Tanjung Aru Beach

Located at the end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and about 6 kilometres from KK City, this place is closest to the hearts of the locals, and just one visit to the beach will tell you why. Taking its name from the casuarinas or aru trees that fringe the fine sands, this is where one might get a ringside seat to the greatest sunset on earth every evening when the crimson sun dips slowly into the horizon, leaving the vast skies a brilliant red.. Foodstalls serving local food and drinks are open till late at night. Enjoy coconut and sugarcane juice, chicken or beef satay and steamed peanuts and corn, or indulge in a full-course dinner at the seafood restaurant located there.

The Tanjung Aru beach is also home to Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort, the Kinabalu Golf Club and the Kinabalu Yacht Club.

Getting There

From KK City Centre, take the No 16 bus towards Tanjung Aru from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza and let the driver know of your destination. Bus fare is RM1.50. You can also go by taxi, at RM15 per taxi (up to four persons).

Aquarium & Marine Museum

The state-of-the-art marine museum is yet another addition to the Universiti Malaysia Sabah campus.
Established in 1995, the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) is aimed to promote education, research and training in conservation and sustainable development of marine resources, and a rational deployment of biotechnology.

Situated within the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) Complex adjunction to the Sepanggar Bay area, this aquarium and marine museum boasts one of the best aquarium facilities on the Borneo Island.
Among its facilities are the free standing exhibition tanks, live open water reef exhibition centre, live shallow reef exhibition centre, mangrove walk, contemporary Marine and Maritime Museum, Multimedia Interactive Information Kiosk, and Sipadan deep dive diorama.

The UMS Aquarium and Marine Museum is open every day except on Wednesdays and public holidays. Visiting hours are from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm.

City Mosque

Built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas bay, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is exemplary of the Islamic contemporary architecture. Situated near the sea, this majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. This floating mosque has a prayer hall which houses three madrasahs and accommodates from 9, 000 to 12, 000 people at a time.
By far the largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is even possibly the most beautiful one in Malaysia – the man-made lagoon which surrounds it gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque on a full moon night.

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is open for public visits daily except Fridays from 8am to 5pm. There are no fees charged on visitors.

Double Six Monument

The Double Six Monument is located in Sembulan, marking a significant tragedy in the history of Sabah. On June 6th, 1976, an airplane carrying Sabah’s fifth Chief Minister, Tun Mohd. Fuad Stephens and six other State ministers crashed, killing all on board. The Double Six monument was erected on the exact spot of the fatal crash.  

Getting There
The monument is a 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu city. A taxi ride from the city centre will cost approximately RM15.00 (one way). Take Bus no. 17B (marked ‘Putatan’) from the bus station in front of Wawasan Plaza for RM1.50 per person (one way). Buses run from 6:30am to 8:00pm.

Admission is free

Gaya Street (Sunday Market)

Originally named Bond Street, Gaya Street located in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District has been the centre of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with nipah roofs are long gone but here is where generations-old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son.

Every Sunday morning, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the Fair. Shop for anything under shady trees and over-sized umbrellas, like batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, footwear, antiques and souvenirs, cakes, even pets and herbs!. This is the best place to experience the cross-section of the local population when entire families enjoy a Sunday outing.
The Gaya Street Fair is on every Sunday from 6.30 am to 1.00 pm

Getting There
A short stroll from anywhere around the city or take public transport into town.

Handicraft Market

Located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, the Handicraft Market is a favoured shopping haunt for locals and tourists alike. Souvenirs galore await you and rest assured there is something for everyone. Start with the cheap trinkets, which make excellent gifts for friends and family. These include keychains, beaded bracelets and necklaces and bookmarks. You will be spoilt for choice with miles and miles of beautiful sarongs and pareos, an ideal reminder of your tropical holiday in Sabah! Be sure to check out the glistening and gorgeous pearl jewellery and handicrafts. You can purchase loose pearls or stunning brooches, necklaces and earrings, available at almost every stall you visit in this vast market.

For those with an eye for ornate wooden carvings, you have come to the right place. The market has an endless variety of carved crafts, including exotic wooden masks, picture frames and even stunning wall panels. Not be missed are the assortment of rattan baskets in all shapes and sizes.
The best thing about the Handicraft Market is that you never know what piece of treasure you might unravel during your visit. Some have returned home with an authentic sompoton (a traditional wind instrument), a Murut headhunter's blowpipe, a coconut-shaped handbag and a wooden-frog that ‘sings' when you stroke its back with a wooden stick.

The most important tip when visiting the market is to bargain, bargain, bargain! Pick up some local lingo to improve your bargaining skills and you might even walk away a steal.

Getting there
The Handicraft Market is located along the same stretch as the Waterfront in Kota Kinabalu City. It is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the city centre.

Opening hours
07.30am to 07.30pm daily.

Jesselton Point Waterfront

Formerly known as the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal, Jesselton Point Waterfront has become one of the main city attractions in Kota Kinabalu ever since its privatization in February 2006.
Situated north of downtown Kota Kinabalu, this quaintly scenic place has an unmistakable historical feel to it—complete with olden days snapshots of Kota Kinabalu city (Jesselton) and vintage red English phone booths. Jesselton Point Waterfront serves as the only ferry terminal for Labuan-bound passengers as well as the main (and cheapest) boat terminal for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Gayana Island.
Jesselton Point Waterfront also offers casual dining, leisure and retail experiences with its array of alfresco F&B outlets, handicraft stalls, and a four-court futsal centre. In addition, fishing aficionados are now welcome to spend the evening fishing at the jetty from 6pm to 6am for only RM10 per entry (payable at the Suria Futsal Centre). However, fishing gears are not provided so visitors need to bring their own.

