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Kota Kinabalu Holidays

Located near the base of the looming Mount Kinabalu, Sabah’s oceanfront capital has a relaxed atmosphere and is close to traditional villages and a marine park.

Nicknamed “KK” by locals, Kota Kinabalu is the ideal place to begin your journey across the island. This Bornean urban center is home to diverse cultural attractions, including museums and art galleries, alongside ornate mosques and botanical gardens. The beaches, rain forests and tropical islands that surround KK are central to its charm as is year-round tropical climate. Visit the city to sample the dynamic range of provincial cuisines from across Asia.  

Kota Kinabalu’s downtown precinct is a breeze to get around as most attractions are within walking distance of each other. A cheap and frequent bus line will take you farther afield. Take some time to learn about the local culture and people at the Sabah Museum and the Ethnobotanical Gardens, which is home to pitcher plants, medicinal flowers and a wide range of rice and herbs. 

Don’t miss the Sabah Art Gallery while you’re exploring the Sabah Museum complex. Here you can discover local emerging artists exhibited alongside the city’s most renowned names. Make your way to the Monsopiad Cultural Village, a fascinating ethnographic museum, to learn about the indigenous tribes of Sabah. See handmade tools and buildings, learn traditional dances and sample local dishes.  

Leave the city limits to find yourself surrounded by wilderness and natural beauty. Pack a snorkel and your swimsuit and explore below the surface of the South China Sea. Fishing charters and boats to the neighbouring islands can be caught from KK’s bustling harbor precinct. While you’re out exploring, visit the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Center and the Tuaran Crocodile Farm to see the diverse range of animals that live on Borneo.

If you like your wilderness less tamed, lace up your boots and head for Kinabalu Park. The park is home to carnivorous pitcher plants, monkeys, apes and the endangered rafflesia flower. Climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu for a sunrise you’ll never forget. 

Kota Kinabalu has an international airport with connections to many cities in Asia.


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AU$260
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

No. 20, Jalan Aru, Kota Kinabalu
4.3
of 5, from 293 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Malaysia beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Poring Hot Springs is 30 minutes away.

AU$145
The Pacific Sutera Hotel

The Pacific Sutera Hotel

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu
4.1
of 5, from 335 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza Wawasan and Imago Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

KK Marina Court Resort Vacation Condos

KK Marina Court Resort Vacation Condos

Marina Court Resort Condominiums, Kota Kinabalu
3.5
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Warisan Square and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Sabah State Mosque. Filipino Market and Plaza Wawasan are also within 10 minutes.

AU$54
Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu

5, Jalan Padang, Kota Kinabalu
3.8
of 5, from 296 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Sedco Square and Wisma Merdeka are also within 10 minutes.

AU$214
The Magellan Sutera Resort

The Magellan Sutera Resort

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu
4.2
of 5, from 180 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza Wawasan and Imago Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$71
Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

No 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Kota Kinabalu
3.6
of 5, from 55 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Warisan Square and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Sabah State Mosque. Filipino Market and Imago Shopping Mall are also within 10 minutes.

AU$29
Promenade Service Apartments

Promenade Service Apartments

3-G-17, Lorong Api-Api 2, Kota Kinabalu
2.5
of 5, from 75 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Warisan Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium. Filipino Market and Centre Point are also within 10 minutes.

AU$40
Oceania Hotel

Oceania Hotel

Lot 60-64, Lorong Ikan Juara 5, Kota Kinabalu
4.0
of 5, from 92 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of All Saint's Cathedral and Sabah State Mosque. Likas Stadium is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

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