Top 65 Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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2-Day Climb to Mount Kinabalu Summit
Spend 2 days climbing to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. The highest mountain on the island of Borneo, it's actually considered to be one of the easiest climbs in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the UNESCO-listed National Park,... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

Free cancellation

$755
per adult

2-Day Climb to Mount Trusmadi via Tambunan
Take a 2-day trek up Mount Trusmadi, the second-tallest mountain in Malaysia, hiking a total of 6 miles (9. 8 km). Admire the stunning array of vegetation that covers the mountains varied climates, and enjoy an incredible panoramic viewpoint at... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

Free cancellation

$486
per adult

2-Day Overnight Mount Kinabalu Climb
Take an unforgettable journey to Mount Kinabalu and hike above the clouds to reach the 13,435-foot (4,095-m) summit of Low's Peak, the world's 20th-most-prominent peak. Explore the spectacular Crocker Range and discover the secrets this UNESCO World Heritage site has... Read More

$400
per adult

3-Day Climb to Mount Trusmadi via Sinua
Embark on an epic and challenging mountaineering adventure on Mount Trusmadi. Admire the wide range of native plants covering 5 ecosystems at various elevations, trek 14 miles (22 km) roundtrip, and spend 2 nights sleeping on the mountain. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

3 days

Free cancellation

$471
per adult

3-Day Maliau Basin Trekking
Spend 3 days in one of Borneo's finest remaining wilderness zones with a hiking excursion to the spectacular Maliau Basin. Bounded by formidable escarpment reaching to 5,500 feet (1,675 m) above sea level, the basin offers a virtually self-contained ecosystem... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

3 days

Free cancellation

$974
per adult

3-Day Salt Trail Trek at Crocker Range National Park
Explore the rich biodiversity and rare species of wildlife in Crocker Range National Park with 3 days of hiking in this spectacular forest reserve. The park consists of both hill and montane forest, remote villages, and spectacular views of some... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

3 days

Free cancellation

$410
per adult

3-Day, 2-Night Mount Kinabalu Climb
Set out on a remarkable 3-day journey and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Kinabalu. Visit Poring Hot Springs before taking on the spectacular Crocker Range, and hike up to the tallest peak between the Himalayas and New... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

3 days

Free cancellation

$474
per adult

4-Day Salt Trail Trek at Crocker Range National Park
Immerse yourself in the world of rich biodiversity and rare flora and fauna with 4 days of hiking in Crocker Range National Park. The journey takes you to the hills and forest along the Salt Trail, a route used by... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

4 days

Free cancellation

$500
per adult

5-Day Maliau Basin Trekking
Get to know Borneo's finest remaining wilderness areas with 5 days of hiking in the Maliau Basin Conservation Area. Never permanently inhabited and with large areas still remaining to be explored, the whole basin offers a nearly self-contained ecosystem with... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

5 days

Free cancellation

$1,381
per adult

Borneo Cultural Village & Garama River Cruise
Get a look at the nature and lifestyles of Borneo with a day trip that shows you the island's most classic sights. Monkeys and mangrove trees frame a trip on the Garama River, a cooking session features a bit of... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$54
per adult

Chanteek Borneo Gallery Half-Day Excursion with Traditional Sabah Lunch
Embark on a guided tour of the Chanteek Borneo Gallery that houses more than 240 dolls wearing miniature versions of traditional Malaysian costumes. Learn about the heritage and cultural practices of the Sabah people and then partake in fun local... Read More

Categories: Attractions

2 hours 30 minutes

$66
per adult

City Highlights Half-Day Tour
Take a journey through Kota Kinabalu and explore its fascinating history, architecture, and traditions. Get up-close views of notable landmarks like Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Islamic mosques, the Sabah Museum, and scenic Signal Hill, before shopping at a local market featuring... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

City Night Tour with Dinner
Experience Kota Kinabalu come alive at night illuminated by the city lights. Visit the market for bargain shopping, feast on a delectable Malaysian dinner accompanied by a live performance of Sabah dances, and discover lively hotspots with the help of... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$61
per adult

Colonial Steam Train Excursion
Take a journey back into the colonial days of British North Borneo on board the North Borneo Railway. Immerse yourself in refurbished colonial designs alongside charming hosts dressed in colonial attire as you pass through small towns, plantations, jungles, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$107
per adult

Colors of Borneo Excursion
Throughout the island of Borneo, discover beautiful landscapes. Join this tour to appreciate aspects of traditional daily life by meeting local residents, try your hand at the artistic ventures undertaken by villagers in the region, and sit back and unwind... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$69
per adult

