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Island Retreat


Ara Dinawan

Ara Dinawan Island Retreat is located only 30 to 45 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city international airport and 20 minutes by car to Dinawan jetty@ Beringis seafood restaurant. From our jetty , its 20 minutes boat ride . 
Below are the options for you to access Ara Dinawan Island Retreat: 

Self drive / Ride hailing Service

For self drives, pin your location to Beringgis Seafood Restaurant (Dinawan jetty). The drive from the airport should take approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

For travels or access via chartered or self driving boats, 48 hours advance notice is required for safety purposes. Directions on Latitude or Longitude are as below. 

  • Latitude: 5.8457432
  • Longitude: 115.9909264

Private chartered boat rides from Sutera Harbour /jesselton point.

Private charter boat service to island operated by 3rd parties available upon requests. Please contact or +60 16-579 8181 for more information

Chartered boat rides from
Jesselton Point/Sutera Harbour dock

Arriving via flight

Kota Kinabalu is accessible via both international and domestic flights and arrivals are at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Below are the direct flights that are available.
However, please note that flight availability and frequencies may be subject to change.

Domestic Flights Direct to Kota Kinabalu

International Flights Direct to Kota Kinabalu 

Best time to visit or travel to Borneo

The island Kota Kinabalu is located on the third largest island in the world, known as Borneo. With its tropical climate, Borneo is generally ideal for visit yearlong however it is recommended between the months of April to September where it is considered a dry season with sunny days and humid throughout the day.

Start with organizing your flight or drive trips by determining your arrivals point. For international travelers, we recommend to start with all your visa, passport and identification arrangements as most government agencies recommend a minimum of 6 months passport validity. 

Some countries (e.g ASEAN countries) do not require visas, while other countries and even Malaysian states have a maximum of 90 days visit pass. This is important for voluntary or research programs. For more detailed information, please visit your local immigration website.

The nearest airport is the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and for international travelers the connecting airport is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. There are scheduled boat transfers daily, all bookings will be communicated in advance. 

Choose a private transfer arranged by us in advance, to the Apai Jetty (ex Beringgis Seafood Restaurant), or request for ride hailing services such as Taxi, Grab or MyCar. Pin your requested location to Beringgis Seafood Restaurant (Apai Jetty), and upon arrival our dedicated staff assistance will welcome you at the jetty for the boat ride. The boat ride will take approximately 20 minutes to the island. Due to the exclusivity of this island, we highly recommend this option so you can feel at ease and comfortable arriving under all arranged transfers. 

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