Joanne Cotterill

Joanne Cotterill

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    What are the best tourist spots in Kota Kinabalu?

    Hi Brian, First let me mention that I run a tourism business in Kota Kinabalu. My suggestions are based on my experience and what seem to be most popular with visitors to KK (as it's known locally). Stephen has already made some great suggestions. Others to consider include the following: (1) Visiting Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located just in front of Kota Kinabalu. You can choose between island hopping, watersport activities, snorkeling, try dives or leisure diving. Or just chilling out on a beach. (2) Visit the less well known Bird Sanctuary (best to go very early in the morning to see the most). Or, travel 45 minutes north from Kota Kinabalu to visit a feeding session the Orang-Utan conservation centre (non-residents can go but you need to book in advance, maximum booking period is 72 hours in advance). (3) Fancy a local dining experience? Then go to the night market on the waterfront. Starts 5 - 6pm every night. There are other attractions you can access via Kota Kinabalu but they are between a 1.5 - 3 hour journey. Try a river cruise at Klias Wetlands, white water rafting at Padas or Kiulu, visiting Kinabalu Park independently and go trekking along some of the marked trails. There's a good choice of activities to choose between - it just comes down to what you are interested in and budget. Hope this helps. Have a great holiday in Sabah! Joanne over 6 years ago

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    Can you suggest what places to see n Kota Kinabalu this month of July?

    Hi, First of all let me mention that I am based my recommendations below on my experience of running a tourism company in Kota Kinabalu. I hope it helps :) There are lots of things you can do whilst visiting Sabah. Sabah is famous for it's scuba diving, wildlife, Mount Kinabalu and Orang-Utans. Of course there is a lot more to Sabah, but these are the most popular reasons why tourists come here. If you are staying in Kota Kinabalu for your stay then you could consider the following trips / activities:- - White water rafting at Padas Gorge (more challenging) or Kiulu River (easier) - Climb Mount Kinabalu - Snorkeling or a try dive in nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park - Visit Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Springs - Go river cruising at Klias Wetlands If you are willing to catch a domestic flight to Sandakan (a short ~45 minute flight) then it's worth going there to visit Sepilok Orang tan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Kinabatangan River. There's a lot to choose from. It just depends on your budget, amount of time and what your interests are. Enjoy your trip to Malaysia! Joanne over 6 years ago

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    Is Kota Kinabalu safe inspite of the kidnappings in Sabah?

    Hi Phil, Nice to hear from you. I'm pleased you appreciated the travel advice I shared. Our company is called Borneo Dream (http://www.borneodream.com). If you need feedback / travel information about Sabah, Borneo you can contact me via info@borneodream.com Stay safe ;) Joanne almost 7 years ago

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    Is Kota Kinabalu safe inspite of the kidnappings in Sabah?

    Hi, I live in Sabah (Kota Kinabalu) and we run a Dive business here. So I have personal, and business, experience on safety here for tourists. Firstly, whichever country you are travelling to you should always view the travel advice from your country's Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) - as advised by Steve. There was a kidnapping incident from Sipadan several years a go (early 2000's). Sipadan is on the south east coast of Sabah. Since then there have been increased security measures in place with regular, daily navy patrols (boat & plane) and navy stationed on Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai. There have been no reported security incidents since. Kota Kinabalu is on the west coast of Sabah and I am not aware of any security incidents or security threats for the capital city. It is a relatively, a safe place to visit and stay in Asia. You just need to apply common sense when visiting any foreign country / city (e.g. don't walk down dark alley's late at night on your own). You need to make your own personal decision about your safety when visiting any country in the world. However, Sabah is generally a safe place if you follow advice from your FCO and visit areas recommended for tourists. Enjoy your holiday in Kota Kinabalu! Joanne almost 7 years ago

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    Any recommendations for diving spots in Sabah

    Hi Steve, I live in Sabah and run a diving business here. My advice is based on my experience of diving conditions in February in Sabah and I hope it helps you choose the best diving location in Sabah to meet your needs. Sabah is not impacted by the 'North East monsoons' during February. It is still the 'West Season' here but we can still enjoy some very pleasant tropical weather during this time. The best conditions for diving in Sabah at the start of February are on the south east coast - Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai. This coast line is more protected from the north east trade winds. There are dive sites to meet all levels of experience here. If you get permits to dive at Sipadan you need to be aware the dives are often drift divers here along a drop off so the novice divers in your group need to be comfortable at diving and confident in managing their buoyancy. There is also diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu during this period too. The diving here is more protected so easier diving for newer divers. But obviously less pelagics here ;). If you want a location that offers a choice of activities to do then Kota Kinabalu is a good choice. Maybe you do both locations . . . . Hope this helps. Have a great holiday! almost 7 years ago