 In the near future, the Jesselton Point Waterfront is going to be expanded to cater more recreational, commercial, residential, and retail facilities. Having been the venue for the KK Jazz Festival 2007, the Jesselton Point Waterfront jetty is also bookable for social functions—be it dinner parties, fundraising concerts or even weddings.
After a long hard day at work, the Jesselton Point Waterfront is an excellent place to wind down and catch the breathtaking sunset! In the evening, bask in the cool Sabahan breeze while chilling out with family and friends. It makes a perfect spot for a romantic outing too.

The Jesselton Point Waterfront is open daily from 6am up until 2am; the ferry and boat terminal operates daily from 6am to 6pm

Kipandi Butterfly Park

Nature enthusiasts will definitely take pleasure in spending a day at the Kipandi Butterfly Park, located at Kampung Kipandi, Moyog—situated approximately 36 kilometers away from Kota Kinabalu city via the Penampang-Tambunan road.
The gorgeously scenic park is surrounded by the hills of the Crocker Range. Lying at 700 meters altitude, it is rich in entomofauna. Over 100 species of butterflies have been recorded in this park; among the recorded species are the Troides Brookiana (Raja Brook’s Birding), Troides Amphrysus (Golden Birding), and the Papilio Karna (Peacock’s Swalloe Tails).

The insectariums has over 800 butterfly specimens and over 1, 800 species of beetles which include many endemic species that are only found in the Crocker Range, such as the Cyclommatus Chewi. Special enclosures have also been constructed to house some of the rare and endangered species of Sabahan orchids and pitcher plants. This project is a joint collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department.
Plants have been saved from trees that were felled in land clearing for agricultural and developmental purposes. To date, there are as many as 400 species of native orchids, 28 species of Hoyas, and 5 species of Lipstick flowers Aeschynanthus and medicinal plants.
The park also initiates a free educational guided walk program for school children. This program is aimed at raising the awareness of the younger generations regarding the precious entomofauna of Sabah.

The Kipandi Butterfly Park is open daily from 9am to 4pm, the best time to spot butterflies are between 9am to 11am.

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

Situated just two kilometers north-east of Kota Kinabalu City in Likas (ten minutes from the heart of the city centre) is Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre (KKWC). Formerly known as Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary, this site covers 24 hectares (60 acres) of mangrove forest, and is used primarily as a model wetland centre for the purpose of conservation, education, recreation, tourism and research. KKWC is managed by local NGO, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society.

A 1.5km boardwalk brings you deep into the mangrove - a unique ecosystem where land meets sea. A 45-minute stroll on the boardwalk is a pleasant experience where you can enjoy fresh air and tranquility, while spotting interesting birds, plants and wildlife.

KK Wetland Centre, designated as a bird sanctuary in 1996, is an important refuge and feeding ground for many species of resident birds as well as migratory species from Northern Asia. Commonly sighted birds include migratory species like the sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, egrets and herons as well as canopy birds such as collared kingfisher and stork-billed kingfisher. To date, almost 80 species of birds have been identified at the sanctuary. Other mangrove wildlife that live within KK Wetland Centre include monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, mudskippers, weaver ants, butterflies and other insects, jellyfish, water snakes and mud lobsters.

Things to Do
Apart from self-guided walks, there are a range of activities that can be done at KK Wetland Centre, including guided walks, Environmental Education programmes, bird-watching sessions, and corporate volunteer programmes. Advance notice is required.

Getting There 
Take the No.1 bus towards Likas from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in the City, to Likas Square. At the traffic lights there, turn right towards Signal Hill until you get to the third junction on the left. Return bus fare is RM2.00.

Opening Hours 
Tuesday to Sunday 8.00am till 6.00pm (Closed on Mondays, except when falls on a Public Holiday); Open on all Public Holidays

Admission Fees
  • My-Kad
    RM5.00 (Adult)
    RM3.00 (Student)
  • Others
    RM5.00  (Student)
  • Below 6 years - Free

Monsopiad Cultural Village

Nestled besides the Penampang River are the many traditional buildings that make up the Monsopiad Cultural village, a living museum located 16 km or about half an hour away from the KK City Centre. Monsopiad was a fearsome warrior who lived in the village of Kuai nearly 200 years ago.
At the Village, visit the Tangkob or Grainery where the padi is housed.
Kotos Di Monsopiad or Monsopiad's Main House is dedicated to the life and times of Monsopiad and his descendants. On display are ceramic jars, padi grinders, bamboo items as well as the costume of Bobohizan Inai Bianti, direct descendant of Monsopiad and very senior high priestess.
Other interesting exhibits include the massive monolith which invokes a dozen legends, the traditional restaurant and of course Siou Do Mohoing, or the House of Skulls, where all 42 'trophies' of Monsopiad hang from the rafters.

