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How to Spend 2 Days in Kota Kinabalu

How to Spend 2 Days in Kota Kinabalu

With two days in Kota Kinabalu, it’s possible to explore both the city and the nearby marine park, and to venture further afield to Mt. Kinabalu National Park. Here are a few ways to make the most of two days.


Day 1: Mountains or Wildlife

**Morning:**In order to make the most of your time and skip the hassle of planning, opt for a day trip to either Kinabalu National Park—where you’ll explore via trails and a treetop canopy walk— or Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, the largest orangutan conservation center in the world.

 

**Afternoon:**If you’re at Kinabalu National Park, enjoy a local lunch before heading to Poring Hot Springs for a therapeutic soak. Those in Sandakan can explore the town or head to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre or the Rainforest Discovery Centre.

 

**Night:**Back in Kota Kinabalu, enjoy dinner while watching a cultural show or dance performance—book a package that includes round-trip hotel transfers for the best value. Alternatively, enjoy fresh seafood at Kota Kinabalu Fish Market on the waterfront.  

 

Day 2: Islands, City, and Culture

**Morning:**Spend some time exploring the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, which comprises five islands; half-day trips typically cover one or two of the islands, and give you time to relax on the beach, swim, snorkel, or scuba dive. Upgrade to zip from one island to another on the Coral Flyer Zipline. 

 

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon exploring the highlights of Kota Kinabalu, such as the City Mosque, Sabah State Museum, and Signal Hill on a panoramic bus tour. Alternatively, head out of town to the Mari Mari Cultural Village to learn about the five main traditional groups of Sabah. Visit a longhouse, try local delicacies, or watch different cultural demonstrations.

 

**Night:**For your final evening, watch the sunset from Tanjung Aru Beach or charter a luxury yacht or catamaran and enjoy a sunset or dinner cruise, complete with live entertainment or a firefly show. Afterwards, go shopping and pick up souvenirs at one of the night markets. 

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Kota Kinabalu City Dinner Cruise by North Borneo Cruises

Kota Kinabalu City Dinner Cruise by North Borneo Cruises

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Dine and dance under the stars on a Kota Kinabalu cruise that includes live music and a buffet of international cuisine. The boat’s open upper deck gives panoramic views of the Kota Kinabalu skyline as the city lights up after dark, and since this dinner cruise features door-to-door transfers from hotels in Kota Kinabalu, you can enjoy an evening out without the hassle of finding late-night transport.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The Coral Flyer Zipline Adventure at Marine Park from Kota Kinabalu

The Coral Flyer Zipline Adventure at Marine Park from Kota Kinabalu

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Soar on a zipline that connects two picture-perfect tropical islands on a 6-hour adventure trip from Kota Kinabalu to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The Coral Flyer Zipline is the world’s longest island-to-island zipline, and gives you aerial views of clear water, white sand beaches, and coastal trees. This small group tour is limited to 7 participants for a personalized experience, and includes lunch, national park fees, boat transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Kota Kinabalu.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village Tour from Kota Kinabalu

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Explore Borneo's indigenous cultures on a half-day trip from Kota Kinabalu to Mari Mari Cultural Village, which features traditional houses, crafts, and bushcraft recreated by members of each tribe in Sabah. You'll see local people making blowpipes and kindling bamboo fires, then learn the symbolism behind Sabah's long tradition of tattooing. With pickup and drop-off at hotels in Kota Kinabalu, this tour includes entrance fees and lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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$74.36
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Poring Hot Springs Tour from Kota Kinabalu including Treetop Canopy Walk

Poring Hot Springs Tour from Kota Kinabalu including Treetop Canopy Walk

Take a break from sightseeing and spend the day relaxing in the natural hot springs of Poring on a day trip from Kota Kinabalu. Ideal for active travelers looking to relieve aching muscles, this hassle-free excursion includes a scenic journey through Kinabalu National Park and a stop at a local fruit market. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off mean that you don't have to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.65
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Kota Kinabalu Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Kota Kinabalu Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Conclude your Kota Kinabalu adventure with a dazzling evening out at sea. Hop onto a spacious custom-built catamaran and get in touch with Sabah’s coastal charisma. Sail pass surrounding islands and into the famous Kota Kinabalu sunset. Includes guided narrations of historical & architectural landmarks that dot the coastline. - Evening cruise from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea - Chance to see Sabah's sunset & landmarks from the water - Laid-back & relaxed tour aboard a luxurious custom sailboat - Sights of Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park - Postcard-perfect views of Likas Bay in the soft moonlight
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  • 3 hours
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$122.00
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