Here are the top 21 tourist attractions to see in Kota Kinabalu:

1. Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
1 out of 21
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is the largest and second main mosque in Kota Kinabalu. Surrounded by a man-made lagoon, it is popularly known as the "Floating Mosque" because it appears to be floating on the water.

2. Mount Kinabalu

Must visit 4.5 /5

55 km
from city center
2 out of 21
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.

3. Manukan Island

4.2 /5

8 km
from city center
3 out of 21
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Manukan Island is the second-largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and 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.

4. Tanjung Aru Beach

5 km
from city center
4 out of 21
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.

5. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

16 km
from city center
5 out of 21
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.

6. Sapi Island

8 km
from city center
6 out of 21
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.

Kota Kinabalu Packages

Compare quotes from upto 3 travel agents for free

7. Gaya Street Sunday Market

7 out of 21
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.

8. Mamutik Island

7 km
from city center
8 out of 21
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.

Top Hotels In Kota Kinabalu

9. Tabin Wildlife Reserve

305 km
from city center
9 out of 21
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.

10. Poring Hot Springs

70 km
from city center
10 out of 21
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.

11. Kokol Hill

15 km
from city center
11 out of 21
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. Sabah State Museum

2 km
from city center
12 out of 21
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.

13. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

6 km
from city center
13 out of 21
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.

14. Mari Mari Cultural Village

3.8 /5

14 km
from city center
14 out of 21
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.

15. Atkinson Clock Tower

0 km
from city center
15 out of 21
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.

16. Mantanani Islands

87 km
from city center
16 out of 21
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.

17. Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

0 km
from city center
17 out of 21
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.

18. Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
18 out of 21
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.

19. Puh Toh Tze Temple

3.8 /5

5 km
from city center
19 out of 21
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.

20. Signal Hill Observatory

1 km
from city center
20 out of 21
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.

21. Kinabatangan River

237 km
from city center
21 out of 21
places to visit in Kota Kinabalu

Kinabatangan River is one of the most prominent and accessible places in Asia to see a variety of flora and fauna. It is located in Sabah. The river is home to more than 200 bird species and more than 50 mammals along with ten primate species. The significant animals are the probosci's monkey and the Bornean gibbon.

FAQs on Kota Kinabalu

How much does a package cost for Kota kinabalu?

The packages for Kota kinabalu start at INR 79990 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Kota kinabalu?

The top sightseeing places in Kota kinabalu are Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Mount Kinabalu, Manukan Island, Tanjung Aru Beach, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Sapi Island.

What are the top hotels in Kota kinabalu?

There are 824 Hotels in Kota kinabalu which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Kota kinabalu are Homestay Serviced Apartment - Marina Court, KK Holiday Suites Apartment, 2775 sqf Sunset Luxury Condo, J&M The Loft Imago Shopping Mall, ★Gorgeous Nature Inspired Family Pad w Concierge★B3-1B ·, 27 Residence. You can see all the hotels in Kota kinabalu here

How can I commute within Kota kinabalu?

Taxis are most commonly used to get around the city. Make sure to set up a fair price with the driver before getting in. However, most people use Uber. Buses and minibuses are also used to travel within the city. Use the City Bus to get around the city. Itês green and yellow in colour and leaves from Wawasan Bus Terminal. You can also rent a car or a bike and drive it around yourself, from various rental companies.
Read More
View 1 Packages