Getting ThereTake the No.13 bus to Donggongon town in Penampang from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK City. Fare is RM1.50. At Donggongon, board a minibus bound for Terawi and indicate your stop to the driver. Fare is RM1.00. You can also use any taxi to get there for RM35.00. Or contact the Village for shuttle services.

Opening Hours
Daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm

Admission fees (includes welcome drink, interactive guided tour)
  • Local Malaysian
    RM 45.00 (Adult)
    RM 15.00 (12 years and below)
  • International
    RM 65.00 (Adult)
    RM 25.00 (12 years and below)

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park was officially open to the public on the 17th February 2007. It is located along the Penampang-Papar old road and is fully developed by the Sabah Wildlife Department.

The park consists of two components: zoological and botanical. The main objective of the park is to become a family-oriented park and the emphasis is put on the Children’s Zoo.

Among the inhabitants of the zoo (zoological component) are the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, Orang Utan, Proboscis monkey, Malayan tiger, as well as some different species of deer.

The botanical component, on the other hand; offers visitors the opportunity to go jungle trekking along the botanical trail. The paved trail is about 1.4 kilometers long. However, for leisurely strolls, visitors are only advised to walk halfway along the trail.

TariffsLok Kawi Wildlife Park is open for the public daily from 9.30a.m to 5.30p.m. Entrance fees charged are as follows: adults RM10 (Malaysian) and RM20 (non-Malaysian).

Getting ThereThe journey to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park takes 30 minutes to an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu, the estimated distance is 20 kilometers. For transportation, visitors can either drive or take a taxi from the city centre.

Taxi fare per way is RM25 to RM30. Please arrange with the taxi driver regarding the drop off and/ or return point.

Petagas War Memorial

The heart-wrenching sacrifice of the brave and the fallen are revered at the Petagas War Memorial. The memorial was built in remembrance of those who lost their lives defending Sabah during the Japanese occupation in World War II. The Memorial is located on the exact spot where 176 Sabahan guerillas were massacred on January 21st, 1944.
Beautiful plaques are inscribed with the names of those who died, with well-kept lawns surrounding the area. Every year, a memorial service is held here on January 21st to commemorate those who fought and fell during the war. 

Getting There
A 15-minute taxi ride from the city centre will cost around RM17.00 per taxi. You can also take Bus No. 17B (headed in the direction of Putatan) from the bus station in front of the Wawasan Plaza shopping centre.
Inform the bus driver your destination and he will bring you to proper drop off point. Buses run between 6:30am to 8pm and fares are at RM2.00 per person.

Admission is free

North Borneo Railway

In the 1880s, with the emergence of rubber and coffee plantations in Borneo's hinterland, a need of some kind of transportation between towns was triggered, thus the North Borneo Railway was born.

Today, it runs from Tanjung Aru till Tenom town, passing coastal and rural areas, picturesque villages and small towns, a mountain tunnel and a spectacular Gorge.
Revisit the early days of North Borneo when adventurous young British officers ventured deep into the heart of Borneo, opening up new towns and establishing Sabah's only railway line with a ride on a British Vulcan Steam Locomotive.
Operated by Sutera Harbour Resort, it also available for charter for groups, incentives and private parties.

Getting There
Take the No.17B bus that goes in the direction of Putatan, from the bus station in front of Wawasan Plaza in KK City Centre. Fare is RM1.50. A taxi to the same place will cost RM15.00.

  • My-Kad
    RM120.00 (Adult)
    RM100.00 (Child 12 years and below)

  • Others
    RM195.00 (Adult)
    RM110.00 (Child 12 years and below)

    *Complimentary for children below 5years of age.
    (Rates are inclusive of meal and light beverages.)
    (Rates are not inclusive of ground transfers.)

Orchid de Villa

Established in 1995 and located in Inanam about 20 kilometres or 30 minutes away from KK City, the centre covers an area of 12 acres and boasts of about 50 hybrid species showcased in their Hybrid Garden. There are also 300 species of Borneo wild orchids, including some rare ones. Its main attractions are commercial orchid planting and conservation of wild orchids.
The Orchid de Villa also incorporates a fishing pond within its vicinity, a cacti garden, cottages and other amenities. Guided as well as tailor-made tours can be arranged with prior notice.

Orchid de Villa also has recently started a Borneo Orchid Discovery Tour, which is a 2 to 3-hour long guided tour that include activities such as fish feeding and lessons on hybrid orchid re-potting. This Discovery Tour also comes with complimentary homemade snacks, mineral water drink, cold towel, as well as a free gift. Visitors will also be entitled to get 10% percent discount on hybrid orchid purchases.
Transportation can be arranged at a reasonable charge.

Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday from 8.00am till 5.00pm
(Special arrangement for Sunday visits)

Admission fees
Adults - RM80.00
Children (below 12) - RM40.00

Puh Toh Tze Temple

Sabah is proud of its multiculturalism and this is often reflected in its diverse architecture. The Puh Toh Tze temple is a Buddhist temple located off Tuaran Road.
Built in 1980, the temple stands out with its traditional Chinese roofing and structure. Ten large statues of deities adorn the temple with the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, standing tall at the main entrance of the temple.

Getting There
The Puh Toh Tze Temple is located some 15km from the city centre. Take a taxi from the city centre for approximately RM15.00 per ride.

Arrange for your return with your taxi driver. You can also take Bus no.1 or No.3 from the bus station in front of Wawasan Plaza for RM1.20 per person. Inform the bus driver of your destination. Buses run from 6:30am to 8:00pm.

