10 Attractions in Kota Kinabalu you must visit


Mari Mari Cultural Village

Situated amidst a remote forest setting in Kionsom, Mari Mari Cultural Village offer insight into the living cultures of Sabah. The village is about 40-45 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu city centre. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the activities at the village and experience the way of life for the 5 local tribes in Sabah. Join a tour from the city or drive yourself to the village but make sure you make a booking beforehand as the village didn’t accept walk in customers. You can combine Mari Mari cultural village with Kiulu White rafting tour.



Floating Mosque

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is the second main mosque in Kota Kinabalu and better known as floating mosque as the Mosque appear to sit on a man made lagoon. Do respect the dress code before entering the mosque and outfits/robes/burkas there that you can borrow should you prefer.



Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

5 islands namely Gaya Island, Sapi Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island and Sulug Island which made up Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The islands are located only 10 – 15 minutes rides away from Kota Kinabalu city center and it offer great island hopping adventure and activities for the locals and tourists.


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Sabah State Museum

Built in 1985, Sabah State Museum house collection of artefacts and history of Sabah. The museum is located at the top of a small hill and great place to relax and understand about the history of Sabah. Do take a visit to the heritage village which consist of traditional houses of Sabah tribes at the back of the hill.

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

Offer stunning view of Kota Kinabalu city. For the more adventurous type, take the trail leading to the observatory platform from the edge of Kota Kinabalu city. Visit Signal Hill Observatory Platform in the morning as the observatory is facing the west or visit during the late evening for its sunset view over Kota Kinabalu city. You will surely get beautiful photos from your visit here.



Central Market

Place where locals shop for fresh produce everyday. Best to visit in the early morning and observe the daily life of the locals.


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Atkinson Clock Tower

The oldest remaining structure in Kota Kinabalu which  survived the destruction of Jesselton town during WWII. Named after Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton’s first district officer who died of Malaria



Tanjung Aru Beach

Best place for sun, sea, and beach located 6 Kilometres from City center. Enjoy beautiful sunset scenery on the 2km stretch of beach while drinking from fresh coconuts. There are more than enough space for everyone to chill out on this 2 km stretch of beach.


Filipino Market/ Handicraft Market

Best place for  local handicrafts, souvenirs and many other interesting items. Explore over hundreds of stalls offers a variety of good for you to choose from. You could get virtually anything you can think of under the sun from this Sabah market.

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Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

place to chill out at the late afternoon for the spectacular sunset view. The place come to life at night with the entertainment and eatery outlets offer  memorable Sabah nightlife experience.


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