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9 incredible things to do around in Kota Kinabalu for an extraordinary vacation

On the lookout for some of Kota Kinabalu’s top must-see/do adventures? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s not one, not two, but nine incredible activities, ranging from heart-stopping adventure sports, to heritage trails and amazing natural sights you simply can’t afford to miss!

1. White water rafting down the scenic Kiulu River

Get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle through spectacular countryside vistas and lush verdant rice fields!

2. Meet the world’s smallest bears at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Learn more about these pint-sized panda-lookalike teddies and what you can do to protect their habitat.

3. Get your insta-worthy shot at the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

Photo: Eugene Lim

Deemed the ‘floating mosque’, explore the structure that sits on a man-made lagoon, which gives it the illusion of levitation.

4. Island hop through Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Photo: JamesJames

Most of the islands in the marine park features some of the best beaches and dive sites in Asia, all of which are just a short boat ride away from one another.

5. Take to the skies on a parasailing adventure in Manukan

Feel the sun and wind in your face with an exhilarating experience above the shimmering blue waters of Manukan and enjoy a cocktail on the pristine beach after.

6. Find your bearings at this ‘upside-down house’ in Tamparuli

Photo: shankar s.

Known as Rumah Terbalik (ring any bells?), you can now navigate your way through the topsy-turvy kampung house and its fairytale-like rooms.

7.  Zipline from island to island on the Coral Flyer

What better way to fuel your excitement than riding a 235-metre long zipline from Sapi to Gaya Island?

8. Face your fear of heights at the Treetop Canopy Walk

At 43 metres high, the thrilling walkway offers stunning views of the forest. Just remember not to look down!

9. Sleep under a blanket of stars at the Tawau Hills Park

Romance it up with your partner under the starry sky at this popular astronomy site, where you can spot the Milky Way!