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Another resort island with one of the best beaches in Malaysia, Mataking Island is the furthest from Semporna in east coast Sabah where a boat trip takes nearly an hour one way. Just stroll around the island to look for your own secluded place. One of the unique things about the island is that they have an underwater post office where you can literally post a letter or postcard. Highly recommended for those who want a 'Maldives' experience in Malaysia.
Highlights: This is the perfect romantic getaway as the island has a spa, private bungalows, an outdoor Jacuzzi by the sea and all the romantic walks by the beach you want. Special arrangements can be made for honeymooners, weddings or private parties. The only way to get here is by booking a tour package from the resort. There are no day trips or visits here.
How to Get There: It is about 40 minute’s boat ride from the mainland of Semporna in the province of Sabah.
If you are an adventure seeker, have a passion for wildlife photography, and you love to live close to mother nature, Tabin Wildlife Reserve welcomes you, as this place can give you a right and perfect taste of nature. Visiting the Tabin Wildlife Reserve can really be a priceless experience. Especially, if you are a birdwatching and wildlife photography enthusiast, there can no better place than the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Not only for the photographers and animal activists, but also for the normal regular visitors, this place can be a paradise
How To Reach: The Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a 7 hour drive from the main Kota Kinabalu city. Or the other option is to take the direct flight from the Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu, which takes around 1 hour and from Lahad Datu, you can reach the Tabin wildlife reserve in one and half hours.
Price: The day trip to Tabin Wildlife Reserve costs around 570 MYR.
Bohey Dulang Island is a mountainous island forged by the remains of an ancient volcano. The southern side of the lagoon is open but just below the surface is a protracted stretch of reef which represents the southern cratered fringe. The island is best known for its spectacular views at the top of its peak. It is possible to trail around the island at low tide by following the narrow edges of the beach and mangroves, although this involves scrambling over rocks or through vegetation's.
Highlights: Prepare to be greeted by a host of
tropical flora and fauna during the arduous but rewarding hiking trail to the
top of Bohey Dulang Peak. Majestic views of the sapphire blue lagoon await
those who make it through the hour long climb.
How to Get There: Bohey Dulang is located about 35 minutes by boat from Semporna, 20 minutes from Pom Pom, 30 minutes from Mataking and 1.5 hours from Mabul.
Sapi Island is one of the most beautiful Island in the whole Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Though the island is smaller as compared to the Manukan Island, but you can still find a good crowd here. If ever visiting these islands, Sapi Island is a must visit and you cannot afford to miss it. One, must try activity on the island is the “Scuba-Doo” mini submarine experience, which is a little motorbike style submarine to do a sea walk.
Location: Sapi Island is one of the five Islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine park and is just at a distance of 15 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu.
How to reach: The Sapi Island can easily be reached from Kota Kinabalu via two ways: Either you can take the hourly ferry from the Jesselton Pier or you can reach Sapi Island from the Sutera Harbor.
Price: You have to pay an entry fees of 10 MYR per adult on the island.
The Manukan Island Resort is a luxury private island resort. This serene retreat offers exquisite accommodation, sophisticated cuisine and unparalleled water sport activities in one of the most pristine corner of the world. Manukan Island is surrounded by a protected coral reef, and the island boasts a pristine rainforest and beautiful white sand beaches.
Location: Manukan Island, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Highlights: This resort features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and spacious villas with private terraces and dining areas. The resort offers a wide range of activities such as diving, snorkeling and trekking. For views of marine life, glass-bottomed boat rides are available.
Price: Approximate price for a room starts at 700 MYR.
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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Kota Kinabalu
Adventure in Kota Kinabalu almost ranges with the varied personality of the
landscape. From exploring the tropical rainforests to surfing the sea and
exploring the depths of the ocean, Kota Kinabalu has a range of activities in
store. A few to name in this context are as follows:
The best things to do in Kota Kinabalu can be seen in terms of best activities for
nature lovers, adventure sports lovers, history lovers, etc. To prepare a list of few
of the best activities from each category, the must do list stands as follows:
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a good spot for fishing. It is advisable
to book leisure fishing tours to make the most of the experience. There are many
tour operators who arrange for such packages for tourists.
Water rides are very popular in Kota Kinabalu and forms one of the crowning
experiences in overall tourism experience. The best place for water rides is the
Water World Theme Park in Kota Kinabalu. Besides the Water World Theme Park,
one can enjoy jet skiing at Mangrove Eco Safari and Langkawi, fly fish ride at the
Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Banana boat ride at The Abdul Rahman Marine
Honeymoon in Kota Kinabalu can be an experience encompassing quite some
variety of activities. At the very outset, the city offers a number of world class
hotels to check into where everything from marvellous local and international
cuisine to rejuvenating spas are offered. There are resorts with golf courses and
provisions of other activities such as tennis and swimming pools to add to the
luxury. Once one steps out of the hotel, the broad walks, markets and the
beaches are good places to go for a casual stroll as the dusk rolls on to
welcome the night. Further, the city offers activities ranging from safari to water
sports, history walk to just plain cycling through the city and meeting locals. For
the party lovers, the nightlife of Kota Kinabalu promises all the fun as any
nightlife friendly city would offer.Complete with late night walks on the beach
besides a few drinks at the local bars, a day in Kota Kinabalu can never end
without the lingering aftertaste of a day well spent and a romance fully lived for
that day itself.
Kota Kinabalu is blessed with abundant rainforests and hosts a number of wild
animals and plants. Few of the most popular places for wildlife safari around the
city are as follows:
Kota Kinabalu is famous for watersports and diving experiences in and around
beaches. A few of the most popular places for scuba diving and snorkeling are
Cruising experiences are very popular amongst tourists as it accords the sight to
the sea as well as the varied landscape of the shoreline half immersed in dense
Rainforests. Few of the most popular cruising experiences are as follows:
Paragliding is an exciting sport which when conducted from just the right spot
and elevation, can be an experience of a lifetime. In Kota Kinabalu, the Kokol
hills are the most popular site for paragliding.
Ziplining can be best enjoyed while partaking in the ride from Gaya island to Sapi
Island. It is an exciting experience where one gets to zip over the clear turquoise
waters from one island to the other.
Parasailing is an activity which can be enjoyed both in Tunku Abdul Rahman
Marine Park as well as on Sapi Island.
Kota Kinabalu has a reputed nightlife with world class bars and pubs, restaurants
for the night owls amongst tourists. A few of the most popular places to go to for
the evenings are as follows:
Street food in Kota Kinabalu gives one a taste of local lifestyle and is a must
have if one intends to experience first hand, every bit of life in the city. Few of the
most popular street food joints are as follows:
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