Coral Flyer Flying Fox Ride at Sapi Island
Fly down the world's longest island-to-island zip line in the beautiful islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Admire the incredible natural wonder of the 5 islands in the marine park, keeping your eyes peeled for rare species of fish... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$84
per adult

Full-Day Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs
Escape the busy city for a day to enjoy a day of serenity exploring Kinabalu Park. Appreciate the stunning views of the countryside and Mount Kinabalu at the UNESCO World Site. Then, explore the lush natural beauty before taking a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$80
per adult

Full-Day Klias Wetlands River Safari
Spend the afternoon on a leisurely boat tour along the Klias River in search of wildlife native to the surrounding wetlands. Look closely for a chance to encounter a variety of monkeys such as long-nosed proboscis, macaques, and silvery lutungs... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$97
per adult

Full-Day Sandakan Tour & Orangutan Sanctuary with Lunch
Set off for Sandakan for a full day of adventure exploring the second-largest city in the state. Tour the impressive orangutan sanctuary for an up-close encounter with the fascinating animal and make stop at other points of interest at the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$99
per adult

Full-Day Trip to Bohey Dulang
Get a chance to explore one of Borneo's best diving sites with a day in the waters of Bohey Dulang. The lively coral gardens off the island's shores offer a beautiful collection of marine life for you to encounter, in... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$123
per adult

Gaya Island & Tunku Abdul Rahman Island Hopping
Explore the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park to discover the tropical flora and fauna inhabiting the area. Set foot on Gaya Island to hike along coastal vegetation and mangrove swamps for an up close view of the wildlife.... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$95
per adult

Half-Day Borneo Cooking Lesson with Lunch
Roll up your sleeves and head into the kitchen to whip up typical Malaysian dishes and specialties indicative of Borneo's most beloved cuisine. Browse ingredients for your meal at a local market, learn techniques from a professional chef, and wrap... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

5 hours

Free cancellation

$185
per adult

Half-Day Borneo Sea Walking Adventure
Go out for a walk on the bottom of the sea for a unique experience that gets you up close with Borneo's aquatic wonders. With no gear beyond an air-hosed helmet, you can mingle with the lively aquatic creatures that... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

4 hours

Free cancellation

$117
per adult

Half-Day City Excursion
In only a few hours explore the best sites in Sabah's capital city with the expertise of a professional guide. Venture to the towering Menara Tun Mustapha building, learn about indigenous history and culture at the Sabah Museum, and appreciate... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$28
per adult

Half-Day Excursion to House of Skulls & Monsopiad Culture Village
Immerse yourself in the culture of the Kadazan-Dusun tribe with a half-day excursion to their town, just outside the city. Explore the Monsopiad Cultural Village to learn about the local headhunting practice, peruse artifacts, and experience the tribe's heritage through... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per adult

Half-Day Trek to Tambunan Rafflesia & Bamboo Village
Journey through lush tropical rainforest in search of rare indigenous Rafflesia flowers in full bloom. Then, hike up the hillside and breathe in the fresh mountain air before continuing onward to the bamboo village of Tambunan, famous for their traditional... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$77
per adult

Heritage Village & City Highlights Tour
Delve into centuries of culture with a visit to Sabah Heritage Village, a colorful handicraft market, and a stunning water village. Explore traditional architectural sites, discover the arts of crafts of Sabah, and begin to understand the unique history of... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$48
per adult

Hilltop Dinner Experience
Avoid the tourist restaurants and savor the traditional taste of Malaysian cuisine as you spend a special evening in the Kota Kinabalu countryside. Tour the vast panoramas of the Kokol hills, drive through a typical Dusun community, and indulge in... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$69
per adult

Kawa Kawa Wetland & Firefly Full-Day Tour
The lush wetlands of Kawa Kawa invite you for a day of adventure on this river cruise. Watch for the monkeys, otters, birds, and other creatures that make their homes along the water and admire the spectacular sights that line... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$66
per adult

Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs Venture
Journey to the heights of the Crocker Range – the highest peaks in Sabah – and submerge into calming sulfuric baths at Poring Hot Springs. Marvel at majestic sights along the mountains, stroll through beautiful Kinabalu Park, and walk along... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 30 minutes

$61
per adult

Kiulu River Rafting Excursion
Experience the thrill of water rafting along the Kiulu River for an unforgettable day of adventure. Hold on tight as you jump across rapids and speed downriver! Be ready to get wet as you shoot down the rapids with headwaters... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$56
per adult

