Category: Interesting Places

Jesselton Point Waterfront

Jesselton Point Waterfront is the new name given to what is once known as Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal. It serves as a ship and vessel terminal for those taking a ship to Labuan and for guest setting off to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the encompassing island. Exploiting its vital area and high human activity, this waterfront territory was re-created or updated in 2006 to be one of the city attractions to incorporate recreationally, business, private, and retail offices.

At Jesselton Point Waterfront, you can walk on the footpath as you appreciate the picturesque perspective of the ocean and the encompassing islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park against the scenery of a lovely nightfall at night. See a few pictures of Jesselton town former zones from the ahead of schedule to mid-1900s, which are in plain view close to the principle access to give you somewhat chronicled point of view of the city past.

Jesselton Point Waterfront is a decent place to loosen up following a rushed day and to relax with loved ones individuals. Eat at one of the numerous in the open air restaurants outlets or go for keepsake chasing at the different gift shops along the footpath. There is likewise an indoor futsal focus here and for the individuals who like fishing, the breakwater is open for fishing from 6 pm to 6 am for a little charge.

Getting There
Located north of downtown Kota Kinabalu near to Wisma Sabah, Grand Port View building, marine police and customs offices. The best way to come here is to take a taxi, however if you are staying at a nearby city hotel or around north of KK, this place is within walking distance.

Kipandi Butterfly Park

Kipandi Butterfly Park is situated in the Crocker Range, around 22 miles (35.4 km) from Kota Kinabalu city, in Moyog, Penampang. Arranged at an elevation of around 2300 feet (700 m), Kipandi Butterfly Park is a wonderful tropical woods loaded with the tunes of bugs and flying creatures with beautiful butterflies shuddering around. It is an incredible spot to unwind in the cool invigorating quality of the Crocker Range and to take photos of the wonderful butterflies, orchids, extraordinary blossoming plants and the uncommon creepy crawly’s gathering. More than a hundred butterfly’s animal varieties have been recorded here.

The Butterfly Garden
is the fundamental fascination of this park and in this garden, the rarest butterflies’ species, for example, the Rajah Brooks and brilliant birdwings are breed and discharge into the encompassing woods. The butterfly garden is additionally a decent place to photo the butterflies in their characteristic surroundings, as it is an encased patio nursery.

The Insect Museum won’t disillusion the creepy crawlies’ beau as the insectarium has more than 500 butterflies and more than 3000 bugs in its accumulation. In the gathering, are numerous uncommon and endemic creepy crawlies’ species, which must be found in the Crocker Range.

In the Native Plants & Orchid Garden, you can see some of the rare and endangered orchids and pitcher plants of Sabah. In this botanical collection, there are more than 500 species of native orchids, 28 species of carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes), 40 species of Hoyas (wax flowers) and five species of lipstick flowers (Aeschynanthus) and many other native plants, which are only found in Borneo on display.

Getting There

The park is located in Moyog, Penampang about 22 miles (35.4 km) from Kota Kinabalu city.
For more information and details, contact the local travel agent or the park owner i.e. Kipandi Entomofauna Ecotours Sdn Bhd. (Tel: 088-232015, 016-8380100, 013-8739092 ; Fax: 088-235015)
You can also visit their website at for more information.
There is a ½ day tour to the park you can take, which include hotel pickup and drop-off, park tour, jungle tracking, plants watching, bird watching, insects watching and ended with a standard Malaysian lunch or dinner.

Water World Theme Park, Bukit Padang

Water World Theme Park, named as ‘Sabah’s Premier Water Theme Park’ by its administrator is the spot to visit amid the hot sunny day of Kota Kinabalu. Bring your children here and let them be entertained with the fun and cooling water exercises here while you appreciate an unwinding evening alongside the pool while on your Sabah Vacation. Water World Theme Park is essentially one major youngster swimming pool zone with water profundity of under 4 feet profound. It has a couple water slides that curves and turn for youngsters to keep them cheerful. Next to slides, you can appreciate other water exercises, for example, water guns, water ball and Tarzan net with loved ones individuals.

This park is fundamentally planned for youngsters and your children will love investing their energy sprinkling here. In that capacity, grown-ups may discover this water stop somewhat less invigorating. For more fun, bring your own particular swimming buoy ring. Different offices at this park incorporate an eatery, a ventilated restroom, and a blessing shop.