Admission is free

Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village

Built in 1985, the Museum complex is sited where then British North Borneo Governor's Istana was once located. The Museum consists of the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery and Museum of Islamic Civilization.
Inside are various Galleries housing Natural History, Ceramics, Ethnography and Archaeology exhibits, among others ...
Ceramics, traditional weapons and costumes reflect the diversity of the State's culture and traces Sabah's early trade links with the neighbouring countries of Southeast Asia and China. The museum also houses musical instruments, tools and ritual paraphernalia.
There is a Heritage Village on the Museum grounds where you can enter and experience different types of traditional houses of the various indigenous groups of Sabah. Cultural activities are held here from time to time.
The Sabah State Museum is located on Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu, 4 km or about 15 minutes from the KK City Centre.

Getting There

By bus, take the No.13 (towards Penampang) from either bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK and indicate your stop to the driver. You will have to walk up to the main building. Bus fare is RM1.00.
By taxi, the fare is approximately RM12 to 15.00 for up to 4 persons.

Opening hours
Daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm

Admission fees
My-Kad - RM2.00
Others - RM15.00
Picture-taking is only allowed outside the buildings.

Sightseeing in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu was formerly known as Jesselton, named after Sir Charles Jessel, one of the Directors of the British North Borneo Chartered Company, or BNBCC. During WWII, Kota Kinabalu and other towns throughout Sabah suffered heavy allied bombing which all but leveled them. Emerging from the War, the BNBCC discovered it was too costly to rebuild, so in 1946, Sabah became a British Crown Colony - until 1963, when Sabah was granted Independence within the Federation of Malaysia.
On 30th September 1967, Jesselton was renamed Kota Kinabalu. 23 years later, on 2 February, 2000 she was proclaimed a city. As the capital of the State of Sabah, KK is also the gateway to other major towns and districts and has a population of around 300,000 .

In the vicinity of the city, there are various places of interest. Many can be explored on foot while others may be reached by bus or taxi.

Sabah State Mosque

One of the most outstanding pieces of architecture in Sabah is none other than the State Mosque. With its majestic dome and stunning gold inlay motifs, the mosque sits a stone's throw away from the city centre. It is a unique combination of prevailing Islamic architecture and contemporary design.
The mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. There is also a special balcony exclusively allocated for Muslim women during prayer time, with room for up to 500. Visitors are advised to adhere by the dress code when visiting places of worship. Avoid visiting on Fridays which is the day of prayer for Muslims.

Getting there
Take a taxi from the city centre for approximately RM10 or self-drive.
General Rules while at the Mosque:
  1. All tourist are required to enter from the front entrance or the main entrance (not at the back or side door) for safety of their belongings.
  2. Tourists / Tourist guides must report to the Security Officer/Information Officer prior to entering the mosque. Tourists are NOT allowed to enter the mosque without permission from the officers mentioned above.
  3. All tourists / tourist guide must be properly dressed ie. no short pants for male.
  4. For the female, they are required to wear robes and head scarf.
  5. All shoes must be removed and left on the stair case in front of a security guard.
  6. Tourists are required to be silence at the mosque.
  7. Visiting time (subject to change from time to time as to suite the prayer time):
    Monday to Thursday : From 8.00 AM to 11.00 AM & From 2.00 PM to 4.30 PM
    Friday : From 8.00 AM to 10.30 AM & From 2.30 PM to 4.30 PM
    Saturday & Sunday : From 8.00 AM to 11.00 AM & From 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

Sabah Golf & Country Club

Situated along Jalan Kolam 10 minutes drive from the KK City Centre is the SGCC, Sabah's oldest 18-hole golf course which opened for play in 1976.

This challenging par 72, 6335m championship course was designed by Robert Muir Graves and acknowledged as one of South East Asia's toughest courses. The longest and probably the most difficult hole is Hole 14 par 5, 625 yards but according to the locals, brain presides over brawn here.
Play is by member arrangement. The club facilities include golfers' lounge, tennis/squash courts, practice green, golf set rental, changing rooms, restaurants, gym, games rooms, pool and driving range.

Golfing Rates
My-Kad Weekday RM180.00 nett Weekend RM300.00 nett
Others Weekday RM300.00 nett Weekend RM315.00 nett

Getting There
Transport is best pre-arranged as the Club house is off the main road.

Tamu Kudat

The tamu (market) in Kudat is a great opportunity to discover local produce and unique handicrafts. The tamu is a flurry of sights, sounds and smells, bustling with traders and buyers hoping to get a good bargain! In Kudat, the tamu is known for its local-grown vegetables, dried fish, tropical fruits and edible seaweed.
Be sure to check out the Rungus handicraft, particularly their intricate beaded work and handwoven Tinohian cloth. When in Kudat, make a trip to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau , The Tip of Borneo. This is the meeting point of the South China and Sulu seas, with a rich historical and cultural background. The dramatic vista of the endless sea and blue skies will take your breath away.

Held on
Tuesday & Wednesday

Opening hours
Most ‘tamu' operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm

Getting There
Kudat is 190km from Kota Kinabalu and the journey by road will take approximately 3 hours. You can take a bus from the City Bus Terminal (North) for RM18.00 per person (one way). The return ride will depart from the same drop off point in Kudat. Inform your bus driver of your destination. The bus runs from 7:30am to 5:00pm.

