Kota Kinabalu Malaysia


Kota Kinabalu is a fast emerging Malaysian hot spot located in the island of Sabah.  Kota Kinabalu is the capital city and houses approximately four hundred thousand people and over thirty different ethnic groups.  Gayam is the local Malaysian dialect but English is spoken all over the island as well. 

Kota Kinabalu is quite small and all activities and destinations can be reached quite quickly.  In fact, a car can drive a complete round of the city within seven minutes, without traffic lights.  Kota Kinabalu features beautiful mountains and lush green jungles which can be viewed from just a simple bus ride around the island.  Water villages are also located all over the island, which are vacated by the indigenous Baja people.  The people of Kota Kinabalu are friendly and the whole island emanates a nice laid back vibe.    

Tourism is the second major source of income for citizens of Kota Kinabalu.  The island features a wide variety of luxurious hotels and resorts which are more than affordable due to the great current exchange rates.  Itís close proximity and great accessibility makes this spot an easy choice destination.  Kota Kinabalu has seen an increase of over 25, 000 visitors per year in the past four years after the launch of direct flights from Australia to the island.    


There are many activities and a variety of tourist packages that can take you into the jungles to go white water rafting or bush walking.  Mount Kinabalu is climbed everyday, 365 days a year with special races occurring during every October, when thrill seekers race one another to the top of the mountain.  There are over fifty different activity products to choose from, making the choices endless and exciting for visitors.  Crystal clear waters await visitors who choose to go on boat tours for island hopping.  Snorkeling and deep sea diving can be arranged for adventurers who want to get up close to the protected marine life.  Sabah is a premium eco-tourism spot and is a world class maritime centre.    

The traditional flavours and spices of Malaysian cuisine, which feature on the island, are sure to please all palettes.  Great seafood, spicy salads and a great variety of tropical fruits are just some of the delicious meals that you can enjoy in Kota Kinabalu.  Most meals are provided by tour operators and most of the hotels and resorts provide breakfast. Kota Kinabalu is warm and sunny almost all year round.  Oct- Dec is the rain season for the island, so for those who enjoy rough river rapids, this is the time to go for you. 

With such great exchange rates, this destination spot is more than affordable and so close to Australian and New Zealandís shores.  Making the journey is more than a rewarding and memorable experience, an amazing spectrum of colours and all year round sunshine awaits you.