• Mount Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Holidays

Kota Kinabalu holidays have everything you need for a relaxed, cultural break. Kota Kinabalu is a coastal city in Sabah, located in the north of Borneo. With just a short distance from both the rainforest and pristine beaches, you can choose to trek through thick jungle or relax on chalk soft sands.

Explore the hustle and bustle of Kota Kinabalu’s markets before retreating to the magnificent Kinabalu National Park, which is home to the 4,095 metre high Mount Kinabalu. Wander the city and discover some of its greatest landmarks, including temples and palaces. Indulge in a spot of shopping at one of the modern shopping malls or pick up some souvenirs at the Gaya Street Sunday Market. For a fantastic day trip, why not take a boat to Gaya Island for a day of sunbathing on white sand beaches? Whether you’re travelling with your family or looking for adventure you should find a secluded spot where you can observe shoals of tropical fish and coral reefs while snorkelling.

Tailor your Kota Kinabalu holiday to you

If you’re feeling adventurous then we recommend you embark on a climb up Mount Kinabalu. The mountain is the highest in Malaysia and, if you’re an experienced climber, you should be able to reach the summit in two days. Alternatively, you can marvel at the mountain from below and take a tour of Kinabalu Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a mixture of spectacular landscapes and habitats for unique animals, including orangutans.

Immerse yourself in Kota Kinabalu’s outstanding natural beauty with a trip to the beautiful islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. You can enjoy basking in the warm sun as you hop from island to island. Unwind in the simplicity of Sulug Island before heading to Gaya Island for some jungle trekking. Explore the island of Manukan, where you can jump into the ocean’s rolling waves or try your hand at some watersports. If you’re seeking out some nature then why not discover the diverse flora and fauna of Kota Kinabalu’s wetlands? There are 60 acres of mangrove swamp that you can explore via boardwalks that take you through the heart of the forest. Or, to experience mangroves from a unique vantage point, you can take a river cruise through the Klias Wetlands. Look out for proboscis monkeys, exotic birds and even crocodiles.

If you enjoyed the verdant jungles of Kota Kunabalu, book a multicentre holiday and visit the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia for rolling green tea plantations. Continue your journey around Malaysia and discover Penang’s rich history before heading to Langkawi for impressive beaches and remarkable sunsets. Finish your trip in the dazzling capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Experience dramatic views as you climb Mount Kinabalu
  • Discover the local lifestyle and culture at Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Embark on a scenic mangrove river cruise and look out for native wildlife, including orangutans
  • Embrace the thrills of white water rafting, set against a brilliant Borneo jungle backdrop

Our favourite hotels

Browse our favourite places to stay in Kota Kinabalu - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel. From downtown hotels just moments from the best attractions to island retreats complete with spas we can help you find your dream accommodation to rest your head in Kota Kinabalu.ore than happy to help.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

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 €1,559  pp

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Kota Kinabalu

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Guide Price

 €1,719  pp

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
a small house in a garden

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

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Gaya Island Resort

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Approximately 15 hours with a stop in Kuala Lumpur

Currency

Malaysian Ringgit (RM)

Visa Information

Most visitors receive a visa on arrival for 30 or 60 days

Language

English, various Chinese dialects, and Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) are all widely spoken

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