Maranjak Longhouse Homestay

 The Maranjak Longhouse Homestay is located near Tinangol, not very far from the main road leading to Kudat.
Maranjak Longhouse Homestay is wholly made out of traditional materials such as split bamboos for walls and nipah palm leaves for roofing. The longhouse is fully furnished in traditional style with traditionally-styled dining table, rooms, lightings, as well as in terms of the food that are being served. It’s a perfect getaway stay for those craving for a truly atavistic cultural experience.
The Maranjak Homestay Longhouse can accommodate an estimated of 30 to 40 people at one time. Besides the truly traditional atmosphere, visitors will also have a wide set of things to do such as fishing in the river, jungle trekking, sightseeing in the herbal botanical garden, crab catching, and monkey watching.
 Visitors will also be able to get a taste of seven different local wines which are served at night. Besides the wining experience, visitors will also be entertained with traditional Rungus dance and serenaded by performances of traditional musical instruments after dinner.
Here, visitors too will be able to take a close look at how beaded accessories are made and how intricate Rungus tapestries are woven—all done by women dressed in beautifully ornamental traditional Rungus costumes.

Getting There 
The Maranjak Homestay Longhouse is situated approximately 98 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu (2.5 hours away by road).
There are several means of transportations that visitors can choose in order to get to Maranjak Longhouse Homestay; namely buses, taxis and rented cars.

Kudat Golf Club

It has been in existence since the early 1900s and is acknowledged as the first golf club in Sabah. The early nine-hole golf course, now called the second nines, is located in the heart of Kudat town. Naturally wooded and matured, this 3075- metre course is challenging in its own way, being surrounded by buildings, roads and houses.
Since mid-2002, the new nine-hole course (the first nines) 3005 metres, has been opened for play giving Kudat Golf Club an 18-hole golf course of 6080 metres. This non-buggy course faces Marudu Bay and features large water hazards and numerous bunkers throughout.
It is complemented by the Marina Resort which offers good accommodation and F&B outlets. There is also a driving range.Contact rent-a car companies for self-drive

Green Fees (18 holes)
Weekdays : RM100.00
Weekends and Public Holidays : RM150.00

Kelambu Beach

Gorgeous Kelambu BeachFor beach lovers who opt for a more reclusive and less mainstream beach vacation, Kelambu Beach is the ultimate place to be.

Though less known, Kelambu Beach is indeed one of the best beaches in Sabah with its clear aquamarine sea and beautiful white sand engulfed by astounding verdant islands.

The inviting clear waters offer a variety of activities such as speed boating, water skiing, swimming, and snorkelling. The wonderful beach, on the other hand; is a perfect spot for family picnics, romantic strolls by the beach, seashells collecting or simply to enjoy a gorgeous sunset.

On the way to Kudat, be sure to make a detour to Kelambu Beach where you can sit back and delight in the beauty of nature’s best!

Kampung Sumangkap Gong Factory

Less than one hour away from Kampung Gombizau is the Sumangkap village (92 kilometers and 2 hours drive away from Kota Kinabalu) which is famous for its gong making cottage industry.
The gong is the most important Rungus musical instrument which is played during festivities and grand occasions such as weddings. The gongs that are sold in Kampung Sumangkap vary in sizes—visitors can expect to find tiny souvenirs ones with different shapes and unique designs (price ranging from RM25 to RM37) as well as large ones that can reach up to 2 meters wide in diameter.
For large groups of visitors, the villagers of Kampung Sumangkap will often hold cultural performances in the Kampung Sumangkap Community Hall where the kulintangan (a set of different sized gongs producing different sounds) is to be played.
Here, visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the method of gong making by the professional gong makers in the village. The gong factory is open daily including public holidays from 8.30am to 5.30pm.


Entrance fees charged are as follows:
Adults (12 years and above) – RM5
Children (6 to 12 years old) – RM3
Children (below 6 years old) – Free of charge

Getting there

To get to Sumangkap village, from Kota Kinabalu visitors can take a bus headed in the direction of Kudat. Buses to Kudat can be taken from the Terminal Bas Jalan Padang from 7.30am to 5pm daily. Bus fare would be approximately RM18 per person, please communicate with the bus driver or bus conductor regarding the drop off point.
As an option, visitors can also take a taxi from Kota Kinabalu from the taxi stand located next to Merdeka Field and arrange with the taxi driver regarding the desired drop off point. Approximate taxi fee is RM300 per taxi/way.
Those choosing to drive can do so by renting a car from a verified car rental company.

Gombizau Honey Bee Farm

Gombizau Honey Bee Farm is located in Matunggong, a sub-district 43 kilometers south of Kudat town, where one of the economical activities for the village community is honey bee farming. There are over a hundred bee cages in the bee farm.
Founded over ten years ago, this bee farm produces honey both for the consumption of the local people as well as to be sold in bottles for those who are akin to the sweet taste of raw honey.
For many generations, the people of Kampung Gombizau has been consuming raw honey as it is believed and has been proven to possess remedial properties; other than being able to lend its superior taste to food when used in cooking.
Here, visitors will be able to observe how a bee farm is managed. They will often get a taste of raw honey straight from the honeycomb. Other than that, there are also rubber trees planted at the bee farm. Therefore, visitors can also witness the traditional method of rubber tapping and rubber rolling. 


