Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu – The Place for Mountaineers

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah, located in East Malaysia. It is a major fishing destination and a popular gateway for holiday fun. Kota Kinabalu is also a very well-known place amongst climbers and mountaineers. This is where the highest mountain in Malaysia is located. Hence, you will get a chance to experience a little climbing or trekking scene if desired.


Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

A destination both for the avid sun seeker and the more adventurous tourist. Relax on the beach, enjoy beach activities and be amazed by the great nature. There are so many things to do in Kota Kinabalu, no matter interests.


Kota Kinabalu Mountain

Because Kota Kinabalu is known as a place for expeditions, you could hire an experienced Kota Kinabalu mountain guide to scale up the Kota Kinabalu mountain of Mount Kinabalu. However, you should be prepared to spend a few days sleeping in the wild as it takes a minimum of 2 days and one night to reach the mountain peak.


Kota Kinabalu National Park

Another way to experience nature, is to go to Kota Kinabalu National Park, which is a natural habitat for several different species of animals. You can hire a guide to guide you through the jungle trails of the Kota Kinabalu National Park reserve.




Kota Kinabalu Beach

If you prefer the sun, sand and the sea, Kota Kinabalu wouldn’t be complete without a white and sandy Kota Kinabalu beach. Kota Kinabalu beach is the great get away for sun seekers. Or you could snorkel at one of Malaysia’s marine parks. Tunku Abdul Rahman marine has snorkeling activities that allow you to view the coral reefs.


Kota Kinabalu Diving

However, if you prefer diving over snorkeling and sitting by the beach, there are tons of agencies that offers Kota Kinabalu diving classes for tourists. The Kota Kinabalu diving is one of a kind with great visibility and lots of different species to look at.


Kota Kinabalu Massage

With all the activities that you go through in the day, you could also enjoy a great Kota Kinabalu massage cheaply in their massage parlors to recuperate. The perfect way to relax is with a Kota Kinabalu massage after a long day of diving.


When to go to Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia experiences two monsoon seasons a year. One is between May and September, and the other from between October and December.  The dry season is between January and April during with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).


Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Facts

Population452 058
CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit
AirportKota Kinabalu Intl, Malaysia (BKI)

Kota Kinabalu average temperatures

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Borneo International Marathon

The first Borneo International Marathon was held in 2011 and was attended by only 529 runners. Every year the event has grown and today thousands of people are running each year in May. The event features a full marathon for the elite athletes, a half-marathon for the casual runners who wants to challenge themselves and a 10k race for the happy enthusiasts. The race will take you along the coast of the South China Sea and past the small villages and great nature that the surrounding area has to offer. Don't miss this great new tradition in Kota Kinabalu when you are there!

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Golf in Kota Kinabalu

There are quite a few great golf clubs in the surrounding area of Kota Kinabalu. Some of the best include the 27 hole championship course of Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club which offers the unique night golfing event, the beautiful Sabah Golf & Country Club featuring an 18 hole course and one of the oldest clubs on the island, the Kinabalu Golf Club. If you are looking for diverse and great golf, Kota Kinabalu is a great place to go.

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Water Parks in Kota Kinabalu - Water Cannons at Water World Theme Park

If you are in Kota Kinabalu and looking for a day packed with water splashing and fun the place to go is definitely Water World Theme Park. Everyone in the family will enjoy a day here! Try their Water Cannons, get competitive at the Water Basketball, run back and forth between the many pools or dare yourself to the Torpedo Speed Slide. Water World Theme Park caters to all ages and tastes, so bring your family and prepare yourselves for an adventurous day!

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