Here are the top 20 tourist attractions to see in Kota Kinabalu:

1. Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
1 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque happens to be the largest one in Kota Kinabalu City and possibly the second largest one across Malaysia. It has been constructed top man-made lagoon making it appear to be floating in the water.

2. Manukan Island

4.2 /5

8 km
from city center
2 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Manukan Island is the second-largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, is well known for its vast stretches of beaches and trail system. The mesmerising island is shaped like a boomerang and is part of the five islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which is Malaysia’s first marine park.

3. Tanjung Aru Beach

5 km
from city center
3 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Tanjung Aru Beach, located near the west coast of Kota Kinabalu is one of the most iconic attractions in Sabah. It is a great place for all types of visitors, from couples to families.

4. Sapi Island

8 km
from city center
4 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Sapi Island is part of a chain of islands that is located near the city of Kota Kinabalu. Since the island looks like a cow head from far, it has been named Sapi Island, as the word ‘Sapi’ means cow.

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5. Mount Kinabalu

Must visit 4.5 /5

55 km
from city center
5 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia, located on the west coast of Sabah at the Kinabalu Park, which is a World Heritage Site. The mountain stands at a humongous height of 4,101 m and is the most accessible mountain in the world.

6. Mamutik Island

7 km
from city center
6 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The smallest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Mamutik Island is the closest to Kota Kinabalu city. With a 200-meter stretch of white sandy beach, the island is a perfect destination to unwind since it is a quiet and less crowded place.

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7. Poring Hot Springs

70 km
from city center
7 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

For a trip filled with adventure, nature and relaxation, step into the Japanese thermal pools at Poring Hot Springs in Sabah. The hot springs complex is a part of the Kinabalu National Park, and is a perfect way to relax after an exhaustive trek on Mount Kinabalu.

8. Mantanani Islands

87 km
from city center
8 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Mantanani Islands are a collection of three stunning islands with gold beaches and ringed with nearly untouched coral reefs, located off the northwest coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The islands are a perfect getaway from the city and has recently become increasingly popular among travellers and locals alike.

9. Gaya Street Sunday Market

9 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Bustling with the hustle of the locals and tourists, the Gaya Street Sunday Market is once in a weekly market set in the Gaya Street of Kota Kinabalu. It has been an important place for the farmers, fishermen and other traders for more than a hundred years.

10. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

16 km
from city center
10 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a famous natural wildlife park located near the Penampang-Papar old road, Kota Kinabalu. The park is divided into two sections – zoological and botanical and houses many species of flora and fauna.

11. Kokol Hill

15 km
from city center
11 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The beautiful hilly site, perfect for an easy escape, Kokal Hill stands 800 metres high at Kokol Poring Poring Road, Kota Kinabalu. It is popular for the mesmerising city view, cool and fresh air, chilly temperatures and a relaxing atmosphere.

12. Tabin Wildlife Reserve

305 km
from city center
12 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve in a 1,225 km natural preserve located in Sabah in Malaysia. The Wildlife Reserve is home to several endangered species and ensures that visitors enjoy sightseeing animals in their original habitat.

13. Mari Mari Cultural Village

3.8 /5

14 km
from city center
13 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Mari Mari Cultural Village located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is a cluster of traditional houses. The cultural village is popular for tours and traditional art and crafts display.

14. Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

0 km
from city center
14 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Providing a soothing arena, with fresh air and spectacular nightlife, the Kota Kinabalu Waterfront is a mixed development project with a mall, hotels, restaurants, resort homes and a boardwalk between Filipino Market and Oceanus Mall at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

15. Puh Toh Tze Temple

3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
15 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Puh Toh Tze Temple, located in the central city of Kota Kinabalu, is one of the most popular Buddhist temples of this country. The temple is adorned with traditional carvings and sculptures of the local deities.

16. Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
16 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Situated 2 kilometres off Kota Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands was initially known as the Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary. It is a vast area that happens to be the remnant of a mangrove forest existed along the coast. A walk into the mangrove directs the visitors to a unique ecosystem where the land comes in contact with the sea.

17. Atkinson Clock Tower

0 km
from city center
17 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Atkinson Clock Tower is an all-wood prominent landmark in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Standing 50-feet tall, this is the oldest standing structure in the city that even survived the World War II.

18. Sabah State Museum

2 km
from city center
18 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Housing both historical and modern artefacts, Sabah State Museum is the state gallery of Sabah, Malaysia. The museum aims at collection and preservation of various items of importance to Sabah's culture, nature and history.

19. Signal Hill Observatory

1 km
from city center
19 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Signal Hill Observatory Tower, located just outside the main town, is one of the most popular tourist landmarks of the state providing an absolutely astounding view of Kota Kinabalu. The observatory might seem to be built quite precariously on a cliff overlooking the green covers and the beautiful monuments of the town, but worry not because it’s very strategically planned and built.

20. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

6 km
from city center
20 out of 20
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a collection of five Malaysian islands just off the coast of Borneo that are the perfect travel location for anyone looking for a day (or a few) of underwater activities and relaxing at the white sandy beaches, perfect for a day of lazing around and sunbathing.

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