Entrance fees charged are as follows:
Adults (12 years and above) – RM5
Children (6 to 12 years old) – RM3
Children (6 years and below) – Free of charge

Getting There
From Kota Kinabalu, take a bus heading to Matunggong or Kudat (From Terminal Bas Jalan Padang), bus fare per person is approximately RM18. Buses are available from 7.30am to 5pm. Do communicate with the bus driver/ bus conductor regarding the drop off point.
On the other hand, visitors can also choose to take a taxi from the Kota Kinabalu Taxi Station (near Merdeka Field) for approximately RM300 per taxi/way. Otherwise, rent a car from authorized car rental companies.

The Tip of Borneo - Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most tip of BORNEO, the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea. It is located in the Kudat Peninsula, about three and a half hours (or 215 kilometres) drive from Kota Kinabalu City.
Simpang Mengayau means 'lingering junction' as it is here that the South China Sea lingers and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east ... Enjoy the stunning view. The sunsets and full moons are just beautiful ... The Pulau Kalampunian lighthouse is a reminder of treacherous coastline and past shipwrecks. On the left is the beautiful beach of Pantai Kalampunian.
It's a lovely easy stroll to the flagpole, the Globe and the rocky outcrop that forms the "Tip of Borneo".


There is a cafe, souvenir shop and washrooms.
Admission is free.
Getting there (from Kota Kinabalu)

You can go by taxi, self-drive or with a tour agent. Four-wheel drives and saloon cars with permits are stationed near the Indian Restaurant opposite the Health Clinic in Kampung Air. Four-wheel drives can take between 7-8 passengers at RM20.00 - RM25.00 per pax return, while saloon cars take up to 4 passengers and charge RM240.00 for a return trip to Simpang Mengayau. Check with the Car Rental services for their charges.

Extra information

Day trips are offered by local tour operators. Rates start from around RM 250.00 which will include a tour to the Honey Bee Farm at Kg. Gombizau, the Gong Factory at Kg. Sumangkap, a visit to a Rungus Longhouse with lunch and The Tip of Borneo

Kundasang War Memorial

A must-visit in Kundasang is the Kundasang War Memorial. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also remembers the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs.
The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens - the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool - to represent the different nationalities. With its towering pine trees and blooming roses, a walk in the gardens is reminiscent to that of a stroll in a quaint English garden. The scent of roses lingers in the air and the serene atmosphere makes the Kundasang War Memorial an ideal place to contemplate and remember the heroes of the war. Visitors can also opt to view a brief video on the history of the Sandakan Death March.

Getting There
Kundasang is located 90km, about 2 hrs driving from Kota Kinabalu and only 10 minutes driving from Kinabalu Park. Take a bus from the Jalan Padang Bus Terminal to Kundasang or Ranau for approximately RM17.00 per person. A taxi from the Ranau Taxi Stand (located beside the Merdeka Field) or from your hotel should cost around RM160.00 to RM300.00 per taxi.

Opening hours
Open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm

Maintenance fee
MyKad holders: RM2.00
Others: RM10.00

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

Signal Hill, the highest point in the city, is one of the best places to get a good view of Kota Kinabalu. Just a couple of minutes drive from Padang Merdeka will bring you to the airy deck where you can get amazing views that extend to the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and further.
TariffTaxi fare to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform is RM10-RM15

Getting There
You will have to use a taxi as it is off the normal bus route.

Opening Hours
Daily from 8.00am till 12.00am
Admission is free.

Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club

In the midst of the luxurious Sutera Harbour Resort complex is the Sutera Golf Course, a magnificent 27- hole par 72, 9351m championship golf course designed by Graham Marsh. It comprises the Lake 1-9, heritage 10-18 and Garden 19-27 and is a ‘masterpiece' that combines nature with ingenious architecture to create a first-class course. Words from the man himself.
Centrally located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City and just 10 minutes from the International Airport, it offers both day and night golfing. Its signature hole is the 24th par 4, 330m (Garden Course) with the challenge provided by the sandy waste and the ocean which comes precariously close to the undulating green.

Other facilities include a driving range, putting green, chipping and bunker practice area, Resident Pro, Pro-shop, buggy rental, locker rooms with sauna facilities and a golf club house. In-house guests at the Sutera are allowed cross-signing privileges.
Please contact Sutera Harbour Golf Club for Golfing Rates

Getting There
Its central location makes it easy to reach from anywhere around KK City, if you are not an in-house guest. You can use any taxi. Fare depends from where you board, and can start from RM12.00

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

The marine park is a cluster of islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug, all only 10 - 20 minute speedboat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu. The five islands of the Marine Park are characterized by shallow waters, sumptuous coral gardens and all boast splendid white sandy beaches.
The reefs lie in shallow waters with little current making it an ideal location for novice divers, however, the diverse and sometimes rare marine creatures also make it an interesting dive location for experienced divers and underwater photographers.
To dive in the marine park you must contact one of the local dive centers based in Kota Kinabalu who also offer a full variety of PADI courses ranging from Discover Scuba to Instructor.
Among the sandy seabed a good variety of marine life can be found such as Scorpion fish, Blue-spotted rays, cuttlefish, mantis shrimps and the occasional green or hawksbill turtle. At some locations, rare creatures such as the harlequin ghost pipefish and mandarin fish can be found especially with the help from local dive guides.
During the cooler months from November to February, plankton blooms attract krill which in turn attract whale sharks, the world's largest fish. At times, the density of the krill can be so thick in these murky conditions underwater encounters with these colossal animals can be exciting as they suddenly appear out of the gloom.
Non-diving visitors can still have as much fun in the islands with other optional activities such as snorkeling in Pulau Sapi and Manukan and seawalking in Pulau Sapi. If water sport is your cup of tea, you may contact any local tour companies for more information regarding the water sport activities that are available.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is open daily from 8.30am to 5pm.