Note: Operating hours : Weekday 12pm – 7pm, Weekend/ Public Holiday 9am – 7pm.
Closed every Tuesday except on public holiday and school holiday

Getting There

Located in Kampung Nelayan, at Tun Fuad Stephens Park, Bukit Pandang, Luyang. The journey to Water World Theme Park will takes about 20 minutes drive from KK city centre.

Gaya Street Sunday Market (Pasar Tamu Jalan Gaya)

Gaya Street Sunday Market (likewise called Pasar Tamu Jalan Gaya in Malay) is a week by week outdoors road market in Kota Kinabalu. The business sector in Gaya road stretch for around 400 meters, from the City Council Building to the Sabah Tourism Board Building. In this business sector, you can purchase different sorts of neighborhood items at deal costs. The merchandise here reach from expressions and artworks, sustenance and regular prescription items to ladies embellishments, for example, pearls, valuable stones, seashells, pets, natural products, espresso, tea and some more. There are additionally heaps of imported fake shades, precious stone pieces of jewelry, watches and so on., so be cautious with what you obtained.

The business sector opens each Sunday from around 6.00 am – 1.00 pm. The trek here will take around 60 minutes; be that as it may, it is prudent to be there ahead of schedule to maintain a strategic distance from the hot morning sun and the group, which began to develop from 9.00 am onwards, making this spot hot and stuffy. Take some water, a cap and wear agreeable shoes when resulting in these present circumstances showcase, and be watchful of your effects while here.

This is an incredible spot to wander on the off chance that you happen to be in the downtown area with nothing to do on an early Sunday morning. Gaya Street Sunday Market offers a comfort and an efficient spot to chase for trinkets. Keep in mind and don’t be bashful to arrange with the dealer to get the best cost on the things marked down.

Getting There
Situated at Kota Kinabalu Central Business District, Gaya Street is just a short walk from anywhere around the city or you can take a taxi into KK town

Signal Hill Observatory Tower

Signal Hill Observatory Tower is a perception stage with a roofed deck, which is situated at the most astounding point in Kota Kinabalu city. This implies this territory will give you an unhindered perspective of the city’s encompassing. This is an unquestionable requirement visit place for traveler and guests who needs to have a decent all-encompassing perspective of the city. Come and see the superior perspective of the town focus and its encompassing region, up to the shorelines of Tanjung Aru and Likas Bay territories and to the peripheral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. This is likewise the ideal spot to appreciate the lovely nightfall perspective of Kota Kinabalu city.

Getting There
Situated on the slopes close Padang Merdeka. In the event that you are from the Atkinson Clock Tower, it is a 20-30 minutes tough walk around the winding street, which is secured with lavish green trees, so appreciate the quiet and invigorating environment as you advance up. On the other hand, take a taxi to send you straightforwardly to the perception focus.

UMS (University of Malaysia Sabah) Aquarium & Marine Museum.(AMUMS)

UMS (University of Malaysia Sabah) Aquarium and Marine Museum is a cutting edge aquarium and marine historical center, which was opened in 1995. This aquarium and marine gallery is situated inside of the UMS grounds at the Sepanggar Bay Area and is a piece of the college’s Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI).

An imitation of Pulau Sipadan profound plunge diorama will welcome guest to the aquarium, which is one of the top jumping site on the planet. The significant attractions here are the three unattached tanks with different types of marine life and tropical reef corals found along the bank of Sabah. Each of the tanks is setup to display marine life at various submerged levels i.e. the vast water reef, shallow reef and the profound reef.

Another fascinating and eye-getting presentation is a 14.1 feet (4.43m) skeleton of a Cuvier’s Beaked Whale. The goliath angle dead body was found at the Mimpian Jadi shoreline in Tuaran in 1997, which as per researchers, was the first run through such a whale was found in Sabah.

Different attractions at the aquarium and marine historical center are the mangrove walk, Contemporary Marine and Maritime Museum and the Multimedia Interactive Information Kiosk, which shows continuous works by the UMS Borneo Marine Research Unit in regions such as aqua­culture, oceanography, marine biotechnology, marine protection and maintainable administration of marine assets.

