Destination guide

The charming area of Kota Kinabalu awaits your stay

The island views and parks create a pretty picture of Kota Kinabalu. Travelers to this romantic city praise the boating, diving and snorkeling. Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium are just a couple of the must-sees. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in Kota Kinabalu

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? You'll be sure to enjoy Kota Kinabalu for its boating and swimming. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Kota Kinabalu a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (8.9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Sedco Square (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Water World Theme Park (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Tuaran Crocodile Farm (14.2 mi / 22.9 km)
  • Kipandi Butterfly Farm (14.3 mi / 23 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Kota Kinabalu

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Kota Kinabalu. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • KK Esplanade (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Signal Hill Observatory Platform (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Tanjung Aru Perdana Park (2.6 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Mamutik Island (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)

How to get to and around Kota Kinabalu

Fly into Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.5 km) from the city center.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Tanjung Aru Station.

Where to stay around Kota Kinabalu?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 110 holiday lettings near Kota Kinabalu. From 17 Houses to 81 Condos/Apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kota Kinabalu is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kota Kinabalu?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Kota Kinabalu. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • City Mosque: 86 holiday lettings
  • Kiansom Waterfall: 82 holiday lettings
  • Sedco Square: 79 holiday lettings
  • KK Plaza: 80 holiday lettings
  • Kompleks Karamunsing: 86 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Kota Kinabalu listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kota Kinabalu?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 17 Houses in Kota Kinabalu. Our other popular types of Kota Kinabalu holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 81 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 2 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 2 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Kota Kinabalu?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 56 holiday homes with pool available in Kota Kinabalu. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.