Getting there
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is accessible via 15 – 20 minutes speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu. The departure and arrival point for the boat transfers is at the KK Ferry Terminal, situated next to the Malaysia Royal Custom Department. Boat transfers to the islands are available daily from 7.30am to 5pm.
Boat transfer fares to the Islands are listed as follows:

Island *Fare per pax/boat
Adult (return) Children (return)
Manukan Island RM23 RM18
Mamutik Island RM23 RM18
Sapi Island RM23 RM18
Sulug Island RM25 RM18
Two island hops RM33 RM28
Three island hops RM43 RM38
Four island hops RM53 RM48
Boat charter for one island RM204
Boat charter for Malahom Bay RM204
Boat charter for Police beach RM204
* A levy of RM50 per boat will be charged for special pick up times or overnight stays
The following rates are not inclusive of charged terminal fee (RM1); each entrance fee is valid for 5 islands per day.

Other fees and additional charges are listed as follows:
Particulars Malaysian Non-Malaysian
Entrance fee
·         Adults
·        Children below 18 years of age

RM3 per pax
RM1 per pax

RM10 per pax
RM6 per pax

Atkinson Clock Tower

One of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, it stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station. Built in 1903, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson - the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration, who had succumbed to a tropical disease at the young age of 28.
This Clock Tower has the distinction of being the oldest standing structure in the whole of Sabah that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II. Till today, it still serves to keep the city's time.
The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum under its Antiquity and History section.

Getting There
You can stroll there or take any taxi. From the bottom of Signal Hill Road at Padang Merdeka, turn left to get to the clock site. Or view it from the city

Tun Mustapha Gallery

The Tun Mustapha Gallery opened its doors in 2006, paying tribute to one of Sabah's outstanding personalities. The late Tun Mustapha was a visionary leader who was instrumental to leading Sabah to independence. He was a freedom fighter during World War II, a nationalistic activist, an inspiring leader and Sabah's first Head of State, among many other achievements. 

The beautiful gallery, located in the premises that once housed the Sabah State Assembly from 1980 to 1995, chronicles the life and times of Tun Mustapha. It offers visitors an glimpse into his triumphs and tribulations, with detailed descriptions accompanying the images displayed here.
The gallery also showcases many of Tun Mustapha personal artifacts, from medals of honour to specially-tailored suits. A torn golfing hat also sits in the gallery. According to the inscription, his beloved wife tore his hat and tossed it outside their home during a quarrel.
The hat was retrieved by their driver who kept the hat all these years and today finds its home at the gallery. Tun Mustapha was not only a golf enthusiast but a talented musician. His collection of violins can also be seen at the gallery. Another story tells of how the Japanese soldiers spared his life after hearing him play several Japanese tunes on his violin during World War II.

All these fascinating facts and various memorabilia are immortalized right here at the Tun Mustapha Gallery. The gallery also operates a souvenir shop that specializes in high quality crafts, inspired by the traditional ethnic motifs of Sabah's various tribes.
The Tun Mustapha Gallery is located at the Podium Level of Menara Tun Mustapha (Sabah Foundation Building) .

Opening hours:
8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday
Closed on Sunday - except during School Holidays

Water World Theme Park

What better way to cool down under the brilliant Sabah sun than to enjoy a day at the Water World Theme Park! Situated at Taman Tun Fuad Stephens, Bukit Padang, the park is a great place to bring the family for a splashing good time. Thrill-seekers will love the Torpedo Speed Slide and Double Loop Slide. There are several swimming pools to cater to adults as well as children.
Enjoy a round of Water Basketball or have a go at the Water Cannons. Other facilities include a cafeteria, an air-conditioned lounge with equipped with Astro, lazy chairs and a souvenir shop. The Park can also help organize special events, such as children's birthday parties, making it a memorable event for your little one. Contact the Park for their Special Packages.
Getting There
Taman Tun Fuad Stephens is only 15 minutes from the city centre. Take a taxi from the Milimewa taxi station (along Beach Street) for approximately RM17.00 per ride. Arrange for your return with your taxi driver. You can also take Bus no.11 from Jalan Tugu (opposite the KK High Court) for RM1.00 per person.
Opening hours
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 9:00am to 8:00pm

Admission fee
Children: RM5.00
Adults: RM10.00
Children below 3 feet & Senior Citizens: Free

Tamu Penampang

Penampang - a Kadazandusun hub made up of a tight-knit community. This bustling district is a mere 15-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu (KK) city and is a unique blend of the old and the new with its modern shoplots and bungalows, fringed by sprawling paddy fields and kampong-style homes.

