslan,Ben and the very welcoming gentleman and lady at the restaurant ( thank you for your well appreciated complimentary snack attention on our last dinner).
    We would probably come back.
    Written 12 November 2019
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  • krocchi
    Singapore, Singapore1,333 contributions
    Pretty average mall but it’s one of the good one in kinabalu. There is lots of food options. Would recommend a 2 hour visit.
    Written 16 July 2022
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  • Boolat
    2 contributions
    Worth to drive up there as the sunset view were amazing and spectacular. Parking can be challenging as there weren't any designated parking spots. Just roadside parking and the roads were narrow. But, be careful when driving especially after dark because certain parts of the road did not have any safety railing because it was really dark.
    Written 13 January 2023
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  • Ajda76
    Ljubljana, Slovenia51 contributions
    Wonderful, colourful, wet and tasty. I loved it, also the kids, mostly we met locals enjoying their meal. The price of seafood is still quite high, regarding this is a local market - 18 rm per 100 g for tiger prawns, they are obviously pricey.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • WorldGlutton
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia20,428 contributions
    We return to have dinner at the Filipino Market after 2 years but at different stall totally. Very busy night market with plenty of food and beverage choices. Pick your own seafood & vegetable, the stall chef will cook to your preference.
    The fish is steam good, crispy calamari , butter prawns are perfectly done but the wild fern is fiberous and slice of snail meat too tough to bite in. Glass of avacodo juice tasted raw !!!
    Not very comfortable dinner time spent here as the smoke from stall doing bbq chicken wings were blowing straight to our side. !!!
    Written 5 February 2022
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