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Weekends in Kota Kinabalu

In Sabah, there is room for every language under the Malaysian sun.

−Rita Lasimbang

Tour Details

The waterfront City of Kota Kinabalu, surrounded by lush tropical islands, is the gateway to Sabah and the perfect jumping-off point for a weekend visit to Borneo. Our special weekend itineraries are about getting the best out of a short visit, so we don’t drop you at your hotel at 5 pm and leave you to fend for yourself. We make sure there’s a couple of great evenings lined up for you too! The private guided tours described below are all about local atmosphere and flavour and are perfect for couples, families or small groups travelling from Peninsular Malaysia, Brunei or Singapore.

You don’t have to come at the weekend, of course. We can arrange these tours starting any day of the week – simply perfect for independent travellers.

A Weekend in KK - 3Days 2Nights

This tour is designed for people who want to get to know Sabah in a single weekend, and is packed with experiences and activities that make the best use of your valuable time.

Friday Afternoon (D): Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, meet and greet by our local representative then transfer to hotel. At 6 pm, transfer to KK Waterfront to sip a cold drink and watch the sun set over Gaya Island (weather permitting) or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, do what the locals do and stroll over to the Kampung Air Night Market for a deliciously casual dinner of Malay, Indonesian and Philippine specialties from the many hawker stalls. Your guide will assist with your choices. After dinner, drop by a local watering hole for beers or cocktails while your guide regales you with tales from the days of the headhunters. If you want to try a pub crawl of a spot of clubbing, we’ll drop you off. Otherwise, transfer back to hotel for overnight.  

Note: For flight arrival in the morning, we can arrange for tour to the Mengkabong River Cruise and Firefly (the Sea Gypsy water village) with daily departure at 1400 hrs.  

Saturday (B L D): Breakfast at hotel. Pick up at 0730hrs and proceed for about for about 2hours drive to Poring Hot Springs through scenic mountainous countryside. Soak in the hot sulphur springs and ease those aching joints and muscles.  Visit the Butterfly Farm and Orchid Conservation Centre or observe the tropical rainforest from the Poring Canopy Walkway.  The Canopy Walkway which will take approximately 20 minutes hike. Experience the height of 41 meters above the ground and the length of 170 meters Treetop Bridge. Or you may just take a dip in the open air Japanese styled bathtub where the hot sulfuric water is believed to have curative power. Lunch at the local restaurant. Then, continue journey to the Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s First World Heritage Site, visit the Mountain Garden and take a guided jungle walk with the park naturalist. There are over 1000 species of plants found on Mount Kinabalu, with an abundance of pitcher plants and orchids. Transfer for dinner at the local restaurant and return to hotel for overnight.

Sunday (B L): After breakfast at your hotel, proceed to Jetty for a morning of island-hopping through the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. A thrilling speedboat ride brings you to two idyllic tropical islands – Manukan and Mamutik – for swimming, sunbathing, trekking and snorkelling amidst shoals of colourful fish in water as clear as glass. After a barbecue seafood lunch on the beach, return by speedboat to jetty then transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Note: Recommended to arrive in the morning and departure in late evening or the following morning, so we can arrange additional activities for Sunday afternoons and evenings. Please contact us for ideas and suggestions.

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Please quote Product Code ISB-005-3K

A Weekend of Nature - 3Days 2Nights

This tour is designed for people who can only spare a weekend to discover Sabah’s fascinating wildlife. It is packed with wildlife experiences and activities that make the best use of your valuable time. 

Friday Afternoon (D): Arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, meet and greet by our local representative then transfer to hotel. At 6 pm, transfer to KK Waterfront to sip a cold drink and watch the sun set over Gaya Island (weather permitting) or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, do what the locals do and stroll over to the Kampung Air Night Market for a deliciously casual dinner of Malay, Indonesian and Philippine specialities from the many hawker stalls. Your guide will assist with your choices. After dinner, drop by a local watering hole for beers or cocktails while your guide regales you with tales from the days of the headhunters. If you want to try a pub crawl of a spot of clubbing, we’ll drop you off. Otherwise, transfer back to hotel for overnight.

Saturday (B L D): Breakfast at hotel. Pick up at 0830 hrs, proceed for about 30 minutes drive to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. As you arrive, get a map from the entrance counter and walk around on your own. Here, you will have the chance to see different species of birds and animals (e.g. Rhino, mouse deer, barking deer, civet, Binturong, pygmy elephants, clouded leopards, Malayan tigers, Orang Utans, Proboscis monkeys etc). Visit the Botanical Garden where you can see variety species of plants such as pitcher plants, wild ginger, ferns, medicinal plants, rubber trees etc. After lunch, drive to Kota Klias (1.5 hrs) for a mangrove cruise through the Klias Wetlands in search of proboscis monkeys, macaques, kingfishers, egrets and sea eagles. Around sunset, return to the jetty and enjoy a traditional kampung dinner while watching the fireflies light up along the river bank. Return to Kota Kinabalu around 2130 hrs for overnight.

Sunday (B L): Breakfast at your hotel, at 0800 hrs depart by speedboat to Borneo Reef World, located in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, for an amazing underwater experience. Your programme includes a private guided snorkel safari through the reef ecosystem with the resident marine biologist. If you prefer, you can opt for an Ocean Walker experience or even an introductory scuba dive (no experience necessary, additional charge). Lunch at local restaurant, then direct transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for your return flight.

Note: Recommended to arrive in the morning and departure in late evening or the following morning, so we can arrange additional activities for Sunday afternoons and evenings. Please contact us for ideas and suggestions.

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Please quote Product Code ISB-005-3W

Alternative Tours

We have a host of other activities for guests who want to enjoy an action-packed weekend. Possibilities include Mountain Biking, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, an overnight ascent of Mount Kinabalu or even a weekend trip to a Iban Rungus longhouse. Please contact us for further details.

What's Included in the Price?

The tour price is based on a minimum of two persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis and staying in 3-star city hotels unless otherwise indicated. Please enquire for detailed pricing, extensions and large group rates. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Accommodation  as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers to/from Kota Kinabalu city hotels. From beach hotels, a surcharge of RM35 per transfer is applicable.
  • English/Malay-speaking tour guide

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Flights/transport to/from departure point (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)
  • Tipping for guides, drivers and boatmen
  • Sea Walking or Scuba Diving
  • Alcoholic beverages (except where indicated)

 Note: Weather conditions and the water level may force our guides to modify the tour in the interests of safety. No refunds will be offered for any tour or extension sold.

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL

Notes 

  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to sun@suntravelborneo.com as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Hints & Tips

  • All accommodation is air conditioned, which usually takes care of mosquitoes. However, you should cover up or apply mosquito repellent to prevent getting bitten when outdoors, especially in wetland areas.
  • It is extremely impolite to refuse any food or drink by waving it away. If you are full or don’t like the look of something, just touch the offered plate or glass with your fingers.
  • The rice wine is usually stronger than it appears.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Take a break in Sabah's Waterfront Capital!

Spend a fascinating weekend exploring the many delights of Kota Kinabalu

Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken in and around Kota Kinabalu and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. All images © Sabah Tourism Board.

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