Kota Kinabalu Beaches – Borneo Island


Are you a water lover? Does the sea calm and soothe your nerves. If the answer is yes, then Sabah is the place for you. You must already know about the popularity this place has gained. Due to its beautiful islands which automatically follows that Kota Kinabalu beaches are another major tourist attraction associated with it. Visiting the Kota K. beach is among the top 10 things to do in this place as well.


The islands of Kota Kinabalu are unique in the way they are a national marine conservation area so close to the city. Gaya island, for instance, is just 10 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. With the 4 other islands that make up the park between 10 and 15 minutes way. The park, named for Malaysia’s 1st Primate Minister,  is known as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It covers a total area of 50km², of which a third is land.The 5 islands that make up the islands of Kota Kinabalu, in order of large to small size. They are: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik and Sulug.


Kota Kinabalu Beaches

Borneo’s beaches are mainly clustered in the eastern state of Sabah including Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park’s beaches, Tajung Aru Beach and Shangri La Rasa Ria Beach near the major city of Kota Kinabalu. In the western state of Sarawak there is the rustic Permai Rainforest Resort with a wonderful private beach. Finally there are some incredible choices to the far east of Malaysian Borneo’s coast. In this area of the island though we must consider FCO advice and factor in whether travel insurance will cover your stay in this region.


Kota Kinabalu Ports

This island has two ports: Kota Kinabalu Port and Sepanggar Bay Container Port (SBCP). The port mainly handles loose/bulk cargo, while SBCP operates as a naval base for the Royal Malaysian Navy and an oil depot in addition to handling containerised cargo. In 2004, Kota Kinabalu Port handled about 3.6 million tonnes of freight cargo. The third highest in the state after Sandakan Port and Tawau Port. However, it handles the highest number of containers in the state, with 153,793 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers handled in 2006. Sepanggar Bay Port will have an annual capacity of 200,000 TEU when its container terminal is completed. All ports in Sabah are managed and operated by Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd.