These are the best photos from my travels to the Kota Kinabalu Islands and the city of KK itself!
Kota Kinabalu- KK as it’s known to anyone who’s ever visited- is the largest, most diverse and exciting city in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. It’s the gateway to the rest of the region. To Mount Kinabalu, to the jungles of the Kinabatangan River and to the Orang Utans at Sepilok. It’s also an excellent destination in its own right.
The city has lively night markets where the day’s best catch is barbecued in front of you. You can SCUBA dive off the coastline of the city, and the islands are just a short boat ride away.
The Kota Kinabalu Islands form part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park. From Jesselton Point in KK, there’s transport to all five the islands. You can travel from the city centre to these tropical getaways in less than an hour.
Pack the masks, the snorkels and the sun cream.
You won’t want to ever leave KK.
Scroll down for pure photographic inspiration from Kota Kinabalu and the islands of Borneo!
Jesselton Point is the water gateway to Kota Kinabalu. This is the busy pier where the ferries to and from the Kota Kinabalu Islands operate from.
From the pier the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park can be seen in the distance.
In Kota Kinabalu the markets are a bustling place to buy and sell produce.
The night market in the city, along the waterfront, is set up each evening to sell the day’s fresh catch.
From crabs to swordfish and stingray, the night market sells every ocean creature imaginable, and the chefs will cook it up however you like, right in front of you.
The island of Sapi as seen from the island of Manukan in the Marine National Park. There are five islands in total that fall within the protected boundaries.
Kota Kinabalu and the islands are a popular getaway destination in Malaysia. A local Malaysian TV crew were taking a boat across to the islands to make a travel documentary .
The waters around the islands are crystal clear and glorious shades of green and turquoise.
The waters are also teeming with sea life. The fish will get up close and too personal.
A beautiful view from the waters around Sapi island.
All Photographs Property Of Richard Collett