Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu which includes landscape views and boating

Sabah’s capital is a laid-back, oceanfront city not far from towering Mount Kinabalu, traditional villages and a spectacular marine park.

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.

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Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Hilton Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P2,802 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of All Saint's Cathedral and Kompleks Asia City. Sedco Square and Centre Point ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (718 reviews)
"All friendly staff, value for money"

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P4,613 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
This Tanjung Aru resort is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sabah State Mosque, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and Imago Shopping Mall. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice view. Amazing food. Friendly staff. Awesome."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
The price is P3,504 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Kota Kinabalu aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall, University of Malaysia Sabah, and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. Kota ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (175 reviews)
"😊Nice beach and spacious room 😑If the furnitures got newer the feeling is better. The building not well maintained."

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
The price is P3,504 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Kota Kinabalu aparthotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall, University of Malaysia Sabah, and Tuaran Crocodile Farm. Kota ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (175 reviews)
"😊Nice beach and spacious room 😑If the furnitures got newer the feeling is better. The building not well maintained."

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Pelagos Oceanus
Pelagos Oceanus
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Warisan Square, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, and Anjung Samudera. Local Fruits ...
3.8/5 Good! (18 reviews)
"Check in issues"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Pelagos Oceanus
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
3.5 out of 5
PV104, Precinct Dillenia, Nexus, Residence Karambunai, Off Sepangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P9,349 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Located in Kota Kinabalu, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Karambunai Peninsula, and within 12 mi (20 km) of 1Borneo Hypermall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Great location & beach. Very disappointed with the condition of the property, very run downed. We can see that the property had good bones but just not maintained well. No property toiletries provided I.e face/hand towels, shampoo & conditioners. Aircond had leaks. Doors & windows leading out to ..."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Sunset Seaview Beach Villas & Spa Suites @ Nexus Karambunai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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