Getting There:
AMUMS is located within the university’s Borneo Marine Research Institute inside the university area, about 7 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Petagas War Memorial Garden

Petagas War Memorial and the encompassing patio nursery were worked to respect nearby legends who relinquished their life to guard Sabah amid the Japanese occupation in World War II. The Memorial is based on the area where individuals and sympathizers from ‘The Kinabalu Guerrillas’ were executed ruthlessly on January 21st, 1944. The Kinabalu Guerrillas is a gathering of neighborhood saints who dispatch an amazement assault on the Japanese Police Station and Military Police Headquarters in Jesselton(now Kota Kinabalu) in September 1943 to keep the constrained recruit of around 2000 North Borneo young people into the Japanese armed force bleeding edge guard. The amazement assault by the, for the most part, blade outfitted men was driven by its Commander-in-Chief, Albert Kwok. In this assault, they figured out how to slaughter around 60 Japanese fighters and all the more essentially, the assault figured out how to wreck the Japanese enrollment arrangement.

The Japanese armed force later dispatches an operation called ‘suci-piring’ subsequent to accepting fortification from Kuching, Sarawak with the intend to catch every one of the individuals who were included in the assault against them in Jesselton. Individuals from the Kinabalu Guerillas were compelled to withdraw to Menggatal town in the wake of agony overwhelming setback because of the absence of supplies and bolster and inside of two months, they are compelled to surrender to the Japanese armed force debilitate to kill pure neighborhood ladies and offspring of the encompassing towns. Of the 300 caught, 176 detainees were either tormented and slaughtered while still at the ‘Batu Tiga’ jail or were later executed severely in Petagas on the 21st January 1944. The rest of guerillas were sentenced to jail in Labuan and of this, 117 died because of torment and starvation.

The Petagas War Memorial and the encompassing greenery enclosure has been made into a typical graveyard for the individuals who have been executed in Petagas and incorporate the remaining parts of the individuals who are killed in Labuan which has been taken back to this spot. Toward the end of the patio nursery, there is a remembrance square containing the names of each one of the individuals who have battled and kicked the bucket in the uprising against the Japanese Imperial Army. Consistently on the 21st January, an official dedication function to respect and regard the penance by the individuals and sympathizers of the Kinabalu Guerillas who lost their life while battling the Japanese Army will be held here.

Getting There
Petagas War Memorial Garden is located at the opposite of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport about 8 km from the city center. The journey to the memorial park by taxi or bus from the city center of Kota Kinabalu will take about 15-20 minutes.

Turtle Island

Turtle Islands Park is found 40 km north of Sandakan and comprises of three islands, Pulau Selingaan, Pulau Bakkungaan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan. The recreation center is known for its security of the settling of two imperiled types of the ocean turtle, the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the littler hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). The two turtle species lay their eggs here year-round.

The green turtle can live for a century and develop to 160 kg. They are jeopardized because of their eggs, which are viewed as a delicacy. The female comes shorewards to delve trenches in the sand and lay between 80-165 eggs. The Hawksbill turtle is somewhat littler with a length of the carapace between 70–90 cm. It lays around 100-180 eggs for each grasp. A while later the turtle comes back to the ocean.

Back in the recreation center, the eggs are revealed and gathered by the officers. They are taken to an incubation facility to shield them from being chased and from its characteristic predators, for example, reptiles. In around 50-60 days the turtles break out of their shells and is placed into the ocean by the officers.

The protection project was begun in 1927 and in 1966, the main incubation facility in Malaysia was embraced on Pulau Selingaan. Today the officers gather more than 600.000 eggs every year simply numbering Selingaan.

It is workable for guests to stay overnight at Selingaan Island yet it is restricted to around 50 individuals a night. It is just conceivable to go on a sorted out visit either through the establishment administrator, Crystal Quest or by operators in Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu.

How to get there:

From the airport
Every day flights to Sandakan from Kota Kinabalu morning and evening. The morning flight from KK leaves at 7 am and arrives in Sandakan at 7.45 am without a moment to spare to get a taxi from the airplane terminal. The pier is 9 km from the air terminal and cost RM25-RM30.

From the city
The pier is 2,5 km from Sandakan town. You can pass by taxi at around RM5-RM7 or do the stroll in around ten minutes. On the other hand, get a transport from the nearby transport terminal at Jln Pryer.

Must know
NO FLASH – it disorients the turtles and hatchlings, who use moonlight to locate the sea.

Mount Trus Madi

Energetic mountain climbers and experience seekers pay more attention to this post! On the off chance that it’s a test that you’re searching for, look no more distant than Mount Trusmadi.

