Kota Kinabalu Attractions

Top Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu

Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu


From quick jaunts to full-day outings.


Top Attractions in Kota Kinabalu

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What travellers are saying

  • tonimcallen
    Fremantle, Australia54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was the first of the islands around Kota Kinabalu we visited. The facilities on the island are basic but it is a pleasant place to spend time. The snorkelling was enjoyable in that there were plenty of fish to see, including small sting rays. However, the coral has been badly affected by tourism and pollution so that was disappointing.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • IndySig
    Indianapolis, IN3,844 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pretty mosque but quite a walk from KK. We enjoyed the seaside stroll, saw the sun setting and then enjoyed a nice dinner at one of the food stalls behind the mosque.
    Written 19 January 2024
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  • Anonymous A
    Greater Sydney, Australia169 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A 2 island hopping trip - Sapi and Manukan costs RM $45 direct from the Jesselton ferry terminal. First stop was Sapi island. An extra RM25 per adult is paid on arrival foe the whole day for conservation. The speed boat took about 10 - 15 min. The ride was choppy. No safety ramps or assistance getting on or off board. Life jackets were not offered on the way back. Driver seemed to be competing with other drivers for speed. Would not be suitable for people with back pain or those with physical disabilities. Sapi island had 2 small Beaches to snorkel. However there were alot of dead coral and minimal marine life. Water was clear and warm. Still a nice place to relax and rewind despite many tourists.
    Unfortunately, we couldn't find a boat to take us in-between islands. Priority was to tour groups. No one was willing to assist us. We waited 1 hour for a speed boat and decided to forfeit the 2nd island in case we could not get back to the terminal. Very poorly organised, chaotic and unhelpful staff on the islands. Could be so much better for Malaysian tourism.
    Written 25 December 2023
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  • feynman
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The crowds are huge, but like any street market, the only downside is that you can’t find parking if you’re driving. The traffic around the market is also pretty bad.