Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Island Retreat


Kota Kinabalu is the vibrant capital city of Sabah, one of Malaysia’s renowned holiday and conservation destinations. From island excursions, to forest discoveries, to food trails, to heritage and arts. Kota Kinabalu is the perfect destination for everyone. 

Stay, play and learn at Ara Dinawan Island Retreat and explore fun things to do in Kota Kinabalu.  

Island and sea Activities

Enjoy all inclusive and free activities for residents and visitors when you stay with Ara Dinawan Island Retreat such as kayak and canoeing, snorkeling, parasailing, jungle trekking, banana boat, fishing trips, diving and paddle boarding lessons, indoor recreational activities, sustainable and educational programs.

Volunteer and educational programs

Take part in our volunteer and educational programs in Kota Kinabalu, available on the island hosted by our local research partner and environmental conservation organisation, ADRECC. 

Programs include coral and sea bed research and replanting, beach cleanups, eco bricks building, trees replanting, rain water harvesting and more. 

Choose to enrol in programs where you can learn and volunteer more about marine research and sustainability life-style in the island, other conservation and sustainable programs by staying and living on the island. 

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