Klias Wetland Safari & Fireflies Tour
Venture from the concrete jungle of Kota Kinabalu and explore the wild side of Sabah at Beaufort district along the Klias Forest Reserve. There you can discover a variety of unique wildlife, including the Proboscis monkey, Macaque monkey, Silver Langur,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per adult

Kota Belud Sunday Market Tour
In northern Borneo, take in local color and atmosphere at Kota Belud Tamu, or the Kota Belud Sunday market. Observe the ornate outfits of the Bajau horsemen, which pop with bright shades of various colors, and peruse a vast array... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Find endangered Borneo pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and many other animals native to Malaysia and Indonesia at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Zoologists conduct frequent presentations to educate you on the local wildlife as well as conservation efforts to protect... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Adventure
See tropical wildlife and rainforest nature unique to the island of Borneo at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. Among the 100 species that welcome you to this 280-acre (113-ha) sanctuary are orangutans, proboscis monkeys,... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$32
per adult

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Encounter with Lunch
Enjoy a day at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and meet a large selection of animals endemic to the region. Led by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the more than 280 acres (113 ha) of incredible natural bush land and... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$69
per adult

Mantanani Island Day Trip
Explore Mantanani Island during this thrilling day trip that allows you snorkel, scuba-dive, or dive along the untouched coast. Walk along white-sand beaches, swim with colorful fish through sparkling blue waters, and enjoy a delicious Malaysian buffet for lunch. Read More

$81
per adult

Mari-Mari Cultural Village Tour
Take a step away from the modern civilization of Kota Kinabalu and peek into the traditional lifestyles of the indigenous people of Sabah. Glimpse into the traditions and cultures of 5 ethnic tribes of farmers, hunters, fishermen, cowboys, and head... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$56
per adult

Morning City Tour with Admission to Sabah State Museum & Lunch
Kota Kinabalu is an architectural and cultural delight. Marvel at the miraculously balanced Tun Mustapha Tower and mystically "floating" Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, try your hand at haggling at a popular craft market, and then stroll through traditional tribal dwellings... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$35
per adult

Mount Kinabalu & Poring Rainforest Excursion
Discover Borneo's natural beauty and connect with nature on a stunning walk in UNESCO-listed Kinabalu Park. Allow your local guide to show you the enchanting flower-filled trail and then the lowland Poring forest as you embark on a trek to... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$86
per adult

Night Tour with Cultural Performance and Dinner
See Kota Kinabalu’s lively nightlife unfold before your eyes as the sun sets on the South China Sea. Stroll through the bustling night market, admire a beautiful sunset from splendid Signal Hill, and indulge in a fresh seafood dinner as... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$47
per adult

Padas River Rafting Adventure
Feel your adrenaline pumping as you raft on the exciting whitewater of the Padas River, cutting through breathtaking Grade 4 and5 rapids. Enjoy this thrilling adventure, using the latest equipment and highest safety standards to ensure an exhilarating yet safe... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

11 hours

Free cancellation

$101
per adult

Plaza Premium Lounge at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from... Read More

Categories: Tickets & Passes

3 hours

Free cancellation

$38
per adult

Pontoon & Sea-Walking Marine Adventure Full-Day Tour
Experience the island lifestyle of Kota Kinabalu and make your way to the beautiful Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day in the sun amidst crystal blue water and captivating marine life. Be amazed at the biodiversity and fun-filled... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$93
per adult

Private 2-Day, 1-Night Mount Kinabalu Climb
Take a private journey to Mount Kinabalu and hike up the world’s 20th-most prominent peak at 13,435 feet (4,095 m)—Low’s Peak. As you explore the spectacular Crocker Range, you learn the secrets of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Read More

$439
per adult

Private 3 Days 2 Nights Mount Kinabalu Climb
Journey to the highest peak in Malaysia for a 3-day adventure with a private guide. Spend a day at Poring Hot Springs and explore the surrounding rainforest before taking on the spectacular Crocker Range, then hike to Low's Peak and... Read More

$662
per adult

Private Borneo Headhunters Excursion
Absorb the natural beauty of North Borneo as you journey to spooky historical sites, bustling local markets, and architectural landmarks. Head to the fascinating Monsopiad Cultural Village, watch people bargain for delicious goods, and stop by St. Michael Church as... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$167
per adult

Private Countryside Trails Excursion
Explore outstanding walking trails with a journey into the rugged countryside of Borneo. Join a local guide to learn the secrets of the landscape around you as you soak up the scenery of the remote wilderness. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$345
per adult