Mount Trusmadi is situated around 70 kilometers southeast of Kota Kinabalu City; its woodland saves covers a region of 184,527 hectares flanking four regions – Ranau up north, Tambunan on the west, Keningau down south and Sook in the east.

Remaining at 2, 642 meters (8, 668 feet) tall, Mount Trus Madi is the second most elevated mountain in Sabah and Malaysia after Mount Kinabalu. Be that as it may, it is said to offer a harder test to its climbers contrasted with Mount Kinabalu.

There are three trails (Wayaan) that prompt the top of Mount Trus Madi:

1. Wayaan Kaingaran (Tambunan)
Around 4.9km from beginning stage to the summit. Open just by 4WD (from town to beginning stage) Tambunan town to beginning stage is around 27km, around 2 hours and 30 minutes drive. Beginning stage to rest house – 2km around 2 hours trekking. Rest house to summit is around 2.9km (4hours trekking)
Limit to 20 pax day by day.
**This is a 2 Days 1 Night trip

2. Wayaan Mastan (Keningau)
Around 4.3km from beginning stage to the summit.
Only accessible by 4WD From Keningau town to beginning stage is around 76km, around 3-4 hours drive.
Point of confinement to 30 pax every day
**This is a 2 Days 1 Night trip

3. Wayaan Mannan (Sinua, Sook)
11.3km from beginning stage to the summit. Great access street. From Keningau town to beginning stage, 103km drive, around 3 hours drive.
**This is a 4 Days 3 Nights trip

Mount Trus Madi comprises of five unique sorts of vegetations—marsh blended dipterocarps, slope blended dipterocarp woodland, lower montane backwoods, upper montane timberland, and summit scour. One fascinating thing to spot is the extraordinary pitcher plant, Nepenthes x trusmadiensis—regular cross breed between Nepenthes lowii and Nepenthes macrophylla which is endemic to Mount Trus Madi alone. Having achieved the summit of Mount Trus Madi at daybreak, climate allowing, you will be enchanted by a stunning vista of Mount Kinabalu that lies roughly 40 kilometers north—a totally remunerating climb!

All reservations must be referred to the Director of Forestry Department for the approval.

Getting There
Wayaan Kaingaran (Tambunan) –
Tambunan town to beginning stage is around 27km, around 2 hours and 30 minutes drive. (4WD)

Wayaan Mastan (Keningau) –
From Keningau town to beginning stage is around 76km, around 3-4 hours drive. (4WD)

Wayaan Mannan (Sinua,Sook)
From Keningau town to beginning stage, 103km drive, around 3 hours drive.

Admission Fee
1. Entrance Fee to Forest Reserve : Malaysian : RM5 (adult), RM3 (below 18yo), Non-Malaysian : RM15 (adult), RM7 (below 18yo)
2. Climbing Permit : Malaysian: RM30(adult), RM10(below 18yo), Non-Malaysian: RM80(adult), RM40(below 18yo)
3. Vehicles Permit: RM100 per unit/trip
4. Rest House: RM40 per night
5. Camping Ground: RM5 per person/day (Malaysian), RM10 per person/day (Non-Malaysian)
6. Certificate: RM10 per person/certificate

Green Connection Aquarium and Discovery Center

The Green Connection Aquarium and Discovery Center is only a short separation outside the downtown area of Kota Kinabalu.

The Green Connection conveys standard individuals closer to the regularly inconspicuous critters of Sabah and Borneo, from those that live in bizarre spots like the padi fields and tempest water channels, to the more evident reefs and waterways.

The Green Connection Aquarium and Discovery Center is a couple of hours of value, edutainment. It begins off with a prologue to the valuable water cycle and acquaints you with frogs, hole inhabitants, turtles, an assortment of crisp water fish, and snakes that you can stroke in the event that you set out.

In the aquarium you’ll meet sharks, beams, clownfish and other reef occupants and will find out about the fragile equalization that directs life in the seas.

Once you’ve animated your faculties with critter experiences, you can wander into the Discover Center to practice your dim matter with material science, math and science confounds.

The Green Connection Aquarium and Discover Center is a phenomenal neighborhood open door for kids to collaborate with and take in more about nature and their general surroundings.

Opening Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm every day (last entry 4:30pm)
Feeding Show: Weekdays: 11:30am & 4:00pm, Weekend & Holidays: 11:30am, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

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