Sabah Colour Guide – Kota Kinabalu and Environs


Superbly located on a sheltered bay facing a scattering of exquisite tropical islands and coral reefs, and backed by the dramatic mountains of the Crocker Range, Kota Kinabalu has transformed itself from a simple trading post a century ago to an increasingly modern city, proud of its role as capital of the state of Sabah.


Sabah spreads across the northern tip of the world’s third largest island, Borneo, with Kota Kinabalu strategically located roughly half-way along the west coast. Within one or two hours’ drive of the city, an incredible range of places, activities and people await discovery. And standing over it all is the massive bulk of Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia.


The guide focuses on the city of Kota Kinabalu as well as major areas of interest along the west coast, from Kota Belud in the north down to the Klias Peninsula in the south. It also includes nearby islands, from Mantanani down to Pulau Tiga, as well as the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, just off Kota Kinabalu.

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The Phoenix Arises
The Kadazandusun
Exploring Kota Kinabalu
Towards Tanjung Aru
Towards Likas
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Kadazandusun Heartland
Exploring South of Kota Kinabalu
Heading North
Map of KK City
Tourism Information
Tour Operators

Publication Date: First Published September 2009
Publisher: Opus Publication Sdn. Bhd.
Author: Wendy Hutton