OVERVIEW

Easily the biggest city in Malaysian Borneo, Kota Kinabalu (KK) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah. While KK itself has the feel of any mid-sized administrative capital city, its location on the  South China Sea overseeing  the coral islands, the ragged peaks of Mount Kinabalu forming a distant backdrop, the immigrant Philippines population and the local seafood in one of the hawker zones make it a place full of character.

Beyond itself, KK obviously is the base to explore Mt. Kinabalu, the 4101 meter stunning peaks that require advance planning to get on a trek to. Some of the most incredible dive sites including the Pulau Sipadan are accessed from KK. Those into flowers, can take a ride to the Tambunan Rafflesia reserve which is dedicated to the parasitic Rafflesia plant that grows upto 1m in diameter on bloom.

Scattered all around Sabah are excellent golfing options – the most prominent amongst them being in close vicinity of Kota Kinabalu – starting with the floodlit Sutera Harbour that plays alongside the harbour, the Dalit Bay golf course situated next to the ocean and the Nexus Golf Resort with the mountainous amphitheatres that it provides around most hole locations.

BEST TIME TO GOLF IN KOTA KINABALU: The weather in Kota Kinabalu stays more or less the same throughout the year with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees celsius. The drier period, when rainfall is lower, is between January and April and the temperatures are marginally lower during this period.

Type of Climate: Tropical Monsoon climate

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THINGS TO DO

A quick tour of Kota Kinabalu will show you attractions like the City Mosque. Try the Seafood restaurant complex at Sedco Square. Sign up for the numerous adventure activities run out of KK. Visit the Kota Kinabalu National Park, and hike up to Mount Kinabalu if you enjoy a good trek and splendid views.

USEFUL INFO

GETTING THERE: Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the Island of Sabah. There are many international airlines from nearby countries like Philippines, Singapore and so on which fly directly to Kota Kinabalu. There are also many flight from Kuala Lumpur on mainland Malaysia to Kota Kinabalu.

CURRENCY: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 3.99 MYR (Currency Converter)

VISA: Check the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.