Boat Tours – Kota Kinabalu

The land beneath the wind that’s Kota Kinabalu. The Borneo destination where a sightseeing cruise is a perfect way to take in the best of this gateway to the country. Get on board the Kota Kinabalu dinner cruise and enjoy a culinary experience as you sail across the South China sea. Watch the setting sun and take in the orange and pink sky as the light turns to darkness. A magical evening awaits, and the Kota Kinabalu boat tour makes for the perfect introduction to this region.
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Experience Boat Tours in Kota Kinabalu

Best things to do: The actual city may not hold much to entice you, but the surrounding area certainly will. The domed mosque of Masjid Bandaraya offers tours. Sabah State Museum is a place to explore art and exhibits. Signal Hill has an observatory tower, and Tanjung Aru Beach is the place to go, after your boat tour of course, for the sunset views.

Best time to go: You’ll find that the weather is fairly uniform when you visit Borneo. The rain falls throughout the year and increases from May to August. The best months to visit are between August and September, and if you want to try and avoid the wet weather, then steer clear of the east coast of Sabah between October and December, and stay on the Kota Kinabalu side to the west, as it’s drier here.

Getting around: Kota Kinabalu is a compact city, so getting around shouldn’t be a problem. It’ll take you around 30 minutes to get from one end to the other. If you are walking around exploring, just be careful when crossing the road. It can be an issue in places. Keep those eyes peeled!

• Speak to a local, and you may hear the words Api Api. It’s what the locals lovingly call Kota Kinabalu. As the gateway to your Borneo adventures, well, your friendly welcome from the locals will make you feel at home.

• Kota Kinabalu was once known as Jesselton. When the region was under British rule. That lasted until 1963, although, sadly most of the original town was destroyed during World War II.

• The Borneo rainforest is over 130 million years old! And if you get a chance to visit, check out the tallest tropical tree, it’s a species called Shorea faguetiana (Yellow Meranti). They can reach heights of 88.1m!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Dinner and a cruise?

    You will find there are several Kota Kinabalu lunch and dinner cruise options available. Check the individual tour details for the menu and the options available.

  • Q: Do Kota Kinabalu Boat Cruises offer free Wi-Fi onboard?

    We realise you want to capture those destination hotspots on your tour. Many operators do offer free Wi-Fi on board, but you will need to check with the individual operator.

  • Q: Do Kota Kinabalu Boat Cruises run throughout the year?

    Yes, but be aware that there is a high season (April to September) and Low Season (November to March). Check the tour details for timings.

  • Q: Can you give me some alternative tours to your cruise and boat tours?

    Kota Kinabalu is a region full of attractions and experiences to enjoy and immerse in. Check out our Kota Kinabalu tours by visiting

  • Q: What is the duration of the Kota Kinabalu Boat Tour?

    Each tour is different, but in general, they will have a duration between 1 to 2 hours. Make sure to check the specific tour for timings.

  • Q: What time do Kota Kinabalu Boat Tours operate?

    Boat tours will run at different times of the day, especially if you are booked on a lunch or dinner cruise. Make sure to check the tour details for a full listing of times.

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