The Essence of Kota Kinabalu

The Essence of Kota Kinabalu

One way or the other, Kota Kinabalu casts a magical spell on you, once you traverse along
with its sights and landmarks. Positively dwelling on its immersive past, the city is
best explored with a local guide with ample time to soak in the KK beauty.


Sabah’s gateway to Borneo has long been on the radar for those eager seeing more of the natural splendour of Malaysia’s green heart. However, the city has blossomed over the years, where it once did not have a prominent position on the tourism map. Called KK by its residents, Kota Kinabalu has turned into a melting pot of culture, food and a strong affinity towards that what keeps the city such a pleasure to wander through.

Its demands to follow in the footsteps of the 21st century are there, but holding tight to its historical values, sights and landmarks makes it an excellent example of old versus new. Turn your Malaysia Borneo exploration complete with our half-day touring the sights, sounds and cultural aspects of one of Malaysia’s thriving travel hubs.


The Essence of Kota Kinabalu

09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00

You will be warmly greeted by your guide and driver at your Kota Kinabalu hotel (conditions apply) for your 3-hour tour through the capital of Sabah. The city packs a surprising punch of surprises as you and you travel companions move through the streets and alleys of former ‘Singgahmata (translated as ‘The Place where the Eye Lingers’).

Depending on the location of your hotel, we include visits that depict historical, cultural and authentic aspects. We begin with the Wisma Tun Mustapha, better known as the Sabah Foundation Building. From afar, the typical glass-and-steel building has been one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. We pass by one of the most religious sites in KK – the State and City Mosque – while we weave through the streets to learn a bit more about other impressive, more modern landmarks, such as the University of Sabah, before passing by the Sabah Museum. A great collection of the traditions of the indigenous people living on is on permanent display here. We end the day with heading up to Signal Hill – it is the spot around Kota Kinabalu that shows you the central business district and its off-the-coast islands from a bird’s eye view.  When time permits, we include a quick browse at Kadaiku, a small centre for admiring local handicraft from the local tribe’s community.

Our half-day tour comes to an end, and your guide and driver for these three hours will bring you back to your hotel in the heart of Kota Kinabalu.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide/ driver. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver cum guide.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside central Kota Kinabalu. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation, such as Rasa Ria / Nexus / Beringgis, cruise ports and Kota Kinabalu’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Sand, dust and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.


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