Dongonggon, considered the heart of Penampang, is the place to be every Thursday and Friday for this is when the Tamu (market) takes place. Traders come out in full force to sell their best produce, ranging from fresh vegetables to handicrafts.
The Tamu Penampang is particularly famous for its tapai or lihing (rice wine) and jars of bambangan (a wild mango usually pickled) and tuhau(a ginger-like plant which has been pounded and mixed with lime juice, onion and chillies). Want the truly exotic? Give the sago worms, or butod, a try!

Held on
Thursdays and Fridays

Opening hours
Most ‘tamu' operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm

Getting there
Take a taxi, which will cost around RM20 one way from KK City Centre

Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of Pulau Bayu is Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa. Easily one of the most reviewed and applauded spas in Malaysia, this private resort spa features eight villas with the signature ‘spa within a spa’ concept complete with chic amenities such as private treatment rooms, lounging areas, steam rooms, outdoor gardens and bathing facilities. Notable guests of this spa include , among others, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the King of Sweden.

Have a taste of authentic Borneo with the spa’s bestselling Pulau Bayu Retreat package. Enjoy having your body exfoliated and pampered with the Pearl Cocoa Scrub—a special combo of pulverized pearls from the bays of Semporna and cocoa beans blended together with soya, ginger and pegaga leaf. The result: a glowing healthy complexion engulfed in luscious chocolaty smell!
Inspired by the Bobohizans (Borneo Island’s native healers), the Borneo Therapy starts with a foot bath ritual using seven herbs such as nutmeg, red ginger, and betel leaf. The ritual is believed to have the power to remove negative energy. This relaxing therapy is followed by a special body massage which incorporates firm palm and thumb pressure.

Choose from a range of signature therapies and massages that are inspired by the traditional Asian healing philosophies such as the CHI Balance, Himalayan Healing Stone Massage, Herbal Harmony and Aroma Vitality. For the modern professional men, Chi, the Spa also offers men’s skincare treatments in the form of CHI Vitality Facial and the Executive Facial.
A day spent at Chi, the Spa will definitely get you craving for more. Love the fluffy slippers and other Chi products? You can also take your Chi experience home by purchasing your favourite Chi, the Spa items at the spa boutique.

Cres Moment

Walk into Cres Moment total women’s treatment spa and you will be welcomed by the invitingly soothing aroma of lemongrass. A complimentary warm cup of tea will be poured out for you before and after your pampering session.

The spa offers an array of wonderful treats to soothe the mind and body. Visitors can either choose to have individual spa treatments or opt for a spa treatment package.

The full body orange beads masque treatment is the perfect preparation for the sexy little black dress. This treatment brings out your full body radiance and leaves the skin feeling supple and soft. A must do for a hot date or any special occasion.

Throughout generations, milk bath is believed to have the ability of instantly removing dead skin cells to reveal a glowing and youthful complexion. Unleash your inner Cleopatra by indulging in a 20-minute royal milk bath complete with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate.

For the overworked pair of feet, treat yourself to a foot reflexology massage. The foot massage given by Cres Moment’s well-trained therapists will help relieve stress from your body, offering a rejuvenated feeling.

Every woman needs to feel like a queen once in a while. Do this by going for an hour-long magical aromatherapy massage that will relax and revitalize your whole body using Cellnique Aroma Detoxifying Oil, a 100 per cent botanical essential oil blend.

Come to Cres Moment total woman’s treatment spa today for an exquisite pampering experience like no other - it’s even better than a whole box of chocolate!

Lot No A-G-08, Block A,
Ground Floor, Warisan Square,
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens,
88000 Kota Kinabalu,

Business Hours:
10am – 10pm (daily)

Jari Jari (Day Spa) for Body & Mind Relaxation

Discovering the JARI JARI SPA EXPERIENCE in Sabah, Borneo

The unique and deeply satisfying experience offered by Jari Jari spa begins with our underlying philosophy: we believe in sharing our cultural traditional and the wisdom passed down through generations by offering relaxing and rejuvenating therapies that are distinctively Bornean. 

While other cultures around Asia and in the West have their own styles of massaging, we offer an experience that is unique to Sabah—combining this with international standards of professionalism in training and spa management.

The treatments and healing rituals at Jari Jari spa are drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Dusuns, the largest group of indigenous people in North Borneo.

Jari Jari’s Signature treatment, Dusun Lotud Inan (Award Winning for the Best Traditional Treatment) is derived from traditional massage as practiced by the Lotud Dusuns, a group from the Tuaran District just north of Kota Kinabalu.  In this rice-growing region, the women learned from generation to generation how to massage away the aches and pains left after a day of back-breaking work in the paddy fields.

Their distinctive massaging technique involves applying pressure with the thumbs to the various pressure points in the body, magically unlocking the flow of energy, releasing tension and relaxing the muscles.

Jari Jari’s Signature Experience is marketed to Sabah’s many overseas visitors as a way to experience this little-known yet valuable aspect of the local Lotud Dusun culture.  Nowhere else in the world can you experience the age-old techniques and ingredients used by the Dusun Lotud, which differ from the better known techniques in Bali, Thailand and India.  This is a unique experience which no visitor should miss out on.

As guardians of this ancient tradition, the therapists here ensure that at Jari Jari Spa, the Massage comes not just from the hands but also from the heart.