Depending on what you are looking for, if you are the energetic and adventurous type then climbing Mount Kinabalu is a must. Most if not all travel agencies there can make the necessary arrangements for you. Climbing does not need ropes etc because they have a well beaten path all the way up to the top. You only need stamina and a good pair of strong legs. Secondly, if you like the sun, the sand and the sea then I suggest you go to the Tanjung Aru beach which is considered one of the finest in Asia. Last but not least, if you are in for culture and are intrigued by the natives' way of life, make an effort to visit the "Tamus" where the natives gather to sell their wares. You can find strange exotic things on sale apart from the usual fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat etc. There is a Sunday market in Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu held every Sunday and you will definitely find this interesting. Cheers Mate. over 5 years ago
First let me mention that I run a tourism business in Kota Kinabalu. My suggestions are based on my experience and what seem to be most popular with visitors to KK (as it's known locally).
Stephen has already made some great suggestions. Others to consider include the following:
(1) Visiting Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located just in front of Kota Kinabalu. You can choose between island hopping, watersport activities, snorkeling, try dives or leisure diving. Or just chilling out on a beach.
(2) Visit the less well known Bird Sanctuary (best to go very early in the morning to see the most). Or, travel 45 minutes north from Kota Kinabalu to visit a feeding session the Orang-Utan conservation centre (non-residents can go but you need to book in advance, maximum booking period is 72 hours in advance).
(3) Fancy a local dining experience? Then go to the night market on the waterfront. Starts 5 - 6pm every night.
There are other attractions you can access via Kota Kinabalu but they are between a 1.5 - 3 hour journey. Try a river cruise at Klias Wetlands, white water rafting at Padas or Kiulu, visiting Kinabalu Park independently and go trekking along some of the marked trails.
There's a good choice of activities to choose between - it just comes down to what you are interested in and budget.
Hope this helps. Have a great holiday in Sabah!
Joanne over 5 years ago
Hi, as a visual person, I suggest you take a look at the pictures from my family holiday there.
All the best. over 5 years ago