Sepanggar Island (Pulau Sepanggar) is only 12 minutes by boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The island is easily spotted from the City Centre. The island has two main peaks and it is a protected forest reserve and covered in thick tropical rainforest. Sepanggar Island has all the elements such as nice beach and swaying coconut trees to be a tropical island destination.
The Filipino Market is one of the most famous destination of Kota Kinabalu and it is occupied with hundreds of tiny stores. It is commonly recognise it as Pasar Besar (Centre Market), Pasar Filipino (fruits, dried fish, handicraft, vegetable market) and Pasar ikan (fish market). Tourists can get souvenir such as leather bags, vibrant batiks, rattan handbags, colourful beads and bracelet and wooden handicraft. Tourists can also experienced the food such from grilled crabs, prawns, fish, barbecued squid and sting rays, friend prawn and more. The best time to visit it is after sunset when the market comes to life.
Puh Toh Tze Buddist Temple was build in 1980 with a statue of Guanyin located in the entrance. It is the main Chinese Temple for the city. It is one of the main attraction for tourists nowadays.
Signal Hills Observatory Tower is the highest point in the city, it is one of the best places to get a good view of Kota Kinabalu. Just a couple of minutes drive from Padang Merdeka will bring you to the airy deck where you can get amazing views that extend to the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and further.
Mari Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the countryside away from the modern and developing Kota Kinabalu city. The village operates as a museum that preserves Borneo ethnic culture. It aims to share the knowledge, history, culture, and tradition of Borneo with so that it is not forgotten. This is the best place to experience Borneo’s traditional way of living–how they used to hunt, cook, and make fire when electricity has not yet been invented before then.
The Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu. It was originally known as the Atkinson Memorial Clock Tower and sits in solitary on the bluff along Signal Hill Road overlooking this seaside city and capital of Sabah, Malaysia. The clock tower was built in the memory of Francis George Atkinson, Jesselton’s (now known Kota Kinabalu) first district officer who died of Malaria or "Borneo Fever" at the age of 28 in December 1902. His mother Mrs Mary Edith Atkinson presented a two-faced clock to Jesselton town as a tribute to the memory of her son and it was decided later that a clock tower would be built in his honour. The structure was commissioned on 20 April 1905. A road was also named after him
The Kiulu River white water rafting which located near Tamparuli, Tuaran is a trip that suits those seeking a moderately adventurous and relaxing trip. It is a great river for beginners, both elderly and kids may join this adventurous trip thus makes it suitable for a family trip. The furthest rafting distance is 15 kilometers when the water level is high, and 7 kilometers of excursions at normal water level. The grade is between 1 to 2.
Manukan Island is the second largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Malaysia's first marine national park. It is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and is easily accessible by boat. Manukan is the most popular island with Kota Kinabalu residents. Manukan has some good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline. The best beach is on the eastern tip of the island. Offshore of Manukan are coral reefs, which is ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming. Out of the five islands making up Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Manukan features the most developed tourist facilities that includes 20 units of chalets, a clubhouse, and few restaurants and a diving centre. Recreation facilities include a swimming pool, football field, Volleyball and Sepak Takraw courts. Infrastructural facilities include support-water, electricity, desalination plant, sewerage system, and even a solar public telephone. It is covered in dense vegetation and has hiking trails.
Poring is a small tourist resort in Sabah, Malaysia. Located 40 km south-east of the Kinabalu National Park Headquarters, in the district of Ranau, Poring is situated in lowland rainforest, contrasting with the montane and submontane rainforest of Kinabalu National Park. The name Poring comes from a Kadazandusun word for a bamboo species found in the area. Poring is known for its hot springs and the popular recreation and tourist complex is known as Poring Hot Springs. The springs are known for their therapeutic properties and the waters with their sulphuric minerals are reputed to ease aching muscles.