Kota Kinabalu reminds of of Davao City – my favorite City in the Philippines. Just like Davao City, Kota Kinabalu is blessed with mind blowing natural beauty that is why the place is always a topper on the list of holiday planners. If you love to spend your day in a quiet beach or you just want to discover the local culture, Kota Kinabalu is a perfect place for you to explore.
Major Attractions in Kota Kinabalu
Tanjung Aru Beach is only few miles away from Kota Kinabalu in the south. For all those who love beaches, this is the perfect place to relax. The two kilometers of sand stretching out on the beach is perfect to take a walk. Swimmers can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and explore the untouched beauties of the underwater world.
Tanjung Aru is also famous for Sunset lovers. The sun disappearing in the arms of sea is an exquisite view to watch. Seafood restaurants and food courts in the open air gives a wonderful dining experience as well.
Mount Kinabalu is the third tallest mountain in Southeast Asia. Adventurers and non adventurers can climb the peaks without any specialized training but one must be physically fit. A two hours journey from Kota Kinabalu leads to Kinabalu Park, an eco friendly place and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Kinabalu Park surrounds the mountain and is spread around 300 square miles.
Mari Mari Cultural Village is situated in a mini forest just 25 minutes away from the City Center. The Village features various traditional houses of major ethnic communities of Sabah like the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun.
Aside from the very efficient tour guides, some locals will also show blowpipe-making demonstration, fire-starting demonstration using bamboo, tattoo-making demonstration, and get an in-depth look at the mystical symbolism behind them.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park consists of five small islands. They are Sapi Island, Gaya Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island, and Sulug Island. Each island has its own specific features. Gaya Island is the largest among all and this undeveloped island is not strongly advised for tourists.
Except Gaya all other islands are considered safe. Travelers can enjoy hiking trails, scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming.
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