Kota Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo, is the ideal place to explore Sabah’s natural gems. From climbing Mount Kinabalu to diving and snorkeling around the many islands in the area, Kota Kinabalu is the perfect base for exploring the diverse flora and fauna throughout the region. If you are not adventurous enough to climb Mount Kinabalu with the kids, there is plenty of water and land adventures for you too. Check out the Little Steps guide to Kota Kinabalu With Kids.
Choose from the famous Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, which has a mini orangutan sanctuary within the property. Or stay at Shangri-la’s sister property, Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, which provides breath-taking views of the ocean. Other kid-friendly options are Nexus Resort and Sutera Harbour Resort. Alternatively, book a villa at Gayana Eco Resort, or Gaya Island Resort, accessible only by boat.
Kota Kinabalu is a nature lover's dream with its myriad of sightseeing options. The Canopy Walk at Kinabalu National Park, snorkeling at one of the many islands like Sapi or Manukan, and visiting the orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary are just a few to mention. Be sure to stop by the Gaya Sunday market, where you can pick up interesting souvenirs from the region too!