Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah and the gateway to Malaysian Borneo. With a score of international flights landing every day, most travelers find themselves bookending their trips with a couple days to spare in Kota Kinabalu. It’s a great place to prep for your Borneo adventures and an ideal place to unwind after soaking up Sabah’s natural wonders.

If you happen to have a few days to explore Sabah’s capital, we have a number of day trip programs to keep you busy. Go diving, snorkeling, and kayaking in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, mountain bike around the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, or go white water rafting down the Kiulu and Padas Rivers. For a more relaxing experience, try a cooking class with a visit to the local market, or spend the night in a lovely home surrounded by fruit orchards below Mount Kinabalu.