Private Half-Day City Tour
The alluring city of Kota Kinabalu proudly displays its contemporary interpretation of a history rich with cultural significance and lasting traditions. Your tour of the Nature Resort City carries you to studious Universiti Malaysia Sabah, the transcendent Sabah Museum, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

Free cancellation

$29
per adult

Private Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs Full-Day Venture
Take a journey to Sabah’s Kinabalu Park and Crocker Range on this mountainous and scenic tour. With the assistance of an expert private guide, you learn interesting facts while viewing majestic mountains, the calming warmth at Poring Hot Springs, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$76
per adult

Private Kiulu River Rafting Excursion
With the help of a private guide, the Kiulu River beckons you to brave the rapids on this rafting adventure like no other. Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-pumping experience as you shoot down the rapids, with headwaters from Mount... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$81
per adult

Private Klias Wetland Safari & Fireflies Tour
Move a step back from the concrete jungle of Kota Kinabalu and see the wild side of Sabah at Beaufort district, along the Klias Forest Reserve. Discover a variety of unique wildlife, including the Proboscis monkey, Macaque monkey, pygmy elephants,... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$78
per adult

Private Kota Belud Sunday Market Tour
Head north towards Kota Belud with your private guide for a wondrous Sunday market. At the Kota Belud Tamu, brightly-dressed Bajau horsemen delight you with masterful feats from atop their steeds. Sort through homespun crafts and fresh foods alongside buffalo... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$54
per adult

Private Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Adventure
Step away from the bustle of Kota Kinabalu for a relaxing ride in a private vehicle to one of the Malaysia's largest wildlife parks. Find more than 100 species of Bornean tropical wildlife at the 280-acre (113-ha) sanctuary, including orangutans,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$42
per adult

Private Mari-Mari Cultural Village Tour
Take a private peek into the cultural melting pot of the indigenous people of Sabah. Glimpse into the traditions and cultures of 5 ethnic tribes of hunters, fishermen, farmers, cowboys, and revered head hunters in one village. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$62
per adult

Private Marine Ecology Research Center Half-Day Tour
Cruise across a narrow strip of crystal clear water to reach Gaya Island and the Marine Ecology Research Center to spend a day learning about coral reef conservation and giant clam propagation program on this private excursion that ends with... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$237
per adult

Private Morning City Tour with Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village Visit
Get to know Kota Kinabalu on a private tour that shows you the history and heritage of this vibrant Malaysian city. From modern icons like the Tun Mustapha Tower to traditional homes in the Heritage Village, you get a chance... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$34
per adult

Private Night Tour with Cultural Performance and Dinner
Take a private promenade through Kota Kinabalu and see what goes on after sunset in this wondrous city. Haggle with locals at the bustling night market, admire gorgeous city vistas from Signal Hill, and enjoy freshly prepared seafood while watching... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$51
per adult

Private Tip of Borneo & Longhouse Tour
The town of Kota Belud awaits you on your trip north from Kota Kinabalu in a private vehicle. This area also hosts the Kota Belud Tamu, the brightly-adorned Bajau horsemen, and the longhouses of the Rungus people, who create woven... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$103
per adult

Private Tip of Borneo & Rungus Longhouse Excursion
Venture off the beaten path all the way to the northernmost point of Borneo where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea. Journey through the picturesque countryside, stop at a colorful local market, learn how traditional gongs are made,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$287
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Kota Kinabalu Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

45 minutes

Free cancellation

$16
per adult

Snorkeling & Kayaking Experience on Dinawan Island with Buffet Lunch
Embark on an exciting snorkeling excursion off the coast of Dinawan Island, flipping your fins alongside exotic marine life as you swim through colorful coral patches. Soak up the sun and let the gorgeous scenery wash over you, paddle across... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$70
per adult

Tip of Borneo & Longhouse Tour
Escape the city and head toward the northern tip of Borneo for adventures in a more remote area of the island. Shop at the Kota Belud Tamu (Sunday market), admire the popping colors worn by the Bajau horsemen, and visit... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$80
per adult

Traditional Indigenous Lifestyles Village
On a tour of the Borneo Cultural Village, discover some of the lesser-known indigenous groups of Borneo. Listen as your guide reveals the mysteries of stunning sights, architectural masterpieces, and traditional art pieces before you watch an unforgettable performance and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$69
per adult

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Island-Hopping Tour
Spend a day of family fun venturing between the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, just a short distance from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea. Immerse yourself in the splendors of these charming islands as you dive... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$67
per adult

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