Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu sprawls between the South China Sea and the towering ramparts of the Crocker Range. The capital of Malaysia's Sabah State in Northern Borneo, the town dates from 1963 and occupies the site of Jesselton, the old British colonial capital. (Jesselton was razed during World War II.)

More importantly, Kota Kinabalu is your gateway to the natural wonders of Northern Borneo. Offshore sit the five coral islands of Tunku Rahman National Park, a Mecca for hikers and divers. To the north is Mt. Kinabalu National Park, home to the highest mountain found between New Guinea and the Himalaya. On a clear day, one can stand on its summit and look across the South China Sea to the Philippines.

The only remainder of the old colonial settlement is Atkinson Clock Tower, built in 1905 and named after the first British District Officer.

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Points of Interest

  • Kinabalu Park
  • Sabah Museum
  • City Mosque
  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  • Tun Mustapha Tower
  • Sabah State Mosque
  • Signal Hill / Atkinson Clock Tower
  • Short Mangrove Cruise at Borneo Kellybays

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  • Kinabalu Park

    Mt. Kinabalu is the highest mountain found between New Guinea and the Himalaya. Tour Mt. Kinabalu Park and travel experience the trail walk through the montane forest. Your guide points out the native flora including ground orchids, some plants of local use and ferns that are found along the trails.

  • Sabah Museum

    Visit a museum complex inspired by traditional island structures. View exhibits dedicated to the natural history, peoples and see the heritage village.

  • City Mosque

    This impressive and majestic structure boasts a prayer room that can accommodate up to 12,000 worshippers. Built on a man-made lagoon, the city's second largest mosque appears to float above the water.

  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

    Developed by Sabah's Wildlife and Forestry Departments, this 280 acre park showcases some of the country's diverse wildlife. View rescued endangered animals including the pygmy Borneo elephant and proboscis monkeys.

  • Tun Mustapha Tower

    Travel through Kota Kinabalu to the Tun Mustapha Tower. Named after a former Chief Minister of Sabah, this stunning 30-story glass structure is suspended from high tensile steel rods set around a central core.

  • Sabah State Mosque

    A white honeycomb pattern structure with majestic domes and gold inlay motifs, this majestic religious site sits atop lush green grounds. The State Mosque is a place of worship for Kota Kinabalu Muslim inhabitants and visitors.

  • Signal Hill / Atkinson Clock Tower

    Built in 1905 to commemorate the popular first District Officer of Kota Kinabalu, the Atkinson Clock Tower stands prominently on Signal Hill. The Tower was used as a navigation aid for ships until taller buildings overshadowed it.

  • Short Mangrove Cruise at Borneo Kellybays

    Board a launch for a short cruise through the mangrove swamps. Learn how to use a Bajaus-style crab trap, and try your hand at traditional crab catching and batik painting. Gain an understanding of the importance of mangroves and sea life for the island.

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City Drive & Sabah Museum

4 hours | Kota Kinabalu | B K I - 2 0 0
  • Sabah Museum

Get to know this modern Malaysian city on a narrated motorcoach tour that brings you to some of its highlights. You'll get to visit the Sabah Museum dedicated to the people and culture of Sabah, the Heritage Village, and see the unique Tun Mustapha Tower.

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Lok Kawi Zoological Park & Cultural Village

4 hours | Kota Kinabalu | B K I - 2 6 0
  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Get up-close to some of Borneo's most famous inhabitants as you travel to the Lok Kawi Zoological Park. You'll meet the endangered wildlife such as Orang Utan, as well as Proboscis Monkeys, Borneo Pygmy elephants and Borneo Sun Bears. Then, gain insight into Borneo's culture as you visit the KDCA Cultural Village.

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The Many Different Colors of Borneo

4 hours | Kota Kinabalu | B K I - 2 4 0

Get acquainted with the dual personalities of Borneo. See Kota Kinabalu's modern side during a sightseeing tour past city landmarks such as the Tun Mustapha Tower and City Mosque. Then, take in the adventurous side with a cruise through the mangroves, a lesson in batik painting, and enjoyable refreshments.

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Traditional Borneo Living

4.25 hours | Kota Kinabalu | B K I - 2 1 5
  • City Mosque

Learn how natives cling to their past with a visit to a cultural village. Watch how a blowgun is made; marvel at a tattoo-making demonstration, and move to the sounds of a musical dance performance and sample traditional foods.

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